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A Peak Inside Shaq & Hoopz' Suburban Life...And Their New Reality Show

Well isn't this...special.  Boston Celtic Shaquille O'Neal is now doing interviews with his reality-chick girlfriend Nikki "Hoopz" Alexander.  And they let the Boston Globe in on their suburban home life together. Oh, and Hoopz's new reality show that will be shot there too. 

 

Read on for the pics and interview...

 

I guess Shaq wants to show off his girlfriend to the public.  Because they've been doing interviews together showing everyone their relationship is very official. Now that "Flavor of Love" and "I Love Money" winner Hoopz has moved to Boston to live with Shaq, they want to give everyone an inside look into their home and lives.  So the couple did a two-on-one in an interview with The Globe’s Meredith Goldstein for a Home & Lifestyle section cover story.

What we learned from the interview:

  • Hoopz--who is obviously a workout queen and in great shape--has signed on to do a reality show based on women's health and fitness.  She will be showcasing her own health in fitness in her new suburban lifestyle.
  • Hoopz brought her two dogs to the house.  One is the doggie Shaq bought her a white lab named Koty after one of her dogs was fatally hit by a car.
  • They still won't confirm an engagement or if they want marriage.  Shaq said "I'm not going anywhere.  She's not going anywhere."
  • They met through Hoopz' photog who also took pics of Shaq.  They went on a date 1 month after Shaq split from Shaunie.
  • Hoopz is 5'2 and more than 2 feet shorter than Shaq.  What's THAT sex like?
  • Hoopz has her own "female dungeon" at teh top pf the house--complete with fantasy and girlie things and a tiny bathroom like "Alice & Wonderland."
  • They watch a lot of tv together and cannot stop laughing around each other.  Nothing's taken too seriously.

 

Here's the interview in full since it's only available for subscribers:

Shaquille O’Neal stood in his kitchen on a recent chilly afternoon debating finances with his girlfriend, Nikki “Hoopz’’ Alexander. They argued about whether certain bills had been paid. Or at least, they tried to argue. They teased each other with wide grins. Within seconds of the debate, they were giggling. It’s difficult for either of them to stay serious when they’re anywhere near each other.

“I knew he was a goofball,’’ Alexander, 28, said of her boyfriend O’Neal, 38, who famously joined the Boston Celtics over the summer. “We’re the same. We’re both goofballs.’’

Alexander is 5 feet 2 inches, making her about two feet shorter than her low-talking, tattooed boyfriend, the oldest active player in the NBA. But despite her small stature, her presence is powerful. She’s feisty and quick with punch lines. Her voice commands attention. She’s a country girl with no filter. She’ll charm you in a heartbeat, which may explain how she won two reality shows, VH1’s “Flavor of Love’’ and “I Love Money,’’ not to mention Shaq’s heart.

Now Alexander is about to embark on her next entertainment project, a reality show that will have cameras following her life in the suburbs and her foray into the athletic-training business. Hoopz wants to become a guru for women’s health and self-defense, and she’s already meeting with her production team and concocting episodes.

She’ll be able to offer plenty of good reality, between the glittery events she and Shaq attend, their suburban life in Sudbury, their penchant for playing games and just goofing around. At home, she’s followed around by her two dogs, a teacup Yorkie named Hunny and a white Lab named Koty, which Shaq bought for her after another of her dogs was hit by a car. She and Shaq also share a new pit bull that he named Shamrock — for obvious reasons. The little ones trail Hoopz like she’s their boss.

The dogs seem most at home in Hoopz’s hideaway, a room on the home’s top floor where she keeps all of her girlie belongings and history books — she loves all things fantasy and narrative nonfiction. Shaq jokes that her room is the “dungeon,’’ but it’s anything but. There are candy canisters all over the place — she has a serious sweet tooth — and the room is decorated with Taylor Swift and “Alice in Wonderland’’ posters. A “Nightmare Before Christmas’’ calendar hangs on her wall.

