Shaunie O'Neal

Va’Shaundya Karlette Henderson, known commonly as Shaunie O’Neal is an actress, producer, and philanthropist who was born on November 27, 1974. She is the creator and producer of the hit V.H.1 television show “Basketball Wives.” Henderson, one of the highest-rated shows on television, has played a key role in the show’s popularity and she took advantage of her popularity by launching a show called “Let’s Talk About It.” This show focuses on resolving women’s difficulties and raising awareness about female entrepreneurship. Today we honor her and her achievements.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Va'Shaundya Karlette Henderson

Birth date:

November 27, 1974



Zodiac Sign:



5' 7"

Relationship Status:


Net Worth:

$35 million

Va'Shaundya's Social Media:


Va’Shaundya Karlette Henderson was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on November 27, 1974. She and her family relocated to Los Angeles when she was 10 years old and she studied at the University of Southern California, graduating with honors.

Henderson first worked at FOX Entertainment as a film marketer and became famous after marrying Shaquille O’Neal, a former N.B.A. player. She has starred in several television shows, including “Basketball Wives” which follows the lives of the wives and girlfriends of N.B.A. players and showcases their lavish lifestyle. Henderson also launched her footwear line in collaboration with Chinese Laundry in 2011.

She welcomed her first child with her ex-husband, Shaquille O’Neal in January 2000, and their daughter was born in 2001. Henderson had a son named Myles from a previous relationship before marrying Shaquille O’Neal and due to suspicions of infidelity, the marriage was always in the spotlight. On September 4, 2007, she and Shaquille O’Neal divorced after five years of marriage. Shareef, the family’s oldest son, is a standout basketball player who committed to U.C.L.A. in 2018 before transferring to L.S.U. in 2020. She is currently married to Pastor Keion Henderson.

Career timeline

Her First Marriage

Va'Shaundya Karlette Henderson marries Shaquille O'Neal at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

She Stars in a Reality T.V. Show

She appears on the show "Basketball Wives" and subsequently becomes an executive producer.

She Stars in Her Reality T.V. Show

Henderson stars and produces her reality T.V. show called “Shaunie’s Home Court.”

She Marries Again

Henderson marries Pastor Keion Henderson in Anguilla.

Why We Love Shaunie O'Neal

  1. She is all about women's empowerment

    Va'Shaundya Karlette Henderson hosts a show titled "Let's Talk About It" aimed at inspiring women and discussing women's issues. She hopes to raise awareness and encourage women entrepreneurs through a series of events.

  2. She is a philanthropist

    Henderson has always been involved in humanitarian activities such as the "Habitat for Humanity Gala" and "Mission Christmas Eve for the Homeless." She has also been known to advocate for issues concerning women's and children's welfare.

  3. She is business-oriented

    Henderson is a firm believer in making investments. She is currently one of the most successful producers in reality television. She's also dabbled in several other lucrative enterprises.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. She loves Italian cuisine

    Italian cuisine is Va'Shaundya Karlette Henderson's favorite cuisine while Thai cuisine is her least favorite.

  2. She loves to travel

    She enjoys traveling and discovering the wonders of the globe.

  3. Her son had open-heart surgery

    After being diagnosed with a right anomalous coronary artery, a heart ailment caused by an artery developing in the wrong place, Henderson's son, Shareef O'Neal, underwent open-heart surgery in 2018.

  4. She has a footwear line

    Henderson owns a stylish and trendy footwear line with prices ranging from $79.95 to $200.

  5. Married before meeting Shaquille O’ Neal

    She had previously been married to Daven Lamar Baptiste, with whom she had her oldest child, Myles.

Shaunie O'Neal FAQs

Is Shaquille O'Neal in a relationship?

He has been low-key about his relationship with his long-time girlfriend Laticia Rolle.

Why did Shaq and Shaunie O’ Neal get divorced?

Va’Shaundya Karlette Henderson filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

Is Shaunie O’ Neal still part of the "Basketball Wives" cast?

Yes, she is still part of the “Basketball Wives” cast.

Shaunie O'Neal’s birthday dates

2024November 27Wednesday
2025November 27Thursday
2026November 27Friday
2027November 27Saturday
2028November 27Monday

Holidays Straight to Your Inbox

Every day is a holiday!
Receive fresh holidays directly to your inbox.