This article was originally published on Popular Everything and has been republished to The Tea Chat with permission.
Since Larsa stepped out with married NBA player Malik Beasley in December 2020, she’s been making headlines. She split with her NBA star husband Scottie Pippen in 2016 and it was just the start of a rocky road ahead. Since then, she’s been in and out of several relationships, even with her ex-husband.
But Larsa’s dating life has gotten her in trouble, especially when she was photographed packing on the PDA with a married man. She’s also split from her famous best friend Kim Kardashian, and it’s only recently been revealed why. Poor Larsa has been involved in scandal after scandal lately, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon.
Larsa Met Scottie Back In 1995 When He Was Well and Truly a Free Man Again
Larsa met Scottie back in 1995 when she was a college graduate and aspiring model. Scottie had already been married once before to Karen McCollum, a professional musician, and shared one son together. In 1990 Scottie and Karen divorced, but on friendly terms. Five years down the line when he met Larsa, he was totally ready to move on with someone else.
Larsa was known as Larsa Younan at the time, and Miss Younan had reservations about dating a big-shot NBA star. But after their first meeting, they saw each other every day after that for a week and a half straight. It was clear from the beginning that they were head over heels for one another.
Larsa Changed Her Career Path After College and It Tells Us Where Her Head Was At
Larsa had bigger aspirations than just becoming an athlete’s wife. She grew up in Chicago, Illinois with her Lebanese and Assyrian parents, and chose to study close to home at the University of Illinois. She graduated in political science before changing direction completely and entering into the world of showbiz.
Larsa decided to pursue a career in theater, which was hardly related to what she studied at college. She studied at the Piven Theater Workshop under the direction of acclaimed stage director Byrne Piven, before changing paths once more. She started freelance writing about subjects that interested her, like beauty, fitness, and fashion.
Scottie Was One of the Best Players in the League, but He Only Had Eyes for Larsa
On the other hand, Scottie couldn’t have been doing any better in his career. He achieved a basketball first in 1992 when he won an NBA title and Olympic gold medal in the same year. It was the first time that an athlete had ever done that. A few months into his relationship with Larsa, he beat the odds once more and won an NBA title and Olympic gold medal in the same year again.
Larsa was 23 at the time she met Scottie, and he was 31. Scottie was one of the best players in the league and definitely ticked all Larsa’s boxes on paper. The fact that they got along was just the icing on the cake. Scottie is thought to have said to friends, “Yo, I met the baddest girl in the world, I’m marrying this one,” back when they first met.
Larsa and Scottie Get Married Without Signing a Prenup
When Larsa and Scottie married in 1997, they didn’t write up any kind of prenuptial agreement, They had four children throughout the 2000s: Scotty Jr., Preston, Justin, and Sophia. From the outside, everything looked picture perfect and the Pippens appeared to have everything they could ask for.
But behind closed doors, it was another story. Larsa later admitted that they would argue regularly, and eventually found themselves growing apart. But for the sake of their kids and the life they had been building together, they remained married even though their interests lay elsewhere.
Scottie Files for Divorce From Larsa and She Only Finds Out Two Days Later
In 2016, and after 19 years of marriage, Scottie suddenly filed for divorce from Larsa. She was notified of the divorce two days after Scottie filed for it, and Larsa’s representative released the following statement: “After careful consideration and 19 years together, Larsa and Scottie have each filed for dissolution of their marriage.” But from what we could see, Scottie was the one initiating it.
“Although they are no longer to be married, Larsa remains hopeful that she and Scottie will always do what is best for their 4 beautiful children and jointly raise them with love and respect,” the representative continued. “She would like to thank everyone for their understanding and kindly ask for privacy from the media during this difficult time of transition for her family.”
Nothing Fixes Marital Problems Like an Expensive Piece of Jewelry
It was only four months later when the couple appeared to have reconciled their relationship. The couple had been spotted going out on a romantic dinner date, and judging from Larsa’s Snapchat story, Scottie had bought her an expensive piece of reconciliation jewelry.
