Michael Jordan’s 5 Word Admission on “Loving” Ex-Wife Juanita Vanoy Despite 1 Big Flaw In Unearthed Video

Published 05/06/2022, 4:30 PM EDT
UNITED STATES – NOVEMBER 10: Michael Jordan and wife Juanita at benefit for the All Kids Foundation at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Michael Jordan and his failed marriage with his ex-wife made front-page news during the time it happened. The two got married in 1989 after having dated for a while.

However, their marriage ended in 2007. Given his immense popularity, the news of Jordan’s divorce from Juanita Voy traveled far and wide.

Chicago Bulls basketball star Michael Jordan posing w. wife Juanita at bar at the opening of his restaurant. (Photo by Steve Kagan/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Interestingly enough, an unearthed video of MJ shows the NBA legend talking about his wife. He talks about her passionately while describing her with words like ‘independent’ and ‘demanding’.


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Michael Jordan talks about his ex-wife in a rare video

The Chicago Bulls led by Michael Jordan dominated an entire decade. With the likes of Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman, the Bulls won 6 NBA titles. Notably, this dominant run included 2 three-peats!

Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 25, 2021 Michael Jordan watches the action by the 11th green during the Four-balls REUTERS/Mike Segar

During his time in the NBA, Jordan became one of the most recognizable faces in the world of sports. Naturally, this led to his family members getting similar attention from the media and fans.

In one such instance, where Jordan is being interviewed, he is asked to say something regarding his ex-wife, Juanita Vanoy. 

Jordan said, “Her? Very independent. Very demanding and, of course, you know, very caring, good mother. Learning to cook, I love her to death though.” However, Vanoy catches Jordan laughing when he talks about her being a good wife.

For the uninitiated, MJ and Vanoy ended their marriage in 2007. The two met in 1985 during Jordan’s rookie season with the Chicago Bulls.


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They dated for a while, and Mike proposed to Juanita on New Year’s Eve of 1987; The two got married in 1989.

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Although their marriage lasted for a long time, the two had their differences. The couple filed for a divorce in 2006.


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Not to mention, Jordan lost around $168 million due to this divorce, according to reports. After parting with his long-time wife, MJ married model Yvette Prieto in 2013.



Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.