NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom is dating Carl's Jr. burger model Emily Sears 1

NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom is dating Carl’s Jr. burger model Emily Sears

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He may have changed his last name to Freedom last month after officially becoming a US citizen.

But Enes Kanter Freedom now has his heart locked down with a burger queen.

The 29-year-old Boston Celtics center is now dating model Emily Sears, who is best known for her Carl’s Jr. advertising campaign.

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'Bravest person I know': NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom is now dating model Emily Sears who revealed the news by posting this cuddly snap on Wednesday

‘Bravest person I know’: NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom is now dating model Emily Sears who revealed the news by posting this cuddly snap on Wednesday

Wow factor: The 36-year-old Australian model is best known for her Carl's Jr. burger campaign, as she is seen center

Wow factor: The 36-year-old Australian model is best known for her Carl’s Jr. burger campaign, as she is seen center 

Enes and the 36-year-old Australian model made it Instagram official on Wednesday as Emily shared snap of them cuddled up together.

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The blonde stunner captioned the image to her 4.6million followers: ‘Bravest person I know @enesfreedom.’

Emily has been seen supporting the Turkish-born player at his games in recent months.

Burger babe: Emily has been seen supporting the Turkish-born player at his games in recent months, as she is seen with a Carl's Jr. bag

Burger babe: Emily has been seen supporting the Turkish-born player at his games in recent months, as she is seen with a Carl’s Jr. bag

According to sources for TMZ, the two have been dating for a couple of months though it remains unclear how they met. 

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Emily is living in LA while Enes currently plays in Boston, but they are making a long distance relationship, as an insider told the publication there has been no issue so far. 

The basketball player recently made waves last month when he took his US citizenship oath and will marked the occasion by legally changing his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

Wow factor: Emily lives in LA as a model

Wow factor: Emily lives in LA as a model 

Going green: Enes (seen December 2) currently plays in Boston, but they are making a long distance relationship, as an insider told the publication there has been no issue so far

Going green: Enes (seen December 2) currently plays in Boston, but they are making a long distance relationship, as an insider told the publication there has been no issue so far

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He recently made headlines by attacking Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James for his business ties to Nike and, by extension, China — a country accused of targeting its minority Uighur population and forcing citizens into slave labor camps.

In Turkey, Kanter has been considered an enemy of the state since 2017, when he criticized president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the ‘Hitler of our century.’ In response, the country revoked his passport, imprisoned his father on terrorism charges for two years, and, through Interpol, attempted to arrange for the younger Kanter’s arrest.

‘That’s the one thing, my whole life, I try to fight for,’ Kanter told CNN in an interview last month. ‘When I came to America, to me, it was so amazing because, here, there is freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and freedom of press, which I didn’t have any of those with Turkey.

Rings: The basketball player recently made waves last month when he took his US citizenship oath and will marked the occasion by legally changing his name to Enes Kanter Freedom; seen on December 1

Rings: The basketball player recently made waves last month when he took his US citizenship oath and will marked the occasion by legally changing his name to Enes Kanter Freedom; seen on December 1

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‘And freedom is the greatest thing a human being can have. So that’s why I wanted to make that word a part of me and carry it wherever I go.’

Back in June 2020, Emily revealed on Instagram that she’d undergone brain surgery to remove a ‘cluster of abnormal blood vessels’ that had caused her to suffer epileptic seizures.

The influencer chose to have the operation because she did not want to live on ‘medication for the rest of my life’.

Life-saving operation: Back in June 2020 Emily revealed on Instagram that she'd undergone brain surgery to remove a 'cluster of abnormal blood vessels' that had caused her to suffer epileptic seizures

Life-saving operation: Back in June 2020 Emily revealed on Instagram that she’d undergone brain surgery to remove a ‘cluster of abnormal blood vessels’ that had caused her to suffer epileptic seizures

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She was actually awake and speaking to doctors during the operation because she needed to alert them if they removed any vital tissue along with the blood vessels.

Emily explained: ‘I remember every moment of being awake, there were two surgeons and one waved at me… it was as strange and surreal as it sounds!’

After the successful surgery, she was left with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude.

‘I am humbly grateful for the ability to access healthcare, for the fact that my condition had a cure and for the support of my friends, family, industry peers and for my incredible man who has stuck by me the whole time,’ she wrote.  

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'I am humbly grateful': After the successful surgery, she was left with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude

‘I am humbly grateful’: After the successful surgery, she was left with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude

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