The best part of the top-floor space is the tiny bathroom attached to it, which is almost all pink with a comically low ceiling. When Shaq steps inside of it, he looks like an “Alice in Wonderland’’ character himself, a giant trying to squeeze into a shrinking room.

For Alexander, the whole place is a home away from home, much like the suburban town where she grew up in Michigan, although Alexander says she and O’Neal could have settled anywhere and been happy.

“We’re chameleons,’’ she said. “We can just go wherever and adapt.’’

They seem settled, which raises the question: Are they getting married? There have been reports of proposals, but neither O’Neal nor Alexander will confirm that they have any specific marriage plans.

Hoopz is coy about it. “We have plans on . . . someday,’’ she said, smiling.

Shaq offered this: “She’s not going anywhere, and I’m not going anywhere.’’

The Fix-up

About six years ago, Alexander was living in her hometown of Brownstown, Mich., and was working as a TSA agent in Detroit. During a trip to Los Angeles, an acquaintance in the entertainment business asked her if she’d be interested in appearing on a dating reality show. She said yes without knowing too many details. The program wound up being “Flavor of Love,’’ the VH1 show that featured Flavor Flav, of the rap group Public Enemy, choosing among bachelorettes.

She didn’t know she’d be vying for Flav’s love until she had already signed up for the gig and the cameras were rolling. “It was such a surprise. I was like, ‘Oh no, what am I doing?’ ’’

But she played along and had a great time. After completing a number of tasks — including hot tubbing with Flav — Hoopz won the first season of the show, which earned her the rap star’s on-camera affection, and, in place of jewelry, a set of gold teeth.

Of course, that romance was just for television — there was no lasting connection — so Alexander went on to compete on VH1’s “I Love Money,’’ which included “Flavor of Love,’’ “Rock of Love,’’ and “I Love New York’’ and other reality show castoffs doing stunts to earn a $250,000 cash prize. Alexander won that competition, too. She began appearing in magazines and did some pinup modeling — becoming Hoopz, the brand.

Alexander had met O’Neal a few times, through the Hollywood scene, but hadn’t thought about him much, at least not in a romantic way. It wasn’t until last summer that she was reintroduced to him through a friend. Alexander was visiting her photographer pal, Christopher “Yella’’ Hawkins, in St. Louis, and saw an autographed picture of Shaq on his wall. She told Yella that she had met Shaq and thought he was cool. Yella texted O’Neal that Alexander had said hello. Almost immediately, O’Neal texted Yella back, asking if Hoopz had a boyfriend.

Shaq was divorced at that point and was ready for a new relationship. Within a month, Alexander and O’Neal had lined up a dinner date in Las Vegas. She was in town for her birthday; he was there to tape his show, “Shaq Vs.’’ Yella wasn’t surprised to hear the first date went well.

“They’re silly together. They can act stupid together,’’ Yella said. “For me, knowing the both of them, there’s nothing really surprising to me. They almost met their match — practical jokes, being daredevils, and just having fun and being uplifting personalities.’’

After the first date, Shaq visited Hoopz on her home turf, which at that point was Tennessee. She’d moved south after “Flavor of Love’’ to be with her then-boyfriend, basketball player James “Boo’’ Jackson. After the two split, she wound up staying in Tennessee.

O’Neal jokes that his visit wound up being one big test. Alexander made him dive into a quarry. She took him fishing and to a Waffle House. She forced him to listen to her favorite musicians — Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift.

It was culture shock.

“He likes old-school rap,’’ Alexander explained, shaking her head.

The trip solidified their relationship, O’Neal explained, and was the start of many surprises. Hoopz turned out to be incomparably witty, and compassionate. She’s a tomboy who managed to make turkey for his mom and three of his kids on Thanksgiving. When he decided to dress up like a woman and run around Boston on Halloween, she dressed up as his pimp.

Shaq paused for a moment, trying to explain it. “She’s my first female best friend,’’ he said, “besides my mother.’’

Average suburban couple

At home in Sudbury, they’re a pretty average couple. Well, they do have a live-in chef and other fancy services, but their lifestyle is surprisingly modest in some ways. They like to go to the Coach Grill down the street. They watch a lot of television.

