Carmelo and his estranged wife, the former LaLa Vazquez, separated months ago, after she learned ‘Melo sired a baby with Burks. Anthony and LaLa have a 10-year-old son, Kiyan.

Butks graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in health communication last year, according to Page Six.

She and Anthony started seeing each other last summer, a source told the newspaper.

An ex friend of Burks’ disputed a gossip tabloid’s claims that she worked as a stripper.

“She’s not a stripper … she works in education setting up programs,” Anthony Jacobs told Chicago’s WGCI radio station. “Mia met Carmelo at Room Seven, a club in Chicago, when he was here for the NBA draft doing press.”

Carmelo likely treated Burks like a typical sidepiece — only seeing her for sex when he was in town. But she caught feelings and apparently wanted more from their casual relationship.

Jacobs said Burks often paid for her own plane tickets to fly to New York to see Carmelo.

“Carmelo wasn’t taking [Burks] serious to the point where she started to buy her own plane tickets to go see him,” he said.

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Jacobs said LaLa was unaware of Burks and Anthony’s relationship. But LaLa apparently knew he was carrying on affairs with multiple sports groupies over the years.

Carmelo and LaLa reportedly had an open marriage. He could see groupies, discreetly, and she would continue to see women on the side, discreetly. LaLa kept close ties with the lesbian community in Atlanta and Miami.

She even included her butch lesbian cousin, Dice Dixon, in her now canceled reality TV show, La La’s Full Court Life.

When a certain female blogger leaked some tea about LaLa’s predilection for women, she quickly reached out to the blogger to control the narrative.

She offered the blogger promotion on her reality TV show. But the offer came with legal stipulations that blogger politely declined.

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