For The Ladies: Shaunie O’Neal’s Lil Man Tenderoni Shows Off His Ab Game And Gushes On And On About His Cougar Boo

- By Bossip Staff

Hey ladies. It’s Thursday and here’s a special treat courtesy of Marlon Yates and Edge Magazine:

Edge: Tell us a little but about who Marlon is.

Marlon: I’m from LA born and raised. My family is from the South. I played football all my life until I got to my 2nd year of college. I committed to a few different schools but it was academics that set me back. So I left and fell into the Hollywood life. I signed with LA Models, I went to New York, signed with Fusion models, stayed out there for about a year, did my thing out there. I recently got a commercial agent and now I’m moving to the acting side.

Edge: Describe yourself as a man.

Marlon: Ambitious, hungry and a hustla.

Edge: What do you do to make sure the woman in your life knows she is special?

Marlon: Wake up every morning, if she’s there, I kiss her, tell her how much I love her, tell her how beautiful she is the small things that count in most women’s’ eyes. See, young girls they have a whole different mindset. But women know it’s the small things like asking her how she’s doing or how she’s feeling all that. Small things count. Most young girls are looking elsewhere. They’re looking at the pockets.

Edge: What was it about Shaunie that made you fall for her?

Marlon: First it was appearance. I was like “damn”. Once I said “damn”, I had to step to her. But I didn’t step to her the first time I saw her, it was another occasion. It was simple. She was a simple woman. I like a simple woman; I don’t get caught up in the crazy world.

Edge: What’s the thing you admire most about Shaunie?

Marlon: 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.

Edge: What’s the one thing people would be surprised to know about your relationship with Shaunie?

Marlon: That I’m a younger and she’s older. It’s a huge surprise because of the age gap. From who she used to deal with to who she’s dealing with now. I wake up sometimes like “damn, she chose me?” because y’all are always choosing …she chose me so there’s something about the boy.

Edge: How has your life changed?

Marlon: 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.

Edge: What do you think of Basketball Wives?

Marlon: 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”.

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  • Sara

    My friend Vanessa, a 25 yrs lady, has announced her wedding with a m’illionaire young man Ronald who is the CEO of a MNC. It’s amazing, she said she just posted her profile on a m’illionaire d’ating s’ite called ———-RichMatchmaker. ℃○M——– – and received his chat invitations a few days later. Then, everything went so well that I can’t believe it’s true! Every love story will unfold on it’s own..——-
    she clearly doesn’t comprehend that a decider might make her stay in prison for her VoP, regardless of posting $100,000. And she clearly doesn’t care…..which we find most some-more troubling

  • BaDDest BiTCh on The PlaNet

    He’s Aight…kinda gay if u ask me….

  • prissa

    Why do we care about this guy? I mean, why is he even being interviewed? Because he hooked up w/the EX-wife of a NBA player? This world is absurd. SMH

  • Over it...

    He’s okay I guess….

    He sounds (at least in this article) younger than he looks which is not attractive in the least…I felt the same way about Shaq so I see Shaunie has a “type”…

  • young obama

    I bet he’s no where near when Shaq is intown.

  • Superior ONE!!!

    He does nothing for me,even his interview made me yawn, NEXT!!!

  • Help the people!

    I think he just think he just needs to stand next to Shaunie and look cute. Interviewing is not his strong point….

  • Queen R

    Just young! nothing special!!

  • Powertothepeople

    Yeah every half way decent looking person claims to be a model or actor he is basically saying I’m unemployed living off Shaq’s money.

  • On Point

    mmm what a fine piece of chocolate

    • Venice

      Ok?! Ugh, I just want him to heat up, then melt all over my body. LOL. What a wonderful piece of eye candy. I can’t be mad @ Shaunie. He’s scrum-diddly-umptious!

  • foxy lady

    He is soooo fine!!! For whatever reasons they are together if it works for them, then God Bless Them. I do know that Shanuie has brougt him a condo wherever he is stayin at. But it’s her money and if she wants to spend her on money on this tenderoni, then it is her choice. Men have been doin it for years with younger women. Wonder why they call the older woman with a younger man a cougar and they call an older man with a younger woman, a dirty old man!!!

    • Wendy

      I’m with you on this one….

  • gigglgal215

    When Shaunie’s money runs out so will he. I can’t understand why for the life of me does a women with children want to date a child? Is model/actor code for scrub/gigolo? This is the game plan with those basketball wives. Get the money first and then and find you a young’un.

  • ebonyblonde

    idk…he look kinda gay 2 me…

  • Nisha

    Wowwwww, Shaunie, could you not come up with a man who can at least hold a decent and intelligent interview? Their time is limited, sorry to say!

  • tommykimon

    He does nothing for me.

  • YaGurl

    lame. shallow. snoozer. WTF is he even talking about exactly?

  • Got that Right

    Oh he is a young dumb one, huh? Ugh! Him and Shaunie are clearly using each other. Dumb clucks!

  • Shay

    All of the comments seem so negative. I do agree he should be a “hustla” in his own right, but modeling and acting are not bad gigs. If for nothing else, he seems truly genuine. I also do agree with him that the “young” mentality is not about the little things that women appreciate when they get older. I wish them the best!

    • Shay

      follow me on

  • Angie

    I don’t think he’s gay. He’s got that little bit of thug thizzle, yet squareness, that makes him interesting and the fact that he is infatuated and in love with the woman he’s with is all good. I don’t think he clears space for Shaq either. Him and Shaunie have resolved the personal and focus on the family aspect for the kids; that’s cool. Besides, Shaq has his on lil chippies to pay attention to. Just cause he big, don’t mean he big! Marlon might have a magic stick for Shaunie, which is necessary as women reach the mature age. I think it’s good he takes her show lightly also, cause it’s comedic!

  • Allie

    The relationship seems to work for them so that’s what i like, sometimes i do think he’s a little too young for her but obviously she really likes him so that’s all that matters

  • Got that Right

    @ Shay. I just I didn’t like his generalization and a.s.sumptions of “young girls” and “women”. Does he have the slightest clue as to who he laying up with?? He has a lot of maturing to do.

  • point blank PERIOD

    He ghetto

  • RosieDD

    He’ll fleece her and dash back to that young thang he’s buying gifts for with Shaq’s money.

  • RosieDD

    And he looks slow in the face, just like Shaq. I guess that’s her flava.

  • Raine

    He is cute, but so is my 25 year old son. He speaks inmature and simple just like my son. Cannot speak in complete sentences and still needs to grow up. Shaunie has money and I guess she just needs a service boy, to service her. I understand, get serviced girl.

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