Carmelo Anthony wants the world to know: he is not cheating on his wife La La Anthony.
On Wednesday (June 26), the NBA basketball player took it upon himself to reach out to TMZ Sports to set the record straight after reports claimed he's was cheating on La La after being spotted with a woman on a yacht in France. "I'm going to address this one time and one time only. And I'm really only addressing it for my family," he said in a recorded video sent to the entertainment news site.
"Keep my family out this, man. I'm over here trying to do my business retreat. I'm over here trying to have a good time. I'm over here with some friends. Them people are married," he explained, referencing the recently released photos floating around the Internet that showed him laying on a yacht beside a woman that wasn't his wife. To make matters worse, the two appeared to be on the yacht alone. However, Carmelo told TMZ, the woman is actually on the yacht with her husband and the rest of her family, and Carmelo is on board as a friend while in Europe on a business retreat.
"They don't have nothing to do with anything," the 35-year-old basketball player continued in his video. "Y'all trying to expose somebody's wife, somebody's kids, all that. Leave that alone. That ain't cool. I gotta deal with that with my son, with my wife [...] All them bloggers that's trying to put that out there, that sh*t is not cool at all," he said. "That's not cool at all. Let that family be they family, they married."
Melo added: "The only reason I'm addressing this is because this is affecting my family now and you got me out here looking crazy. Usually, I won't address this, but I had to address this. Can't let this one slide, because this sh*t ain't cool no more."
This isn't the first time La La and Carmelo have had to endure cheating rumors. As fans know, the couple split in April 2017 — La La even reportedly moved out of their shared family home — after La La allegedly caught him cheating on her. Melo was not only accused of having an affair but also impregnating another woman during their marriage. However, neither Lala or Carmelo ever addressed the cheating or pregnancy rumors directly. La La even stated that she had no plans to divorce the basketball star while appearing on The Wendy Williams Show in June 2017.
"La La and Carmelo have recently reconciled and they truly still love one another,” an insider close to the 36-year-old Power star told the magazine. "It’s so obvious when they’re together." After confirming that the pair is officially back together, the source revealed that their 11-year-old son, Kiyan, played a major factor in their decision to give their relationship another shot. "They also both want what’s best for their son and are committed to being a family."
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