Maria Taylor, born Suzette Maria Taylor, is a popular American TV host who is working for ESPN and the SEC Network. She has been active as a sportscaster for over a decade and there are only a few sports followers who don’t know her.
The 34-year-old television host has earned hundreds of thousands of followers with her work on the ESPN Network. Her fans are well aware of her professional career which she shares on her socials as well. However, her personal details that include her marriage details and relationships are the things that her fans are eager to know.
So, who is Maria Taylor’s husband? When did she get married? We have brought all the info about her relationships and marriage in this article here. To know them all, read the article through.
Maria Taylor’s Husband: She Married In February 2021
Maria who had been keeping her personal life from her fans for years gave a pleasant surprise to her fans in February 2021. Back then, she shared a couple of snaps showing her marriage to a completely mysterious man on her Instagram. Taylor shared the post on 21st February writing “I Love Our Love Story” in the caption.
The pictures from their intimate wedding ceremony showed Maria in a white gown while her husband was in a black suit. In the meantime, Maria, the newlywed sportscaster didn’t reveal the name of her husband.
A couple of weeks after Maria announced her marriage, an Instagram page named @flowersbyyona shared a photo from her wedding. The picture showed them joyfully laughing as they walked down the aisle. Meanwhile, in the caption, the page revealed Maria’s husband’s name as “Jon” while congratulating the newlywed. Have a look.
For your information, Maria is a tall woman with a height of 6 ft 2 inches. And Maria Taylor’s husband Jon is even taller. By their appearance, Jon looks like he is around two inches taller than his wife, so we can presume he stands 6 ft 4 inches. However, it is not verified info.
Maria Taylor’s First Marriage: Who was Her First Husband?
Taylor, who is known for keeping her personal life secret, made headlines when she revealed her marriage in 2019. To your knowledge, Maria was married to Rodney Blackstock.
As per some sources, the pair got married on May 5th, 2019 at the oceanfront Hilton Sandestin in Destin, Florida. They dated for years before they finally tied the knot.
How did they meet for the First Time?
To talk about the initial days of their romance, we have to start with their first meeting. According to an article in The Knot News, Maria met her then-future-husband in September 2014. Back then, the ESPN host and Blackstock happened to attend the Charlotte Hornets in North Carolina. Maria reminisced about their first encounter,
“I remember seeing him and telling my friend, ‘If we keep coming to these games, I’m going to end up dating him.”
Interestingly, Blackstock was also talking about her with his friends. Maria said, “he was asking his friend whether I played for the WNBA in Charlotte.” She added,
“Or, he thought maybe I was there to support one of the guys-I was a girlfriend of a player or something.”
The ex-lovebirds later met in the back room of the same game where Blackstock approached her first and said, “You’re not as tall as I am.’ I was like, ‘I don’t know if that’s a pick-up line,’ but it started a good conversation.”
They exchanged numbers in their first meeting. They had an encounter again in the parking lot and the ex-pair thought of grabbing some food, however, they “ended up talking in the parking lot until 5 a.m.”
Their Engagement and Initial Plan for Marriage
In her conversation with The Knot, Maria said Rodney had thought of proposing to her in Palm Springs where they planned to go on a vacation, but he couldn’t hold it.
Besides, the pair had also planned to tie the knot in June 2016, however, they later called it off after realizing they were not ready to be committed. After they canceled their wedding for the first time, they were on a break for a while. Even though they were not together officially, they always remained in touch.
And, three years later, they finally got back together and even stronger this time. Both parties called their respective parents and told them they were planning to marry soon.
Maria Taylor and Rodney Blackstock’s second Engagement and Marriage
Shortly after their reunion, Rodney proposed to his then-girlfriend Maria for the second time during their hike in LA. Recalling the moment when Rodney got down to one knee, Maria said,
“He had all this stuff packed up. Then he starts getting into this long soliloquy speech about why he loves me and why he’s so happy that we’re going to be together forever.”
“He pulls out the ring again, and it was the same happiness I had when I first saw the ring. It all came flooding back.”
Blackstock proposed to Maria with a floral-inspired ring featuring a halo. Taylor said she fell in love with the ring as soon as she saw it. “I knew I wanted rose gold and something that shines from every angle,” Taylor gushed about her ring preferences.
After nearly five years of romance, Maria Taylor and Rodney Blackstock finally got married on May 5th, 2019. The pair said “I do” in front of their family and close friends at their beach all-white-themed wedding.
How Maria and Rodney Blackstock Separated? Are they Divorced?
Well, as we previously said Maria Taylor prefers keeping her personal detail out of the public eye. Ergo, there is pretty little to no info on how her marriage to Rodney Blackstock dissolved. There is no doubt that she and her ex-husband are divorced since the ESPN journalist has married a new man.
Besides, Maria hasn’t given any update on how her marriage to Blackstock broke. All we know is she was once happily married to the man but now she is no more together with him.
Short Bio of Rodney Blackstock
Rodney is a Georgia native who currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, he is employed as an insurance adviser at State Farm in Atlanta. Besides, he runs the Blackstock Insurance Agency at AAA Georgia as per his Facebook profile.
Meanwhile, talking about his academics, Rodney Blackstock studied at Greensboro College.