Last April the news broke that La La Anthony and Carmelo Anthony had separated. Apparently, he had been cheating on her. Or not. We’re not sure. For now, they remain officially separated, but a divorce is not in the cards until La La tells us otherwise.
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A long relationship
La La Anthony has known Carmelo Anthony since he’s been 19 years old. Well, that’s how long they’ve been together. She was 24 at the time. That was 14 years ago and indeed, the couple became engaged on Christmas Day in 2004, the same year they officially became a couple.
But their actual nuptials were still a long way off. Before they walked down the aisle, they had son Kiyan together in 2007. It was only in 2010 that the two were married. They exchanged vows in front of 320 guests in a ceremony officiated by Michael Eric Dyson. The illustrious list of guests included LeBron James, Spike Lee, Serena Williams, Ciara, Kim Kardashian, Amare Stoudemire, Ludacris and Kelly Rowland.
The whole thing was filmed by VH1 for the reality TV series La La’s Full Court Wedding. We saw much of their relationship and family life portrayed on the show that followed: La La’s Full Court Life.
Separated but not yet divorced
In April 2017 it was announced that La La and Carmelo were living separately. La La had filed for official separation, and whilst the couple did not live together any longer, they continued to be married.
In July La La visited Wendy Williams on her show and dished about the situation. She wasn’t overly talkative, mind you, but she did have a few things to say. Asked what the status of their relationship was, La La said that she was not going to file for divorce just yet, adding: “You know marriages are tough, and you know that. We all know that. It’s filled with ups and downs. We are just going through a time right now.”
She called Melo her best friend and confirmed that he was the best possible father to Kiyan, which is what mattered the most to her: that their son was happy and brought up by two loving parents who manage to have an amicable relationship.
So, no, a divorce was not on the table, because “You’re not with somebody for that long and it just goes out the window. I love him with all of my heart.”
Still, there must have been a reason for them to separate and it was La La who walked out on the relationship. Rumour has it that Melo managed to get a woman working at a gentleman’s club pregnant. Apparently, the woman was suing for financial support as well. But his representatives denied that there was any truth to those allegations and we haven’t heard any more about it since. La La didn’t comment either, seemingly preferring to let his people deal with it.
At the same time, Carmelo has been rumoured to have been cheating on his wife of seven years multiple times throughout the years. He reportedly justified his behaviour by claiming that it was La La who was married, not him. And all players are doing it, especially on away games. Charming.
Friends of the couple confirmed that they’d been through rough patches before. Only three years ago the two had separated for a time, though obviously unbeknownst to the rest of us, and then they got back together again. Some time apart may have helped to sort out their issues and if you hear La La talking, you’re inclined to believe that she’s not likely going to walk away easily.
Only La La knows
So, it’s been over a year since they officially separated and the two have yet to officially reconcile. They spent last Christmas together as a family, for Kiyan.
And on Valentine’s Day Carmelo posted a message to his wife on social media, confirming his love for her. Interestingly, La La did not reciprocate.
From what we hear she’s the one who knows what’s going on in her relationship and she is not inclined to share until she’s ready. For the time being, she keeps quiet and will only let the rest of us know when she sees fit.
A divorce is currently still not likely and perhaps she and Melo are actually working everything out. If she loves him as much as ever and if they want to continue being a family, they may very well reconcile for good. We’ll find out in due time and we’ll keep you updated when we know more.