Larsa showed off her brand new 14-carat diamond ring on Snapchat but chose to stay silent about who had given her the lavish gift. She simply captioned the photo “My Valentine’s present! Thx fourteen karats.” It was clearly from Scottie, but the pair had decided not to make their reconciliation very public just yet.
The Public Finds Out That Police Were Called To Their Home Twice Due To “Domestic Disturbances”
It came out in the papers that the police had paid a couple of visits to the Pippen’s family home before Scottie filed for a divorce. TMZ reported that one of the incidents occurred on October 2nd and that when the police arrived at the scene, Larsa was waiting for them in a car outside the home.
While no arrests were made, Larsa allegedly decided to stay somewhere else for the night after a “heated verbal argument” with the NBA star. She said that the fight with her husband never became physical, but it was clear to see that the married couple of two decades weren’t in a good place.
Divorce Papers Are Served for a Second Time as Larsa and Scottie’s Reconciliation Fails
In 2018, Larsa and finally called it quits on her marriage to Scottie, and the couple separated for the second time. She cited “irreconcilable differences” as her reason for filing for divorce, but as we would come to see, it was a lot more complicated than that. In the wake of her decision to divorce, Larsa released a statement.
“We have both tried very hard for a long time to make our marriage work and have ultimately come to the conclusion that it is best that we live separate lives,” Larsa stated. “We have so many amazing memories together, remain best of friends and love each other very much.” They had four kids to co-parent, so the exes would have to be in contact regularly.
Things Were Looking Good For a While Until Larsa’s History Came Out
A few months after Larsa and Scottie announced their split, Larsa spoke out about how well she and Scottie were co-parenting. Speaking to US Weekly she said stated, “[We] are really best friends,” adding “Our kids are amazing, and I feel like we both parent the same way.”
Larsa revealed: “We’re really traditional in the way we raise our children. That’s really important.” She assured the public her kids were her top priority: “We are obsessed with our kids. Scottie and I are both the same in a lot of ways. Family always comes first.”
Larsa Is Accused of Cheating on Scottie With Future
Rumors were circulating about Larsa having cheated on Scottie with the famed rapper known as Future. Us Weekly reported news of an affair between them while Larsa and Scottie were still married. Their sources remained anonymous, so it was easily disregarded as just a rumor by the public. It was only after the 2019 divorce that we understood exactly what went on.
There was one tiny clue that made people think someone went on between the rapper and the NBA star’s then-wife – just days after Larsa and Scottie announced their divorce, Future posted this cryptic message on his Snapchat, “She mines nooowwwwwwwwww.” Future didn’t explain who he was talking about at the time, but some people put two and two together.
Larsa Throws Shade at Scottie Despite Being “Best Friends”
In May 2020 Larsa seemingly took a swipe at Scottie on her Instagram, when she posted a selfie and captioned it: “Find someone who’ll put [you] first!!” If there was any doubt as to who she was aiming her caption at, it was quickly clarified. One commenter wrote “[Too] bad you didn’t put Scottie Pippen first,” and Larsa snapped back at them.
Larsa replied: “Really? I did everything for him literally everything.” Another commenter wrote: “Bro he was loyal to you no? Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t you do adultery first?” Larsa had to set the record straight: “Stop tripping dude [you] don’t know what you’re talking about. I held him down and still do.” She added, “Just [because] I don’t air his dirty laundry doesn’t mean it doesn’t stink I just don’t wanna do his laundry anymore.”
Larsa Regrets Tweets That Reveal More Than She Was Comfortable With
With rumors circulating that Larsa had cheated on Scottie, her public image was definitely taking a hit in April 2020. Larsa tried to do some damage control on Twitter, but soon changed her mind and deleted her tweets. She wrote: “I was married to him for 20 years, I did everything for him and my family. People change and that’s what really happened.”
Larsa also wrote that “Most people can’t even imagine being in a relationship for a week so I know it’s beyond imagination.” There’s no telling where she got that information from, but she followed it up with “cheating wasn’t the problem,” before deleting everything at once. Her public image had been sullied, and the recent appearance on Keeping Up With the Kardashians only made it worse.
