03:06 PM EDT 09/18/2014
Originally posted 09/17/2014 01:00PM
At 7'1" and 324 lbs., Shaquille O'Neal needs to have everything custom made: his cars and motorcycles, even his shoes – which, at size 23, are nearly twice the size of those of other mortals.
"I'm a big guy," the former NBA center tells PEOPLE as he sits in the sprawling kitchen of his Orlando, Florida, home. (Seriously: It's so big, there's even an echo.)
"I can't really buy regular things and have them fit," he says. "And I'm a perfectionist. I like things to be done right."
So, when O'Neal, 42, wanted a fish tank for the living room of his 8-bedroom, 10½-bathroom residence, he hired the stars of Animal Planet's Tanked to design and custom build a unit.
Originally posted 04/24/2014 12:40PM
Originally posted 07/12/2013 05:15PM
PEOPLE's critic digs Pacific Rim's robots, but wishes they could take out Grown Ups 2 along with the aliens.
Originally posted 02/06/2012 06:00PM
Tim Tebow got on one knee in Indianapolis Saturday night – to "Tebow" with Maria Menounos in the VIP section of ESPN's Super Bowl party. It was a special treat for the Extra hostess, who Tebowed solo on the Golden Globes red carpet in January.
Nearby, Tom Cruise's son Connor and his posse held court at a table, while Spike Lee, bedecked in Giants gear, relaxed with his son; Shaquille O'Neal cuddled with pint-sized girlfriend Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander; and Drake warmed up for his set by handing out shots to women near the stage.
– Kevin O'Donnell
Originally posted 08/15/2011 03:40PM
Shaquille O'Neal and new gal pal Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander don't exactly match up.
The recently retired (and previously married) basketball star, 39, stands nearly two feet taller than his gal – O'Neal is 7' 1" tall, while his leading lady, 28, is just 5' 2".
The tattooed duo, spotted shopping over the weekend in Calabasas, Calif., appeared to be struggling to share a kiss, thanks to the 23-in. height difference. O'Neal awkwardly bent down while Alexander struck a tippy-toed pose.
Originally posted 12/21/2010 12:10PM
Originally posted 04/07/2010 12:50PM
Now that her divorce from NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal is almost final, life's a beach for Shaunie O'Neal, who is enjoying a romance with a new man.
The 35-year-old mother of five stepped out in Maui on last week with her beau, 23-year-old model Marlon Yates.
"He's very mature," says Shaunie, who adds that the couple's age difference is a benefit. "The age thing keeps it fun. The energy level, being out on the beach. He is working out all the time and he inspires me [to work out]."
Shaunie, who executive produces and stars in VH1's new reality series, Basketball Wives, which premieres April 11, met Yates through a mutual family friend last November, the same month she filed for divorce against Shaq.
Originally posted 11/10/2009 03:45PM
When it comes to marriage, Shaquille O'Neal has thrown a brick.
Wife Va'shaundya has filed for legal separation in Los Angeles from the 37-year-old basketball star, court papers show.
In papers filed Monday, Va'shaundya O'Neal cites irreconcilable differences for the break in their seven-year marriage, and is seeking sole custody of their four minor children, ages 3 to 9, with visitation for O'Neal.
Originally posted 11/09/2007 01:05PM
It's getting nasty.
Shaquille O'Neal's estranged wife Shaunie is demanding access to detailed financial records from the NBA superstar.
According to the documents filed in Miami on Oct. 30 and posted on TMZ.com, Shaunie, 32 – a local TV personality – is requesting copies of the basketball star's $20-million-a-year contract with the Miami Heat and all tax records. She's also seeking a thorough accounting of their household expenses, everything from school tuition to "pet expenses," "lunch money" and "vitamins."
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