“She makes me watch things I would never watch — like freakin’ ‘Spartacus,’ ’’ O’Neal said, referring to the Starz network show about Roman gladiators.

When they’re not watching TV, they’re playing games, mostly little ones they invent themselves, on the spot. O’Neal says that when they go to the movies, Alexander takes off running out the door. The first person to the car wins.

“I’m the first girl who can beat him at anything,’’ she says proudly.

And while she prefers to stay in sleepy Sudbury, Alexander does make it into Boston. She goes to every Celtics home game and can be seen at the TD Garden shouting for Shaq to get off the bench. She tweets about her local experiences (@TheRealHoopz).

From the sound of it, all that will be fodder for the new reality show. In the meantime, the big question facing them was what they wanted to do on this cold night. “Movies?’’ Shaq suggested.

“What do you want to do?’’ she responded.

“What do you want to do?’’ he asked again.

He stared her down. Alexander stared back, as if they were having yet another contest, but eventually she broke down laughing. It was hard not to.

 

Shaunie is somewhere with the funniest "this is just sad" side-eye possible.

Pics of Hoopz and Shaq at home and at parties this year:

She looks cozy.
 

Well good luck to the couple.

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I think hoopz is lovely :)

I think hoopz is lovely :) way better than tiny wish tip choose her coz I'm tied of seen tiny ugly face wit tip lmao
Anonymous's picture

DAMN Shaq, UR luck sexy add

DAMN Shaq, UR luck sexy add Hoopz
durty's picture

DAMN Shaq, UR luck sexy add

DAMN Shaq, UR luck sexy add Hoopz
durty's picture

DAMN Shaq, UR luck sexy add

DAMN Shaq, UR luck sexy add Hoopz
durty's picture

Obviously they are truly

Obviously they are truly happy! Everyone wants to find someone they just click with. Congrats!!!!
Angel's picture

Obviously they are truly

Obviously they are truly happy! Everyone wants to find someone they just click with. Congrats!!!!
Angel's picture

I think that they make a

I think that they make a lovely couple and people need to stop hating on other people's relationship and mind their own business hoopz when yall need a vacation come straight to the Bahamas we have much love for yall!
Bianca's picture

I would hope thats not the

I would hope thats not the real nikki talking saying fuck his kids. Wow what kind of woman are you if you dont even like his kids. Thats crazy to me. Your so not classy if thats really you saying those things and shaq you dumb as fuck if your with someone that would speak like that about your kids.
Anonymous's picture

Wishing these two the best of

Wishing these two the best of Luck!!!! Everyone deserves to be happy so stop hating on them because your miserable as hell......Hoopz girl...do you and tell ya soon to be hubby Shaq that I said Good Look for the both of yall...and dnt forget to invite me to yall wedding....sincerly a good friend of Shaunie's.....lol
Anonymous's picture

I am happy u found love i

I am happy u found love i have watched all the shows since flav and glad u did not marry real he is a good guy but could tell u wanted more so good luck and hope the best for u guys happy holidays also
kimmy's picture

I am happy u found love i

I am happy u found love i have watched all the shows since flav and glad u did not marry real he is a good guy but could tell u wanted more so good luck and hope the best for u guys happy holidays also
kimmy's picture

I am happy u found love i

I am happy u found love i have watched all the shows since flav and glad u did not marry real he is a good guy but could tell u wanted more so good luck and hope the best for u guys happy holidays also
kimmy's picture

I am happy u found love i

I am happy u found love i have watched all the shows since flav and glad u did not marry real he is a good guy but could tell u wanted more so good luck and hope the best for u guys happy holidays also
kimmy's picture

I am happy u found love i

I am happy u found love i have watched all the shows since flav and glad u did not marry real he is a good guy but could tell u wanted more so good luck and hope the best for u guys happy holidays also
kimmy's picture

I am happy u found love i

I am happy u found love i have watched all the shows since flav and glad u did not marry real he is a good guy but could tell u wanted more so good luck and hope the best for u guys happy holidays also
kimmy's picture

