Daniela Rajic is an American model, entrepreneur, and former stripper better recognized as the wife of NBA star Paul George. Her relationship with the basketball player has stood the test of time despite getting off to a rocky start and them facing several challenges. The duo began dating in 2013 but only got engaged in 2020. During this time, they have welcomed three children; daughters Olivia and Natasha, and son Paul.
Daniela Rajic Worked as a Stripper To Fund Herself Through School
Born on November 12, 1990, in Queens, New York, Rajic didn’t have things handed to her on a platter but had to work hard for everything she has today. She has not revealed much about her background and family details but it is known that she’s of Serbian descent. The identity of her parents is not public knowledge but from her story, it’s easy to see that she wasn’t raised in a wealthy home.
As a student at the University of Miami, she couldn’t afford to pay her fees without picking up job shifts. One of the places she worked was Gentleman’s Club Tootsie’s Cabaret, where she performed gigs as an exotic dancer. Rajic also ventured into modeling and her beautiful body made sure she excelled in the field. To further help with tuition, she worked as a personal shopper at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Rajic is Now a Co-owner of a Swimsuit Line
Despite the challenges she faced while trying to see herself through school, Rajic didn’t give up. She also didn’t limit herself to the life of a stripper. She is now an established entrepreneur with a swimsuit line to her credit. George probably helped her establish the business but she’s working hard to keep it running. Rajic co-founded the swimsuit brand known as Nude Swim with Sarah Nasser, who is also married to an NBA star – Patrick Patterson.
Her partnership with Nasser is a perfect one, considering the audiences they both control on social media as the partners of NBA players. Rajic and Nasser leverage this to market and model their bathing suits on their various social media accounts. Besides, both women have the banging body to get potential buyers hooked on their pages.
George and Rajic Started Dating in 2013 But It Was a Fling at First
Paul George has led a fascinating life off the courts. The basketball star has been romantically linked to several ladies, including Callie Rivers (daughter of famed NBA coach – Doc Rivers), Jessica Burciaga (Playboy model), and Destiny Marie. His exploits with these beautiful women made a buzz but he is now going steady with Daniela Rajic.
George first met Rajic at the Tootsie Cabaret Club in Miami. She was still a college student at the time and was hustling to make ends meet. They began dating immediately but it was behind closed doors as George was an item with Callie Rivers at the time. When it came to light that he was cheating on her, Callie broke off the relationship and later married Seth Curry, another NBA star.
George Allegedly Offered Rajic $1 Million to Abort Their First Child
Shortly after they began dating, Rajic became pregnant but this did not come as good news to George. He was apparently not ready to welcome a child at the time and reportedly offered her a million dollars to get rid of the baby and leave him alone but she refused to take it. She had his child, a daughter named Olivia, on May 1, 2014, and subsequently sued him for support.
George decided to go for a DNA test and after his paternity was confirmed, he sued for full custody of his daughter. The couple later reached a joint parenting agreement in October 2014. They also reignited their romance somewhere down the line.
They Have Welcomed Two More Kids
George and Rajic are now going strong and have also expanded their circle with two more kids. They welcomed another daughter, Natasha, in November 2017, three years after the first one. The birth of their second child came as a surprise to many who knew about the ugly custody and paternity battle the couple passed through.
When we thought they were done, Rajic took to Instagram on June 23, 2021, to share the news of the imminent arrival of their third child. She later posted a picture of the new arrival, a son, on October 4, 2021, revealing his name as Paul Vuk George.
George Proposed To Rajic In November 2020
Congratulations to Paul George and Daniela Rajic 👏 pic.twitter.com/WjOCxP1f6w
— Clippers Nation (@ClipperNationCP) November 7, 2020
Friends of the couple posted pictures of the lovely duo after George went down on his knee to pop the question. The NBA star proposed to his longtime girlfriend on November 6, 2020, at a resort by the seas, with all the romantic trappings. The couple also confirmed the news on social media with Rajic sharing a picture of her ring.
The Los Angeles Clippers forward made the engagement a memorable event. The venue was decorated with red flower petals and a band played for the couple and their friends who came to celebrate with them.
Back in 2019, it was rumored that the couple was engaged following viral pictures of Rajic wearing a ring but this turned out to be false. They are yet to formalize their union by getting married. Perhaps now that their third baby is here, plans might be in place for a wedding.
One thing is clear though, the two are madly in love with each other. George doesn’t miss any opportunity to show off his partner on social media. He usually showers her with praises for being the best mom and lover. One of his posts read:
“Happy Mother’s Day baby @danielarajic thank you for putting up with my s— and being on top of yours! You’re amazing and incredible at your number 1 job… being mommy! Love you woobie ❤️”