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Shaquille O’Neal’s ex-wife Shaunie opens up about the joys of dating a younger man.

Shaunie 35, tells People mag of her 23-year-old lover model Marlon Yates:

“He’s very mature,” says Shaunie, who adds that the couple’s age difference is a benefit. “The age thing keeps it fun. The energy level, being out on the beach. He is working out all the time and he inspires me [to work out].”

Shaunie, who executive produces and stars in VH1’s new reality series, Basketball Wives, which premieres April 11, met Yates through a mutual family friend last November, the same month she filed for divorce against Shaq.

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