Shaunie O’Neil Reveal: I Don’t Think I EVER LOVED SHAQ!!!

Tiffany Brockworth |

Shaunie O’Neil – the ex-wife of NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neil is dishing the dirt on their troubled marriage. Shaunie divorced Shaq, and received more than $20M in divorce settlement and child support.

Shaquille O’Neal and wife Shaunie during 1st Annual Palms Casino Royale to Benefit The Lakers Youth Foundation at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, United States. (Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage)

But now she says that she never loved the NBA legend, Media Take Out reports.

Shaunie, the creator of VH1’s reality series “Basketball Wives,” explained what went wrong in their marriage, which played out during O’Neal’s star-studded Lakers days, in her new book, “Undefeated: Changing the Rules and Winning on My Own Terms,” out Tuesday, May 7.

Shaunie and Shaq lived in massive mansions with luxury cars and enjoyed lavish Christmases at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Shaquille O’Neal and Shaunie O’neal during “Superman Returns” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals at Mann Village and Bruin Theaters in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

“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,” Henderson wrote. “I was in love with the idea of building a life together. I truly did enjoy spending time with him. [NBA] road trips gave me a chance to be with my husband and experience the NBA life for a little while.”

Henderson explained in the book’s introduction that O’Neal tried to be the best husband and father he could to her and their children while navigating fame and receiving a lot of attention from women.

“He was trying to be a world-famous, thirty-something multimillionaire with thousands of women throwing themselves at him, and people in general begging just to be in his presence, while being a husband and a father at the same time,” she wrote. “How could anyone possibly know how to do that?”

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