Shaquille O’Neal‘s ex-wife, Shaunie, is giving marriage another chance!
Shaunie’s nine years of marriage to the former NBA player came to an end in 2011 after filing for divorce a second time in 2009. They have since moved on and enjoy co-parenting their amazing kids.
After two years of dating, the TV personality walked down the aisle with her fiancé, Pastor Keion Henderson. The wedding, held on May 28, had almost 200 guests.
Shaunie Re-marries In Grand Style
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Shaunie shared the news of her nuptials with her followers when she posted a photo of her and her man holding hands on Instagram. The duo appeared to be walking down a pathway as the trees and sunset illuminated in the background.
The post, which the “Basketball Wives” star captioned “The Henderson Way,” has over 200,000 likes and 12,000 comments. While some dropped congratulatory messages, others prayed for the longevity of the marriage.
Even celebrities were not left out of the congratulations, as Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Deon Cole, Kendall Kyndall, and many more wished the newlyweds well.
In an exclusive interview, Shaunie had with PEOPLE, she revealed that losing her father in February caused her to worry about who would walk her down the aisle.
She eventually decided that her three sons – Myles, Shareef, and Shaqir, would “hand her off.”
Having the five children that she shares with Shaquille at the event made it more worthwhile as she describes her family as a “package deal” when it comes to relationships.
Shaunie wore a gown made by Jean Louis Sabajai and fashion stylist Eric Archibald.
She accessorized with David Yurman jewelry and Jimmy Choo shoes. As for her man, he wore a cream tux made by Dolce and Gabbana. The groomsmen also looked dapper in their Atelier Houston suits.
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Bishop TD Jakes officiated the ceremony held at the Aurora Anguilla Resort and Golf Club – a place that the couple “immediately fell in love with” on a past trip. Speaking about the location, the bride said:
“I think after that first visit, we knew this was the place we wanted to get married.”
The couple’s family and friends feasted on Anguillian-inspired dishes like local fish and crayfish at the reception.
For entertainment, the guests enjoyed the evening dancing to music from the Isley Brothers and playing the Jukebox in a custom-made tent at the resort’s clubhouse.
Later on, DJ Spinderella took over the wheels of steel as he kept guests grooving for the afterparty.
Former Basketballer Accepts Blame for Breakdown of Marriage With Shaunie
The exciting event comes soon after Shaquille admitted he was at fault for his divorce from Shaunie. According to Page Six, the 50-year-old made the revelation during a recent episode of “The Pivot Podcast, when he said:
“I was bad. She was awesome. She really was. It was all me.”
Although Shaq refused to elaborate on what he did that ruined his union, he admitted that he “wasn’t protecting her and protecting those vows.” He added that people who live a double life sometimes get caught up in it.
The ex-Los Angeles Lakers star also gushed about how much he loved his family and their support when he played basketball. Despite that love, he still felt out of sorts after he and Shaunie separated in 2009.
He recalled that even though he had the “perfect situation,” he was still greedy for more.
Shaq added that his 47-year-old ex-wife did everything she could to have a lasting marriage, including taking care of their home, managing the “corporate stuff,” and giving birth to their children.
He said it was hard to come back from making inevitable mistakes, and he sees where he messed up now. The father-of-six admitted that his ex-wife was “happy now” as she prepared to marry her then-fiance.
Shaq and Shaunie married in 2002. Although they separated in 2007, they reconciled for a brief time. Shaunie filed for divorce the second time in 2009, and this time she followed through.
The former couple’s divorce got finalized in 2011. Shaunie later met Henderson and dated him for two years before he popped the question on November 11, 2021.
Henderson was previously married to television producer and screenwriter Felicia Henderson from 2015 to 2016. The pair share two daughters.
While nobody can speak on the reason behind their split, Felicia and Keon used to share photos when they were married. They also worked together at The Lighthouse Church, which Keon founded.