Shaunie O'Neal Confirms She and Longtime Boyfriend Marlon Yates Jr. Have Split

"It's not a bad thing [that it ended]."

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Say it ain't so. Basketball Wives impresario Shaunie O'Neal has revealed to VH1 exclusively that she and her longtime partner Marlon Yates Jr. have called it quits. Shaunie introduced fans to the Straight Outta Compton actor in the second season of the original Basketball Wives, saying, "For me to start dating again is extremely strange but I'm glad that, you know, I found somebody that I do feel comfortable with."

Backstage at the Basketball Wives LA season five reunion, Shaunie revealed that the reason her ex didn't appeared on the fifth season of her show is "maybe because that relationship, it doesn't exist, anymore," then said, "It's not a bad thing [that it ended]."

In a throwback clip from Basketball Wives, Shaunie opened up about moving on after her divorce from Shaq. The reality star explained, "I'm coming out of a long term marriage and I don't want to jump into anything too serious or too much, too quick. Marlon is just a loving guy and just a sweetheart."

We are glad that Shaunie seems to be in good place since the split and wish both she and Marlon all the best in the future.