Larsa Pippen has defended dating NBA star Malik Beasley while he is still married to his wife.
The 46-year-old was first pictured holding hands with Malik, 24, in December, with the basketball star’s wife Montana Yao then filing for divorce.
Montana – who shares 23-month-old son Makai with Beasley – later claimed that she and her son had been told to leave their family home, and accused Malik of cheating on her with Larsa.
However, Larsa has insisted that her beau had separated from his wife before they began dating.
The former bestie of Kim Kardashian said on Hollywood Unlocked: ‘We had spoken about it. It wasn’t a secret. I know a lot of people that are married and exiting.
‘I’ve played that part. So for me, if you’re not being shady and you’re telling me all your stuff, I’m going to believe you.
‘A lot of people are not happy in their situations and they don’t want to jump ship until they see someone they like.
‘You don’t want to just shake your kids up because you might never meet someone that you actually like. You’re in a state of living in the same place, but not really together.’
The Real Housewives of Miami star added that she had Googled Malik before she met him, and claimed that he and Montana were not together.
She said: ‘They had issues before. It had nothing to do with me, so I wasn’t thinking anything about it. If you spent a minute Googling their situation, it wasn’t the ideal situation way before me.’
Montana previously hit out at claims that she and Malik were no longer together when he was papped holding hands with Larsa.
Larsa had tweeted: ‘Malik and his ex were separated before I ever met him that’s a fact’, with Montana firing back: ‘This is 100% false. Continue to speak on my name and my relationship and we’re going to have issues. Receipts don’t lie. Let’s not go there. I think you’ve embarrassed yourself enough already.’
Malik currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves, after playing three and a half seasons with the Denver Nuggets.
He’s not the first NBA star Larsa has been involved with, as the model was famously married to legendary baller Scottie Pippen for two decades.
The pair got married in 1997 and had four children together, before divorcing in 2018.
Since then, Larsa has found herself in the headlines for her fallout with the Kardashians, as well as her romantic life.
Talking about the breakdown of her friendship with Kim and her famous family last year, Larsa told Hollywood Unlocked: ‘I don’t know if you call it “betrayed.” Things happened, and our relationship had gotten to a place that was just a weird, ugly place.
‘I never thought it would happen. I love them. We had an issue, or issues. We had a falling out…but I’m not gonna be petty or immature. If they come for me then…karma’s a b***h.
‘I feel like my lesson was people that you go to bat for, don’t expect will go to bat for you. I had to learn that the hard way because I was a very loyal friend.’