Shaquille O’Neal once revealed his ‘hot’ Tinder date struggled to believe it was really him: “Shaq would never be on this”

Someone who admires Shaquille O’Neal’s achievements on the basketball court will surely appreciate his personality off the court as well. His great sense of humor has always earned him admiration. Fans love both his strict and gentle parenting styles, and his humorous remarks never fail to amuse.

His playful interactions and conversations with famous personalities are always a riot. And just when you think you’ve seen all of his humor, he’ll surprise you with yet another hilarious moment, like the time he shared his failed ‘Tinder experience’.

Shaquille O’Neal once said his “hot” Tinder date doubted his profile

It seems like everyone can have a tough time with dating, and former NBA basketball player Shaquille O’Neal is no exception. The 51-year-old recently shared his dating struggles, explaining why he had to delete his Tinder account. He revealed the specific reason that made it nearly impossible for him to find a date.

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During a past appearance on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Shaq discussed his experiences with dating apps. Getting straight to the point, Kimmel asked the sports analyst if he was dating or using Tinder. Shaq admitted, “I signed up for Tinder, put in my name, and tried to meet someone.” He went into a lot of optimism and with an open mind, but he was in for a surprise.

“They didn’t believe it was me,” he told Kimmel, leaving the audience surprised. Kimmel asked, “Nobody believed it was you?” Shaq recalled trying to convince his Tinder matches, saying, “I was like, ‘It’s me, it’s Shaq!'”

However, his suspicious Tinder match couldn’t believe it and said, “No, you’re not. Shaq would never be on this,” which led to laughter from the crowd. He continued to thrill the fans and concluded by saying he however deleted the account and broke the fans’ rips further when he added “She was hot, too.”

Who is Shaquille O’Neal’s girlfriend in 2023?

Shaquille O’Neal had a few love interests in the past. He used to date Laticia Rolle before their breakup in 2018. Knowing Shaq, he won’t stay away from the dating scene for too long. Currently, Shaquille O’Neal is said to be dating actress Annie Ilonzeh. People first found out they were a couple in June. Rumors about Shaq and Annie’s romance started circulating last year, according to Meenal Mehta from The Teal Mango.

Annie Ilonzeh, whose full name is Annette “Annie” Ngozi Ilonzeh, is a Nigerian-American actress born on August 23, 1983. She grew up in Grapevine, Texas, and attended Colleyville Heritage High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Colleyville. Annie Ilonzeh began her acting career in 2007 with a cameo in the popular TV sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” She played Becky, a female gym enthusiast who knew the main character, Barney Stinson. She has appeared in several movies to date.

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Currently, Ilonzeh is one of the main stars of the TV series “The Lower Bottoms.” She has been in five out of seven episodes, portraying the character Beulah Rhodes. However, her closeness with TV personalities and her relationship with Shaq will help her expand her popularity in the years to come.  


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