She’s Been Working Her Way up the Social Ranks of Calabasas
Larsa wasn’t just famous for having an NBA star baby-daddy. She was also a socialite in Los Angeles’ Calabasas and best friend to mega-influencer Kim Kardashian. Larsa was frequently photographed with her reality star bestie and the rest of the Kardashian clan. She had all the ingredients to make her into a beloved reality star herself.
Which Larsa had been trying to do before her divorce from Scottie. She appeared in the first-ever series of The Real Housewives of Miami, alongside Lea Black, Adriana de Moura, Alexia Echevarria, Marysol Patton, and Cristy Rice, back in 2011. She ended up leaving after season one, however, claiming that she can’t associate herself with “cray cray.”
Larsa Falls Out of Favor With Kim and the Kardashian Clan
Despite Larsa being six years older than Kim, their small age difference never got in the way of their close friendship. At least not until the summer of 2020, when the friends of ten years had a huge falling out. It wasn’t just Larsa’s romantic life that was changing drastically, but also her relationships with good old friends.
Firstly, Kim removed all photos of her and Larsa together from her Instagram account. Then came the mass unfollowing from the Kardashian (and Jenner) clan – Kim and all of her sisters cut ties with Larsa’s social media. Then, Larsa held a huge party for her 46th birthday in July, and none of the Kardashian-Jenner’s turned up. Soon enough, Larsa would spill the beans on what happened between the former friends.
That One Episode of Keeping up With the Kardashians Did Not Go Down Well
By the time Kim and Larsa stopped being friends, the public weren’t too hot on Larsa. One particular episode episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians that she had appeared in had really affected her reputation. Many people thought that Larsa came across as a bully to Kim’s sister Kourtney.
Basically, Larsa came across as though she was pressuring Kourtney to get back in the dating pool. And that was made worse later in the episode when Larsa was seen dismissing a distressed woman in a nightclub toilet. She came across so badly that she had to put out a tweet: “I didn’t mean to be dismissive to Sarah I just didn’t think we should be getting involved in any type of domestic situation when we’re out of the country.”
Larsa Lashes Out at Kanye, Telling Him To Be Quiet
Larsa appeared to have a dig at rapper Kanye West on Twitter in the wake of his controversial comments on abortion. He had posted messages following his July 19 campaign rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, that led to the public questioning his mental health.
Kanye cried in front of the audience when talking about his daughter with Kim Kardashian, North, and his doubts about bringing her into this world: “I’m concerned for the world that feels you shouldn’t cry about this subject.” Larsa responded to him by saying “If you don’t have a uterus, you shouldn’t have a say.”
Larsa Is Pictured Holding Hands With Married NBA Player Malik Beasley
The drama wasn’t anywhere near over yet. Towards the end of 2020, Larsa was pictured in a mall walking hand-in-hand with a much younger NBA star, Malik Beasley. Malik was 24 years old at the time, while Larsa was 46. She was almost twice as old as him, which was in stark contrast to her relationship with Scottie, where Larsa was younger by almost a decade.
It wouldn’t have been a problem with the public if Malik was single or divorced, but as far as everyone knew he was a married man. And not only that, but his wife had recently given birth to their son Makai Joseph. And Malik’s wife, model Montana Yao, was just as surprised as everyone else when the photos came out.
Malik’s Wife Has a Lot To Say About Those Revelatory Photos
“Wow… I don’t even know this man,” Montana Yao wrote in her Instagram stories when she saw the paparazzi photos. “This is wild y’all I’m seeing it for the first time just like y’all.” She was still calling herself Malik’s wife on her personal website and social media platforms.
Montana continued, “The truth always comes out one way or another,” and it seemed as though she was being proven right. She finished her response by saying: “I’ve always and will forever remain true to who I am and GOD has never let me down. … Appreciate all the love y’all for real.”
Larsa’s Eldest Son Supposedly Shades His Mom’s Behavior
Larsa and Scottie’s eldest son, Scotty Pippen Junior, appeared to be agreeing with Twitter comments that were sympathetic towards him and encouraged him not to get swept up in the drama. He wrote on Twitter “Focused on myself and my goals,” and “I’m not responsible for nobody’s actions.”
