Shaq Responds To Ex-Wife Shaunie’s Claims That She Was Never In Love With Him

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 10: Shaquille O'Neal attends Shaq's Fun House Big Game Weekend at Talking Stick Resort on February 10, 2023 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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In Shaunie Henderson’s recent memoir, she candidly reflects on her marriage to Shaquille O’Neal, questioning her feelings towards the NBA star.

Shaunie admitted on The Tamron Hall Show that she might not have truly been in love with Shaq, stating, “Looking back, I don’t know that I was ever really in love with the man, but I was in love with the idea of being married to the man I had a family with.”

Shaq, in apparent response, shared on Instagram, “I understand… I wouldn’t have been in love with me either. Wishing you all the best. All love, Shaq.” Acknowledging his faults, he captioned the post, “Trust me, I get it.”

The couple’s marriage, which began in 2002, faced challenges, including Shaq’s recurring infidelity. Despite Shaunie’s enjoyment of their early years, cracks began to appear, with her admitting, “Invisibly, my marriage was beginning to crumble.”

She confessed to enjoying their time together, particularly during NBA road trips, but recognized Shaq’s struggle to balance his roles as a husband, father, and basketball superstar.

Shaq has previously expressed regret over his actions, acknowledging, “I had the perfect situation… My wife was finer than a mug.” He attributed his infidelity to greed.

Despite their past difficulties, Shaunie and Shaq are now on good terms, with Shaunie emphasizing that she wouldn’t change any part of her story. She has found happiness in her current marriage to Pastor Keion Henderson.

Shaquille O’Neal, now an NBA studio analyst, has reflected on his shortcomings as a husband, admitting to past mistakes and expressing gratitude for forgiveness.

In Shaunie Henderson’s journey of self-reflection, she offers a glimpse into the complexities of marriage and the importance of growth and forgiveness in moving forward.