The athletic couple met through the former NFL player’s brother Guy East when the gymnast was in London to be a sports commentator for the 2012 Olympics. (Guy, for his part, was competing in the cycling events.)
“He starts to go on this tangent about this little brother of his and how I have to meet him,” Johnson recalled in a 2018 vlog. Andrew, who was attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville at the time, was intrigued by the idea that the gold medalist was thinking of going to the same school.
“@ShawnJohnson I hear you met my brother Guy! Hopefully you can come to Vandy and the Easts could show you what its all about,” Andrew tweeted at Johnson following Guy’s encounter.
The football player then flew to Los Angeles to meet the highly-decorated athlete, who was filming Dancing With the Stars season 15 after Johnson previously won the mirrorball trophy during season 8). The couple went on their first date, and three years later, Andrew popped the question at the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field. They wed in 2016.
Throughout all of the happiness in their relationship, the Easts endured a difficult time when Johnson suffered a miscarriage in 2017 while trying to get pregnant. Their rainbow baby, daughter Drew Hazel, arrived two years later. Johnson and Andrew later welcomed son Jett James in July 2021.
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