Shaunie O’Neal’s Biography: Age, Career, Marriage, Husband, Kids

Shaunie O’Neal and her second husband, Pastor Keion Henderson

Who is Shaunie O’Neal?

Shaunie O’Neal is an American producer, TV personality, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She is known for producing the reality TV series “Basketball Wives”. She is also popularly known for being the ex-wife of the basketball star Shaquille O’Neal. Following her second marriage to Pastor Keion Henderson, Shaunie O’Neal changed her name to “Shaunie Henderson”.

Shaunie O’Neal’s childhood and education

Shaunie O’Neal’s full name is Va’Shaundya Karlette Nelson. She was born on November 27, 1974, in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA. She is 47 years old as of 2021. She relocated to Los Angeles with her family at the age of 10. The reality TV producer attended the University of Southern California.

About Shaunie O’Neal’s parents

As of the time of publishing this article, information about Shaunie O’Neal’s parents is scarce in the media. However, her mother’s name is said to be Louise while almost nothing is known about her father. Shaunie O’Neal is reported to be of Irish ancestry.

About Shaunie O’Neal’s siblings

Shaunie O’Neal reportedly has a sister named Cori Nelson-Spellman and a brother whose identity is not known. Unfortunately, detailed information about Shaunie O’Neal’s siblings is currently unavailable as she likes to keep information about her family members private.

Shaunie O’Neal’s career

Shaunie O’Neal started her career as a film marketer for Fox Entertainment before she became an executive producer of VH-1’s reality TV series “Basketball Wives”. The show highlights the glam life of basketball players with their wives and girlfriends. She is also the producer of other spinoff shows like ” Basketball Wives LA”, “Shaunie’s Home Court” and “Baller Wives”.

Shaunie O’Neal recently launched a program called “Let’s Talk About It”. She uses the program as a medium for addressing women from all spheres of society, encouraging and empowering them to stand up for their rights. She was part of the 2012 and 2013 Mission Christmas Eve organized for the homeless.

Shaunie O’Neal also organized an event to raise funds for the underprivileged in 2011 at Louis Vuitton’s Rodeo Drive alongside popular musician Brandy. Celebrities like Elise Neal, Amber Rose, Eva Marcille, and Flo Rida were in attendance to grace the occasion. The former basketball player’s wife also owns a collection of footwear in partnership with Chinese Laundry. The shoes are of modern design with a price range of $79.95 to about $200.

Wiki profile of Shaunie O’Neal

Full nameVa’Shaundya Karlette Nelson
Age47 years
Date of birthNovember 27, 1984
Marital statusMarried
HusbandKeion Henderson
Alma matterUniversity of Southern California
Height5″ 10 inches
CareerTV Producer, Entrepreneur

Shaunie O’Neal’s marriage and wedding

As of the time of writing this article, Shaunie O’Neal has been married twice. She was previously married to ex-NBA player, Shaquille O’Neal. She got married to Shaquille in 2002 but they divorced in 2011 after 9 years of marriage and five children together.

Shaunie O’Neal is currently married to her second husband, famous American pastor Keion Henderson. She got married to Keion Henderson in May 2022, 11 years after her divorce from Shaquille.

Before her marriage to Pastor Keion Henderson, Shaunie O’Neal was in a short-term relationship with Marlon Yates.

List of Shaunie O’Neal’s boyfriends and relationships

  • Shaunie O’Neal was married to NBA star Shaquille O’Neal from December 2002 to May 2011.
  • Shaunie O’Neal started dating Marlon Yates Jr shortly after her divorce from Shaquille. They broke up in 2016.
  • Shaunie O’Neal is currently married to Keion Henderson. They got married in May 2022.

About Shaunie O’Neal’s marriage to Shaquille O’Neal

Shaunie O’Neal got married to Shaquille on December 26, 2002 after they have dated for a couple of years. Her marriage to the basketball player brought her to the limelight. They reportedly met in 1996. The ex-lovers tied the knot in a private ceremony at Beverly Hills Hotels after they had their first two children. Their marriage experienced a hiccup after 5 years in September 2007. Shaunie later separated from Shaquille, accusing him of infidelity. Shaquille, on the other hand, accused Shaunie of hiding her money and being secretive about her assets.

The duo mended their fences after some time and came back together. Unfortunately, Shaunie finally filed for a divorce in November 2009, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce process was finalized in May 2011, but the divorce settlement terms remain unknown.

Based on reports sighted by DNB Stories Africa, Shaquille’s infidelity played a part in their divorce. It was reported that Shaunie had hired a private investigator to keep track of her ex-husband’s infidel acts. Shaquille later revealed on an episode of “The Pivot” podcast that he was the reason for the failed marriage. According to the sportsman, he was a bad husband while Shaunie was busy executing her duties as a good wife.

Though divorced, the ex-lovers still maintain a cordial relationship and meet regularly to hang out with their children. Shaquille O’Neal has always grieved about him and Shaunie not being able to raise their children together as a united family.

Shaunie O’Neal and her first husband Shaquille.

About Shaunie O’Neal’s second marriage to Keion Henderson

Shaunie O’Neal is currently married to Pastor Keion Henderson. The lovebirds met through a mutual friend and started dating in 2020. They got engaged after dating for a year in November 2021 and tied the knot in May 2022, the following year. They had kept their relationship on the low up until their engagement in 2021.

