Former tennis ace Anna Kournikova's partner and singer Enrique Iglesias insists their 13-year romance doesn't need matrimonial stamp
Former Russian tennis ace Anna Kournikova might not be too happy to hear her lover Enrique Iglesias' latest comments on marriage.
The 38-year-old singer in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning has categorically said that he has no intention of marrying the stunning 32-year-old ex-tennis player whom he has been in a relationship with for over 13 years now.
Iglesias felt there was no point in simply putting a stamp of marriage on such a long-term partnership as it would not bring the couple any closer by doing so.
"I'm not against marriage, not at all, but when you've been with someone for such a long time, I don't think it's going to bring us closer together. I don't think it's going to make us any happier," said the 38-year-old super singer.
Iglesias and Kournikova met and almost immediately hit it off during the 2001 shoot of his song Escape. Kournikova appeared in the video and the track went on to become an international chartbuster.
Iglesias said he instantly knew the two would be together as they had gotten on very well throughout the shoot. Recalling those moments, Iglesias said: "She was just the coolest girl in the world to me and we just got along."
However, Enrique's views on marriage might not go down too well with the Russian glam girl, who was reported in October last year to have been very keen on tying the knot with her lover. Reports then suggested that Kournikova was getting increasingly frustrated with Iglesias' reluctance to marry her.
Some reports even claimed that the couple's relationship was on the rocks due to the delay in marriage. A source close to Kournikova back then was quoted saying: "They're on the rocks. Anna is getting tired of waiting for him to decide if he wants to marry her or not... she feels like it's never going to happen. She is ready to move on."
The number of WTA singles titles Anna Kournikova won during her professional career that spanned eight years — 1995 to 2003. She however has two Grand Slam doubles titles — Australian Open 1999 & 2002 with Martina Hingis