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Shaunie’s new beau, 23 year old Marlon Yates sat down with Edge magazine to discus his and Shaunie O’Neal’s relationship and how she has changed his life.

On What He Likes Most About Shaunie

She’s a hustla. She’s a mother, the way she looks at her kids. She’s a businesswoman. That’s what I’m saying, she’s a hustla. Sometimes I look at her like Oprah. “You can be Oprah one day”; I tell her that all the time.

On How His Life Has Changed Since Dating Shaunie

Drastically. I’m scared to even talk to people on the phone. Scared to text message an old friend. Facebook. Some neighborhoods I used to go to. People think “oh, he’s with her, he probably got at least a million”. I think about it, dudes are always plotting. Being with her I have to represent myself differently. So I can’t hang out with my boys in the hood and do dumb s***. I’m a different man. But I’ve always been like that even before her but now it’s really like that.

On What He Thinks About Basketball Wives

I think the show is very entertaining. I watch it. I watch it by myself sometimes I was with her when she filmed it, I give her my two cents, “dead that situation, you don’t want to look crazy” or sometimes I get the alcohol in my system and it’s like “f*** it, slap her a** if you got to” but the sober mind is like “don’t do that”.

Read the rest of the interview here

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