It seems a bit surprising that Victoria Azarenka believes that seeing her boyfriend Redfoo in action with his work has helped her to deal with and accept her own fame. I say surprising because she has a way more notoriety than he does and he essentially has risen to the level of attention he gains because of her.
I may be in a minority here but until two years ago I had never heard of Redfoo, whose real name is Stefan Gordy and is the son of the Motown record label founder Barry Gordy. Since appearing at some tennis events like the US Open and now being the other half of Azarenka, Redfoo is more in demand. He is even one of the judges on an Australian talent show.
“It's funny, because he's a funny dude. I watched him on X Factor and stuff and we talked about it,” said Azarenka. “It's actually fun because I know him from one side and then I see him on TV from another side. It's exciting.
“It shows you have always to be really just you. It doesn't matter who you are. It's the best way to be more personal with anyone - supporter or press or anyone - you have to be open and honest. Of course they may still not like you that much!”
Vika has struggled with fame in the past, there is no doubt about it, but it seemed like she was turning the corner even before Redfoo came on the scene. However the incident at the Australian Open, which she went on to win, earlier this year did not do much for Azarenka’s position among fans. Certainly having a partner in this instance would have been a big help for her.
He would have been able to talk her through the problems but to me that is something entirely different.
But apparently, Vika makes it clear that she would find it diffident to cope with the limelight of publicity and he has been the one who has allowed her to accept who she is.
One thing is for sure, if there is one person who does need help in the fashion and style stakes it is Redfoo and with her sense of style, Vika should be handing out advice in that area.
Right now though Azarenka will be dealing with the disappointment of not qualifying for the semifinals of the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, rather than where her mind is in being able to deal with fame.