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Inside JJ Watt’s relationship with Kealia Ohai, the professional soccer player who stood by his side during the A-fib test

JJ WATT remains one of the NFL’s most feared players on the defensive side of the ball.

The Arizona Cardinals star, 33, recently shocked fans by revealing he went A-fib and had to get his heart pumping again.

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JJ Watt and Kealia Ohai have been together since 2016Credit: Getty
The pair were good friends after being introduced by Ohai's sister

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The pair were good friends after being introduced by Ohai’s sisterCredit: Instagram / @jjwatt / Corbin Gurkin
The couple tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in the Bahamas in 2021

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The couple tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in the Bahamas in 2021Credit: Instagram / @jjwatt / Corbin Gurkin
Kealia is an NWSL footballer

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Kealia is an NWSL footballerCredit: Instagram @kealiamae

Watt is a huge fan favorite and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

And he is regularly cheered on from the stands by his wife Kealia Ohai, who he started dating in 2016.

A soccer power couple, Ohai is a professional soccer player and currently plays for the Chicago Red Stars.

Before stepping into the big leagues, the Utah native was an NCAA standout athlete at the University of North Carolina.

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Ohai was the second overall pick in the 2014 NWSL Draft where she joined the Houston Dash.

She went on to score 28 goals in 114 games for Houston, before being traded in 2020 to the Red Stars.

Blind in one eye, Ohai was introduced to Watt by her sister Megan, who is married to JJ’s former Texas teammate Brian Cushing.

They were originally friends, their relationship blossomed, and in 2017 they finally went public.

Ohai revealed, “The rumors are true. We are dating.

“I have known JJ for a very long time and we have always been very good friends.”

The two sportsmen are each other’s biggest fans, frequently posting snaps of their respective matches.

And after three years together, Watt found the courage to pop the question in May 2019.

He revealed to his loyal 5.6 million Twitter followers: “I’m the luckiest man alive #shesaidyes”

Watt and Ohai tied the knot on Valentine’s Day in 2021, at The Ocean Club — a Four Seasons resort — in the Bahamas.

Star-studded guests were treated to cocktails beside a lily pond, a sumptuous sit-down meal and an in-house band throughout the evening.

“MY WIFE WAS BY MY SIDE”

Watt told his Instagram followers, “The best day of my life. Without a doubt.”

To cap off an incredible time for the couple, the couple announced in June that they were expecting their first child.

Watt spent nine seasons with the Texans after being drafted 11th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Coming from a family of footballers, his two brothers Derek and TJ currently play for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Watt shared the chilling news of his health issues on Oct. 2 – and then starred in the Cardinals’ 26-16 win over the Carolina Panthers.

After the match, he revealed how Kealia had been with him throughout his ordeal.

Watt said: “My wife was by my side all the time. So that helped a lot.

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“I didn’t know what else to do [whether to play or not].

“I’ve played this game all my life…but if I was sitting at home watching the boys play and knowing they were saying I was perfectly fine to play, I would have felt weird, so I just did what I know.”

Earlier this year the couple announced they were expecting their first child

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Earlier this year the couple announced they were expecting their first childCredit: Instagram @kealiamae
Kealia was with JJ during his recent health crisis

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Kealia was with JJ during his recent health crisis