I am happy u found love i

I am happy u found love i have watched all the shows since flav and glad u did not marry real he is a good guy but could tell u wanted more so good luck and hope the best for u guys happy holidays also
kimmy's picture

I am happy u found love i

I am happy u found love i have watched all the shows since flav and glad u did not marry real he is a good guy but could tell u wanted more so good luck and hope the best for u guys happy holidays also
kimmy's picture

I am happy u found love i

I am happy u found love i have watched all the shows since flav and glad u did not marry real he is a good guy but could tell u wanted more so good luck and hope the best for u guys happy holidays also
kimmy's picture

Hoopz I wish you and Shaq

Hoopz I wish you and Shaq nothing but happiness. I am from your home town and we are glad to see you happy!!
Anonymous's picture

For any two people to find

For any two people to find each other in this world is great and must be respected. I'm 61 and a fan of both. It's my hope that they fall so deep in love until they will never be able to find a way out!
Dan's picture

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam beautiful u dont need nobody to take care of u ur image and sexyness will sell ma. Fuck all the haters just use their hating as fuel keep yo head up and keep playn hoopz lol
anthony's picture

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam beautiful u dont need nobody to take care of u ur image and sexyness will sell ma. Fuck all the haters just use their hating as fuel keep yo head up and keep playn hoopz lol
anthony's picture

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam beautiful u dont need nobody to take care of u ur image and sexyness will sell ma. Fuck all the haters just use their hating as fuel keep yo head up and keep playn hoopz lol
anthony's picture

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam beautiful u dont need nobody to take care of u ur image and sexyness will sell ma. Fuck all the haters just use their hating as fuel keep yo head up and keep playn hoopz lol
anthony's picture

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam beautiful u dont need nobody to take care of u ur image and sexyness will sell ma. Fuck all the haters just use their hating as fuel keep yo head up and keep playn hoopz lol
anthony's picture

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam beautiful u dont need nobody to take care of u ur image and sexyness will sell ma. Fuck all the haters just use their hating as fuel keep yo head up and keep playn hoopz lol
anthony's picture

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam beautiful u dont need nobody to take care of u ur image and sexyness will sell ma. Fuck all the haters just use their hating as fuel keep yo head up and keep playn hoopz lol
anthony's picture

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam beautiful u dont need nobody to take care of u ur image and sexyness will sell ma. Fuck all the haters just use their hating as fuel keep yo head up and keep playn hoopz lol
anthony's picture

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam beautiful u dont need nobody to take care of u ur image and sexyness will sell ma. Fuck all the haters just use their hating as fuel keep yo head up and keep playn hoopz lol
anthony's picture

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam beautiful u dont need nobody to take care of u ur image and sexyness will sell ma. Fuck all the haters just use their hating as fuel keep yo head up and keep playn hoopz lol
anthony's picture

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam

Dont trip hoopz ur so dam beautiful u dont need nobody to take care of u ur image and sexyness will sell ma. Fuck all the haters just use their hating as fuel keep yo head up and keep playn hoopz lol
anthony's picture

i think yall are cute

i think yall are cute together and hoopz i love girls and u my dear is way above than what these hating ass bitches is talking about at the end of the day you got you and yours and thats all that matters!!! wish yall the best!!
jasmine's picture

WOW HOOPS LOL YOU SLEPT YOUR

WOW HOOPS LOL YOU SLEPT YOUR WAY TO THE BIG LEAGUES NOWWW..WHOES NEXT AFTER SHAUQ....SHE STARTED WITH FLAVOR FLAV I GUESS SHE HAD TO START SOMEWHERE HHAHAHAHAHAH
Anonymous's picture

Hoopz is a bus down and she

Hoopz is a bus down and she ugly and the comment on the kids who would ride with her
Anonymous's picture

Why u going hard on the girl

Why u going hard on the girl for you prolly an old washed up chick trynna do the same thing every other girl out here doing trynna be on the come up so stop
Anonymous's picture