Larsa meanwhile was embroiled in a new controversy after writing: “God, I pray for healing & comfort for anyone dealing with heartache,” and “I pray that they find refuge in You in the midst of their pain. May You continue to give them the strength to keep going.” Comments dragged the mom of four for dating married man Malik.
There Are Rumors of an Affair With Khloe Kardashian’s Baby Daddy Tristan Thompson
At the same time that all the Malik Beasley drama was happening, it came out that Larsa had a history with Khloe Kardashian’s baby daddy, Tristan Thompson. They were just rumors at the time, but Khloe had only recently rekindled her romance with the basketball player during the pandemic and since Larsa had parted ways with her Kardashian besties, people were talking.
If Larsa had hooked up with Tristan at some point, the question was when. She had been married to Scottie for two decades prior, and by the time they divorced Tristan had already had a baby with Khloe. There must have been some overlap somewhere, or else it never could have happened.
Larsa Comes Clean About Having Cheated on Scottie With Tristan Thompson
Larsa came clean about having had an affair with Tristan Thompson just before he hooked up with Khloe Kardashian. She was talking on the Hollywood Raw Podcast with Dax Holt and Adam Glyn when she admitted: “I was kinda seeing Tristan before Khloe… Before Khloe or any of them knew he existed.”
Larsa continued: “I was seeing him, I had him come to LA, I brought him to a party Kim had. I introduced him to all of them. Then a week later, or 10 days later, he started seeing Khloe. Which is fine, I don’t even care. It’s whatever.” If what she said is true, that would mean that she and Tristan were seeing each other in the middle of 2016, when Larsa was still very much married to Scottie.
She Has a Type but Claims She’s Doing Great on Her Own
Larsa is 17 years Tristan’s senior, and he also happens to be an athlete. Say what you will about her, she definitely has a type. In the same podcast, the Real Housewives of Miami star went on to detail her laid-back dating style. “I’m the type of person that doesn’t chase what’s not for me,” she told Dax Holt and Adam Glyn.
Larsa continued: “I will never chase a man; I will never put a leash on a man. I don’t do that. I feel like, let you be great. If you want to be with other people, go ahead. I’m great by myself.” Larsa didn’t hold any ill-will towards Khloe from the sound of things. But it’s hard to say if Khloe and her sisters felt the same way or not.
Larsa Admits To Having an Affair With Rapper Future While She Was Still Married
Before 2020 was over, Larsa came clean over her history with rapper Future. She admitted that they had been seeing each other before her marriage to Scottie was over, but claims she never cheated. Speaking to Hollywood Raw, she said, “I think people make more of it. It’s just better conversation for people to say, oh she cheated on him, she this, she that.” She added “It was none of that. Scottie wasn’t even living at home with me.”
When it came to Future, she admitted that the rapper surprised her: “He was definitely not what I thought he was going to be like. He was definitely very romantic and different than I expected him to be.” They had met at a dinner party and had an instant connection. “[He’s] the best, he’s great,” she concluded. Back when Future took to Snapchat just days after the divorce writing “She mines nooowwwwwwwwww,” he was in fact talking about Larsa.
Larsa Claims Scottie Never Supported Her Dreams
The beginning of 2021 saw more drama for Larsa. She attempted to clear her name in the public and came out with some interesting details about her marriage to Scottie. In talking to Hollywood Unlocked, she said: “The passions and the things I wanted to do basically took a backseat to his career, his career came first… I put everything on the backburner for him to raise our kids.”
Larsa continued: “I had three kids by the time I was 28, 29-years-old. I just feel like I woke up one day and I was like, ‘Is this it? Is this my life? I wanted more and he never supported me like I supported him.” As far as Larsa was concerned, she never got the same support for her career ambitions.
Scottie Wanted Larsa to Ditch Her Acting Goals and Become a Housewife
Larsa described what her life with Scottie was like: “He didn’t want me to do anything. He was kind of like, ‘No, I can’t take it. You have to come to my games, you have to come to my practices,’ and I wanted to be there for him – I loved him.” At the time, she was willing to give Scottie center stage.
