NBA’s J.J. Barea and Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera Are Dating!

April 1, 2011

The Dallas Mavericks relief point guard and the beauty pageant winner from 2006 went out on the town together. Now we know that J.J. Barea and Zuleyka Rivera are a couple and that has some people (me included) shocked!

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Though seeing a jock and a beauty queen together isn’t earth shattering news, a Miss Universe with a back up player is interesting. But they are actually from the same place and used nothing other than Twitter to get together!

In case you aren’t familiar with these two, let me introduce you! J.J. Barea and Zuleyka Rivera are both from the gorgeous island nation of Puerto Rico, where they met at several celebrity events. She is 23 years old, 5’9 tall and has been a beauty queen her whole life resulting in her 2006 Miss Universe title. Jose Juan is 26 years old, 5’10 (though according to the NBA he’s 6’0) and has been playing basketball since he was 17.

Now the athlete has the envy of almost every man! They have been rumored to be an item for a while, but how did he actually bag a stunning woman like her? Well last fall when he heard she was single again, he texted her! After a while of talking, they met in Miami, where she lives, and had a great first date.

“It was an awesome first date. We took a private boat in Miami Beach and then went to a restaurant and hung out. Then I had to go to Dallas the next day.”

Now after some major flirting on Twitter we know for sure that the two are crazy about each other. And now maybe everyone can have some hope that true love comes in all forms. What do you think about J.J. Barea and Zuleyka Rivera dating? Are they a match made in heaven? Let me know what you think below!

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Photos:, Rachel Worth Allison

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