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La La Anthony has finally opened up about her divorce from NBA star Carmelo Anthony.
“It’s been years now since then,” La La told “The Angie Martinez Show.”
“To a lot of people, it feels like this single thing is new. It’s been years now that we’ve separated, so I’ve dealt with the emotions behind it. I still have my moments, but for the most part, I can talk about it now and laugh about it and find the humor in it all. Otherwise, I’d be a basket case. I already went through that part.”
The former couple began dating in 2004. At the time, La La was the host of MTV’s “Total Request Live,” and Melo played for the Denver Nuggets. La La was married to Carmelo for 11 years. The former couple shares a 14-year-old son named Kiyan.
She says the media attention made the split harder for her.
“I was bad because it was public. I was bad because there were other people involved. I was bad because there were allegations. It got bad.” The “Power” actress says the entire thing caught her off guard.
La La told Martinez, “it came out of nowhere. I wasn’t expecting it. Even a lawyer said once, ‘Well, he’s a basketball player—what did you expect?’ And I’m like, ‘To be honest, I didn’t expect that. I didn’t go into this marriage expecting that. So I was caught off guard.”
She adds that she’s trying hard not to allow her past experiences to tarnish her views on love.
“After you’ve been through what I went through, which was public and really hard, you do start feeling like that, and you see how people can become jaded and like, ‘Maybe it’s not for me,'” La La confessed. “But I want to always stay positive.”