Adriana Lima and now-ex-husband Marko Jarić appeared to be the epitome of young love when they first married in 2009. The supermodel was at the top of her game as one of Victoria’s Secret’s leading angels, and he rode high on a top basketball player who had played for the likes of the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves. These two were also super romantic. Jaric actually popped the question to the supermodel on her birthday, before the two tied the knot by eloping on Valentine’s Day, according to People.
The young dream of love also did not waste much time on creating a family. They welcomed their first daughter Valentina in November after their wedding and then became parents for the second time when Lima gave birth to another daughter, Sienna, in September 2012.
Unfortunately, this one just wasn’t built to last. In May 2014, after five years of marriage, Lima and Jarić announced they were going their separate ways. “After much and careful consideration, we have decided to separate after five years of marriage. We are grateful to be parents to two incredible young daughters who we will continue to raise together,” they said in a statement obtained by Us Weekly. “We would greatly appreciate your respect for our family’s privacy as we begin this delicate next chapter for all members of our family,” they added. But what actually went wrong here?
Were Adriana Lima and Marko Jarić too different?
Adriana Lima and Marko Jarić might just have been too different to make it work in the long run. Jarić admitted a year after they tied the knot that they didn’t quite agree on some things, but claimed at the time it was actually positive for their relationship. “We’re opposites on some things, but that’s good. Our marriage is sparkling,” he told Hello! Canada (via E! News). “We’re an incredibly good match and have a great adventure together,” he added, although things have clearly changed.
What were all these differences? Jarić didn’t elaborate, although Lima has hinted at how she’s changed personally since becoming a mother. She told Vogue India in November 2021 that she’s learned how important it is for her to set a good example for her children as they get older. “I try to teach them to love their skin and eat healthily for their body and also practice positive mental well-being through meditation,” she said.
Remarkably, Lima and Jarić seemed quite different on their social media accounts as well. Jarić seemed more comfortable giving a glimpse of his down-to-earth time with his kids on his Instagram grid (where he has over 58,000 followers as of September 2022), while Lima (who has earned a whopping 14.9 million followers) her family time seems a little more private. Her page is littered with beautiful glimpses into her jet set life, like this shot of her at the Cannes Film Festival.
Did busy schedules get in the way?
Adriana Lima has hinted that absence may have played a role in her divorce from Marko Jarić after posting a series of cryptic quotes around the time she announced her split. Two months after going public with the breakup news, Lima shared what may be one of her most telling quotes on Instagram: “If you’re absent during my struggle, don’t expect to be present during my success.”
Lima herself seemed very busy with the jet set at the time, which may have made it harder to maintain a relationship and spend time at her Beverly Hills home. A quick look at her Instagram showed that she was busy surrounding her split as she shared a snap of herself and her daughters at the Miami airport just days after she was in France for the Cannes Film Festival. A few days later, Lima was in New York City and (sort of!) also fitted into a trip to Turkey around the same time. Lima also made it clear that work is understandably very important to her, posting a quote in March 2014 that read, “Work hard, in silence, and let success make the noise!”
Busy schedules certainly wouldn’t be a surprising factor in Lima and Jarić’s split, as a source claimed it was precisely this that got in the way of the former’s later relationship with NFL star Julian Edelman. They broke up in March 2017, with an Entertainment Tonight tipster suggesting things weren’t working out because they were just too busy.
The miles between Adriana Lima and Marko Jarić
Adriana Lima and Marko Jarić not only had a very busy schedule during their marriage, the basketball star and the international supermodel also came from completely different cultures. Born in Serbia, Jarić played for several basketball teams including the Memphis Grizzlies, Real Madrid, and Montepaschi Siena during their relationship, which may have caused some culture clashes as well as a difficult long-distance relationship.
As for Lima, she’s a very proud Brazilian — when she took part in supporting her country during the Rio Olympics, she cried as she carried the Olympic torch — but that doesn’t mean she’s not that close to her husband’s wanted to come native culture as she could. The star was reportedly granted Serbian citizenship after politician Ivica Dacic offered him a Serbian passport, per Balkan Insight.
In fact, there was such a mix of cultures in the Lima/Jarić household that the former revealed that their eldest daughter, Valentina, spoke a whopping three languages by the age of 21 months. In addition to speaking English, the model confirmed to the New York Post in 2011 that Valentina had learned her mother’s native language, Portuguese, and Serbian, her father’s native language.
