“The girl within the drawing room was crying”: Shaquille O’Neal, who paid Shaunie simply $50,000 in youngster help, as soon as saved a stranger from eviction
Shaquille O’Neal and Shaunie’s relationship was fraught with troubles. The two married in 2002. Unfortunately for Shaunie, the 7ft 1″ center was at the peak of his popularity. In his own admission, O’Neal claimed how difficult it was to stay loyal knowing that so many women wanted you.
The Los Angeles Lakers icon dominated a city teeming with celebrities, earning millions of dollars each season. Of course he was in demand. But he betrayed Shaunie by sleeping with other women. Eventual divorce in 2011 ended their marriage.
Surprisingly, Shaquille O’Neal only paid his ex-wife $50,000 in child support. But he did everything to help a stranger in need.
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Shaquille O’Neal saved a woman from eviction
In his critically acclaimed book, Three-Ring Circus, author Jeff Pearlman wrote about the time Shaq began working with a trainer named Cory Gilday.
Gilday was set to work with the Lakers superstar on behalf of an endorsement deal with Anytime Fitness. According to Gilday, the Lakers superstar was generous beyond measure. He revealed how Shaq once helped a salon worker pay her rent.
Pearlman wrote of the incident in his book:
“As part of an endorsement deal with 24 Hour Fitness this offseason, he had been assigned a personal trainer named Cory Gilday, a 25-year-old Canadian who had relocated to Orlando from Portland, Oregon to work specifically with the Laker. Gilday loved O’Neal more than anyone he had ever helped – “I mean, the gym we worked at was next door to a tanning salon,” he recalls. “One day the woman at the reception in the salon cried. He asked her what was going on. She was three months behind on her rent and had her eviction papers with her. Shaq called the spot right away, took care of it. That was him.”
Shaunie and O’Neal’s story ended on a bitter note
Shaq and Shaunie were effectively married 7 years because Shaunie filed for divorce in 2009. This came after they had previously reconciled in 2007. The divorce was finalized in 2011.
Shaquille O’Neal says he was solely to blame for the end of his marriage to Shaunie O’Neal: “I was bad. She was great. It really was her. That was all me.” https://t.co/DIJD2M6OiS
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) April 21, 2022
To be fair to Shaq, he’s honest about the whole thing. He has publicly blamed himself for the breakup and apologized to Shaunie. It’s unlikely that Shaunie actually forgave him given the infidelity gone haywire. But at least she knows he was guilty.
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