Who is Anne de Paula? Meet NBA player Joel Embiid's girlfriend

Amber Peake May 14, 2021
Who is Anne de Paula? Meet NBA player Joel Embiid's girlfriend
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Who is Anne de Paula? NBA player Joel Embiid and his girlfriend, Anne de Paula, feature together in ESPN‘s May 2021 cover story. Now people are curious to know more about the athlete’s girlfriend and their relationship.

Who is Anne de Paula?

Anne de Paula is a Brazilian model who rose to fame as part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model search in 2017.

She has since featured in many Sports Illustrated shoots and worked alongside some famous industry names, including Tyra Banks.

De Paula often shares behind the scene shots from her work and modelling snaps with her 244,000 followers on Instagram.

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How did Anne de Paula and Joel Embiid meet?

NBA star Joel Embiid and Anne de Paula first crossed paths in 2018 at a dinner with a mutual friend. They soon hit it off after connecting over their shared love of football.

The couple went on to become Instagram official on Valentine’s Day in 2019 after de Paula shared a sweet tribute to the athlete on her Instagram.

The model shared the story of how she and Embiid hit it off as part of ESPN‘s May 2021 cover story. She explained: “It started off as a beautiful friendship. We FaceTimed every day for a while. He just has this personality where he wants to motivate you. “

While the couple have been together for more than three years they are yet to tie the knot. However, de Paula and Embiid have previously faced engagement rumours.

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Anne de Paula welcomes baby boy with Joel Embiid

In September last year, de Paula and Embiid welcomed baby Arthur Elijah de Paula Embiid together.

The model announced the birth on Instagram: “Arthur Elijah de Paula Embiid, 8.8lbs, 09/17. Welcome to the world, our little gift from God.”

In a post of his own, Embiid joked he couldn’t wait to expand his family further in the future: “We are so blessed and fortunate to welcome our little boy in this family. First of 11 or more?

“Trying to convince her but I’m not winning so far. I’m just trying to build a soccer team but for real I’m so excited for the future and my life has a new meaning.”

After welcoming their son, De Paula has since gushed that Embiid and Arthur are “best friends”. She added to ESPN: “When Arthur sees him, there is no one else in the room. It is the most beautiful thing ever.

“It almost felt like, with their connection, Arthur sensed something was going on.”

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.