Adriana Lima has strong values
Adriana Lima has been quite vocal about how important her values and morals are to her, even remaining a virgin until marrying Marko Jarić when she was 27. Though she’s never confirmed the exact reason her marriage fell apart, it’s possible the stunning supermodel’s admirable willfulness may have played a part. As she told HuffPost Live in 2013, “Well, you know you have to stand up for your beliefs. Whatever makes you comfortable. Just follow your own values.” You go girl.
When the runway star was asked why she picked Jarić in a sea of admirers, she said: “He’s smart and he makes me laugh. He’s very funny, he’s very athletic.” She seemed to hint that it might not exactly have been love at first sight, adding, “It takes time for you to know. It’s not like you meet the person and you click. You have to meet the person step by step and you start to know the good and the bad.”
Lima also addressed how important her unwavering morals are to CNBC in 2017, explaining that she learned to have strong morals in the spotlight because so many people look up to her. “People watch you and you become their inspiration. I really just want to convey a positive message and try to show the true values, the most important values in life out there,” she said.
trouble in paradise?
Did Adriana Lima hint there was a little trouble in paradise before she and Marko Jarić officially confirmed their split? Well, she certainly gave us a lot of cryptic clues. The former Victoria’s Secret model’s Instagram account was littered with inspirational quotes at the time of their split, one of which may hint at how she felt toward the end of her marriage. In a post that appears to have since been deleted, Lima snapped a photo of a sign that read (via Us Weekly), “Quote of the day: He offered her the world.” She said she had her own.” A month before announcing the divorce, she shared two more revealing quotes. One read, “How people treat you directly reflects how they feel about themselves,” while another said, “You can’t hang out with negative people and expect to live a positive life.” Another clue as to what What really happened may have come in July 2014, when Lima published a quote that read, “A man’s true power is in the size of the smile of the woman sitting next to him.”
Lima also appeared to be spending more time with her equally stunning girlfriends at the time of their split, even sharing a stunning photo to Instagram of herself and Candice Swanepoel kissing the baby bump of her Victoria’s Secret angel Doutzen Kroes in early May 2014. Oh to have been a fly on that wall to get all the gossip.
Adriana Lima is married to herself
Could the desire for independence be behind Adriana Lima and Marko Jarić’s split? In May 2017, Lima made headlines when she made it clear how much she valued herself by announcing that she was married… to herself. The revelation came via Instagram, as the former Victoria’s Secret angel addressed speculation that that she may have remarried when she was spotted with a ring on that particular finger. “WHAT ABOUT THE RING? ITS SYMBOLIC,” she captioned the snap in all caps as she placed her index finger on her lip while showing off a stunning diamond band. “I AM COMMITTED TO MYSELF AND MY OWN HAPPINESS, I AM MARRIED TO ME[.] LADIES LOVE THEMSELVES AND YES I AM SINGLE,” she added. When ET asked the runway-pounder about the post a few months later, she said, “If you’re not capable of loving yourself, how can you love someone else in your life if you don’t know how to hug ?”
Lima wasn’t exactly hiding the fact that she might not be having the easiest time when it comes to love. Two months after she announced she was her own partner, the Daily Mail shared some photos of Lima at the airport with some interesting flight details. The choice of the star? The self-help book “Invasion Of Love – The Path” by Metin Hara. As People reported, Hara and Lima were an issue until 2019.
The cheating rumors swirled
Where there is a celebrity breakup, there are very often celebrity cheating rumors. And that was no different when Adriana Lima or Marko Jarić stopped. Although no one has confirmed that there was any infidelity in their five-year marriage, the gossip mill has certainly stirred up some stories as there has been plenty of speculation that the basketball star may not have been 100% faithful. Macedonian website Slobodenpecat claimed that Jarić allegedly cheated, although this has never been officially proven.
Many speculated on Twitter that there may have been infidelity. “It’s crazy how you can spend your whole life sober until marriage, [still] not be appreciated and be deceived by the ahole u married[.] Ask Adriana Lima,” one person tweeted amid all the unproven speculation, while a second wrote on the social media page, “Oh wow Marco Jarić is reportedly divorcing Adriana Lima [cheating] on her, WTF IS WRONG WITH THIS MANNNNN.”
Whatever really happened here seems like it’s for the best. While Jarić has remained a bit more secretive about his dating life, we do know that Lima has moved on and found happiness with her boyfriend Andre Lemmers. In April 2022, the star announced via TikTok that they were expecting a baby boy, who arrived after she called him her “eternal twin soulmate” for Valentine’s Day.