The queen of tennis, Serena Williams has admitted she isn't always up-to-date with modern dating trends - and she never celebrates Valentine’s Day. While answering relationship questions for fans in the February issue of Harper's Bazaar, the 34-year-old came across a reader who wanted to know if she was 'naive' for thinking the sexually-charged phrase 'Netflix and chill' meant just hanging out.
However, Serena assured the woman, nicknamed 'Age of Innocence', that they are on the same page.
'I have to tell you, I thought the same exact thing. When I say "Netflix and chill", that's what I mean. I guess you and I are just old-fashioned - if you can call Netflix old-fashioned!' Serena explained. For most who use the phrase, though, it is meant to denote a date night in which two people stay at home and have sex.
Meanwhile, Serena reminded one reader who wanted to treat her man to a special Valentine's Day date that the holiday is only one day out of the year. 'I don't celebrate Valentine's Day, but I think you should try to make every day special. It's the little things that count,' Serena noted.
The tennis star, who has her own clothing line and collection with sports bra brand Berlei, also dished about dressing for a date and being confident. And unsurprisingly, Serena doesn't advocate for anyone playing the damsel in distress.
'Being sexy is really about how you carry yourself. Strength and confidence equal sexy,' she explained. Serena, who has had her fair share of online bullies, also spoke to one reader about squashing the insecurity she feels every time she starts dating a new guy, advising her to first 'identify where the self-doubt is coming from'.
'I think that goes back to always being yourself from the beginning,' she added. 'Be confident of your inner strength and beauty, and that will be reflected on the outside. My mom always taught my sisters and me to be ourselves and to stay true to who we are.' 'And always add heels!' she added.
While the star had no problem helping the lovelorn, Serena is known to be private when it comes to her own love life. The professional athlete, who is in Australia for the Australian Open, has reportedly been dating Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 32, since October.