Last year’s Tokyo Olympics may have been a highly-anticipated international sporting showdown comprised of only the most elite athletes of the world, but for soccer stars Sam Kerr and Kristie Mewis, it was also a source of romantic speculation despite their status as Olympic rivals.
After the Aussie Matildas were defeated by Team USA — who claimed the Olympic bronze in women’s football — a sweet shot of Mewis, 30, embracing Kerr, 28, on the field sparked rumours of a romance between the country-crossed lovers, rumours that were eventually confirmed.
Almost six months later, the loved-up duo appear to still be going strong. Here’s everything we know about the relationship between Aussie legend Sam Kerr and Kristie Mewis.
August 5, 2021: Australia’s Matildas lost 4-3 to the United States women’s soccer team, who went on to claim the Olympic bronze medal in women’s football.
Photographs of Sam Kerr, Australia #2, and Kristie Mewis, United States #6, sitting on the field, chatting, smiling and embracing after the game quickly went viral, sparking romance rumours between the two.
Prior to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Kerr separated from her long-term parther Nikki Stanton. They had been together for seven years.
August 9, 2021: Less than a week after their tender Olympics moment, Kerr confirmed her relationship with Mewis with a post to Instagram. Captioning the candid shot simply with, “❤️ @kmewis19,” the soccer star shared a Polaroid photo of Mewis sitting on her lap as the pair kissed.
Kerr also shared a selfie of her and Mewis smiling together on her Instagram Story, alongside snaps of their accommodation in Miami.
Eagle-eyed fans were quick to scroll through the pair’s social media for clues as to when, exactly, the romance started. The sleuths noticed several flirty comments regularly exchanged between the pair since March 2021.
August 20, 2021: Mewis shared a photo of the couple relaxing poolside with the caption, “Kerrching.”
Kerr is seen sitting on a floatie, holding a drink in one hand and Mewis with the other, as Mewis sits on her girlfriend and kisses her.
September 6, 2021: Kerr shares a series of selfies of the pair to Instagram, where they appear to be cuddled up on a date at Mother’s Bistro & Bar in Portland, Oregon.
“❤️🔥 @kmewis19,” was Kerr’s short caption.
September 11, 2021: Mewis wishes her love a happy birthday with a series of photos showing the pair on a series of dates and relaxing at home. At this time, Kerr had returned to the United Kingdom to play for Chelsea.
“Happy birthday to my favorite person in the whole world ❤️,” Mewis wrote.
“Good thing you have a whole year to work on your two touch. Missing you my love xx”
October 5, 2021: Mewis and Kerr reunited in London, with the couple commemorating the occasion with a sweet snap taken on a date night.
As what appears to be her habit, Kerr captioned the photo: “❤️🔥 @kmewis19.”
October 16, 2021: Mewis was missing her girlfriend after the duo were once again put into the relationship territory of long-distance while they worked on their respective soccer careers.
Sharing a video to Instagram of the couple kissing, Mewis wrote, “Soon, I’ll get to annoy you again ❤️”
November 4, 2021: Mewis opened up about seeing Kerr at the Tokyo Olympics to Just Women’s Sports’ ‘Snacks’ podcast, saying the pair did find the time to catch up between their matches over coffee, as their team meal rooms were next to each other’s in the hotel.
“I hadn’t seen her in so long, so of course it was like crazy that we were going to be at the Olympics together and crazy that we were going to be playing each other,” Mewis said of Kerr to the podcast.
“It was obviously so cool that she was there and that we were playing them, but also obviously with COVID-19 times and stuff like that … I couldn’t really see her that much. And it had been so long already — it had been months.”
Mewis also said that it is “confusing” having her sister and Kerr together at the same place, as Mewis’ sister is also named Sam — and Kerr’s middle name is May and Sam Mewis’ middle name is June, so even that’s similar.
According to the podcast, Mewis said, “You’re joking, right?!” when Kerr told her what her middle name was.
November 25, 2021: Finally reunited! Though off the field, Mewis and Kerr can be as loved-up as their hearts desire, the pair had to resume their on-field rivals status for a two-game series in Sydney in late November.
Two days before the first game, however, the pair didn’t seem too worried about their upcoming battle.
Sharing a shot of the couple laughing and holding hands, Mewis wrote, “Lucky.”
Kerr responded: “Even when I’m sick & don’t talk to you for 24 hours? ❤️”
November 27 to November 30, 2021: Although the United States’ women’s soccer team won the first match 3-0 against the Matildas on November 27, the two teams ended the second game on November 30 with a 1-1 draw.
Their on-field rivalry, however, did not seem to phase Mewis and Kerr, who took the opportunity to spend the time they had together Down Under to gallivant around Sydney.
December 4, 2021: Kerr and Mewis explore Sydney together, as Kerr shares a snap of the couple embracing with her ever-present heart and fire emojis.
“My love ❤️🔥,” Kerr captioned the shot.
December 27 and December 28, 2021: Mewis and Kerr appeared to reunite for the Christmas and New Year holiday period, sharing a series of shots together in late December.
Kerr posted a couples’ selfie taken in a bathroom, with the caption, “Hii❤️🔥.”
Mewis responded: “Hiii babe ❤️”
The American footballer, meanwhile, shared a snap of her own, where she’s wearing a green dress and heels and kissing Kerr, who dons an all-black ensemble.
“That’s actually a really cute picture of us,” Mewis wrote, to which Kerr responded: “Very cute my love, I’ll give you that 😍”
“Sportsmanship at its finest!” one Instagram user joked.
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