The couple had their wedding ceremony in Aurora Anguilla Resort and Golf Club on May 28, 2022, with about 200 guests in attendance. The wedding was officiated by Bishop T.D. Jakes and Shaunie was walked down the aisle by her three sons since she lost her father some months before the wedding ceremony.

The newlywed couple seems to be enjoying every bit of their marriage at this time. It is speculated that they would be together forever. Shaunie O’Neal has even dropped her ex-husband’s name to pick up Keion’s last name. All her social media pages now carry the name “Shaunie Henderson”.

Shaunie O’Neal and her second husband Pastor Keion Henderson

Pastor Keion Henderson’s biography

Keion Henderson is a well-known American pastor, singer, author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur. He is a senior pastor at the Lighthouse Church and Ministries, Houston, Texas. He is also the CEO of Tax Solutions and the author of the book “The Shift: Courageously Moving from Season to Season”.

Pastor Keion Henderson was born on July 6, 1981, in Gary, Indiana, USA, to his mother Gwen Scott as one of 6 children. He is 41 years old as of 2022. He spent his childhood days in Gary, East Chicago, and Fort Wayne. He attended Central High School before proceeding to Indiana University-Purdue University where he obtained a Bachelor degree in Organizational Communication. He further enrolled in Faith Evangelical College and Seminary, earning a Master’s degree in Theology.

Just like his wife, Shaunie, Pastor Keion Henderson is also a divorcee with one biological daughter and 2 step-children. He was formerly married to Felecia Henderson, a TV personality. They got married on August 7, 2010 and divorced in 2019. Their daughter, Katelyn was born on July 7, 2010. She is 12 years old as of 2022. His stepdaughters from his ex-wife are named Tynisha Marcel and Candis Clements respectively. Tynisha was born on July 20, 1995, while Candis was born on December 23, 2005. Their ages are 27 and 17 respectively as of the time of publishing this post.

Shaunie O’Neal’s relationship with Marlon Yates

Shortly after her divorce from Shaquille, Shaunie O’Neal dated American model Marlon Yates Jr, who was 12 years younger than her. The age difference between the two brought their relationship under media scrutiny. However, the “Basketball Wives” producer made it known that Marlon is a mature man despite his age. She added that the age difference between her and Yates had given their relationship more excitement. Unfortunately, the pair broke up in 2016.

Shaunie O’Neal and Marlon Yates

Shaunie O’Neal’s children

Shaunie O’Neal is a proud mother of 5 children, as of the time of writing this article. She had her first child from a previous relationship and the other four with her ex-husband, Shaquille. She is also a stepmother to Shaquille’s first daughter Taahirah. Her current husband, Keion Henderson also has a daughter from his first marriage, making her a stepmother to two children.

List of Shaunie O’Neal’s children

  • Myles Nelson Baptiste (also Myles Baptiste O’Neal)
  • Shareef O’Neal
  • Amirah O’Neal
  • Shaquir O’Neal
  • Me’arah O’Neal

About Shaunie O’Neal’s children

Shaunie O’Neal and her children.

a. Myles Nelson Baptiste

Myles Nelson Baptiste (Myles Baptiste O’Neal) is the first son of Shaunie O’Neal. She had him from a previous relationship before her marriage to Shaquille O’Neal. His father is rumored to be Daven Lamar Baptiste. He was born in 1997. Myles Nelson Baptiste is 25 years old as of 2022. He is a model and a DJ. He also appeared in the “Basketball Wives” TV series in 2010 at the age of 13 and he also featured in “Shaunie’s Home Court” in 2016. He made his fashion debut at the age of 21 in the 2018 Dolce and Gabbana’s Spring Runway Show during Milan Fashion Week. Myles Nelson Baptiste has also modeled for other brands like Marc Jacobs, H&M, Givenchy, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Ports 1961.

b. Shareef O’Neal

Shareef O’Neal is the first son Shaunie had with Shaquille. He was born on January 11, 2000. He is 22 years old as of 2022. He is an avid basketball player like his father. He started his career as a player for UCLA in 2018 before he transferred to Louisiana State University (LSU) in 2020. He left the LSU team in March 2022 to keep his name in the 2022 NBA draft.

c. Amirah O’Neal

Amirah O’Neal is Shaunie and Shaquille’s second child but first daughter. She was born in 2001. As of 2022, Amirah O’Neal is 21 years old. She is also a college athlete like her brother. She is on the basketball team of Texas Southern University. She also played high school basketball at Crossroads School. She was also committed to LSU before she joined the Texas Southern University team.

d. Shaqir O’Neal

Shaqir O’Neal is Shaunie and Shaquille O’Neal’s third child. He was born on April 19, 2003. He is 19 years old as of the time of publishing this post. He is also passionate about basketball just like his father and siblings. He plays forward for TSU. He was rated as the 24th best player in Georgia by Fanbuzz.

e. Me’arah O’Neal

Me’arah O’Neal is Shaunie and Shaquille O’Neal’s last child. She was born on May 1, 2006. She is 16 years old as of 2022. She is still in high school where she is part of the school’s basketball team. Basketball is a family thing for the O’Neals. She plays center for Crossroads School and even has college offers from UCLA, TCU, Virginia, and Howard University.

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One Comment on “Shaunie O’Neal’s Biography: Age, Career, Marriage, Husband, Kids”

  1. Keion Henderson is well-known for his motivational speeches and sermons that have touched many lives, he leads one of the fastest-growing churches in Houston, Texas. The pastor has over 20 years of experience in active ministry. Keion Henderson biological father was a respected pastor of the church he attended just like him now.

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