“I was there to support him and do whatever I had to do for him. But then at some point, the scale changed. I was like, ‘Hey, you’re retired. By the way, I want to start a jewelry line – by the way, I want to do some things that I’m interested in doing.’ And it wasn’t reciprocated in the same way.”
Montana Yao Files for a Divorce From Malik Beasley
In early December, Malik Beasley’s wife filed for divorce from the basketball player, according to US Weekly. It had only been seven days since Malik had been in the papers for holding hands with Larsa, and clearly, Montana was just as shocked as everyone else.
She took to Instagram to address the public, writing “I’ve always and will forever remain true to who I am and GOD has never let me down.” She added at the end, “The truth always comes out one way or another…” Amazingly, Montana and Malik had only been married for nine months.
Montana Tells the Public That She Is Being Made Homeless
The Instagram model told her online following that she had been “told to leave our family home 10 days ago, and just like you all I’m pretty confused.” The Californian also revealed that she had “no private or public addressing of the situation, nor any type of apology” from her estranged husband.
Malik and Montana’s young son, Makai, would also be moving out. But she made sure to note that she would try not to share too much with the public, adding that she’s “not the type to disclose too much information,” and will only do so when she “feels it is appropriate.”
Larsa Admits To Knowing Malik Was Married When They Started Dating
In February 2021, Larsa spoke to Jason Lee on Hollywood Unlocked, revealing that she “googled them when I first met him — they weren’t together.” She added “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.”
Larsa claimed that it “wasn’t a secret” that Malik and Montana were having marriage problems: “I know a lot of people that are married and exiting.” In defending her relationship on Twitter, she continued “Malik and his ex were separated before I ever met him that’s a fact.”
Things Get Vicious Between Larsa and Montana Over Social Media
Montana had something to say about Larsa’s claim. She wrote back on Twitter: “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.”
But things only got worse for Montana when she was denied “temporary spousal maintenance” by a court in Minnesota a few weeks later. She had requested a $15,000 advance from Malik, which was deferred, as well as a $20,000 lump sum to pay her lawyer’s fees, which was denied. She would receive $6,500 per month in child support fees, however.
Malik Wants Proof That He Is Actually Makai’s Biological Father
If things weren’t looking bad enough, US Weekly reported that Malik called his and Montana’s son’s paternity into question. The court document stated wanted proof that he was two-year-old Makai’s biological father, writing: “contends that Husband [Malik] is the biological father of the child but no Recognition of Parentage has been signed.”
The court document continued: “Husband has not otherwise been adjudicated the child’s father.” On April 2nd, 2021, Malik received the answers back from the DNA testing. There was a 99.9 percent DNA match between Montana’s son and Malik making him, for all intents and purposes, Makai’s biological father.
Malik and Larsa Break Up, Allegedly Because of Long Distance Struggles
In April it was widely reported that Larsa and Malik had called it time on their romance. The nearly five-month-long fling had come to an end, according to Larsa’s public representative, and US Weekly’s sources claimed it was due to the struggle of long-distance romance.
One month after the news of their split, Malik addressed Montana in a long post on social media. He told her: “For the record I was the one who ended my last relationship off the fact that there is no one like you.” He claimed “I ain’t looking to be judged I’m looking for forgiveness.. To forgive me for hurting my family the way I did. … At the end of the day I’m a lover boy and I miss holding y’all and loving y’all.”
Malik Beasley Gives the Wife He Cheated on a Very Public Apology
Malik had been linked to Larsa since November 2020, but it took him nearly half a year to give his wife an apology. “I wana say sorry for putting you in the situation you were put in the last few months.. my head wasn’t where it was supposed to be,” Malik wrote on social media.
Malik wanted to set the record straight: “I def ain’t the type to set up pictures at the mall… as that’s some childish sh** and I’m trying to grow individually and grow a family… a real family…” Was Malik suggesting that Larsa had organized for paparazzi to see them on that day in the mall?
