LaLa Anthony is speaking up about her divorce from Los Angeles Laker Carmelo Anthony. The Power actress sat down with radio host Angie Martinez on The Angie Martinez Show on Oct. 11.
The newly single mom was navigating her new life as a single woman and told Martinez that dating is very different from before due to social media and direct messages. Lala and Anthony were together for 15 years.
“This is a new world. Remember, when I got with ‘Mel, there wasn’t Instagram, DMs. You meet people differently now,” LaLa said. “I’m just trying to figure out what is my space in this new world of dating. I don’t know.”
“Guys don’t really put the same amount of effort in anymore. It’s too easy to DM ‘come through.’ Aight, so if you have 100 girls saying ‘alright,’ what you gonna go extra for this person for? It’s like figuring it out. But I promise you, it’s the wild wild west.”
LaLa also noted that she didn’t see herself getting married again. She and Carmelo Anthony separated in 2017 after he was accused of cheating on her and fathering a child with another woman.
LaLa said she knew professional basketball players had a reputation for cheating on their girlfriends and spouses. However, she expected more from her husband and told him to be careful.
“I was aware of it but when it kind of happened to me in the way it did I was surprised because that wasn’t our relationship,” said LaLa. “I was aware of it. We talked through things. I’m like, ‘Be careful out here.’”
Lala also publicly opened up about how difficult it was going through a separation, especially with people telling her she should have expected Anthony to cheat on her. The former Power actress said that even an attorney once asked her why she thought Anthony would be faithful because he was a baller.
“I was bad because it was public. I was bad because other people were involved. I was bad because there were allegations. It got bad,” she said. “That s**t hit me really hard. That came out of nowhere. I’ve heard so many times, even a lawyer said once, ‘Well he’s a basketball player. What did you expect?’ I’m like, to be honest, I didn’t expect that. I didn’t go into this marriage expecting that.”
Despite the heartache LaLa has endured, she maintains a good friendship with Anthony and dotes on their 14-year-old son, Kiyan, who is now taller than his mom.
“When you’ve been with somebody for so long and we started as best friends, I love that we still have that friendship. We’re raising a kid together. It’s no drama with us, it’s no beef. I talk to him as I talk to my close friend and we still have that.”
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LaLa filed for divorce from Anthony in June.