Michael Jordan Engaged: Pics of Yvette Prieto, Mike's Mystery Lady

Amber Lee@@BlamberrSports Lists Lead WriterDecember 29, 2011

Michael Jordan Engaged: Pics of Yvette Prieto, Mike's Mystery Lady

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    WCNC reported today that NBA great Michael Jordan was finally ready to make an honest woman of his longtime lady love, Yvette Prieto. 

    The announcement comes five years after Jordan split from his wife of 17 years, Juanita. The $168 million divorce settlement was one of the most expensive in history, which might explain why His Airness has been dragging his feet with Prieto. 

    MJ and Prieto have managed to keep a relatively low profile, despite the fact that he is one of the most recognizable athletes in the world.

    Let's take a few minutes to get to know the woman who is marrying Air Jordan, the man who never suffers from unsightly bacon neck

Meet Yvette Prieto

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    The beautiful Ms. Yvette is a 31-year-old model who is of Cuban descent, but hails from Miami, Fla. 

Life Before Michael Jordan

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    Before landing His Airness, Prieto had a well-publicized romance with Julio Iglesias Jr., the son of the legendary Spanish singer, Julio Iglesias.

    She also reportedly filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2002.  

Where It All Began

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    Details of their relationship, particularly early on, are scarce. From what I gather, Jordan and Prieto have been together since late 2007.

    Their first public appearance was an intimate dinner at Michael's Genuine Food and Drink in Miami. Prieto dined on steak au poivre, while His Airness opted for filet of mutton snapper. 

Later That Very Same Evening

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    At the end of their romantic dinner, the couple was bombarded by fans menacing MJ for his autograph.

    Jordan and Prieto cut their evening short and left without having dessert. 

Getting Serious in 2009

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    In February 2009, Jordan and Prieto reportedly moved in together and began making more public appearances.

    MJ plunked down the cash for a relatively modest 5,500-square-foot home in Miami. 

Officially a WAG by Late 2009

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    In October 2009, Prieto earned official WAG status when she was spotted with Tiger Woods' (then) wife Elin Nordegren at the Opening Ceremony of the Presidents Cup in San Francisco, Calif.

They See Me Rollin'...

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    In February 2010, Prieto and Jordan were spotted at various Miami hot spots after the Super Bowl. They hit up an after-party in a brand-spanking new Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. 

    If you want to pick up your own Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, it'll only set you back about $300,000. Mighty MJ probably has that much lost in his couch cushions. 

They Hatin'

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    The couple has turned up at a number of high profile events in the last couple of years, including the exclusive FABULOUS 23 Dinner hosted by Jordan Brand during the NBA All-Star Weekend in February 2010. 

    Prieto and Jordan are pictured here with Chris Paul and his wife, Jada. 

So the Lesson Learned Here Is...

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    That even if your relationship starts with a night spent freakdancing and smoking cigars at some scuzzy nightclub...

Anything Can Happen

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    It can end with happily ever after. 

    Congratulations, you crazy kids!