They say that chicks dig scars, but sometimes, they really just want an NBA player in life. Conversely, plenty of NBA superstars like Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid had once desired to be in a relationship with a Brazilian model. I say “had” because Embiid is now actually the significant other to one, and that bombshell is no other than Anne de Paula. In this piece, we will get to know about Mrs. Process, how did she meet Joel, what made her busy before she caught the eye of the Cameroonian, and more. Take a deep breath and maybe watch some Joel Embiid highlights to get you going, then come back to continue reading this dedicated piece about the woman who captured the heart of The Process. Ladies and gentlemen, Joel Embiid’s girlfriend: Anne de Paula.
Joel Embiid’s girlfriend: Anne de Paula
Anne de Paula came into this world on March 31, 1995. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hundreds of thousands of miles away from Joel Embiid’s homeland of Cameroon in South Africa. Anne is a Roman Catholic, which is not much of a surprise, considering she’s from Brazil.
According to The Famous People, Anne grew up with a passion for soccer, a sport that’s viewed with reverence in Brazil. Embiid could definitely relate to this, as Cameroon is also big on the sport. Perhaps if Embiid didn’t grow up to be so tall, he would have had pursued a career in soccer instead of basketball. Nevertheless, Joel remains an avid follower of football.
Embiid wasn’t particularly looking for anything romantically serious when his and Anne’s paths crossed the first time. In fact, their initial encounter was a totally random one. Anne didn’t even have a clue at the time what Embiid was into when she first saw him.
“He met de Paula when he wasn’t looking for anyone. They just happened to attend the same dinner with a mutual friend in New York City in 2018. And as she remembers it, neither of them really said much during dinner. She didn’t even realize he was a basketball player until he stood up at the end of the meal and she saw how tall he was.”
People started to think that there’s something between Embiid and de Paula that same year, but their relationship only became apparent once Sixers owner Michael Rubin shared a post on Instagram congratulating Embiid and de Paul on their engagement (it’s not clear if they’re actually engaged). Prior to that, Embiid spoke with GQ about his love life, though he didn’t name de Paula in that interview.
— Mirror Sport (@MirrorSport) October 24, 2018
Joel Embiid’s girlfriend was already doing modeling for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue. Here’s how SI described her for a short profile:
“Brazilian model Anne de Paula made her SI Swimsuit debut as part of the 2017 SI Swimsuit model search, where she shot in body paint. She won the fan vote that year and became a 2018 SI Swimsuit rookie. Anne is a proud dog mom and splits her time between New York City and Philadelphia.”
Being in New York City and Philly most of the time meant she was always just around the epicenter of Embiid-mania, who was drafted by the Sixers in 2014.
It was not hard to see how the two fell for each other, as they share plenty of similarities. Anne and Joel both love soccer. They know how to speak French. An excerpt in Shelburne’s profile of Embiid also revealed that the two shared the dream of having a family:
“It started off as a beautiful friendship,” she says. They both loved soccer, both spoke French and both wanted a family more than anything. “We FaceTimed every day for a while. … He just has this personality where he wants to motivate you. His friends, his family and now with Arthur — he pushes all of us to be the best of ourselves.
Their wish to have a family became a sweet reality two years into their relationship when the couple welcomed Arthur Elijah de Paula Embiid to the world in September 2020. A social media superstar himself, Embiid didn’t waste much time to show the world how proud he was to become a father, posting an image on Instagram of him with Arthur shortly after his son’s birth. He even joked about wondering whether Arthur is the first of 11 more children with de Paula
Speaking of which, Anne de Paula even managed to pose for Sports Illustrated’s 2021 Swimsuit Calendar despite being three months pregnant with Arthur. Talk about dedication to her craft. As of this writing, Anne has over 243,000 followers on Instagram.
So there you have it. Whenever you want to share trivia about the Sixers big man, don’t forget to include some tidbits on Joel Embiid’s girlfriend.