Shaquille O’Neal’s Girlfriend Annie Ilonzeh: Relationship History & Other Interesting Details

Published 08/28/2021, 7:51 AM EDT
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 14: American Express Brings Together Rapper Travis Scott and Sport’s Legend Shaquille O’Neal at Austin City Limits Festival on October 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for American Express)


Shaquille O’Neal is the NBA’s version of Andre the Giant. Not just with his physicality, the 4x champion is huge with his stature, too. So it is easy to believe that the very generous Shaq must have a smooth love life. However, that appeared true only until his relationship with wife, Shaunie O’Neal, ended in 2011.

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After that nine-year relation reached a dead end, Shaq used his new job as a studio analyst for NBA on TNT’s Inside the NBA show to find solace. But he was still in search of a partner and that found him flirting with American TV personality Rocsi Diaz. All that, until he finally stopped for a girlfriend in Annie Ilonzeh.

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Shaquille O’Neal and his new girlfriend

As per reports, The Big Shamrock recently spent some quality time with a woman named Annie Ilonzeh. The paparazzi spotted the NBA Hall of Famer with Annie on a beach in Spain and that picked up the rumor.

Annie calls herself an “outlier” and boasts an Instagram following close to 185K. She is popular for her work in various TV shows like General Hospital, Until Death Do Us Part, and Netflix’s Peppermint, among others.

Now, it is not official whether Shaq will take this relationship towards marriage, but the 49-YO is surely enjoying his days. 

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The Big Aristotle’s dating timeline

One of the world’s most dominating center players, Shaq has always centered around women. He lived with wife Shaunie O’Neal for about a decade and had five children with her. His 21-YO son Shareef O’Neal came the closest to filling the shoes of his father as he played basketball for the LSU Tigers.

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In 2004, Shaq allegedly had a fling with author Karrine Steffans, who later confessed about their relation. Then, TV personality Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander knocked Shaq’s heart out in 2010 before the NBA champion started dating Laticia Rolle in 2014.

Actress-producer Laticia kept Shaq mesmerized by her curls for four years, the same tenure he spent in Orlando and Miami. But soon a gorgeous woman in Dani Nicole took over Shaq’s generous heart in 2020 before he eventually gave in to Annie.

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Phew! That’s a long Harden-esque list there. So what do you think, is Annie the final destination? Help us with your interesting opinion in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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