La La Anthony files for divorce from Carmelo Anthony after 11 years of marriage


Back in 2017, we were getting a lot of stories about Carmelo and La La Anthony’s marriage. He was apparently cheating on her, they separated for a time and there was a lot of drama. At some point, they did tentatively reconcile and I was somewhat surprised to realize that at no point did either of them file for divorce or formally separate? But it was clear that they were sort of living separate lives, and that La La was over it. Who knows what the final nail in the coffin was, but La La filed for divorce.

La La and Carmelo Anthony’s marriage has been through a separation, a reconciliation, and years of speculation — but now they’ve amicably decided to officially call it quits. La La filed divorce docs Thursday in New York, 11 years after tying the knot with the NBA star, and cited irreconcilable differences.

Sources close to the former couple tell TMZ … they’ve been separated for awhile but remain friends, as always, after 16 years together, and everything about the divorce is amicable. We’re told they both wanted to take time to ensure a private and smooth transition in their relationship for their 14-year-old son, Kiyan — who’s always their top priority — and they remain fully aligned as parenting partners.

As we reported, Melo and La La split in 2017 after 7 years of marriage amid rumors he cheated on her, but by late 2018 it seemed they were working things out. We even saw La La in Portland to support Carmelo as he made a transition in his career after getting signed by the Trail Blazers. It appeared things were on track.

In mid-2019, La La reportedly called their marriage “strained” amid more cheating speculation and things remained on shaky ground even though the family quarantined together in 2020.

[From TMZ]

Oh, lord, if the marriage was already strained and La La was already over it before the pandemic, I bet being in lockdown together was some kind of hell. Anyway, I remember when they were one of the “First Couples” of New York and it’s shocking that was eleven years ago. La La will be fine though – I’ve always thought that she’s more well-connected than him. She’s tight with women like Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams, Vanessa Bryant, Beyonce, Ciara, etc. Her girlfriends will have her back because they’ve had her back this whole time.


Carmelo Anthony and wife LaLa Anthony attend the 11th Annual Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner on April 18, 2016 at Balthazar Restaurant in New York, New York, by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Photoshot

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  1. Noki says:

    He just had twins outside of his marriage,that makes three kids now through stepping out. I am guessing she is done with the cheating and humilliation.

    • LovesitinNM says:

      I think at that point it becomes about setting an example for children too. Her son will be an adult soon. She may hope to encourage him to have healthy relationships where both people decide together if they will be monogamous or open.

  2. farah says:

    Three children outside of the marriage is rough. OMG. Who remembers the infamous “Lala is married, I’m not” he told one of his sidechicks. Melo is a dog.

    She had an interview last month where the interviewer kept refering to Melo as her ex and she insisted she was still married. The twins were born in April, so I guess she recently found out.

    • Noki says:

      I have a cousin who has FOUR outside of his marriage, its truly sickening. I mean the disrespect!!! I dont even know what to say at this point. So reckless,tacky and unforgivable.

      • Yup, Me says:

        A bunch of kids outside your relationship is just tangible proof of all the STDs you COULD have brought home. These dudes are so damn stupid.

    • Chelsea says:

      I will just never understand people who can disrespect their spouse like this..and so publicly!! I hope she is now really done and free and surrounded by good people and i hope at some point he has a eureka moment and realizes what a terrible example he is setting for his children.

  3. Izzy says:

    Many years ago at the start of my working career, I worked for an NBA team. Based on my observations then and stories like this now, it is painfully obvious that pro athletes in general didn’t learn a damn thing from Magic Johnson’s story.

    • Noki says:

      Yup and granted anyone who wants to cheat will cheat however dating these young hot rich ballers you are simply asking for heartache. I think it was Shaqs or MJ wife that said groupies are outside their hotels and drop offs in every city. Its even more mind boggling when you are a self sufficient woman and doing well for yourself to go this route like Lala and Khloe.

    • No no no says:

      My ex played for the Yankees. One day I was at a home game, hanging out with his driver. (We went to most home games together for 2 years.) We were in the family section and the driver pointed out a girlfriend of one of the players who came to games when the wife of that player stayed home in Tampa. The conversation lead to the driver claiming that only a few guys on the team didn’t cheat. There were details, which I won’t get into, but I was pretty shocked to learn about some of the guys who I thought were good guys.

    • dogmom says:

      I worked in sports for 10 years. Athletes are all dogs. Seriously, don’t get involved with an athlete, because cheating is the norm.

      • Ange says:

        Same, I’ve been in it for 12. You’re deluding yourself if you get involved with one expecting fidelity.

  4. Fernanda says:

    Don’t understand men like this. Why marry?

    • PlutoTrineSun says:

      Because they want it all. A loving and caring wife and children and home base for unconditional love and security. And lots of punani on the side because why not? Makes me ill.

  5. hindulovegod says:

    He was lucky to be with Lala, to be honest. I hope she heals from this toxic relationship and is surrounded by people who love and support her.

    • Midge says:

      Yeah, the gaslighting, lies, betrayal, how he repeatedly put her health at risk – it will take time for her to heal from all of this.

  6. nicegirl says:

    I hope Lala is going to be ok.

  7. Cacec04 says:

    Wow. Years ago, my husband was a server at a fancy restaurant in our city that celebs frequent. He told me then how Carmelo had essentially a harem of women with him and went up to the hotel (which is above the restaurant) with all of them after spending a lot of money on drinks for all of them. I told him then that I was pretty sure he’s married and his response was “that sure wasn’t a guy acting like he was married”. I thought I’d hear about them divorcing soon after that. It’s shocking to hear it was so much worse than even that and they’re just now divorcing.

  8. Julie says:

    In terms of celebrity “relevancy” I always saw LaLa as a huge asset for Melo. She’s genuinely beloved by many icons in pop culture and knows how to keep HER sh*t on the DL. Good luck to Melo; I have a feeling in 10-20 years he’ll feel the full effect of her absence

  9. Watson says:

    Melo is an idiot and a dog. Lala was always better off without him. Be at peace, woman. You don’t need that loser!

  10. Coffeeisgood says:

    I remember when he was on the Denver nuggets and I was in middle school (I think this was like 2004-2006) and everyone was obessed with him 😂

    Lala definitely deserves better though.

  11. Shannon Brown says:

    Good for her. She waited ten years plus one to file, so she’s entitled to a nice alimony payment and a payout. Melo will be playing until he’s 40 years old to keep up the payments.

  12. Lonnie tinks says:

    It’s so weird, I was thinking about how these men get caught because they literally create a whole other person with a mistress, pretty tough to hide, but then I remembered that something like 10% of people don’t know who their biological father is, as in, the mother cheats in her relationship, but when she gets pregnant, just passes the baby off as her husbands. It’s all so messed up.