Serena Williams got the best relationship advice from Oprah

Serena Williams and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, are the definition of couple goals.

But prior to meeting her now-husband, the tennis great received some wonderful words of relationship wisdom from the guru of advice ― Oprah herself. 

“Oprah said, ‘Never let anyone dim your light.’ That really stuck with me. Alexis doesn’t dim my light,” Williams said in an interview for the cover of Allure’s February 2019 issue. 

“He doesn’t try to dim my light. He puts me in the light, even if I don’t want to be,” she said.

“He pushes me to further points I never thought about. It always was something that I could see in some relationships — my light would be dimmer. Now I feel like I can shine really bright and still do everything that I want to do.”

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For the first dress When Anna Wintour asked me what I wanted to wear I said "a cape" I just want to wear a cape" she said: "well Sarah Burton with @alexandermcqueen is the one for you.” Thanks Anna. Thanks Sarah. I felt like a princess and superwoman all at once. 📸: @mistadubb @ericamelissa_
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“You are the greatest of all time, not just in sport. I’m talking about as a mother, and as a wife. I am so excited to write so many more chapters of our fairy tale together.” Congratulations to @serenawilliams and @alexisohanian, who exchanged vows last night. Tap the link in our bio to see the exclusive first photos from their fairytale wedding in New Orleans. Photographed by @melbarlowandco and @allanzepedaphotography.
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Each one of my groomsmen is a best friend who also represents a different period of my life. Jon: childhood Huu: @uva Steve: @reddit Michael: my book & tour, Without Their Permission Garry: Initialized Capital To be rich with great friends is a privilege -- and it's no surprise that they all love my bride.
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Williams said she didn’t mean to slight anyone she dated before meeting Ohanian (she was linked to Common and Drake, among others). 

“Not to knock anyone else I was with before, because they were all mostly amazing, but I know now I can be selfish, have a great career, and a great partner, someone that believes in me,” Williams said. 

Ohanian and Williams first met in May of 2015 at a hotel where both were staying in Rome. The tennis superstar was seated next to her friends, and Ohanian sat down right next to them. A little too close, according to Williams. 

“This big guy comes and he just plops down at the table next to us, and I’m like, ‘Huh! All these tables and he’s sitting here?’” Williams recalled in a 2017 Vanity Fair interview.

After failing to get him to move, Williams uttered some cringe-worthy first words to “this big guy.” 

“We just don’t want you sitting there. We’re going to use that table,” she said she told him. 

Undeterred, the two ending up chatting ― and now we all know how the story ends. Happily ever after. 

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NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 29: Serena Williams of USA competes against Carina Witthoeft of Germany (not seen) during US Open 2018 tournament in Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, United States on August 29, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Serena Williams of the USA in her first round match against Maria Tatjana of Germany on day two of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 29: Serena Williams of USA competes against Carina Witthoeft of Germany (not seen) during US Open 2018 tournament in Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, United States on August 29, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - AUGUST 29: Serena Williams of USA competes against Carina Witthoeft of Germany (not seen) during US Open 2018 tournament in Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York, United States on August 29, 2018. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Serena Williams of the United States serves against Carina Witthoeft of Germany during her women's singles second round match on Day Three of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA)
FLUSHING MEADOW, NY - AUGUST 27: SERENA WILLIAMS (USA) day one of the 2018 US Open on August 27, 2018 at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, NY. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FLUSHING MEADOW, NY - AUGUST 27: SERENA WILLIAMS (USA) day one of the 2018 US Open on August 27, 2018 at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, NY. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Serena Williams of the United States returns the ball during her women's singles first round match against Magda Linette of Poland on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Aug 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Serena Williams of the USA reacts after beating Magda Linette of Poland in a first round match on day one of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Serena Williams of the United States in action against Magda Linette of Poland in the first round of the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre on August 27, 2018 in New York City, United States. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)'n'n
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Serena Williams attends the 2018 Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
MASON, OH - AUGUST 14: Serena Williams of the United States serves to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during Day 4 of the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 14, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE May 30. French Open Tennis Tournament - Day Four. Serena Williams of the United States in action along with her sister Venus Williams of the United States during their match against Shuko Aoyama of Japan and Miyu Kato of Japan in the Women's Doubles Competition at the 2018 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 30th 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - SEPTEMBER 05: Serena Williams of the United States (C) celebrates during the match against Yaroslava Shvedova (not seen) of Kazakhstan within fourth round Women's Singles match on Day Eight of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2016 in New York City, NY, United States. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12: (AUSTRALASIA & EUROPE OUT) American tennis player Serena Williams poses during a photo shoot wearing the outfit she will wear in the upcoming 2012 Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. (Photo by Fiona Hamilton/Newspix/Getty Images)
(AUSTRALIA OUT) Australian Open 2007. American Serena Williams looks down at her tennis dress during her semi-final victory over the Czech Republic's Nicole Vaidisova, won in straight sets 7-6, 6-4, during the Women's Singles competition at the 2007 Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park. Williams, unseeded, will now advance to her third Australian Open final, 25 January 2007. THE AGE SPORT Picture by VIKI LASCARIS (Photo by Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
FLUSHING MEADOWS, UNITED STATES: Number 3 seed Serena Williams warms up in her tennis outfit in her match against Lindsey-Lee Waters of the United States at the 2004 US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York 01 September 2004. AFP PHOTO Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 29: Serena Williams of the USA celebrates a point in her match against Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain during day three of the China Open at the China National Tennis Center on September 29, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their women's singles final match on Day fourteen of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Serena Williams, USA, in action against Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark, in the Women's Singles Final during the US Open Tennis Tournament, Flushing, New York, USA. 7th September 2014. Photo Tim Clayton (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 21: Serena Williams plays a match against Flavia Pennetta of Italy during Day 4 of the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 21, 2013 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after defeating Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during their women's singles semifinal match on Day Twelve of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Williams defeated Makarova in two sets 6-1, 6-3. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after defeating Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during their women's singles semifinal match on Day Twelve of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Williams defeated Makarova in two sets 6-1, 6-3. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Serena Williams of the US celebrates her victory over Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during their US Open 2014 women's singles semifinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center September 5, 2014 in New York. Williams won 6-1 6-3. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
2018 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Seven. Serena Williams of the United States in action against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in the Women's Singles round four match on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2nd, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
2018 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Seven. Serena Williams of the United States in action against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in the Women's Singles round four match on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2018 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2nd, 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 3: Serena Williams of USA during Day 8 of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros stadium on June 3, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 03: Venus Williams (R) and Serena Williams (L) of the USA in action against Andreja Klepac (not seen) of Slovenia and Maria Jose Martinez (not seen) Sanchez of Spain during during their ladies doubles fourth round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on June 03, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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