Valerie Guiliani, a regular American woman, became well-known when she married pro basketball player T.J. McConnell. She has been with him for a long time and is known as his high school sweetheart.
Valerie Guiliani's Early Life
Valerie Guiliani's early life isn't widely known, but she grew up in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, with TJ. There's not much info about Guiliani's parents.
Guiliani has kept her personal life private, even as she became famous, so we don't know a lot about her education. She went to Chartiers Valley High School and college with T.J. McConnell. From the few times Valerie has been in the media, it seems she is smart and well-educated.
How Wealthy is Valerie Guiliani?
Valerie Guiliani's income isn't well-known as she hasn't disclosed her career details. On the other hand, her husband T.J. McConnell, who plays professional basketball for the Indiana Pacers in the NBA, has an estimated net worth exceeding $5 million. Whereas, another basketball player namedBoban Marjanovićhas a net worth of around $10.5 million.
McConnell's wealth primarily stems from his prosperous basketball career, notably boosted by a $35 million contract signed in August 2021 for upcoming seasons.
T.J. McConnell Proposed Valerie Guiliani in Romantic Way
Sources mention that T.J. McConnell had an incredibly romantic proposal for Valerie Guiliani. He did it on August 26, 2016, by sending her on a scavenger hunt to places special to them, like where they used to live and their high school.
When Valerie Guiliani returned, she found the gym decorated with rose petals and their favorite song playing. That's when McConnell asked her to marry him, giving her a beautiful diamond ring. They got engaged after being together for two years. Their friendship turned into a great relationship, and now they're a really cute couple.
Valerie Guiliani And T.J. McConnell Tied The Knot in 2017
Valerie Guiliani married her high school sweetheart, T.J. McConnell, on September 9, 2017, after years of dating and friendship. Their wedding took place at the Hyatt Place Pittsburgh South/Meadows Racetrack & Casino, and it was a beautiful event.
The whole Sixers team made it to the wedding, along with guests like Arizona Basketball head coach Sean Miller and his wife Amy, Nick Johnson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Jake Hazzard.
Among the eleven bridesmaids and ten groomsmen, McConnell's former manager from the Wildcats, Dave Miller, and his teammate from the 76ers, Nik Stauskas, were honored as special guests at the ceremony.
Valerie and T.J. were childhood friends who grew up as neighbors on Critchfield Drive in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, just a few miles southwest of Pittsburgh. They've known each other since they were kids.
Guiliani developed feelings for McConnell through their friendship, but she found it hard to tell him directly. Instead, she asked her sister to convey her feelings. It turned out that T.J. felt the same way about her, and he took the initiative to ask Valerie out.
The lovebirds continued dating through college, and their relationship flourished. When T.J. graduated, they both decided to take their relationship to the next stage.
Valerie Guiliani Children
T.J. McConnell, the Pacers Shooting guard, and his wife, Valerie Guiliani, welcomed their baby son, Trace, on January 8, 2021. McConnell shared the news of their pregnancy on Instagram.
After Guiliani gave birth, McConnell missed a couple of games on Saturday and Monday following the birth to be with his family. He didn't join the Pacers on their flight to Sacramento. T.J. emphasized that family is his top priority.
Even though T.J. missed those games, he performed exceptionally well in the following matches. Becoming a dad gave him added motivation. He mentioned, "I tried to step it up. Being a dad gave me extra drive to play my best for my son and wife."
Valerie Guiliani inspired T.J. McConnell's Fresh Appearance
Valerie Guiliani influenced T.J. McConnell's hairstyle transformation. Before the 2016-17 season, he always sported a buzz cut. However, things changed, and he debuted a different look. In an interview with Sports Philadelphia, T.J. and Guiliani revealed that she was behind this change.
Guiliani didn't want McConnell to have the same buzz cut, especially not for their wedding. When she discussed this with him, he had to reconsider his hairstyle. Valerie mentioned, "I said, 'You can't walk down the aisle with a buzzcut. It's not happening.' He doubted how he'd look, but he looks so good with his new style."
T.J. jokingly added, "I didn't have a say in the matter."
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