Who Is Gabrielle Lemaire? Didier Drogba Girlfriend

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After ending a long ten-year marriage with his ex-wife Lalla, Didier Drogba is now in a relationship with his girlfriend, Gabrielle Lemaire, an entrepreneur.

With her achievements in the business world, Gabrielle has more to her identity than just being a celebrity partner.

She is carving out her unique path, making her a noteworthy entrepreneur in her own right.

Didier Drogba Captained Ivory Coast Until 2014
Didier Drogba Captained Ivory Coast Until 2014 (Source: H ARENA)

Didier Drogba is a former professional soccer player born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and is considered one of Africa’s greatest soccer players.

A Chelsea legend, Drogba played as a striker and was known for his physical strength, speed, and aerial abilities.

He has scored more goals for Chelsea than any other foreign player and is currently the club’s fourth-highest goal scorer. 

Moreover, Drogba is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team.

Additionally, the striker was named African Footballer of the Year in 2006 and 2009 on two occasions.

The 2012 UEFA Champions League winner retired from soccer at 40 in 2018.

Didier Drogba Girlfriend: Gabrielle Lemaire

The former Chelsea striker is in a romantic relationship with a beautiful Ivorian-Belgian lady, Gabrielle Lemaire.

While Gabrielle is recognized for her relationship with the Ivorian soccer legend Didier Drogba, her accomplishments as an entrepreneur stand on their merit.

She is the founder and CEO of Barons Agence Conseil (translated to Barons Consulting Agency), a strategy, communication & lobbying consulting agency in Ivory Coast.

Didier Drogba Attended The 2022 Ballon d'Or With Girlfriend, Gabrielle Lemaire
Didier Drogba Attended The 2022 Ballon d’Or With Girlfriend, Gabrielle Lemaire (Source: Instagram)

Gabrielle completed her undergraduate degree in law studies from Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, in 2007.

She joined European Communication School and graduated Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with Distinction.

After that, Gabrielle completed her master’s degree in marketing management from the University of Westminster, UK, in 2010.

Professional Endeavors

Lemaire has invested time and effort into several business ventures that showcase her innovation and determination.

Firstly, she worked in London as a PR and marketing manager and sales and sponsorship executive after graduation.

The Belgian native landed the position of Communication Director at BNP Paribas (a French multinational) in Ivory Coast in 2012.

Eventually, Lemaire became the CEO of ADA (Advertising and Digital for Africa) in 2015.

After working in the company for eight years, she established her own business in January 2023.

Moreover, she is associated with the European Chamber of Commerce in Ivory Coast.

Relationship And Kids

While their romantic journey’s origin is unknown, Drogba and his girlfriend went public in 2022.

Rumors of their relationship spread as they attended a Formula E race together in Saudi Arabia in January 2022.

On October 14, 2022, the soccer legend took to social media to post a lovely photo of himself having a good time with his girlfriend.

Drogba Family Celebrating 2022 Christmas
Drogba Family Celebrating 2022 Christmas (Source: Instagram)

However, the love birds made headlines as Drogba attended the 2022 Ballon d’Or ceremony alongside his then-new girlfriend, Gabrielle.

Their relationship took new heights as they welcomed a child on March 11, 2023.

Although the couple didn’t officially confirm the news, several sources close to the star have confirmed the rumors.

The birth marked the fourth child for Drogba. He is also a father of three children, Isaac, Iman, and Kieran, with his ex-wife Lalla Diakite.

Swochandra Shrestha
Swochandra Shrestha

Swochandra Shrestha

Swochandra Shrestha is a passionate writer with a keen eye for uncovering the human stories behind the world of sports. His articles offer readers a refreshing perspective on athletes and sporting events, blending insightful analysis with engaging storytelling that resonates on a personal level.


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