Austin Ekeler Girlfriend: Melanie’s Life & Career

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Melanie Wilking is an Instagram model and a Tiktok star who has been popular among NFL fans since everyone learned about her relationship with the American professional football player Austin Ekeler.

Austin has been playing as the running back for the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL since 2017. 

Although the player initially failed in the draft, the Chargers showed interest and took him in. Proving their decision right, Austin improved drastically and has been a regular player for them since the beginning of his NFL career.

Melanie Wilking
Melanie Wilking In A Black Dress (Source: Facebook)

As everyone knows, Austin’s professional life, his future in football, and transfer rumors are topics of regular discussion in the media.

However, his love life has not been much talked about. This article will discuss everything you need to know about Ekeler’s supportive girlfriend, Melanie Wilking.

But before moving into the details, let’s check out some facts about Wilking.

Quick Facts

Full Name Melanie Wilking
Date of Birth April 12, 1999
Age 24 Years Old
Birth Place Miami, United States
Current Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Education The Warren Consolidated School of Performing Arts (Warren, Michigan)
Nationality American
Religion Christian 
Ethnicity White-American
Father Dean Wilking
Mother Kelly Wilking
Height 1.67 m (5 feet 6 inches)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Blue
Sibling A Sister (Miranda)
Sexual Orientation Straight
Body Measurements Not Available 
Marital Status Unmarried 
Boyfriend Austin Ekeler
Children None
Profession Dancer, Model, Works at Pepperdine University
Best Known As Girlfriend of Austin Ekeler
Net Worth Not Available
Social Media Instagram, TikTok, Facebook
Merch of Austin Ekeler Signed Helmet
Last Update March 2024

Early Life, Family & Education

Melanie Wilking was born on April 12, 1999, to her parents, Dean and Kelly Wilking, in Michigan, United States. She is the youngest daughter. Besides her, she has an elder sister named Miranda in the family.

Her dad is originally from Macomb, Michigan, and has worked as a teacher at Cousino High School for many years. Likewise, her mom, Kelly, is a graduate of Wayne State University and works at Warren Consolidated Schools.

Melanie Wilking and her elder sister Miranda (Source: News Unzip)
Melanie Wilking and her elder sister, Miranda (Source: News Unzip)

Speaking of her childhood, Melanie and her sister had fun growing up together. Only two years her senior, Miranda acted like friends with her younger sister, and as a result, both sisters had an interest in similar kinds of stuff from a young age.

Melanie began dancing when she was two. The two sisters became engrossed in performing arts pretty heavily as they grew. Melanie had already started dancing camps for their friends at home by age seven.

It is unclear whether Melanie is currently attending University for higher education, but as per her Facebook bio, she is working at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California.

Melanie and Miranda graduated from the Warren Consolidated School of Performing Arts with the highest honors though they rarely attended the class because of their busy work schedule.


Melanie Wilking and her elder sister started making money early. While they were still in middle school, Melanie started giving dance classes to children in their locality, and over time, it grew big.

Soon after, she went to concerts and performed for many local artists. Later she signed with a talent agency named Movement Talent Agency (MTA), after which she got more opportunities to work as a background dancer, sometimes outside her state.

Melanie Wilking (Source: Instagram)
Melanie Wilking (Source: Instagram)

The numerous other agencies and organizations she has already worked with include Radio Disney, the Detroit Pistons hip-hop team, Satin Dollz, etc.

Apart from that, the Wilking sisters have progressed further in recent years.

They have collaborated with many big names in the Entertainment Industry, like Selena Gomez, Chris Brown, Iggy Azalea, etc., and brands such as N.B.C., Victoria’s Secret, Adidas, Cover Girl, etc.

Melanie’s Relationship With Austin Ekeler

The L.A. Chargers football star Austin Ekeler and Melanie have been seeing each other after the coronavirus pandemic hit the world. He was still living with his ex-girlfriend Taylor Frick in 2020.

After Melanie came to Los Angeles to live with her sister, she gained widespread popularity on TikTok, becoming an Internet celebrity. Her followers grew in a very short time, and people started pursuing her.

Ekeler, who had been playing for the Chargers since 2017, too became interested in her and approached her.


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Everything worked out well for them, and they have been doing great. Fans like their chemistry and enjoy seeing their fun videos on the Internet.

Austin feels excellent to have such a supportive and loving girlfriend who frequently appears in the stadium to cheer for him during games. The couple spends their time traveling to places and making videos on TikTok.

A Short Bio on Austin Ekeler

The professional American football player Austin Ekeler was born to his mother, Suzanne Ekeler, on May 17, 1995, in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. His mother divorced his dad when he was a kid, so he spent his childhood with his mother and brother.

His younger brother, Wyett, is also a football player and plays college football at the University of Wyoming.

Austin attended Eaton High School in Colorado and played football for The Fightin’ Reds. After graduation, he enrolled in Western Colorado University in Gunnison and played college football for the Mountaineers.

Austin Ekeler in his college team jersey (Source:
Austin Ekeler in his college team jersey (Source:

Unfortunately, Austin remained undrafted in the 2017 NFL draft after his college. The L.A. Chargers, however, saw potential in him and signed a three-year contract worth $1.66 million.

In just three years, Ekeler’s performance established him as one of the best running backs in the league. In 2020, he signed a four-year contract worth nearly $25 million with the Chargers.

Interesting Facts

  • Melanie and her sister, Miranda, have a Youtube channel, The Wilking Sisters, with over 25k subscribers. However, they have not uploaded any new videos for a year. Furthermore, Melanie has her own Youtube channel as well.
  • Austin Ekeler has a bachelor’s degree in business administration focused on energy management from Western Colorado University.
  • Austin Ekeler’s biological father’s identity remains unknown, but as per the sources, he is in prison. 

Popularity Graph 

Popularity of Austin Ekeler Girlfriend Over The Past 12 Months (Source: Google) 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Is Austin Ekeler good?

Austin Ekeler has around 389 receptions and over 60 touchdowns in his NFL career. Despite his short height, he has achieved so much and is currently one of the critical members of the L.A. Chargers.

How tall is Austin Ekeler?

Austin Ekeler is about 1.73 meters (5 feet 8 inches) tall.

Who is Miranda Wilking married to?

Miranda Wilking, the elder sister of Melanie, is married to James Derrick. James is a professional model, music producer, and choreographer in Los Angeles, California. He has a huge fan following on Insta with around 1.7 million followers.

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