The Brazilian top model Adriana Lima said on Tuesday that she considers Turkey as one of her second homes. The top model made the comment to a reporter from the Turkish press agency AA who interviewed her backstage before she walked the runaway at the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London.
Refusing to comment on Turkish media's allegations that she and the Turkish personality Acun Ilıcalı are having an affair, Adriana Lima said: "Turkey is a beautiful country. Everyone has welcomed me there whenever I go."
"Turkey is really one of the places I could consider as my second home. I would love to go again," she continued. She also stated that she loves Turkish cuisine and culture a lot.
Turkish social media circles have been buzzing with allegations that the Turkish television personality Acun Ilıcalı and Brazilian top model Adriana Lima are allegedly having an affair. Most Turkish social media users are praising Ilıcalı for his "success", while some are ridiculing him and saying that the affair is a matter of "national pride."
The television personality Ilıcalı is known to be an admirer of the top model and has hosted her many times on his television shows in Turkey. Media outlets claim Ilıcalı will leave his wife of 11-years wife for his new love.
The 45-year old television personality is allegedly trying to arrange a secret divorce protocol with his wife Zeynep Ilıcalı and will pay her 50 million TL (22.6 million USD) worth of compensation.
Acun Ilıcalı, who left university and started his career as a sports reporter, currently runs one of the largest media outlets in Turkey. He came into prominence when he started a separate travel segment within the 1990's popular sports tabloid show Televole. This segment developed into a full TV show called "Acun Firarda" in the early 2000's.
Ilıcalı later founded his own production company, which gained huge success with Turkish adaptations of popular reality shows. The latest addition to this idyllic story was the acquisition of the Turkish channel TV8 in late 2013.