Larsa Drags Montana and Malik for Getting Back Together
Malik and Montana appeared to be working on their relationship again, and the Real Housewives of Miami star had a lot to say about it. Things only got uglier when she posted a lengthy message on Instagram, recommending that Montana should try to find “another man who wants you for you.” She had a few more things about Malik to get off of her chest.
She addressed Montana: “Hey sweetie, I can spend the day going back and forth with you on the Internet but woman to woman I would never do that, especially over a man.” Larsa continued, “Here’s some free press for you. Let me clear up some of the misinformation you shared as facts. Here’s the truth about MALIK…”
Larsa Accuses Malik of Being Cheap and Crying Too Much
Larsa’s first bullet point said: “When I thought about him and how he treated your child he’s not the type of man I want around mine. Any man who would deny his child and then leave the mother penniless is not a real man.” In her second bullet point she revealed that “He cried entirely too much.”
For her third and last bullet point, she took one more swipe at the athlete and the Instagram model: “3. He’s cheap, but then again you never saw any alimony so you already know that.” Larsa wasn’t finished, adding “Since you wanted to ‘speak woman to woman’ on social media let me give u some womanly advice…”
Montana Gave as Good as She Got From Larsa
Larsa ended the tirade by saying “If you ever find another man who wanted you for you and not all the free press I’m giving both of you, lock him down. Malik was a clout chaser who pursued me relentlessly before I even knew you existed. And I have the DM’s but then again, he knows that.” She then returned back to her first point, stating that “All my beautiful children that you referenced will never have to read how their father didn’t claim them.”
Larsa ended it with “You should be worried about the narrative you two need to create to distract yours from dealing with that reality.” In response, Montana told Larsa that her kids were “embarrassed” about her mom’s behavior, accused Larsa of acting “desperate,” “thirsty,” and “old,” and accused her of trying to trap Malik by having his baby.
Larsa Is Accused of Calling the Paparazzi on Herself
Montana posted an equally long response on her Instagram stories. She told Larsa, “You wouldn’t know girl code if it slapped you in the face.” She then accused her of staging public outings by calling the paparazzi on herself: “I’ll be damned if I’m walking around behaving like that in 23 years.”
Montana continued: “You ran to the media because [you] needed everyone to think you ended [things] with Malik because you’re too embarrassed that you just keep getting passed around…” She also claimed that Larsa had been trying to get Malik to go to fertility clinics with her, adding “You barely even spend time with the kids you already have and you want more?”
Larsa Blames Kanye for the End of Her Relationship With Kim
Elsewhere in Larsa’s personal life, things weren’t looking much better. She spoke out about how her relationship with Kim and the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner’s ended because of Kim’s husband, rapper Kanye West. “If Kanye feels like him and Kim are better without me, then let them be without me. I’m OK with that… I will survive.”
Larsa claimed that Kanye had “brainwashed” Kim and was the one who encouraged her to unfollow Larsa on social media. “If you have to unfollow me to make your home a better place, do it,” she said, adding that Kanye “talks so much about me being this and that and this and that. I just feel like Kanye was in a place where he really didn’t trust anyone with Kim.”
Larsa Claims That She Had to Block Kanye’s Incessant Phone Calls
Larsa also claimed that her relationship with Kanye took a turn for the worse after she blocked his number on her phone. Accordingly to Larsa, he would call her constantly regardless of the hour. “I blocked [Kanye] on my phone,” she said, adding “Obviously, that really upset him. So, he turned that into, ‘Oh, she’s this and she’s that.’ “
Larsa then claimed that all of the Kardashian and Jenner sisters “started to ride his wave.” She got a bit more personal, asking “If you’re that easily swayed, like the wind, then do I really give a f***?… I don’t know. Was I hurt by it? Yes. But at the same time… I’ve been the most honest and truthful best friend to all of them.”
Larsa Calls the Kardashians Out for Valuing Men Over Friends
Three months down the line, Larsa had some more shots to fire at the Kardashian sisters. In talking to the Hollywood Unlocked podcast she said: “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.”
Larsa spoke about herself too, stating that “everyone normally says I have the best energy. The best vibes.” She threw some shade by adding: “Some people value men over friends… 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.”