Who Is Emma MacDonald? Payton Pritchard Wife Or Girlfriend

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Fans are curious to know about the wife of Payton Pritchard. The Celtics point guard is not married but has a soon-to-be wife Emma MacDonald.

The NBA player & his girlfriend Emma went Instagram official about their engagement in July 2023.

The news came a few months after the couple disclosed their relationship to the public. Over a couple of months, Emma was seen supporting her basketball star boyfriend.

Payton Pritchard Pictured Playing Against Denver Nuggets In 2022
Payton Pritchard Pictured Playing Against Denver Nuggets In 2022 (Source: Instagram)

Growing up in an athletic family, Payton’s dad, Terry Pritchard, wanted his son to play football, and though he played all the sports growing up, he later solely focused on basketball.

A graduate of the University of Oregon, Pritchard was a star player for the Ducks averaging 13.5 points per game in four seasons. 

Payton Pritchard then became the first-round pick (26th overall) of the Boston Celtics in the 2020 NBA draft.

Currently, in his third season with the Celtics, Payton has played 185 games till now. And the NBA guard is having one of his best seasons with the 2022 Championship finalist. 

In Game 2 of the 2023 Eastern Conference semi-final, Celtics came out with all guns blazing, with Jayson Tatum scoring a team-high 27 points.

Pritchard played for 12 minutes, scoring eight points, three assists, and two rebounds. 

Payton Pritchard Girlfriend: Emma MacDonald

Payton Pritchard’s girlfriend (now fiancee), Emma MacDonald, is a social media influencer and has a podcast on Apple. 

Emma MacDonald (born: July 22, 2001) is three years younger than her NBA star boyfriend.

She graduated from Nauset High School in 2019 and is highly active on social media. 

On YouTube, Emma boasts a subscriber count of 367k and recently dropped a vlog of her traveling to Atlanta for the playoffs.

Furthermore, Emma has a following of 847.5k on Tiktok and is usually sharing her fits, makeup videos, and skincare routines, and a few of those videos also feature her famous boyfriend.

Girlfriend Of Payton Pritchard Emma MacDonald
Girlfriend Of Payton Pritchard Emma MacDonald (Source: Instagram)

Emma, with her older sister, Maggie, was a feature of Forbes in 2020.

Their vlogs in and around Boston have made them an internet success story. 

With her sister, Maggie, Emma began a podcast named “Love Ya, Bye” at the end of 2022.

Their first podcast was released on November 29, 2022, titled “Sisters or Roommates.”

Payton Pritchard And Emma MacDonald Are Engaged

Payton Pritchard and Emma MacDonald began dating in 2023.

It didn’t take long for the couple to take another step toward relationship goals- well, they got engaged.

Both Pritchard and MacDonald went Instagram official about their engagement on July 3, 2023.

In an Instagram carousel, the pair seemingly were on a trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, when the Boston Celtics player went down on one knee & proposed to Emma. 

Insights On Relationship Timeline

The NBA couple, Emma and Payton, gave insight into their dating life in the 22nd episode of the “Love Ya, Bye” podcast in 2023, which featured Payton as a special guest. 

It was through his little sister, Lexi, that Payton came to know about Emma.

The Boston Celtic player came across Emma’s YouTube channel one day when his sister was watching one of her vlogs. 

Later that night, Payton DMed Emma on Instagram and went through her profile. They had small chats, but nothing came to fruition.

Payton And Emma Went Public With Their Relationship In February 2023
Payton And Emma Went Public With Their Relationship In February 2023 (Source: Instagram)

Fast forward to the end of 2022, the couple met on the dating app Raya. As soon as Payton joined the app, Emma liked his profile giving hints that she might be interested in hanging out with him. 

After that, their relationship picked up steam, and they had their first date in Boston. The couple became Instagram official on Valentine’s Day of 2023, with Payton sharing a series of photos with her. 

In the podcast, Payton shared the little things he enjoys most with Emma, whether it’s making coffee or going out on walks.

The Celtics player said he wouldn’t enjoy doing all these things with someone else, but with Emma, every small thing felt special. 

Sriyukta Pradhananga
Sriyukta Pradhananga

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