Jesse Williams has a new boo and she’s gorgeous. According multiple reports, Williams is dating stunning SportsNet New York anchor Taylor Rooks and he’s pretty smitten with her. A source told Page Six that Williams is “eager to keep their romance under wraps,” however, since he’s been “going through a difficult divorce” from ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee after filing for divorce last year.
We of course couldn’t help ourselves, and began searching for all kinds of tea on the “Grey’s Anatomy” star’s new bae. Here are 7 things we know so far.
1.) She’s 26 years old.
Rooks just celebrated her 26th birthday on May 22. She posted the photo above with a lengthy message expressing her excitement about all the amazing things that have happened in her life this year. “So many things have manifested in my life this year and I’m honestly just thankful, she wrote. “Thankful to my family, my friends, and to every single one of YOU. My birthday wish for all of us is to continue to live passionately.”
2.) She comes from a family of athletes.
She is the daughter of Thomas Rooks, top rushing leader for the Illinois Fighting Illini. She is the niece of St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer, Lou Brock, and the niece of former Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints NFL player, Marv Woodson.
3.) She loves football.
Rooks was previously a host, reporter, and correspondent for the Big Ten Network. She appeared on BTN Live, BTN Football Pregame, and Women’s Sports Report. She was a sideline reporter for CBS Sports Network for the 2016-2017 football season.
4.) She’s also a model.
The St. Louis native modeled briefly while in college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign but later turned her focus to broadcast journalism. During her time in college she received numerous scholarships and helped expand women’s interest in broadcasting.
5.) She has a YouTube show and podcast.
Along with her gig on SportsNet, Rooks has also made a name for herself with her YouTube show and podcast TimeOut With Taylor Rooks, interviewing big names including Dwayne Wade and Meek Mill.
6.) Went public with Williams over Memorial Day Weekend.
No word on how long the two have been dating, but Williams and Rooks were spotted together at Kevin Hart’s comedy show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, over Memorial Day Weekend. A source added of Williams and Rooks, “The two slipped into Atlantic City for 24 hours” on Saturday.
7.) She’s a huge fan of Donald Glover.
Rooks attended High School in Atlanta Georgia, the same city where actor Donald Glover was raised and the focus of his FX series “Atlanta.” Rooks posted the photo above with Glover while attending his SNL after party earlier this month. “Meet the Glovers. SNL after party with my favorite family,” she wrote. “I was filled with so much happiness to have Georgia people here in New York. Thank you Steve for everything, you’re truly the best. And thank you Donald for all the laughs and pushing the culture.”