NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and his wife, Larsa Pippen, were heading towards divorcing, but reports on February 8 claim they are working things out. The couple have been married since 1997 and have four children together.
Larsa, a former Real Housewives star and a friend of Kim Kardashian’s, was Pippen’s second wife.
Rumors of the split revealed that rapper Futue might have been involved. There are reports from TMZ and Us Weekly that Larsa and Future had some kind of relationship which left Pippen “devastated,” one source told Us Weekly. The two reportedly met at a Miami party in the summer and she has been flying with Future on his private jet.
TMZ reported on February 8 that the couple have decided to work thins out and are in no rush to finalize the divorce.
Here’s a look at Larsa and their relationship.
1. Larsa’s Relationship With Rapper Future Was Reportedly the Reason Why Pippen Filed for Divorce
TMZ reports that Pippen was the one who filed for divorce. He filed papers in Florida last week, according to court documents TMZ obtained.
It’s not clear what the reasons for the split were. They appeared together on September 8 at New York Fashion Week to support their 7-year-old daughter Sophia’s modelling career. They were both seen with their wedding rings.
TMZ later reported that Pippen wants to sent Larsa child support, but that dollar amount hasn’t been determined. Here is Larsa’s rep’s full statement to TMZ:
“After careful consideration and 19 years together, Larsa and Scottie have each filed for dissolution of their marriage. 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. 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.”
On October 22, TMZ reported that police officers were called to the Pippen house in Fort Lauderdale twice in the past three weeks. The first incident was on October 4, when Larsa told police that the couple got into a “heated verbal argument.” The second incident happened on October 4. Details on that incident were not revealed. However, both incidents ended without an arrest.
TMZ later obtained a police report from the October 4 incident, which happened in the middle of the day. Police said they saw Larsa outside their Florida home when they arrived and they told her that they are having “marital problems” and that he yells at her. Police said that Pippen was in the home and told them that he “was upset” and broke his cell phone in frustration.
TMZ is also reporting that Larsa had a “cozy” relationship with rapper Future. They met at a Miami party in August and they were seen together at a nightclub there. They even went to Las Vegas together on Future’s private jet in September. However, TMZ’s sources say that this was revenge for Pippen “openly flirting with an actress” last summer.
Sources for Us Weekly backed the TMZ report that Larsa had some kind of relationship with the 32-year-old Future. Another source close to Larsa denied that she was cheating on Pippen with Future, saying they “are friends.”
On February 8, TMZ reported that the couple have started working things out and have stayed in touch since Pippen filed for divorce. They started getting friendlier as they worked out business related to the care of their children.
2. Larsa Starred on ‘Real Housewives of Miami’ From 2011-2013
Larsa was a star on the Bravo series The Real Housewives of Miami, which ran from 2011 to 2013. The show was never formally cancelled, but Bravo’s Andy Cohen said in December 2014 that the show was “dead in the water.”
Although Real Housewives of Miami continued through 2013, the couple moved back to Chicago in 2012. “I feel like the people in Chicago are really grounded. It’s better for our family,” she told Chicago Splash in 2012.
3. Larsa Is Friends With Kim Kardashian & Is a Member of Her Squad
The 5-foot-2 Larsa is one of Kim Kardashian’s best friends and has often appeared on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. In fact, Kardashian lists Larsa as a member of her squad.
Kardashian wrote of Larsa:
Larsa Pippen is one of my best friends! I love spending time with her. She gives great advice and our kids are always having playdates. Nobody makes me laugh like Larsa does. She’s the kind of best friend you can tell anything to and will always have your back.
4. Their Daughter Sophia Is Only 7 but Is Already Modeling
Sophia Pippen, their 7-year-old daughter, has already started modeling. She’s also been a star of her mother’s social media pages. In December 2015, Larsa gave People a photo of Sophia hanging out with Kardashian’s daughter, North West.
“I encourage her to pursue her dreams and stay true to herself,” Larsa told TBot Aficianado (via Black Celeb Kids). “She has three older brothers who are very protective of her. As her mother, best friend, and mentor the best thing I can do is lead by example.”
Larsa and Pippen are also parents to sons Scotty Jr., Justin and Preston.
5. Larsa Has a Degree in Political Science & Is a Chicago Native
The 41-year-old Larsa is a Chicago native, according to her website. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Political Science. She also studied at the Piven Theater Workshop and has written about fashion and fitness.
She has also been an ambassador for Haute Living Magazine and wrote the column Life With Larsa for Chicago Splash. She also leads the Pippen Foundation.
In her 2012 interview with Chicago Splash, she revealed that the breast cancer awareness charity Bright Pink is important for her because she had a recent scare. A doctor told her that something was found in her left breast. She was told to wait six months for another test, but couldn’t. A specialist found that everything was OK.
““If I wasn’t as paranoid and crazy as I am, then who knows what could have happened? I like that [Bright Pink] is about knowing your body and being proactive,” she said.