Published on December 24, 2021, Updated on December 24, 2021
WNBA Star Candace Parker is Married | Expecting a Child with Wife - Who is Her Wife? Photo credit: Instagram/candaceparker
Candace is well-known for keeping her personal life out of the spotlight. To protect yourself and your loved ones, it’s best to draw a line. However, the baller has recently changed her tune after revealing to the public that she has jumped the broom with a woman.
So, who is Candace Parker’s wife? Are they expecting their first child together? Is this Candace Parker’s first marriage? Let’s find out:
Candace first tied the knot with Shelden Williams in 2008. Her ex-husband is also a pro athlete like her.
Shelden played college basketball at Duke University and joined the NBA Draft in 2006. The Atlanta Hawks selected him in the fifth round. Since then, Shelden has played for the Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, and New York Knicks.
The former couple called it quits after eight years of marriage. In November 2016, Shelden allegedly filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the cause for the dissolution of the marriage.
In addition, according to Bleacher Report, Candace agreed to pay her ex-husband $400,000 in alimony as part of their divorce settlement in 2018. She agreed to pay the money so she wouldn’t have to pay spousal support in the future. According to TMZ, the two also split the profit from their previous house, which sold for $3.75 million.
Sheldon shares a 12-year-old daughter, Lailaa Nicole Williams, with her ex-husband.
After years of keeping her personal life out of the limelight, Candace announced her second marriage in December 2021. On 14 December, the baller took to Instagram and revealed that she has been married to Anna Petrakova for two years. The two married secretly surrounded by close friends and family.
Candace captioned the post:
“Happy Anniversary, Моя жена (my wife)! Two years ago, I got to marry my best friend in front of our close family and friends. My heart could have exploded. I cried like a baby …To know me or you is to know our love. This journey hasn’t been easy. I am proud of us, what we have built, and who we have grown to become both individually and together.”
Aside from Candace’s past, it’s great to know that she is happy and blissfully in love.
Candace Parker’s wife, Anna Petrakova, 37, is a Russian basketball player who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics for the Russian women’s national basketball team, finishing fourth.
With Dynamo Kursk, Anna won the EuroCup Women in 2011–12, the EuroLeague Women in 2012–13, and the 2013 FIBA Europe SuperCup Women with UMMC Ekaterinburg.
In the same post where Candace announced her second marriage, she also had another exciting news for her fans. You may have guessed already! The baller and her wife, Anna, are expecting their first child together. Their longtime dream of growing their family is finally becoming true.
Candace wrote on the post:
“You couldn’t be more beautiful! Glowing, while understanding that I have to constantly love, kiss, and talk to your belly AND yes … play Jay-Z for the baby (Goose knows “Song Cry” already by heart). I can’t wait to embark on this next chapter in life with you!”
Congratulations to Candance and her wife, Anna, on their bundle of joy!
(References from tmz.com, bleacherreport.com, distractify.com)