The mystery woman who was spotted lounging on a yacht with NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony in a series of damning paparazzi photos is believed to be model and actress Sara Smiri.
When the images of them together first surfaced, the 35-year-old basketball player denied rumors that he was cheating on his wife La La Anthony, 36, claiming the woman in question was married and they were on a business trip with her husband.
However, three different gossip websites so far have identified the woman as 28-year-old Sara — and she is reportedly not married.
Mystery solved? Model Sara Smiri, 28, is believed to be the woman who was photographed on a yacht with Carmelo Anthony in the south of France on Tuesday
Damning photos: When the images of them together first surfaced, the 35-year-old basketball player denied rumors that he was cheating on his wife La La Anthony, 36
The up-and-coming model, who is believed to be of Swedish and Moroccan heritage, made her Instagram account private overnight amid the speculation, leaving little information about herself aside from the fact she is followed by rapper Meek Mill.
Sara has modeled for small brands in Morocco and Sweden and appears to run in celebrity circles.
The website Rapped Out referred to Sara only as a ‘Swedish model’ while alleging she is the woman in the pictures but not married like Carmelo claimed.
According to the outlet, a source said she met Carmelo while in Paris, France. The former Houston Rockets star was in the City of Lights for the men’s shows at Paris Fashion Week and was seen attending the Berluti catwalk event last Friday.
Discrepancy: The NBA star claimed that the woman on the yacht was with her husband and family, but Sara is said to be single
What we know: Sara has modeled for small brands in Morocco and Sweden and appears to run in celebrity circles
Rumors: The up-and-coming model reportedly met Carmelo in Paris, France
All smiles: Carmelo was in the City of Lights last week to attend the men’s shows at Paris Fashion Week. He is pictured outside the Berluti catwalk event last Friday
The celebrity news site Blackish Tea also identified the woman as Sara and stated that she is not married.
Several social media users on both Twitter and Instagram have also named Sara as the woman pictured; DailyMail.com has reached out to Sara and a spokesperson for Carmelo.
The mystery woman was first believed to be Carmelo’s alleged baby mama, 24-year-old Mia Angel Burks, but she took to Instagram Stories to slam the athlete after the pictures surfaced.
‘N****s out here explaining how they’re laid up on a boat with “another man’s wife” BUT can’t explain why they can’t spend time with their daughter,’ she wrote.
Carmelo and his wife La La split briefly in 2018 amid rumors he fathered a child Mia, who has a daughter named Genesis.
He said: Carmelo claimed the woman who was with him on the yacht was with her husband, but Sara isn’t believed to be married
Hard to tell: Little is known about Sara, who has been keeping an incredibly low profile since the yacht photos emerged, even making her popular Instagram account private
Hitting back: Carmelo condemned the blogs for dragging the woman’s family into the drama
The NBA star was seen lounging with another woman on a massive yacht in southern France on Tuesday while La La celebrated her 36th birthday in New York City.
Staying hidden: Sara, who is followed by rapper Meek Mill, made her Instagram account private overnight amid the rumors
Carmelo denied his rumored infidelity and claimed that the leopard-print swimsuit-clad woman was on the boat with her husband and the rest of her family.
He said he was in Europe on a business retreat and had been on the yacht as a friend.
Carmelo addressed blog reports in a video to TMZ on Wednesday, saying that they are ‘affecting my family’.
‘I’m really only addressing this for my family,’ he said. ‘Keep my family out this, man.’
He also condemned the blogs for dragging the woman’s family into the drama.
‘Y’all trying to expose somebody’s wife,’ he added. ‘Y’all exposing somebody’s kids. Leave that alone, man. That ain’t cool.
‘That’s not cool at all. Let that family be they family, they married.’
Carmelo continued: ‘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.
Happier times: Carmelo and La La have been married since 2010 and share a 12-year-old son. She was in New York celebrating her 36th birthday when the photos of her husband emerged
Symbol: La La fueled rumors of marital discord when she shared a cryptic photo of a bleeding heart being stabbed via Instagram before quickly deleting it
‘Can’t let this one slide, because this sh*t ain’t cool no more. Peace.’
Despite Carmelo’s vehement denials that he was cheating on his wife, Lala ‘is a wreck over it,’ a source told Page Six.
Carmelo and La La have been married since 2010 and they share a 12-year-old son named Kiyan.
They’ve since reconciled following their split last year, but a source told Page Six that La La is still distrustful of Carmelo.
‘Even though they are still married they are still working on their marriage,’ the source claimed. ‘She has trust issues, and she does not trust him fully. She is currently in therapy.’
Rumors: Carmelo and La La split briefly last year amid rumors he fathered a child with 24-year-old Mia Angel Burks (left), who has a daughter named Genesis (right)
Explain that: Mia she took to Instagram Stories to slam the athlete after the pictures surfaced
La La stepped out in New York City on Tuesday to celebrate her 36th birthday, wearing a hot pink latex dress and yellow pumps.
She was seen posing solo on a New York street with large balloons before walking hand-in-hand with longtime pal Kim Kardashian in East Village.
The Power actress fueled rumors of marital discord when she shared a cryptic photo of a bleeding heart being stabbed via Instagram before quickly deleting it.
However, a screenshot of the image was later shared on the Instagram account The Shade Room.