And if Martina feels anxious about becoming a mum herself at 58, she doesn’t show it.” Fact is, the girls are now thirteen and eight, and the couple started dating in 2006, so Navratilova has been around for a good portion of their lives. Many same-sex couples do not — and many cannot — tie relationship roles to legal markers.
After the split, Nelson sued Navratilova for palimony in 1991.
She also penned two books about her relationship with Navratilova, Fast forward to 2000, and Martina Navratilova begins dating Toni Layton who served as a business advisor.
Additionally, this isn’t the first time she has been partners with a woman who had children from a previous relationship.
Judy Nelson, whom she was with in the 1980s, had two sons. She’d play tennis with them, do their homework with them and cook. I said: “Martina is someone I love.” Her eyes went all wide. Society is certainly more supportive of same-sex relationships and parenting today.
Navratilova and her new father grew close, with Mirek becoming her first tennis coach.
The game was certainly in Navratilova's blood.
Navratilova, who works as an analyst for the Tennis Channel, is very active within the gay community and an influential advocate for gay rights.
Born in Czechoslovakia in 1956, Martina Navratilova began playing tennis at a young age, and was one of the top female tennis players in the world in the late 1970s and early '80s.
Later in life, she authored a series of fiction books and was active in the gay rights movement.