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Who is Erica Packer’s rumoured new fiancé Enrique Martinez Celaya?

She divorced billionaire James Packer in 2013.

And as rumours spread that Erica Packer (née Baxter), 41, may now be engaged to her new partner Enrique Martínez Celaya, it seems he couldn’t be more different to her famous ex-husband.

Whereas James, 51, has made a name for himself in the business world as the son of late media mogul Kerry Packer, Enrique is a famed Cuban-American contemporary artist.

The 54-year-old emigrated from his home country of Cuba aged seven, and has hinted that his childhood was unsettled. Eventually, he landed an apprenticeship in the arts at age 12, kick-starting his creative career.

 

Emigrated at seven, an artist at 12 and now ‘engaged’ to a billionaire’s former wife: Erica Packer’s rumoured fiancé Enrique Martinez Celaya’s background is very different to that of her ex James, Daily Mail Australia can reveal. Pictured: Erica and Enrique in Paris, France on Friday

From a billionaire to an artist: Enrique, who experienced a rather tumultuous childhood, had a very different upbringing to Erica's first husband James Packer, who was born into vast wealth. Pictured: Erica Packer

From a billionaire to an artist: Enrique, who experienced a rather tumultuous childhood, had a very different upbringing to Erica's first husband James Packer, who was born into vast wealth. Pictured: Enrique Martinez Celaya

From a billionaire to an artist: Enrique, who experienced a rather tumultuous childhood, had a very different upbringing to Erica’s first husband James Packer, who was born into vast wealth

Erica and Enrique are believed to have met on the school run in Los Angeles, where they both have children attending the same school. 

Just like his new girlfriend, Enrique is a divorcee after splitting from ex-wife Alexandra Williams in 2015 following 16 years of marriage.

During their relationship, the former couple welcomed four children: daughters Natalie and Gabriela, and sons Sebastian and Adrián.

Enrique is a hands-on father, regularly sharing photos to social media of his children helping out at his various art studios.

Creative: Whereas James, 51, has made a name for himself in the business world as the son of late media mogul Kerry Packer, Enrique is a famed Cuban-American contemporary artist

Creative: Whereas James, 51, has made a name for himself in the business world as the son of late media mogul Kerry Packer, Enrique is a famed Cuban-American contemporary artist

Years before becoming a world-renowned artist, Enrique overcame a rather tumultuous and itinerant childhood.

After leaving his home country aged seven, he spent a while living in Spain with his family before eventually relocating again to the United States.

‘The problem with exile as a dominating force is that it assumes that personal conditions are similar,’ Enrique told Studio International in 2017.

‘In my family, there were tremendous emotional forces at play that wouldn’t have made any difference whether I had stayed in Cuba or left.’

'The problem with exile as a dominating force is that it assumes that personal conditions are similar': The 54-year-old emigrated from his home country of Cuba aged seven, and has hinted that his childhood was unsettled. Eventually, he landed an apprenticeship in the arts at age 12

‘The problem with exile as a dominating force is that it assumes that personal conditions are similar’: The 54-year-old emigrated from his home country of Cuba aged seven, and has hinted that his childhood was unsettled. Eventually, he landed an apprenticeship in the arts at age 12

He added: ‘Those were the forces that dominated my childhood experiences, overriding nomadism.

‘It included my own feelings of introspection and alienation and trying to find a place that was hospitable to who I was.’ 

Following what he describes as a somewhat unsettled childhood, Enrique turned to art at the age of 12 as an apprentice to ‘to make sense of the world around me’.

Single parents: Erica and Enrique, who is a fellow divorcee with four children, are believed to have met on the school run in LA, where they both have children attending the same school

Single parents: Erica and Enrique, who is a fellow divorcee with four children, are believed to have met on the school run in LA, where they both have children attending the same school

It comes after Erica and Enrique put on a public display of affection in Paris recently, kissing and embracing on the streets of the famous French city.

The Daily Telegraph recently reported that the couple have been an item for eight months and ‘are very much in love’.

Erica, a former model and singer, also appeared to be wearing an engagement ring on her finger.

Still mates! James and Erica Packer share three children - Indigo, Jackson and Emmanuelle (pictured) - and have maintained a friendly relationship since their split

Still mates! James and Erica Packer share three children – Indigo, Jackson and Emmanuelle (pictured) – and have maintained a friendly relationship since their split

Erica married casino tycoon James Packer in 2007 and they announced their separation in 2013.

The former couple share three children – Indigo, Jackson and Emmanuelle – but have maintained a friendly relationship since their split.

Following her divorce from James, Erica dated British singer Seal for one year. 

'They are very much in love': The Daily Telegraph recently reported Erica (pictured) and Enrique have been an item for eight months and 'are very much in love'

‘They are very much in love’: The Daily Telegraph recently reported Erica (pictured) and Enrique have been an item for eight months and ‘are very much in love’

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