Meet Kawhi Leonard's barely-seen girlfriend and baby mama Kishele Shipley

Joshua Rogers January 18, 2023
Meet Kawhi Leonard's barely-seen girlfriend and baby mama Kishele Shipley
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Let’s meet Kawhi Leonard’s barely-seen girlfriend and baby mama Kishele Shipley. The couple stay out of the limelight but have been spotted at several events together.

Kawhi Leonard is one of the best two-way players the NBA has seen in recent years. He was voted to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team in 2021, recognizing him as one of the best players ever.

Kawhi is a two-time NBA champion and two-time Finals MVP. He is one of only three players to win Finals MVP with multiple teams, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James

The 31-year-old, nicknamed ‘the Klaw’, missed the entirety of the 2021-22 season as he rehabbed his reconstructed right ACL. Leonard will be load managing throughout this season for the LA Clippers as the team ease him back with this year’s playoffs in mind.

Meet Kawhi Leonard’s barely-seen girlfriend and baby mama Kishele Shiple

The five-time All-Star is well-known for his ice cold demeanour, and few people know about his personal life. That includes Kawhi Leonard’s girlfriend Kishele Shipley, who rarely steps out in public.

Kawhi and Kishele met in college at San Diego State University and have been together ever since. Kishele was reportedly born to Kenneth and Cathy Marie Shipley on April 10, 1989, and is of multiracial ethnicity.

She also two sisters, Kenisha and Kasandra. Shipley allegedly has a degree in Public Administration and served as a Human Resources expert for a period of time.

She has been spotted with Kawhi at a few events

Just like her husband Kawhi, Kishele likes to stay out of the limelight, and isn’t on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Despite being with the NBA superstar, she has rarely been spotted out in public and likes to stay out of the limelight.

However, she was spotted with Kawhi and their daughter, Kaliyah Leonard, at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports in 2019. Kawhi and Kishele first became parents in the summer of 2016 with the birth of Kaliyah.

In 2019 they welcomed their second child. Kawhi missed a game to be with his partner as she gave birth. The name and gender is not known.

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Kishele was also seen alongside Kawhi at a Toronto Blue Jays game. They were playing against the Los Angeles Angels at Rogers Centre in Toronto in 2019.

After Kawhi led the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA championship in franchise history in 2019, she was seen hugging and celebrating with her husband as he won his second Finals MVP.

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.