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Leave it to those infamous Super Bowl parties to reveal which celebs have left their former lovers in the dust of the previous year and snagged up new boos just in time for Valentine’s Day. It seems that Shaq’s new years resolution may have been to get rid of his on-again,off-again former reality star fiancée Hoopz for good, as he was seen partying at a private gathering at The Hookah Lounge in New Orleans with “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Rocsi Diaz, reports Page Six.
Of course, the time Shaq and Rocsi spent together could’ve simply been some plain old platonic fun, but their fellow partygoers are suggesting otherwise.
“Shaq and Rocsi were holding hands at this private party and at a private table. They looked like an odd couple, but they seemed really into each other,” a source exclusively told Page Six.
Representatives of the “106 and Park” host aren’t exactly denying or confirming the claims.
“Rocsi was there hosting and her free time was incredibly short because of her work with ET. I can confirm they [she and Shaq] are very good friends,” said a rep from Diaz’s camp.
What’s interesting to note is that although Rocsi’s relationship with comedian Eddie Murphy is clearly over, Shaq and Hoopz were spotted in the Bahamas just last month. Reports even suggested that the two were back together. Not that it would mean much to Rocsi, as she’s earned quite a reputation for being a homewrecker over the years due to her alleged involvement with actress LisaRaye McCoy’s ex-husband during the couple’s marriage.
Whatever the nature of her relationship with Shaq, Rocsi appears to have had a great time.
Do you think Shaq ditched Hoopz for Rocsi?
Photos courtesy of WENN
Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
While you were playing Dominoes (aka, Bones) with your family or trying to keep folks from getting too crunk off of alcohol in your home, Shaunie O’Neal was with her own family, and found the time to post a picture of her family holiday photo on Instagram. In her long red gown and fab hair, she stood amongst her five children (she does NOT look like someone who popped out five babies by the way) on the stairs of their home as they all tried to give fierce to the camera in their nicest holiday attire. The children of Shaunie and Shaquille O’Neal are definitely used to being in front of the camera, as they’ve done numerous magazine spreads with mom, and even appeared on “Basketball Wives,” so this shoot was clearly a piece of cake.
The young man in the hat at the bottom of the stairs is Shareef, then going up the stairs is Myles (Shaunie’s son from a previous relationship), Amirah, Shaquir and Me’arah. I think I was expecting her and the kids to have your average, ordinary, smiley holiday photo, but this particular image gives off a Kardashian-esque vibe to me. However, the kids are too fresh and cool for school, and mom is giving us the diva look and she had better work it! What do you think of the picture?
It’s not often that we hear about a celebrity marriage lasting, and when one doesn’t we all sit and wait patiently for the nasty divorce settlements. With so much money and fame involved, it’s not uncommon for negotiations to get a little dirty, but in the end most of these ex-wives end up getting broke all.the.way.off. Though it’s never a happy thing to see a marriage end, we’re pretty sure some of these women dried their tears in dollar bills and ended up laughing their way to the bank. While love doesn’t cost a thing, divorces really do. Here are 14 of the biggest celebrity divorce settlements in our lifetime.
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So this isn’t the first time we thought Shaq and Hoopz had called it quits, and honestly, who wouldn’t be surprised to hear they didn’t last? But this time around, The Boston Globe says they got the news straight from the horse’s mouth. According to the news source:
“Former Sudbury resident Nicole ‘Hoopz’ Alexander confirmed to the Globe on Friday that she and her longtime boyfriend, retired Celtic Shaquille O’Neal, have called it quits.”
What the Boston Globe leaves out in an explanation for the split, Black Sports Online makes up for plenty with a tale of “you can take the girl out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the girl.” According to the site, “the straw that seem to have broke the camel’s back was an argument at the Orlando Metro Gymnastics facility. Hoopz after watching Gabby Douglas win the All-Around at the Olympics, wanted to get some lessons,” and according to an eyewitness account:
“The gym doesn’t teach people over the age of 18 for insurance purposes and when Hoopz was told this she lost her mind. She started to curse out the staff and became belligerent. She got extremely loud, screaming at the top of her lungs how she needed to train for the 2016 Olympics.
Shaq was embarrassed, he dropped his head like he was ashamed of her. He didn’t say anything while they were in the gym, but once they got to their car a heated argument took place. You could hear and see them screaming at each other. I felt bad for him.”
