Who is Axelle Francine?
Axelle Francine was born in Paris, France on 6 August 1981 – her zodiac sign is Leo and she holds French nationality. She is a journalist and a businesswoman, but who might be more widely known as the wife of Tony Parker, a French-American former professional basketball player.
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Early life and education
Axelle was raised in Paris, but hasn’t shared any details regarding her family, although it’s believed that she is an only child, and that her father was a businessman and her mother a housewife.
Axelle enjoyed spending her time outdoors during her teenage years, and with most of her peers dreamed about becoming an actress or singer. She eventually became interested in journalism and began writing for her high school’s newspapers, and it was her teacher who encouraged her to pursue a degree as a journalist. After matriculating in 1999, Axelle enrolled at a college from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2003, and two years later she obtained her Master’s degree.
Not a lot is known about Axelle’s career. She started working straight after college, as a journalist writing articles and columns about health – she eventually switched to writing about beauty and fashion, and in 2010 moved to New York City, USA, starting work as a web journalist and a French correspondent. After around seven years of hard work, Axelle became an honorary member of Les Lumineuses, a French association which aims to bring women of various backgrounds together.
She has founded her own company, La Petit Med Spa and is today serving as its CEO.
Love life and marriage with Tony Parker
Axelle met her future other half, Tony Parker in 2011 when they were introduced by a mutual friend at a basketball game. After two years of dating, Tony proposed to Axelle, and they married on 2 August 2014 in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family. Around five months prior, in April 2014, Axelle gave birth to their son Josh while their second son Liam was born in July 2016.
Axelle hasn’t talked about any other men she might have dated, but it’s known that Tony was married to famous actress Eva Longoria.
They exchanged vows on 6 July 2007, but in December of the same year, rumors started circulating the internet and the newspapers that Tony was cheating on Eva with famous model Alexandra Paressant. Tony and Eva still stayed together with both of them denying the rumors, but on 17 November 2010, Eva filed for divorce claiming that she believed Tony was cheating on her with Erin Barry, the wife of Tony’s former teammate – the divorce was finalized on 28 January 2011.
As of December 2020, Axelle is married to Tony Parker, and they have two sons together.
Hobbies and other interests
Axelle is a huge fan of travelling, and believes it helps to widen one’s horizons and learn more about the world. She has been to many European countries, with a couple of her favorites being Italy, Germany and England, and has also travelled around the US, staying in states such as California, Texas and Nevada.
She is taking extra care of her mental health, as she does yoga and meditates several times each week, while she also occasionally goes to the gym.
Axelle is a lover of animals, and has two pet cats.
She is interested in fashion, and usually follows all the latest trends while she goes shopping for clothes at least once a week.
Axelle likes to watch movies in her spare time – her favorite actresses are Julia Roberts and Scarlett Johansson, while her favorite movies include “Lost in Translation”, “The Runaway Bride” and “Notting Hill”.
Age, height and net worth
Axelle’s age is 39. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 4ins (1.62m) and she weighs around 120lbs (54kgs). As of November 2020, her net worth has been estimated at over $2 million, while her husband Tony’s net worth has been estimated at over $75 million.
Who is Tony Parker?
William Tony Parker Jr. was born in Bruges, Belgium on 17 May 1982 – his zodiac sign is Taurus and he holds both French and American nationality.
He is probably known best for having won four National Basketball Association (NBA) Championships with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.
Tony was raised in France alongside his brothers by their mother Pamela Firestone who was a housewife and their father Tony Parker Sr. who was a basketball player and who played professionally in Europe as well as college basketball in the US – he attended Loyola University, Chicago. Tony grew up being interested in soccer, but watching Michael Jordan play made him a fan of basketball. He eventually started playing and developing his skills, and every summer went to Chicago where his father used to live – by the time he turned 15, Tony had both American and French nationality.
He played amateur basketball in France for two years before signing with the professional French basketball team Paris Basket Racing in 1999. After he showed great potential at the international men’s basketball All-Star game Nike Hoop Summit in 2000, Tony was invited to play and study at various colleges in the US, while he eventually decided to stay in France before announcing he was ready to enter the NBA in 2001. He was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs, and played with them for the following 16 years before signing a contract with the Charlotte Hornets on 23 July 2018 – he retired the following year on 10 June.
In 2009 Tony bought one fifth of French basketball team ASVEL, and play for them in 2011 during the NBA lockout for a salary of $2,000 a month, but paid for his own insurance which is believed to had cost him $250,000 for three months. He is today also the majority owner of the women’s basketball team Lyon Basket Feminine.
Tony is a huge fan of rap and hip-hop music, and released his own French album “TP” back in 2007.
Tony is also interested in movies, and in 2008 co-directed the biographical documentary movie “9 – Un Chiffre, Un Homme” together with Jean-Marie Antonini. The same year saw him appear in the French comedy movie “Asterix at the Olympic Games”, and then in the short film “The Angels” in 2011.