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After several high-profile romances, Olivia Culpo made a “no athletes ever again” dating rule – until she met Christian McCaffrey. The former Miss Universe became linked to the running back for the 49ers in 2019. In her new reality TV series “The Culpo Sisters,” the 30-year-old described how their relationship is “rooted in God.”

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model told Fox News Digital that the couple’s devotion to faith is essential to their union. She explained, “The foundation of our relationship has always been God. And I feel like when things are hard or when you’re both overwhelmed [and] there’s not a ton that you can give to each other, you can always rely on God. So I feel like if the foundation is there, if there’s a foundation of that in any relationship, it is incredibly helpful. Sometimes you just need help with any relationship. That’s not only like with friendships. It’s with everything. I think it’s important to be faith-based, truly.”

The star has been thinking about her future. In the series, Culpo described her dream of being a mom someday and having a big family. Viewers will see how Culpo decided to freeze her eggs in hopes that it can eventually be a reality.

“I feel like I’ve always known that I wanted to have a big family because I came from a big family,” she explained. “I feel like freezing your eggs is a very empowering move. It kind of puts you in control a little bit more. And I would recommend anybody doing it who wants to have kids and is maybe in their 30s and hasn’t had kids yet. I hope it could be more accessible for everyone.”

 

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Culpo noted that while she discussed her decision with McCaffrey, 26, the choice was hers. “Luckily, to freeze your eggs, you only need one person, and it’s yourself,” she laughed. “He’s supportive. He didn’t have a say, to be honest.” One thing about motherhood she is looking forward to is sharing her love of Rhode Island, where she is originally from. “Oh, I miss the food,” said Culpo, who now calls Los Angeles home. “The foliage, the smells. It’s a safe space. We just have so many positive memories growing up there—the authenticity. People are straight shooters. But the food is definitely the best.”

Culpo is not the only one in the family dating a professional athlete. Her younger sister, Sophia Culpo, is involved with Braxton Berrios, a receiver on the Jets. The 26-year-old told Fox News Digital that she has turned to her sibling for advice on navigating the field. And Culpo has plenty to say on the subject. She has previously dated football players Danny Amendola and Tim Tebow and Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.

Culpo insisted that “nothing was off limits” regarding having cameras follow their family around as they navigate love and life. “As daunting as it is with something like this, you’re either all in, or you’re all out,” she said. “So we just tried to go as big as we can and not hold back. We hope that other people out there will find a little bit of themselves in our stories. We know that they will… We worked really hard to be as vulnerable as possible.” And their Rhode Island roots played a significant role in the show.

However, there were moments while filming when things got too real. Sophia admitted she likely would not be tuning in for the episodes that show her fighting with Olivia. “The Culpo Sisters” airs on Mondays at 9 pm.

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