Tessa Virtue and Morgan Rielly are expecting their 1st baby: A timeline of the Canadian power couple's relationship

The 35-year-old Olympian shared a series of photos revealing her growing baby bump on a vacation she took with the 30-year-old Maple Leafs star.

Tessa Virtue and Morgan Rielly are officially expecting a baby. (Photo via Instagram/@tessavirtue17
Tessa Virtue and Morgan Rielly are officially expecting a baby. (Photo via Instagram/@tessavirtue17

Tessa Virtue and Morgan Rielly are officially growing their family.

On Tuesday, Virtue took to Instagram with a carousel of vacation photos revealing she's pregnant with her first child. The Canadian ice dancer included snaps of her Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman husband on a beach, as well as shots showing off her growing baby bump.

"Some snaps from my favourites folder from a few weeks back," the Olympic gold medalist, 35, wrote. The London, Ont.-born athlete's post included photos of a picturesque, sunny beach, the couple cozying up near the ocean-facing pool and Rielly, 30, planting a kiss on Virtue's cheek.

The post prompted a series of comments celebrating the news and congratulating the duo on their upcoming chapter.

"Ahhh, congrats. What a fun swipe-through this was," penned Canadian influencer Sarah Nicole Landry.

"Omg, Tessa! What an amazing surprise swipe-through! Congrats to you both!" added Canadian model Ashley Callingbull.

"Best news of 2024, especially as a fan since I was little," a fan chimed in.

The couple's update came as a surprise to many of their fans, since they've often kept their relationship out of the limelight. Even though their romance has been notably private, Virtue and Rielly have shared tidbits of their partnership with the world since they first started dating. Below, we take a look back on what we know about the Canadian power couple's love story.

In a 2023 interview with Shantelle Bisson on the "Without Losing Your Cool" podcast, Virtue said she and Rielly had been together for several years. The pair were introduced through "mutual friends."

Photos of Virtue and Rielly together at the MLSE charity event surfaced on social media. While neither of the athletes announced their relationship, fans took this photo as confirmation.

While he didn't name drop Virtue, Rielly's teammate Auston Matthews revealed on Barstool's "Spittin' Chicklets" podcast, that he and Rielly hadn't been hanging out as much because he was too busy spending time with his new girlfriend.

"I was pretty upset with him for a while and I would chirp him and stuff like that because he kind of kept it quiet, he didn't come out and say it," Matthews said of Rielly's relationship, before going on to call Virtue "an absolute sweetheart."

Virtue and Rielly finally confirmed their relationship on a live stream with Arkells singer Max Kerman. At the time, marking the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pair were in quarantine together.

In April 2020, Rielly spoke to journalists during the break from hockey about how he was navigating the pandemic and quarantine.

"We are both kind of in it together," Rielly said about spending time with Virtue. "We are trying to keep each other sane. I don't want to say too much about it, but … I'm glad in a time like this that I'm not alone. We all need somebody to talk to

After the excitement of confirming dating rumours, the new couple maintained an extremely private relationship with very little sightings together in public or on social media. On July 1, 2022, Virtue shared a collage of Canada Day photos on Instagram featuring a small, mysterious glimpse of her then-boyfriend with her arm wrapped around him.

On New Year's Eve 2022, the ice dancer shared a message alongside a black and white photo of herself and Rielly walking down a street with their arms around each other.

"So long 2022 ... you were a special one," she wrote.

Virtue confirmed her and Rielly's engagement during an appearance on Bisson's podcast. She detailed how her relationship with the athlete changed her view on relationships.

"I was very guarded for a long time, and I wouldn't give out my phone number, I wouldn't open up — I was very insular," she shared. "I think that's changed, though. I feel much more open now, and maybe that's just getting comfortable with who I am and what I want, and also, being a good judge of character helps."

In a separate interview with Sports Illustrated, Rielly added he felt "very fortunate" to be engaged to Virtue.

Speaking with Narcity, the Maple Leafs defensemen candidly shared the pair were deep in wedding planning-mode. Rielly said he and Virtue are "extremely happy," and "definitely have a plan."

"I don't know how much I want to divulge, but we're extremely happy, we're really looking forward to it. We're in a great place," he said. "This is a great time in our lives, so we're just having fun with it."

In October of last year, Rielly shared a set of photos to Instagram that gave fans a glimpse at his wedding band. The photos set off a firestorm of speculation that the pair had secretly tied the knot.

At the start of February, Virtue confirmed with Hello! Canada that she and Rielly tied the knot. Photos shared by the magazine show the couple their nuptials by hosting an intimate dinner at Noce restaurant in Toronto before travelling to Italy for a romantic reception in Tuscany.

"We were on cloud nine," Virtue said, noting their wedding was "magical."

She added she was conflicted at times about keeping their engagement and wedding plans private: "You know when something is just so meaningful to you that you simultaneously want to just hold on to it and protect it so fiercely, and also shout it from the rooftops?"

Virtue shared there was no stress in planning with Rielly, noting it was a bonding experience and they're motivated to be "the very best partners for one another."

In a May 28 Instagram post, Virtue shared a series of photos from a beachside vacation she took with Rielly — including snapshots of her growing baby bump. The surprise pregnancy announcement, which she slyly captioned "some snaps from my favourites folder from a few weeks back," left many fans in shock.

"Omg! We missed a chapter! Congrats," someone commented on the post, along with a red heart emoji.

"Tessa!! Zoë is going to be the best partner in crime," someone else added, referencing the couple's beloved dog.

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