Hope Solo will always remember her wedding day, which will forever be linked to the turbulent hours prior.
Discussing her marriage to former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, Solo, 37, told Elle that the pair, who had met in college, got off to a rocky start after Stevens professed his love to the former goalkeeper in 2011.
“I didn’t know what to say,” Solo recalled. “So I said, ‘F–k you,’ and we didn’t talk for a year.”
Solo and Stevens, who previously played for the Seattle Seahawks, eventually reconnected and decided to take their relationship to the next level by getting married. On the eve of the 2012 nuptials, tensions got the better of the couple’s siblings in the early hours of the morning.
“We just thought everybody could be happy for us,” Solo said, stating, “our two a–hole brothers, basically get into this argument.”
Stevens was later arrested “on suspicion of assaulting” Solo, the Associated Press reported at the time. Solo had a cut on her elbow when the authorities arrived. Stevens was ultimately released without charges, later tying the knot with Solo.
“It was the most triumphant day,” Solo said.
Solo’s life has been something of a roller coaster since saying “I do,” marred with both personal and professional turmoil, which a domestic violence arrest in 2014 and the termination of her contract from US Soccer two years later.
In her role as BBC commentator, Solo has recently been critical of US Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis with the team beginning their World Cup title defense. It’s part of the public spat she has had with the national team she helped push to that 2015 triumph.
Solo’s biggest struggle, however, would be the fight to survive.
In 2018, while running for president of the United State Soccer Federation, a pregnant Solo miscarried. Still enduring pain a week after the loss, Solo discovered she had been pregnant with twins, one of which was ectopic, a pregnancy in which “a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the uterus,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
“The doctor said I was hours from dying,” Solo said. “They ended up having to remove my fallopian tube.”
Following the procedure, Solo took the stage to speak, an act she said, “even before all that, it would have taken courage.”
With a biopic of her life currently in the works, watching the series of events unfold on screen is a daunting thought to say the least.
“It’s scary. You know, I look at the, bless her heart, Tonya Harding movie, ‘I, Tonya.’ At the end of the day, you don’t get editing rights,” she said.