Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball has been linked to Instagram model Ana Montana for months now.
Last week, after a lot of endless speculation, confirmation seemed to emerge of some sort of relationship between the pair.
In the aftermath, Ana Montana has found herself as the subject of a lot of criticism because of the massive age gap that exists between the 32-year-old model and 19-year-old baller.
Many have accused Ana Montana of simply using Ball for his money and stardom – not unlike another infamous Instagram model who has faced similar scrutiny in recent days.
Rather than shirk away from the backlash, Ana Montana has opted to confront it head on. This week, she offered this rebuttal on social media:
Y’all do know i have MY OWN money and take care of myself and family right ? Lol
— Analicia Chaves (@Ana_Montanaa) August 18, 2021
Needless to say, that didn’t exactly silence Ana Montana’s haters:
Soo you have your own money but he’s flying you out and paying for your hotels. You have your own money but don’t have your own house…why is a 19 year old taking care of you? Before you said you wouldn’t mess with anyone under 27… so what’s the reasoning? for messing with melo?
— rena (@KEEK0RS) August 18, 2021
But you’re trying to trap a 19 year old that’s naive and just got in the league. There’s a reason people in your age group don’t fuck with you
— backup (@rhymeswvictoria) August 18, 2021
Given the age disparity between these two, it’s not hard to see why Ana Montana has ultimately gotten the reaction she’s gotten. That said – it’s worth remembering that Ball is a legal adult as well. And he is the one who publicized his one simple trick for pulling Instagram models. So it’s not like he doesn’t know what he’s doing and who he’s doing it with.
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 22, 2021