Joining the ‘Basketball Wives’ star for a family dinner in Beverly Hills, the NBA Hall of Famer is photographed giving his ex-wife a bear hug outside Mastro’s Restaurant.
Are Shaquille O’Neal and his ex-wife Shaunie trying to give their failed relationship another chance? Reconciliation rumors between the exes have been swirling after the former basketball player was photographed getting playfully cozy with the “Basketball Wives” star during a family dinner at Mastro’s Restaurant in Beverly Hills.
Both Shaq and Shaunie appeared to be in good spirits during the outing, with the latter taking out her phone to take pictures of her children with the 47-year-old. When she was about to photograph her ex-husband, Shaq gave her a bear hug instead. Shaunie was seen in the picture trying to turn away from him, but judging by her expression, it didn’t seem like she was mad by the sudden hug. The NBA Hall of Famer eventually let go of Shaune as the two shared a laugh at the moment.
Pictures of the moment soon made its way to several gossip site. Basketball mom Monique Payton took notice of them and responded, “Here comes the speculations.” While Shaunie responded to it with a face-palmed emoji, Shaq fueled the rekindle rumors by saying, “That’s mine.” However, it should be noted that Shaq has a tremendous sense of humor. So it’s not known whether or not he is being honest.
Even though nothing has been confirmed as of now, some fans have already started hoping that the former couple is indeed back together. “I’ve always rooted for them, even after the divorce,” one said, as another wrote, “Maybe he’s changed, and they can have something healthy moving forward. Just want them to get back together already. Shaq was never genuinely going anywhere!”
Shaq and Shaunie got married in December 2002, before the former filed for divorce from the reality TV star in September 2007. Shaunie later said that the couple had gotten back together and that the divorce was withdrawn, but in November 2009, she filed an intent to divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Both of them share four children together.