50 Year Old Shaquille O’Neal Unveils Third Celebrity Crush After Rihanna and Halle Berry

Published 06/20/2022, 12:00 PM EDT
CANNES, FRANCE – JUNE 20: Shaquille O’Neal speaks onstage during the Turner session at the Cannes Lions Festival 2018 on June 20, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images for Cannes Lions)

Shaquille O’Neal revealed his new celebrity crush in the most recent episode of his podcast. The Big Diesel declared in a dejected tone that he needs to have a new celebrity crush since both Halle Berry and Rihanna are currently in committed relationships. The woman that Shaquille O’Neal chose as his new celebrity crush might surprise a lot of people.

Shaq has never been reluctant to profess his love for different women, especially when they’re celebrities. Therefore, his infatuation with Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry and Barbadian singer-songwriter Rihanna is no secret. In fact, the Big Man frequently talks about his love and respect for the two stunning celebrities whenever he gets the opportunity.

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However, Halle Berry has been dating 52-year-old singer-songwriter, Van Hunt, for some time now. On the other hand, Rihanna is in a committed relationship with rapper A$AP Rocky. Therefore, Shaq has decided to dedicate his attention elsewhere.

Shaquille O’Neal declares his new celebrity crush

Shaq reacted to a viral video in his podcast about partners in a relationship giving out hall passes to each other. Afterward, the conversation veered to hall passes and celebrity crushes.

Meanwhile, co-host Nischelle Turner revealed her celebrity crush to be singer-songwriter, Lenny Kravitz. After that, Shaq decided to share his pick for a hall pass. “Rihanna is taken and Halle Berry is taken, so now I gotta go with Shannon“, declared the Lakers legend.

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Shaquille O’Neal then clarified that the ‘Shannon’ in question is actress Shannon Thornton from the drama television show P-Valley. Thornton plays the character of a dancer and rapper named Keyshawn or Miss Mississippi.

Nischelle approved of Shaq’s pick. Later on, she revealed that she’s a fan of the show too.

Shaq’s dating history

Shaq has dated a lot of women in his life. Many of them had been celebrities with glamorous public lives. In fact, Shaq married his ex-wife Shaunie Nelson, a prominent media producer, and businesswoman, in 2002. The couple separated in 2007 before reconciling shortly after.

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BURBANK, CA – JANUARY 13: Shaunie O’Neal and Shaquille O’Neal celebrate Shareef O’Neal’s 18th birthday party at West Coast Customs on January 13, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images)

In 2009, Shaunie filed for divorce, which was finalized in 2011. The couple has four kids together. Shaq has a very amicable relationship with Shaunie. They take great pleasure in co-parenting their kids together,

In fact, he recently congratulated Shaunie and her husband, Keion Henderson, on their beautiful marriage.

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What do you think of Shaq’s pick for a hall pass? Let us know in the comments.

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Satagni Sikder

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Satagni Sikder is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has been following the NBA since 2017. Moreover, he supports the Dallas Mavericks, and unsurprisingly, Luka Doncic is his favorite player.

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