You know what? Fuck you guys

You know what? Fuck you guys your all haters! What me and MY man do is our buisness and OURS ONLY! It really kills me when outsiders talk shit. You talking about me but bitches IM famous your NOT! Im gonna be with him till the end and fuck Shaunie! Yep thats right I said it I will beat the dog shit out of her non-classy, weave wearing ugly ass ! Shaq is satisfied with me and I am satisfied with him. And just to let you know im more tham a good fuck. I give my man good head and he returns the favor. Yep his kids love me but I can care less about the fucking rascals. The bitch can have the kids we dont need him! And I do NOT wear Rainbow, Bakers, OR Dots. I Have Only Classy-High Priced shit that ( I ) bought with my own money! I do not use him for nothing, Im A Independent Woman !
Nikki Alexander's picture

this is not the real hoopz.

this is not the real hoopz. get a life!
Anonymous's picture

Say tht shit girl. Theses are

Say tht shit girl. Theses are sum hating àss bitchesl.These hoes hate u cause you're sexy ass fuck u hold you're own.You got a nigga in love with your sexy ass.They wish they can walk in your shoe's better yet b in your presence.keep doing u shit on these haters.Its good for ratings
tyharley5@aol's picture

Say tht shit girl. Theses are

Say tht shit girl. Theses are sum hating àss bitchesl.These hoes hate u cause you're sexy ass fuck u hold you're own.You got a nigga in love with your sexy ass.They wish they can walk in your shoe's better yet b in your presence.keep doing u shit on these haters.Its good for ratings
tyharley5@aol's picture

Say tht shit girl. Theses are

Say tht shit girl. Theses are sum hating àss bitchesl.These hoes hate u cause you're sexy ass fuck u hold you're own.You got a nigga in love with your sexy ass.They wish they can walk in your shoe's better yet b in your presence.keep doing u shit on these haters.Its good for ratings
tyharley5@aol's picture

PLEASE people!!!!! You all

PLEASE people!!!!! You all know good in well that Hoopz would not post any foolishness like this. Sounds like the creators of this sight may be trying to spark some beef in order to drive traffic to their site. Nobody is falling for that.....well I did see a few of u who responded. Why would she talk about Shaunie & most definitely his kids. Even if Hoopz was that kind of person (which I don't believe she is) Shaq wouldn't even allow that. So stop personally attacking these celebs based on what u read on a "gossip" website. Make it a good day!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Agreed!

Agreed!
Anonymous's picture

if this is the real

if this is the real Hoopz......Hoopz i'm glad that you and my boi hooked up...and being that Big Shaq is my mom's fav basketball player and i always get that i look like him. damm good catch.
H-TOWN HOMIE's picture

if this is the real

if this is the real Hoopz......Hoopz i'm glad that you and my boi hooked up...and being that Big Shaq is my mom's fav basketball player and i always get that i look like him. damm good catch.
H-TOWN HOMIE's picture

Dam, hoopz is the perfect

Dam, hoopz is the perfect girl, fit and stuff. Wonder what the hell shaq could possibly do with her, he's like king kong big, he should be dating the blue b*@ch from avatar...
Anonymous's picture

Why do ppl hate so much

Why do ppl hate so much Congratulations Shaq and Hoops I wish y'all well and God Bless the both of you.
Positive Speaking's picture

i bet the lovin is an

i bet the lovin is an adventure,he so big and she d..k high,i bet he can eat,lol, she hooked that chicken up for flav,wondering what she stiring up for shaq
Anonymous's picture

Live y'all life.....it's

Live y'all life.....it's nobody's business!
Anonymous's picture

I bet hoopz's dick is bigger

I bet hoopz's dick is bigger than shaq
Anonymous's picture

If Shaunie is reading this,

If Shaunie is reading this, this is for you...I hope you're not feeling some kinda way about them being together...She's tore up and a hot ass mess, and he is no better. Two big kids together. Everyone else pales in comparison to you, he will never "come up" again, like he came up with you. Nikki is not cute, she's beyond a gold digger, she's a "gutta but" bitch and he needs to get his dick checked to make sure her diseased ass aint passed along "the luggage"....
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