I’m willing to bet half of Shaq’s issue was Hoopz poor behavior and the other was her delusional belief that she would actually be participating in the 2016 Olympics. The girl is certainly athletic, and they don’t call her Hoopz for nothing, but at 29, she’s going to have to hang up those gold medal dreams—along with any hope of becoming a basketball wife apparently.
Shaq and Hoopz had been together for about two years so this surely couldn’t have been the first time the Detroit native showed her true colors. I’m guessing the newly hooded Doctor of Leadership and Education just didn’t have the patience for her antics anymore. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before both are on to the next one. Thoughts?
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The last six months haven’t been kind to Kobe. First, the Lakers don’t make it to the championship and just earlier this week, they lose a huge chance to obtain Chris Paul. And now, it appears Kobe and Vanessa have called it quits. We all read the breaking news on TMZ, right? So let’s see here: Two children? Check. Married in the state of California? Check. Married longer than 10 years (they married in April 2001 so that’s about 10 years and 8 months)? Check. It sounds like Vanessa is possibly up for long-term spousal support. Oh and lest we forget that Vanessa didn’t sign a pre-nup which might mean an even bigger payday. This announcement has sent many into a sort of frenzy. While the dissolution of a marriage is a sad situation, this one always had a few layers. Let’s take a little stroll down memory lane, shall we?
Black news site EURWeb.com is reporting that basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal is taking full responsibility for the failure of his marriage to Shaunie. In his new book, “Shaq Uncut: My Story,” the well-loved player brought new insights to the public about the playing around he did on his former wife of several years, Shaunie O’Neal. It is rare for a man in the limelight to go into details about the end of an important relationship. It is even more interesting for Shaq to admit that he is to blame for losing his former lady love over having affairs. He must really miss her! According to EUR Web:
Shaq wrote, “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 me. In my mind, I never did it disrespectfully, but obviously I shouldn’t have done it at all.”
Shaunie, the creator of the popular show “Basketball Wives,” hired a private investigator to get all the details of Shaq’s moves.
They discovered Shaq’s sexting and uncovered his mistress, Vanessa Lopez, who eventually sued him for harassing her after their affair.
Shaunie filed for divorce and was granted custody of the children.
Of course, Shaunie was not exactly the shy and retiring wife playing the victim while Shaq was messing around. Rumor has it that after it became clear that her husband was not being faithful, Shaunie engaged in some affairs of her own. It is also alleged that she very intelligently began to hide assets — “stacking chips” if you will — in order to protect herself financially in case the marriage did not work out in her favor. While not totally above board, it is understandable that Shaunie would engage in such practices if her husband had violated the trust implicit in a marriage.
Despite these suspicious acts, now that Shaunie has moved on and become a successful reality TV producer she is respected as an independent woman in her own right. Having moved on to a reality TV star best known as “Hoopz,” why is Shaq still talking about his beautiful and very savvy ex-wife? Is he just trying to sell books with juicy quotes? I don’t know.
Sure, Hoopz is cute and all, but Shaunie is the total package. I wonder how Shaq’s current love feels knowing that her man very likely regrets ever having lost his ex. It’s funny, but Hoopz kind of even looks like Shaunie…
Alexis Garrett Stodghill is the senior editor of MadameNoire.com. Follow her on Twitter: @lexisb
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(The Grio) — The calls came as soon as Shaquille O’Neal decided to retire, all wanting to hire one of theNBA’s greatest entertainers. TNT’s “Inside the NBA” studio show had been O’Neal’s favorite as a player, so the choice was easy. Get ready for the Big Analyzer, Big Commentator, or whatever other nickname he takes in the next phase of his career. O’Neal agreed Thursday to a multiyear deal with Turner Sports to become an analyst on itsNBA coverage, where he will fold his 7-foot-1 frame into the fourth chair on the TNT set alongside Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson.
Yesterday, after 19 seasons, the 7-foot-1 center announced his retirement in a rather unorthodox way.
“We did it, 19 years baby,” said O’Neal. “I want to thank you very much. That’s why I’m telling you first, I’m about to retire. Love ya, talk to you soon.”
Those were all the words Shaq expressed through a Tout video.
The Grio.com details the ways the big man changed the game. You can read the article and watch his retirement announcement here.