Ethan Anka is an American celebrity child who is famous for being the son of Paul Anka (a well-known Canadian-American singer), who enjoyed fame in the 1950s and 1960s with successes such as “Diana” and “Lonely Boy.” He is the first child of his father’s second wife, Anna Aberg, aka Anna Anka, who is a personal trainer and former Miss Sweden.
Ethan Anka was born on September 22, 2005, in New York, United States of America. Three years after his birth, Paul married his personal trainer, Anna Aberg, in Sardinia in 2008 but divorced only after two years in 2010. As of today, Paul has full custody of their son, Ethan, since 2017.
|Famous For||Son of Paul Anka|
|Date of Birth||22 September 2005|
|Age (as in 2023)||17|
|Place of Birth||New York, USA|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx)||in feet inches - 5 '3"
in centimeters - 160 cm
in meters - 1.6 m
|Weight (approx)||in kilograms - 52 kg
in pounds - 115 lbs
|Family, Relationship & More|
|Parents||Father: Paul Anka
Mother: Anna Anka
Alicia Anka and
|Girlfriend / Wife||NA|
|Net Worth (approx)||will be updated|
Ethan’s father, Paul Anka, was born on July 30, 1941 in Ottawa, Canada. His parents were both of Lebanese Christian descent. His grandfather came to America from Damascus, Syria, and his mother was an immigrant from Lebanon.
Paul recorded his first song at the age of 14. Paul has given many hit songs and was even ranked in the No.1 position. Some of his most popular songs are “Diana,” “Lonely Boy,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” and “(You’re) Taking My Baby“. He also wrote the theme song for ‘The Tonight Show’ Starring Johnny Carson, along with one of Tom Jones’s biggest hits, “She’s a Lady.”
Similarly, his works include the English lyrics to Claude François and Jacques Revaux’s music for Frank Sinatra’s signature song “My Way,” which has been covered by many artists, including Elvis Presley. He has also co-written three songs with Michael Jackson, which became major hits for Jackson in 2009, 2014, and 2018, respectively.
They are: “This Is It” (originally titled “I Never Heard”), “Love Never Felt So Good,” and “Don’t Matter to Me.” During his career, he won awards like the ‘Canadian Music Hall of Fame’ and the ‘Juno Award for Songwriter of The Year’.
His mother, Anna Anka, is a Swedish-American model, actress, and author who was born in 1971 as Danuta Anna Kołodziejska. Her mother died during childbirth, and she was adopted by a Swedish couple when she was three years old. She was seen in a Swedish reality show, “Svenska Hollywoodfruar.” She also appeared briefly as Anna Berg in the American comedy film ‘Dumb and Dumber.’
Similarly, Anna has appeared in minor roles in films like ‘The Specialist‘ and ‘Drop Zone.’ Anna has written “The 30 Minute Pregnancy Workout Book: The Complete Light Weight Fitness Program”, an exercise and training book.
As a celebrity child, Ethan Anka gets much attention from his father’s fans and the media. However, he mainly rose to fame due to the custody battle between his parents, which occurred following their divorce in 2010.
Paul Anka won the case, and from then onwards, Ethan was reportedly barred from meeting or contacting his mother. At the time of this custody battle, Ethan was eleven years old. The father-son duo shares a strong bond.
Paul Anka filed for divorce in December 2009 after Anna phoned the police during an argument with him about her decision to fire one of their housekeepers. She claimed that the day before that, Paul had pointed a gun at her and threatened her and her nanny. But Paul refuted the allegation and filed a defamation lawsuit against her in February 2010.
After the review of surveillance footage of their mansion, no evidence was found of such an event. Paul claimed in his lawsuit that the police had previously arrested Anna for domestic assault during a dispute in November 2009 where she injured him, but Paul insisted the charges be dropped off. After five months, the lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice in July 2010, barring a new lawsuit.
Anna has not seen her boy for several years, and it has now been over a decade since the divorce between Anna and Paul Anka. After several years of litigation, the Scanian lost custody of her boy. Anna said: “Paul and I have had no relationship since this with the custody dispute, the trial, and all that. I respect what happened, and he doesn’t want me to see Ethan. I don’t intend to keep arguing with him.”
But for Anna Anka, it was unlucky as she also lost custody of her daughter Elli Yeager, who she has with another man. Both half-siblings have grown up with each other, but now they are not allowed to see each other. So Anna responded by saying:
“I know how incredibly sad it has been for them to lose their mother, but losing each other is almost even worse. I had still hoped that they at least had each other, and then I felt that it was a security for me that they had each other and could talk about mother and that they have common memories that could keep them together and ease their grief.”
She said she tried to connect with her son Ethan when she found him on Instagram and sent him a message. In her words: “I sent him a message where I wrote that “Hey, I hope everything is fine with you. Not a single day has passed without me thinking about you, and I want you to know that I love and miss you and am here for you. And he replied quickly, to my delight, but soon I noticed his tone was very angry. And I understand that because so many lies have been built up over the years, and he has only heard one side.”
She is hoping that they will contact their mother when they become adults so that one day, she can see them again.
Some Interesting Facts About Ethan Anka
- Paul Anka was first married to Anne de Zogheb (a fashion model) from 1963 to 2001. Later on, he met Ethan’s mom, Anna, and exchanged vows in 2008, which only to end in 2010. Paul married for a third time to Lisa Pemberton in Beverley Hills, California, in 2016. This marriage, too, ended in 2020.
- Ethan has five step-sisters from his father’s previous marriage. Alexandra Anka (1966), a lawyer, Amanda Anka (an actor and a producer) who was born on December 10, 1968, in New York, USA. She is married to Jason Bateman, and they have two children. Alicia Anka (1970), Anthea Anka (1971), who is a screenwriter, singer, and internet blogger as well, and Amelia Anka (1977). Also, he has an elder half-sister named Ellie Yeager from his mother’s first marriage to Louis Yeager.
- Anna Anka went to the United States in 1994 to work as a model after being ranked eighth place in the international ‘Miss Hawaiian Tropic pageant.’ However, her participation in the Miss Hawaiian Tropic pageant barred her from participating in the Miss Sweden pageant that year.
- His father co-wrote his autobiography ‘My Way.’ It is estimated that his father, Paul Anka, has an estimated net worth of $80 – $100 Million. And his mother, Anna Anka, has an estimated net worth of $10 – $50 Million.
- Paul Anka has over 110k followers on his Instagram, and Anna Anka has around 17k followers on her Instagram handle.