Joel Embiid welcomed his first kid Arthur Embiid on 17 September 2020. Arthur was born to Joel and Anne de Paula in Philadelphia.

The NBA star took to Instagram to announce the birth of his son with a picture of him holding Arthur close to his chest. He penned a lengthy caption on that post, saying he is excited to be a father and also thanked God for the greatest gift ever. 

Embiid, who hailed from Gainesville, Florida, has been inducted into an NBA All-Star team six times and has won the NBA scoring champion twice in 2022 and 2023.

The 7-footer athlete has been an integral part of the Philadelphia 76ers since joining the team after getting selected in the 2014 NBA Draft. Embiid has scored more than 40 points in 37 NBA games. 

Joel previously played collegiate basketball for a season at Kansas University, representing the Kansas Jayhawks.

Joel Embiid Son Arthur

Joel Embiid has a son named Arthur Embiid with his lover Anne. Arthur celebrated his second birthday in September 2022.

Embiid's child was born Arthur Elijah De Paula Embiid on Thursday, 17 September 2020, in Philadelphia. Amid the Coronavirus pandemic in the fall of 2020, Anne gave birth to their first offspring without significant medical complications. 

Joel with Anne and Arthur celebrating holiday season in December 2022
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After the arrival of his son Arthur, the 76ers player conveyed his appreciation for the blessing of having a child on his socials. Joel jokingly mentions his desire to have a large family and build a soccer team but acknowledges that it's ultimately up to his partner to decide.

Moreover, He talked about how excited he is about the future and feels that his life now has a new purpose following his entry into parenthood. 

Joel revealed that he named his progeny after his late brother Arthur to honor him, who met an untimely demise in 2014 in an automobile accident.

Besides, Joel and his lover Anne organized a small party to commemorate their young boy's 2nd year in their home's backyard in the cherished world. 

De Paula has shared photographs of the momentous event on her Instagram, revealing a vibrant display of balloons in a range of hues and a signboard with an illustration of a helicopter soaring through a cloudy sky, with the message, "Fly on over to Arthur Elijah's 2nd birthday."

Some memories of Joel and Anne with their little boy Arthur
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The Cameroonian athlete is known for keeping his son, Arthur, out of the public eye to avoid media attention. However, in December 2022, he was seen holding his little boy after an impressive performance where he scored 53 points against the Charlotte Hornets.

In a wholesome moment, Arthur can be seen enjoying the attention as he grabs the basketball with a grin of happiness. Later Joel's children attended a post-match press conference with him.

Joel Embiid Baby Mama Anne de Paula

Joel baby mama Anne de Paula is a Brazilian supermodel from Rio de Janeiro. Anne was crown the 2014 Miss Grand International Brazil.

Beginning from a young age, she was fascinated by modeling and soccer. Anne played the sport while attending school, but as she grew older, she became more swayed towards pursuing a career in fashion. 

Joel and Anne on their trip to Great Wall in China, June 2019
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Joel Embiid girlfriend Anne de Paula has worked with many brands and publications, such as L'Oreal Paris and Sports Illustrated. Besides, Anne has huge fan following on social media with 2.6 million followers on Facebook and 243K on Instagram. 

Speaking of how Joel and Anne started, the duo had their first encounter in Los Angeles in September 2018. They attended a birthday party where a mutual companion introduced them.

Though they started as friends, they drew highly close to one another as time went by, and their friendship evolved into a beautiful love relationship. Their liaison was soon brought to light, as they were spotted together during the New York Fashion Week at the end of 2018.

This marked the inception of their enduring bond, which Joel and Anne have been unreserved in flaunting to their numerous followers across social media outlets.

Embiid's wife to be regularly shares snaps from their expeditions around the world, mainly on Instagram. In July 2019, Joel and Anne found themselves relishing the island of Maldives.

Anne looks elegantly stunning in shiny silver outfit during her appearance at an event in Miami Beach, Florida, May 2019
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They spent a month gallivanting around Asian countries, and their excursion to the Indian Ocean came a month after they ventured to China, where they struck a pose on the Great Wall of China.

de Paula is 28 years old, a year younger than her beau Joel. Interestingly, they two share a birthday in March, with Joel celebrating on the 16th and Anne on the 31st.

Joel Embiid Family Life

 Joel Embiid was born to parents Thomas Embiid and Christine Embiid. He spent his childhood in his hometown of Yaounde, Cameroon with two siblings.

Though his bloodline has no notable athletic past, the former Kansas Jayhawks star had developed a passion for sports from his childhood playing soccer and volleyball in the alley.

Before embarking on a basketball career at 15, his primary ambition was to become a professional volleyball player. However, he switched to playing basketball and, with the help of Luc Mbah-a Moute, moved to the United States in 2010.

Joel Father Thomas

Joel Embiid dad Thomas and mom Christine Embiid raised him in the capital city of Cameroon. 

Thomas and Christine lives in Yaoundé, Cameroon
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His dad Thomas is a retired military colonel who served his nation for over 30 years. He also had a brief stint as a handball and basketball player, but he never played it professionally but instead as a recreation.

Meanwhile, his mother, Christine played local-level volleyball during her school days, and she is a highly educated individual, which is one of the reasons, she initially wanted Joel to study medicine.

Thomas and Christine, who still reside in Cameroon, occasionally visit the US to attend Joel's game. 

Meet The Embiid Siblings

Joel has two siblings, a brother named Arthur Embiid and a sister named Muriel Embiid. He is the eldest of the three, while Muriel is the youngest.

The six-time NBA All-Star migrated to the US with his sister Muriel in 2010. He attended Montverde Academy in Florida and joined the University of Kansas in 2013.

Some old images of Muriel, Arthur and Christine
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In 2014, Embiid joined the Philadelphia 76ers and played his first season in NBA. Around the same time, Muriel also started her volleyball journey and got enrolled at Rochester University, NBC Sports reported.

On October 16, 2014, Joel's little brother Arthur passed away in a horrific car accident in Cameroon. Joel and Muriel were in America then and flew home immediately after hearing the news of his demise. 

Some FAQs

Is Joel Embiid Married?

The NBA star Embiid has not been married yet. He has been dating a Latina model Anne de Paula since 2018.

How Many Kids Does Joel Embiid Have?

Joel Embiid has one kid and his name is Arthur Elijah. Arthur was born on September 17, 2020.