SOURCE: EURWEB.COM *Nearly one year after Shaquille O'Neal filed for divorce, his wife Shaunie says the proceedings will be halted in the coming days and the couple will continue to try and work things out.
"Neither one of us could probably answer why we were getting one in the first place," Shaunie O'Neal told the Associated Press Thursday at the launch of her new video-sharing Web site.
"Things have been going so great, that someone actually had to remind us that 'Hey, you do remember those papers are still there.' Literally, it was days ago," said Shaunie. "So, we've agreed that before we leave Florida in a few days we'll make sure that that's gone away."
Shaquille O'Neal filed for divorce in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on Sept. 4, 2007, after nearly five years of marriage. The petition stated: "The marriage between the parties is irretrievably broken" and Shaunie was "secretive about her assets ... particularly with respect to certain properties owned or titled in either [her] name alone or in other entities." He requested that the court require Shaunie to give a "correct accounting of all money, funds, stocks, bonds, and other securities (including bearer securities)."
Shaunie told the AP: "The kids and I kind of learned about the divorce at the same time. So that was hard. That was probably the worst part of the whole thing, was being able to deal with how hurt the whole kids were."
Shaq's divorce attorney, Ira Elegant, did not return a call to Reuters before press time.
Meanwhile, Shaunie's new video-sharing Web site, launching Sept. 1, is geared to showcase children and their talents in a kid-friendly, safe arena. The entrepreneur said she developed the idea because she wanted to be able to share her own children's activities with her family members.
"I get the complaint of 'Oh, I wish I could see that,'" she said. "There was nowhere I could find that was just safe, where maybe a slip of the finger would take us somewhere where I don't want the kids to see or hear."