Shaunie O’Neal is an American TV producer, actress, and philanthropist. She is the producer of VH1’s hit television series ‘Basketball Wives’, that highlights the lives of women romantically associated with professional basketball players. One of the highest rated shows on television, Shaunie has played an important role in the series’ success. Taking advantage of the platform she is on, Shaunie introduced a program called ‘Let’s Talk About It’. It deals with solving issues related to women and increasing awareness about women entrepreneurship. During the years, she has been widely appreciated for her habit of standing up for what is right. In the past, she confronted her ex-husband Shaquille O’Neal about his issues. The couple remained in spotlight during their marriage owing to allegations of infidelity on both sides. Even when the couple got divorced, the news made it to front pages of tabloids and magazines. The most discussed topic was the divorce settlement, which still remains undisclosed.
Childhood & Early Life
Shaunie O’Neal was born on November 27, 1974, in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was named as Va’shaundya Karlette Nelson upon her birth. She moved to Los Angeles, along with her family when she was just 10 years old.
She attended and graduated from the University of Southern California.
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Shaunie worked as a film marketer for FOX Entertainment.
She rose to fame after starting to date NBA center Shaquille O’Neal.
She has appeared in several TV shows including Basketball Wives, a show that revolves around the lives of wives and girlfriends of Basketball stars and players and highlights the glamorous life.
Her television show ‘Basketball Wives’ also sheds light on important issues such as single motherhood, self-esteem, parenting styles and the influence of parenting on the children.
During 2012 and 2013, she was a part of the Mission Christmas Eve for the Homeless.
She has started her own collection of footwear, partnering with Chinese Laundry. The shoes are of modern and chic design with a price range from $79.95 to around $200.
She also produces some TV shows on VH1. One of the most successful producers, Shaunie believes in investing in projects she can relate to.
She has recently started a program called ‘Let’s Talk About It’. Through this, she visits organizations addressing women from all strata of the society and empowering them, encouraging them to stand on their own feet.
In 2011, Shaunie hosted a red-carpet shopping charity event with singer Brandy at Louis Vuitton Rodeo Drive. The event saw a number of renowned celebrities like Flo Rida, Amber Rose, Elise Neal and Eva Marcille. The proceedings of the event were donated to a foundation set up by Shaunie herself for underprivileged children.
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In 2012, she attended the Habitat for Humanity Gala in Los Angeles. She has also been known to stand up for causes related to welfare of women and children.
She recently held an event empowering women and talking about issues related to women. The event is a part of ‘Let’s Talk About It Empowerment Series’. Through a series of events, Shaunie aims to create awareness and encouraging women entrepreneurs.
Shaunie dated NBA player, Shaquille O’Neal, for quite some time. The couple welcomed a son, on January 11, 2000. They named him Shareef Rashaun O’Neal. Their daughter, Amirah Sanaa, was born in 2001.
The couple got married on December 26, 2002 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
They welcomed their third child together, Shaquir Rashaun, on April 19, 2003.
In 2006, Shaunie gave birth to the couple’s fourth child, Mearah, on May 1, 2006.
She had a son, Myles, from a relationship prior to getting married to Shaquille O’Neal.
The couple was always in the spotlight due to allegations of infidelity. After five years of marriage, on September 4, 2007, Shaunie and Shaquille separated.
The couple tried to reconcile after, but Shaunie filed for a divorce on November 10, 2009, citing irreconcilable differences.
The actor-producer is currently dating a model, Marlon Yates, who is 12 years younger than her.
As of May 2017, her estimated net worth is about 35 million dollars.
Her favorite food is Italian cuisine and her least favorite food is Thai cuisine.