Eva Longoria and Tony Parker: What's Next for the Couple Post-Split?

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2010

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker: What's Next for the Couple Post-Split?

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    Eva Longoria has filed for a divorce from her husband and San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker, and plenty of gossip about the famous couple has been circulating all over the Internet.

    Was Tony really texting Erin Barry?

    How have Eva and Tony been dealing with the breakup?

    Is Eva Longoria adopting a child?

    The more famous the breakup, the more outlandish these rumors become, so it's time to figure out which ones are true and which ones are really just rumors.

    So let's play "Eva Longoria-Tony Parker: Fact or Fiction?" and get to the bottom of all the gossip.

Eva's Side: Was Tony Parker Cheating?

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    A few weeks ago, news broke that Eva Longoria had filed for divorce from her husband Tony Parker, and infidelity had allegedly played a part in this decision.

    According to MTV.com, Parker was blindsided when he was served the divorce papers, but rumor has it he had it coming.

    Parker had been suspected of having an affair with former teammate Brent Barry's ex-wife Erin Barry, and Eva was said to have discovered romantic text messages that Parker and Barry had been exchanging for over a year.

    But this is only one side of the story.

The Rumor: Tony Parker Cheated with Erin Barry

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    So did Tony cheat?

    TMZ reports that Tony Parker sent the texts but didn't actually cheat:

    "Sources connected with Tony tell TMZ ...Tony did indeed have a 'sexting relationship' with Erin Barry, the estranged wife of former San Antonio Spur Brent Barry, but it ended months ago. The sources insist, 'They never had a physical relationship.'"

    Now, I don't know Tony Parker personally, but I find it really hard to believe that he was "sexting" this woman for a year without acting on it.


    The Verdict: FACT

Tony's Side: Is Eva a Gold Digger?

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    TMZ has reported that Tony Parker gave Eva her own surprise when he filed his own set of divorce papers last Wednesday.

    Apparently, the couple had signed a hefty prenuptial agreement back in 2007, but Eva had checked the spousal support box on her California divorce documents (a strong indication that she planned to collect money from Parker in the split).

    In order to keep Longoria from contesting the prenuptial agreement, Parker countered by filing for divorce in the state of Texas—a state that would be more likely to hold up the contract. 

    TMZ says, "Sources say...since Tony's lawyer felt Eva's divorce papers left open the possibility she would challenge the prenup, he wanted to protect his client by filing in Texas, which several experts tell us could be beneficial to Tony in terms of enforcing the prenup."

The Rumor: Eva Wanted Some Cash

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    If Tony Parker cheated, Eva Longoria has every right to challenge the prenuptial agreement, and that's not called gold-digging.

    That's called revenge, boys!

    Even though Eva Longoria probably doesn't need Tony Parker's money, I think she's just trying to hit him where it hurts.


    The Verdict: FACT

Eva Longoria Wants a Child?

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    Apparently the rumors involved with the divorce itself weren't enough to entertain the public, so two days ago, British tabloids began reporting that Eva Longoria wanted to adopt a child from Haiti.

    Mail Online published a story about Longoria's plans:

    "Eva Longoria is refusing to let divorce stand in the way of her plans to adopt a child. The Desperate Housewives actress, who split from her basketball star husband Tony Parker after finding out that he had been texting one of her girlfriends, wants to adopt a child from Haiti as a single mother."

The Rumor: Eva Longoria Is Adopting a Haitian Baby

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    The thing about British tabloids is...

    Well, they're usually wrong.

    Today, several sources have reported that Eva has no immediate plans to adopt a child.

    The New York Daily News dismissed adoption rumors:

    "'She's not focusing on motherhood,' one friend says, adding that Eva is 'spending time with her family, lawyers and her special-needs sister...She's not in the emotional state to become a mother right now. She just filed for divorce.'"


    The Verdict: FICTION

Tony Parker's Other Other Woman: Sophia Egeler

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    As if one mistress wasn't enough, another woman has come forward claiming that she too had received "sext" messages from Tony Parker.

    The Sun reported that British teen model Sophia Egeler had met Tony Parker during an MMA show in London, and she accompanied Parker to a nightclub that same night.

    Egeler said, "Right away he was trying it on...I had no idea he was Eva’s husband. He wouldn’t take no for an answer and was telling me how much he liked me."

    After a night out, Parker allegedly invited Egeler to a house he owned in the area, but she declined.

    Apparently, Parker isn't used to rejection because, according to Egeler, he sent the young model half-naked picture messages of himself and asked if she wanted something "sexier."

    This totally makes sense to me.

    I know that when I say, "No, I do not want to come home with you," I'm really thinking, "Gee, I really hope this dude sends me naked pictures of himself."

The Rumor: Tony Parker Sent Sexts to British Model

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    Remember what I said before about British tabloids?

    Well, that also applies here.


    The Verdict: FICTION

Publicity Stunt?

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    Rumor has it that Eva Longoria and Tony Parker had been having marital issues long before the rest of the country found out about it.

    A close friend of Parker said that Eva wanted to postpone filing for divorce so she could use it to gain media attention.

    According to TMZ, "...sources connected with Tony tell TMZ ...Tony and Eva were well aware that the divorce would be filed. We're told Tony was planning on filing for divorce in San Antonio, Texas, because it was more convenient, but, 'Eva talked him out of it because she wanted to file in Los Angeles.'

    "Sources also tell us—contrary to the statement Eva's rep made to TMZ—Eva not only knew she was filing for divorce, but it was timed to coincide with the Us Weekly interview."

    As for why Tony and Eva are telling different stories about the divorce, a close friend of Tony's says it's simple:  "She was into the whole PR thing. He wasn't."

Rumor: Eva Longoria Wanted Media Attention

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    Dear Tony,

    Let me fill you in on how this works:

    You cheated.

    This means that Eva can do whatever she wants.

    You can try to make her look like the "bad guy" in this situation, but you still cheated.

    Plus, you're not attractive, and you look like you probably smell weird.

    You lose!




    Did Eva time her divorce so it could make the cover of US Weekly?

    Probably not, but she should have.


    The Verdict: FICTION

What's Next for Longoria and Parker?

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    Now that we have cleared up those pesky rumors, it's time for these two to move on.

    And it looks like they're both doing just that.

    The divorce hasn't seemed to have affected Tony Parker's game. The San Antonio Spurs have one of the best records in the NBA this season, and Parker has been averaging about 18 points per game.

    Eva Longoria has also decided to focus on work to cope with the divorce. She has started working on three more television projects (on top of Desperate Housewives), so it looks like she won't have much time to eat Ben and Jerry's and think about Tony.