Who is Allison Williams' husband? ESPN star shuns Covid vaccine over second pregnancy
Renowned college football sideline reporter Allison Williams announced on Thursday that she will be stepping off the season as a result of her decision to not take the Covid-19 vaccine. Williams, who has been a television favorite thanks to her veteran stint with ESPN, revealed that she didn't want to take the vaccine as she and her husband are trying for a second child.
While Williams has decided to not take the vaccine over fears that it may complicate her pregnancy, other celebrities have denounced the vaccine for trivial reasons. Recently Tom Hanks's son Chet earned social media flak for dissing the vaccine in an Instagram video. Former Disney star Leigh-Allyn Baker also went viral over an anti-vax, anti-mask rant over her children's school district's mandates. Meanwhile, Broadway star Laura Osnes was kicked out of a show after she revealed her anti-vax stance. Williams meanwhile isn't drawing flak online at all; instead, medical professionals are agreeing with her for opting out of the vaccine as she considers expanding her family with husband Samuel Fred Coutts.
Who is Allison Williams's husband?
According to the website Players Bio, Williams has been married to Coutts for four years. Notoriously private about her personal life, not much is known about how Williams met Coutts or when and where he popped the big question. But it is known that the couple reportedly tied the knot on July 1, 2017, in a scenic countryside wedding attended by friends and family.
Williams and Coutts welcomed their first child, Lyle Samson, in July of 2019. The baby was named after Coutts' father, Sammy Lyle Coutts, who passed away in 2015. Williams had addressed complications surrounding her firstborn at the time as she took to Instagram to reveal, "It was a difficult week with the majority spent in the NICU," a week after her child was born. Both she and her husband have since seemed heavily invested in raising their boy together, with Williams's Instagram sprinkled with photos of her two favourite boys in the frame.
Coutts' professional life is also quite under the wraps with Corporation Wiki describing him as a business executive who has been "associated with six companies, according to public records. The companies were formed over a thirteen year period with the most recent being incorporated five years ago in August of 2016. One of the companies is still active while the remaining five are now listed as inactive." All People.com lists Coutts under the company Enc Lath & Plaster Inc, while Licensee.io describes Coutts as a real estate broker in Encinitas, California.
Williams and Coutts try for another baby
As the couple considers expanding their family, Williams decided to take a step back from her career and focus on being a mother. "While my work is incredibly important to me, the most important role I have is as a mother,” she wrote in a statement on Twitter, adding: “Throughout our family planning with our doctor, as well as a fertility specialist, I have decided not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time while my husband and I try for a second child."
Williams continued: "This was a deeply difficult decision to make and it’s not something I take lightly. I understand vaccines have been essential in the effort to end this pandemic; however, taking the vaccine at this time is not in my best interest. After a lot of prayer and deliberation, I have decided I must put my family and personal health first. I will miss being on the sidelines and am thankful for the support of my ESPN family. I look forward to when I can return to the games and job that I love.”
Williams, who has been at ESPN since 2011, is one of the network's most prominent sideline reporters. News of her departure from this season comes after ESPN’s parent company, Disney, announced a month ago that all employees were required to be fully vaccinated. As the commentator shared her statement on social media, she also added: "This will be the first fall in the last 15 years I won’t be on the sidelines for College Football." Williams concluded: "My heart hurts posting this but I’m at peace with my decision."
This will be the first fall in the last 15 years I won’t be on the sidelines for College Football.— Allison Williams (@AllisonW_Sports) September 9, 2021
My heart hurts posting this but I’m at peace with my decision. pic.twitter.com/np5V3gdrfW