Anne de Zogheb was a former top model who as of the late 1950s had been on the cover of many fashion magazines. She later became more famous following her marriage to Paul Anka, a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor known for hits like Diana, Lonely Boy, and Put Your Head On My Shoulder. However, the marriage ended after nearly 4 decades and 5 children.
Paul Anka’s ex-wife grew up in Alexandria, Egypt where she was born on 2 October 1942. The ex-model is of mixed heritage as her father is Lebanese, while her mother was English. Also, she had French, Dutch, and Greek ancestral ties. Her father, Charles de Zogheb was a Lebanese diplomat.
Anne De Zogheb’s Marriage To Paul Anka
Anne de Zogheb met Paul Anka in 1960 while in San Juan, Puerto Rico for a shoot. While Paul gushed over the beauty he saw at the beach who caused quite a stir, Anne remembered him as the musician whom she was constantly made to listen to despite being in love with Elvis Presley’s songs.
They hit things off instantly but Anne’s guardian Eileen Ford at that time did not approve of the relationship. Eileen Ford was Anne’s agent and also served as her guardian with the permission of her parents. She did not buy the idea of their relationship because she was wary of show business.
After several attempts by Eileen to protect Anne from Paul, the then model moved out of Ford’s house and continued to date the musician. By 16 February 1963, their relationship led to marriage, which was held at Orly Airport in Paris. Immediately after the wedding, the then couple lived together in New York till Paul’s career moved them to Los Angeles.
So, she lived in Los Angeles for a while, attending tours and concerts with her husband. However, as kids started coming, she decided against raising her family there. By the mid-70s, Paul and Anne moved their family to Carmel in California, because they felt like it.
Anne and Paul Anka had and raised 5 daughters together. Their marriage lasted for decades until they eventually divorced in 2000.
Paul Anka And Anne De Zogheb Mutually Agree To Divorce
After about 37 years of being married, Paul sought and got a divorce from his model wife Anne. Though he still claimed that he loved her, he felt there was nothing more to their marriage. They had successfully raised 5 daughters to adulthood and Paul felt the need to live life anew.
Therefore, he filed for divorce from Anne on the 26th of June 1994 and finally got divorced on the 10th of October 2000. As the story goes, the divorce was devoid of scandal as they both agreed it would do them good. They were together for about 40 years from the time they started dating to when the marriage ended. As part of the divorce settlement, the Canadian singer had the house to himself, while Anne kept all her art collections.
The ex-couple Paul went their separate ways on good terms, and Paul admitted he was still in close contact with his ex-wife after the divorce.
Other Facts About Anne De Zogheb’s Marriage And Divorce To Paul Anka
1. Her Husband Remarried Twice
After his divorce from Anne, Paul went on to date and marry Swedish-born model, Anna Anka in 2008 in Sardinia, Italy. Anna was his personal trainer at the time and their marriage lasted for just two years within which they had a son together named Ethan.
Paul and Anna split in 2010 and he moved on swiftly after this second divorce. In 2016, Paul remarried and this time, he married the beautiful Lisa Pemberton in Beverly Hills, California. He was in a relationship with Lisa for 6 years before they eventually got married in 2016.
So far, Paul has 6 children from his 3 marriages; his first 5 daughters with Anne de Zogheb and his son, Nathan with Anna.
2. Paul Anka’s Second Marriage Was Scandalous
Paul Anka’s marriage to Anna Aberg wasn’t as quiet and peaceful as his first. Their marriage was rocky and not devoid of arguments. Even the divorce was quite controversial and caused a stir in the media unlike his first.
Paul revealed after their divorce that Anna did not marry him out of her love, but for fame. He stated that Anna wanted to be in the spotlight and she used him to achieve that. She became problematic after getting a spot in Swedish Hollywood wives.
Anna on the other hand revealed some details about their intimate life when she made suggestive statements that indicated she had a problem with Paul as well.
Their relationship became one filled with irritation, disdain, and quarrels. They fought on a regular basis and had a lot of misunderstandings. This is possible as a result of the age difference between them as she was born in 1971, while the singer was born in 1941. This means there is an age difference of almost 30 years between them.
So, after two years of putting up with each other, Paul filed for divorce from Anna.
It was reported that the final blow to their marriage was a quarrel they had after Anna fired their housekeeper. With this, even the police got involved in the case and Anna accused her ex-husband of pointing a gun at her. Her claims were debunked after surveillance footage showed nothing of such.
In light of their divorce, Paul was granted full custody of their son, and Anna wasn’t permitted to see him without her ex-husband’s permission or supervision. Reports had it that she was estranged from the boy and that he had a huge dislike for her.
The 2017 ruling in favor of Paul having custody of his son infuriated Anna so much that she filed for an appeal. This was the beginning of yet another scandal involving the ex-couple.
3. Anne da Zogheb Went Back To Her First, True Love
Anne had always been an art lover and collector and neither marriage nor age prevented that. She spent the better part of her life building and rebuilding an amazing collection of contemporary art.
After being art herself as she graced the covers of so many magazines, she took to collecting pieces of astounding artworks and decorating her abode with them. After her split from Paul, she took what mattered most to her; her art collections. She then began to work with Lisa Schiff who was an adviser in New York. Anne entrusted her fragile Cy Twombly piece with Lisa who was to find a place for it in a European collection.
In search of the perfect home for the painting, Anne and Lisa started touring art galleries and this heightened her love for art.
As the years go by, Anne built a strong image as she made friends with artists and even doubled as a client and muse. Her house in its full glory offered both awesome and intimidating auras.
4. Anne De Zogheb Shared Her Years With Paul Raising 5 Beautiful Girls
Anne and Paul had and raised 5 girls during their 37 years of marriage. They tended to and doted on their daughters till they became adults and went on to live their own independent lives. Anne even quit her career as a model after having her second daughter in order to properly take care of her kids.
The daughters Anne and Paul had together are:
- Alicia Anka was born on the 12th of August 1967
- Amanda Anka born on the 10th of December 1968
- Amelia Anka was born on the 30th of October 1970
- Anthea Anka was born on the 25th of November 1972
- Alexandra Anka was born on the 28th of November 1974
Amanda Anka Is the one who followed her father’s path in showbiz. She is an actress known for her role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Lost Highway (1997), and Taxi (2004). She is also a producer. Her sister, Anthea Anka is a screenwriter
5. Paul Anka’s First Ex-Wife Died In 2017
Former model and mother of Paul Anka’s five daughters passed away on the 29th of March 2017 in Hollywood California. Anne passed away about 7 years after her divorce from Paul, leaving behind 5 daughters whom she shared with him.