Shaquille O’Neal Married Nikki Hoopz Alexander
January 20, 2012 by staff
Shaquille O’Neal Married Nikki Hoopz Alexander, NBA basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal has opened up about the breakdown of his first marriage in his new memoir.
The 39-year-old discusses how he failed to staying faithful to his wife, Shaunie Nelson, in the new release, Shaq Uncut: My Story.
The pair, who have four children together, ended their seven year marriage in 2009 amid allegations of infidelity.
Shaq, who last night attended a New York gala with his new girlfriend Nikki ‘Hoopz’ Alexander, writes: ‘At one time my ex-wife Shaunie and I were happy, but I admit it – I was a guy.
‘I was a guy with too many options. Choosing to be with some of those women, well, that’s on me.
‘In my mind, I never did it disrespectfully, but obviously I shouldn’t have done it all.’
He admitted being culpable for the collapse of the romance: ‘You know as well as I do relationships are about maintaining… It wasn’t the big stuff, it was the small stuff, and that’s my fault.
‘I had things to do. I was trying to win, trying to make some money. I admit I wasn’t the best partner. I just didn’t know how. I’m learning now.
Shaq and Shaunie had a rather public and messy breakup.
She went as far as to hire a private investigator to get all of the details on her husband’s moves.
They discovered Shaq’s sexting and his mistress, Vanessa Lopez, who eventually sued him for harassing her after their affair.
Although, Shaunie was also alleged of having extra-marital affairs while married to Shaq.
The couple did have a prenuptial agreement.
After their divorce, the basketballer’s attorney even penned a letter to VH1 to prevent his ex-wife from discussing their marriage on Basketball Wives, a reality show where Shaunie starred.
Shaunie did get granted custody of their children, providing a substantial amount of spousal and child support.
Shaq is now in a new relationship with reality star Nikki and last night they attended the Pencils Of Promise inaugural gala last night.
The 7ft 1in star towered over his 5ft 2in companion despite her sky-high pumps.
The 28-year-old is best known for winning the VH1 reality TV show Flavor of Love and I Love Money.
Within the past year of their courtship, there has been speculation that Shaq and Nikki engaged, however it has not been confirmed.
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