For all his success in the boxing ring which has translated into a healthy fortune, British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is enduring a struggle with finding what would be considered a simple enough pursuit for a stud like him.
Joshua aka ‘AJ’ has opened up about his struggles to find love and balance it with his boxing career. Though he admits to wanting someone he can grow with, he also believes being so focused on his exploits inside the ring has made it difficult for him to achieve this. In an interview with The Sun newspaper, Joshua said:
I think you can date and still be a successful sportsman but it’s hard to find a balance and I would have to compromise – which I’ve not felt able to do. My dad never gave me advice about much. But in terms of relationships, what I have learnt and what I tell my son is, it would be nice to find a high school sweetheart and to grow together because as you get older you get set in your ways.”
He added: “For me to have a relationship now means I would have to compromise and change my ways, and I don’t know how easy that would be for me to do. So, I do date but I don’t get to the stage where I actually put anyone into that position. I don’t have a girlfriend and I haven’t had one for a while.”
The 30-year-old said he is aware that he might have to do a bit more mixing with celebrities in the future. He also believes forming a bond with someone equally famous might be a better fit, which could mean venturing out into the celebrity party scene to hopefully meet the one. “Maybe I need to start going to celebrity parties – do something different,” Joshua added.
I hope I will, and probably, meeting someone else who understands fame would make sense. I would hope so. But it needs to be someone down to earth, family-orientated; someone who can call my mum their second mum. It takes time to grow that and, as I said, now I am older I am stuck in my ways. As I get older it would be nice to bring someone into my world but it’s dependent on who. I just haven’t found someone yet.”
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