THE woman at the centre of the Carmelo and La La Anthony split is a co-ed from Chicago. — Plus, to add to the mess, now she’s pregnant with a baby they believe belongs to the NBA star, a well-placed source told The Post.
Mia Angel Burks, who graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in health communication last year, started seeing the 10-time All-Star in Chicago last summer, the source said.
It’s unclear when she got pregnant, but Melo, who is splitting from his wife La La, believes the baby is his and is “taking care” of Burks, 24, until a paternity test can be performed, according to the source.
The pair planned to deal with the baby quietly — but one of Burks’ former pals claims to have leaked her name to a blog to set the record straight after false reports emerged that Melo had gotten a stripper pregnant.
That ex-friend, Anthony Jacobs, told Chicago radio station WGCI-FM this week that Melo and Burks fell for each other at a nightclub in the Windy City.
“Mia met Carmelo at Room Seven, a club in Chicago when he was here for the NBA draft doing press,” he told “Chicago Morning Takeover.” “She’s not a stripper … she works in education setting up programs.”
“I’ve known that [they’ve dated] for some months now,” he added.
Jacobs alleged that Burks would fly to New York to see Anthony on her own dime — and said La La likely didn’t know a thing about it.
“Carmelo wasn’t taking her serious to the point where she started to buy her own plane tickets to go see him,” he said.
Jacobs added that he heard about Burks’ pregnancy through mutual friends, and said she never intended to harm Anthony’s marriage.
“She was more giddy about it than anything,” he told the radio station. “When those type of girls talk to those kind of guys, I don’t think that’s the premise in the back of their head, ‘I’m gonna go destroy this happy home.’ It’s fun. It’s perks.”
Melo and Burks’ relationship isn’t about drama, a source agreed.
“Mia seems low-key and doesn’t obsess over Carmelo. There are some girls who become obsessed with the players, that’s not the case with [her],” the source said.
Still, “if the players don’t want to have any issues [with women they hook up with], they’ll set something up and take care of the girl — especially if the girl says she’s pregnant,” the source explained.
“A lawyer or an agent will come in, take care of the girl until the baby comes, and then they’ll do a paternity test. It’s all usually quiet.”
TMZ previously reported that Anthony had gotten a New York stripper pregnant.
“Mia is not a stripper,” the source said. “She lives a regular life.”
According to her LinkedIn page, Burks is the director of special projects for Regeneration
Schools, a non-profit that helps revitalise failing schools.
Burks could not be reached for comment, and a woman answering her mom’s phone hung up on The Post.