The former NBA star was overheard calling her “my date,” but Johnston dismisses the report as “gossip.”
Shaquille O’Neal and Dr. Kin Essentials CEO Jaime Johnston dined at the Jue Lan Club in New York on Sunday, June 12. According to Page Six, the former NBA star was heard referring to it as “my date,” but Johnston dismisses the report as “gossip” and calls the date a business meeting.
According to sources, they went out to dinner alone and ate chicken satays and martinis. “They came of their own accord and they went of their own accord,” insiders claimed. Johnston even uploaded an Instagram photo of himself at the restaurant with the caption “his favorite view.” Though she didn’t mention Shaq, all signs pointed to a date. “It was a business meeting, and after all, I don’t bother with gossip,” Johnston told the outlet. Page Six added that after contacting Johnston, they received photos of Shaq posing with various women, including supermodel Cindy Crawford. The random number wrote to the outlet: “More mystery dates to write articles about, dumb man.”
On her Instagram page, Johnston defines herself as a parent and a pharmacist, and she follows Shaq and his son Myles. Shaq reportedly paid for the rest of the people eating dinner at the restaurant on his way out. “There were 40 tables, and [the bill] was over $25,000. He was in high spirits and took photos with everyone. She was more reserved. She didn’t really want to stand out,” the source told Page Six.
Shaq was spotted on the beach with Annie Ilonzeh in May, who some have called her his new girlfriend. There’s also talk of him dating his ‘The Big Podcast’ co-host Nischelle Turner. The rumors and business talks come just three weeks after his ex-wife Shaunie O’Neal married Pastor Keion Henderson. Shaq had revealed a month earlier that their divorce was the result of his behavior, according to the Hola news agency.
“If you’re real, you know when you screwed up. I live alone in a 3000 square foot house. Don’t you think I know I messed up?” Shaq said on the pivot podcast. “I had the perfect situation,” he added. “Woman was better than a pitcher. Gave me babies over and over again. Still finer than a mug. I had everything I don’t apologize I know I screwed up. When that D-word happened – I don’t like using that word – I was lost. 76,000 square foot house alone. Lost. No children. Go to the gym. Nobody plays. You go to her room, no one’s there,” Shaq continued.