Does Shaquille O’Neal Have a Girlfriend? Wife, Relationship History and Other Details

Published 11/23/2021, 6:30 PM EST
SANTA MONICA, CA – JUNE 25: Myles O’Neal, Shareef O’Neal, Shaqir O’Neal, and Shaquille O’Neal arrive to the NBA Awards Show 2018 held at Barker Hangar on June 25, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)


Shaquille O’Neal is one of the most renowned and delightful celebrities in the world of basketball. NBA fans consider him as one of the best centers of all time. O’Neal experienced enormous success on the court with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 15 time NBA All Star also has an interesting history of relationships and a large family.

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Who is Shaquille O’Neal’s current girlfriend?

Recent tabloid news focused on Shaquille O’Neal, who they spotted with his new girlfriend on a beach. Articles suggest that her name is Annie Ilonzeh. Ilonez is a popular American actress on various T.V. series. The 38-year-old actress was born in Grapevine, Texas.

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She portrayed ‘Maya Ward’ in a daytime soap opera on ‘ABC’ called ‘General Hospital’. A popular 2017 film called ‘Til Death Do Us Apart’ cast Ilonez as Madison Roland/Kate Smith. She has also starred in various T.V. shows like ‘Empire’, ‘Graceland’, ‘Beauty & the Beast’ and others. O’Neal’s new girlfriend has certainly established her name in Hollywood and in the acting industry.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 24: Shaquille O’Neal attends 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)

Who was Shaquille O’Neal’s wife Shaunie O’Neal?

Shaunie O’Neal is an American television personality and an executive producer. The 46-year-old works as a producer on VH-1’s reality TV series, called Basketball Wives. The show keeps up with the lives of wives, ex-wives, and girlfriends of professional basketball players. Shaunie’s relationship with Shaquille started in 1997 after he joined the Lakers.

Shaquille married Shaunie on December 26, 2002, at Beverly Hills Hotel. He shares four children with Shaunie: Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me’arah. The couple filed for divorce and cited irreconcilable differences as a reason. The divorce was eventually finalized in 2011.

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How many times was Shaquille O’Neal married?

Despite his vast relationship history, O’Neal has married only once. His 9-year relationship with Shaunie remains his only marriage as of 2021. O’Neal dated reality TV star Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander in 2010. However, they eventually separated in August 2012.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 24: (L-R) Shareef O’Neal, Shaquille O’Neal, and Shaqir O’Neal attends 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)

Before his current relationship with Ilhonez, O’Neal dated Laticia Rolle, a model in 2014. The couple went their separate ways in March 2018. His previous relationship with ex-girlfriend Arnetta Yardbourgh also resulted in the birth of a daughter. His eldest child, Taahirah O’Neal born on July 19, 1996.

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O’Neal won four NBA championships in his 19-year career. The 7-foot-1-inch commanding athlete played with six NBA franchises. The NBA named him as the NBA MVP in 2000 when he was playing for the Lakers.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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