Shaquille O’Neal surprised many of his fans by sharing a rare glimpse of his oldest child, Taahirah O’Neal, on his hit TV show, Shaq Life.
Note that Taahirah is the daughter of Shaq and his high school girlfriend, Arnetta Yardbourgh, who is a professional life coach.
After Shaq split from Arnetta, he married Shaunie in 2002, and the pair finalized their divorce in 2010. In Shaq’s TNT reality series, fans saw some beautiful interactions between the father and daughter during her graduation ceremony.
Shaq flew to Atlanta to watch his daughter receive her diploma as part of Oglethorpe University’s graduating class of 2019.
Taahirah is an overachiever who is magna cum laude. Shaq said this about the special moment: “I have six kids. When I was young, I missed a lot. A lot of birthdays, a lot of graduations. I let everybody down. I try to make up for that every day. You know, just try to be the best dad that I can.”
Shaq added: “I look forward to going to law school, getting your master’s, and taking over my company so I can retire. I just want to say I love you with all my heart, and I’m so proud of you.”
In 2016, Taahirah revealed in an interview that she is determined to make her own path in life and is mainly focused on her education.
She stated: “I wouldn’t change my childhood for anything in the world. I’m so blessed and fortunate to have the parents that I do have. But it was difficult at some times. I felt like I was being overshadowed by the success both of my parents had.”
She went on to explain during the interview: “I just had a lot of people expect a lot of things out of me that weren’t quite there yet. It was just a lot of frustration because your childhood is when you kind of come to terms with who you are. People liked to put me in the Shaq’s daughter box, and I didn’t like that box so much because I’m so much more than that.”
Shaq and Shaunie share Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me’ arah. Shaq has also claimed Shaunie’s son, Myles, as his own. Most people agree that he is doting parent.