Remember how Serena Williams announced she was 20 weeks pregnant on Snapchat last week? If it wasn’t clear by her quickly removing the photo – not quick enough for it to make the rounds on social media, of course – it turns out she posted it by accident.
While speaking with Gayle King at a TED Talk on Tuesday, Williams admitted she pressed the wrong button while she was taking a personal picture of herself on vacation, which she was doing every week to track the progression of her pregnancy. She didn’t realize what she had done until people started to call her about 30 minutes after she accidentally posted it.
“I was on vacation, taking time for myself and I have this thing where I’ve been checking my status and taking a picture every week,” said Williams. “I’ve been just saving it, but you know how social media is – you press the wrong button and…My phone doesn’t ring that much, and 30 minutes later, I’d missed four calls. So I picked it up and realised, ‘Oh no.'”
Williams then went on to say it wasn’t a big deal because she had planned on sharing the news soon, probably around the time she posted this moving message to her baby on Instagram a couple of days ago.
Williams also revealed that she learned she was pregnant two weeks before her record-breaking victory against her sister Venus Williams at the Australian Open. She told King she was “nervous” to play and that her losing would’ve been bigger news because, “no one knew and I was supposed to win that tournament as I am every tournament that I show up [for].”
“It wasn’t very easy,” Williams continued. “You hear all these stories about people when they’re pregnant – they get sick, they get really tired, really stressed out. … I had to really take all that energy and put it in a paper bag, so to say, and throw it away.”