Happily Married to New Husband, Shaquille O’Neal’s Ex-wife Is Best Friends With Karl Malone’s Wife

Published 01/20/2023, 8:10 AM EST

Shaquille O’Neal’s ex-wife Shaunie Henderson has been in the news after getting remarried to celebrity paster, Keion Henderson. The two got married on an island at a destination wedding in Anguilla. Shaunie and Shaq had been separated for a while and O’Neal took the blame for their failed marriage. But now, Shaunie could be seen linking it up with Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone’s wife on her Instagram.

Often wives of NBA players form friendships due to their husbands spending so much time together. But very rarely do fans get to see NBA legends’ wives getting comfortable with each other.

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Recently, Shaunie Henderson flexed her close relationship with Karl Malone’s wife Kay Malone on her Instagram. She posted a picture on her Instagram stories where all four were seen hanging out together.

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She reposted Kay Malone’s Instagram story onto her official account. Shaunie captioned the post, “Can’t wait to do it again.”

All four of them came together as Karl Malone came out to do a public signing for FitermanSports. Malone had not done a public signing since his second year in the league. And even Seattle Supersonics legend Gary Payton was at the event.

The Jazz legend signed a varied number of items such as jerseys, basketballs, and even cards brought to him by fans. Shaunie and Kay came out to support Karl Malone’s official branding and marketing agency as a part of it.

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Shaq and Shaunie had a nine-year-long marriage before the two decided to call it quits. Both of them have since moved on to different partners. Shaunie got married to celebrity pastor Keion Henderson.

The Lakers legend went on to date ‘How I Met Your Mother’ actress Annie Ilonzeh. Now, judging by the post on Shaunie’s Instagram, it seems as if Kay and Shaunie are awfully close or even best friends. However, this may be the first time these two women were seen together. Since there hasn’t been anything reported or seen of the relationship between these two.

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It sure looks like they are pretty comfortable with each other. Shaunie was recently making headlines once again with her posts on Instagram, winning fans over. Many were happy that she is shining in her own spotlight instead of just basking in the glory of her ex-husband.

Hopefully, fans get to see these two women together more often as it seems like a start to a great friendship and relationship.



Abhishek Dhariwal

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Abhishek Dhariwal is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He earned his bachelor's degree in English Honors from St. Xavier's College and his master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from AAFT School of Mass Communication and Journalism.

Edited By: Jayant Chhabra