Despite studying and earning a degree in political science, Larsa Younan, whom you might know as Larsa Pippen, is better renowned for her celebrity life. From her marriage to NBA legend Scottie Pippen to her friendship with Kim Kardashian or her appearances on various reality shows, Larsa is never far away from the news.
However, it is her marriage and divorce from the Chicago Bulls legend that sends tabloid tongues wagging the most. The pair have filed for divorce twice and have been in rumored affairs with other people. Regardless, their story is an intriguing one of lasting love and human weakness, perfect for your next party conversation.
Larsa Younan Began Her Relationship with Scottie Pippen in 1995
Despite the fact that Scottie Pippen was one of the most popular players in the NBA when he was playing, the early years of Larsa Younan’s relationship with him remains a secret. For now, all we know is they met in 1995, about five years after Pippen left his first wife, Karen McCollum.
After two years of fun-filled dating, the two decided to tie the knot on July 20, 1997. They got married at the First United Methodist Temple in Chicago. Such was the greatness of their shared love that the couple reportedly married without a prenuptial agreement.
For a long time, they were largely a happy couple, at least based on their tabloid presence. Larsa and Scottie rarely made news for negative reasons as they raised four children; Scottie Jr., Sophia, Justin, and Preston Pippen.
Two of Their Children Are Following in Their Parents’ Footsteps
Scotty Jr., the first child of the couple, was born in 2000. Preston was born two years after in 2002 while the last two children, Justin and Sophia, were born in 2005 and 2008, respectively. Since becoming adults, old enough to make their own decisions, the two of their children have chosen to follow their parents’ career path, at least for now.
Like his father, Scotty Jr. has a huge interest in basketball. He is a point guard for Vanderbilt University who was selected to the 2020 All-SEC freshman team. His only full sister, Sophia, has opted to follow in her mother’s footsteps to become a model. She has made appearances on Dancing with Stars: Juniors and posed for a couple of brands, both on her own and with her mother. Her early start to modeling has given her fame as she has over 143,000 followers on Instagram. Her brother, on the other hand, has over 200 thousand followers.
Scottie Pippen was the First of the Two to File Divorce Papers
The popular assumption in the Scottie Pippen-Larsa Younan narrative is that the latter has been trying to leave the marriage for years. While that is not entirely wrong, it was Scottie that made the first move to end their 20+ years of marriage. He filed for divorce in 2016 after he accused Larsa of cheating on him with rapper/singer Future. The affair reportedly sparked verbal aggression on Larsa by Scottie, which led the reality TV star to call the police on one occasion.
While that particular issue took a short while to resolve, the divorce papers lingered. The two of them separated, with Larsa living in Miami and Scottie in Chicago. When news of the affair eventually became public, Larsa denied it. The two of them subsequently resolved their conflict, and the divorce papers were dismissed as the couple decided to work on their marriage.
Larsa Younan Eventually Divorced Scottie Because She was Lonely
Two years after they reconciled, Larsa and Scottie’s marriage was back on the chopping block again. This time, in what appears to be a permanent decision, Larsa filed the papers.
Expectedly, the popular presumption was that Scottie cheated. However, while that might be true, it was not the cause of their divorce. According to Larsa Younan, they are not splitting up for that reason but rather over her continued loneliness because he was never around. Scottie spends a lot of time in Chicago where he has most of his businesses while Larsa lives in Miami and Los Angeles.
Since filing for divorce in November 2018, the proceedings remain ongoing as of August 2020. With no prenups, negotiation has been a contested affair, as Larsa requested for spousal support and a significant share of Scottie’s wealth.
The Two Remain Loyal to Each Other Despite Their Divorce
Larsa Younan and Scottie Pippen have thrown in the towel on their marriage. However, it appears the bond and loyalty forged over two decades of being married remains. With Larsa doing the heavy lifting, the two of them have shown a sense of loyalty to each other in public.
Following ESPN’s popular Michael Jordan documentary, The Last Dance, comments about Scottie’s career being underrated began to fly. As the Yin to MJ’s Yang, Scottie was an influential member of the successful Bulls team but supposedly did not get enough recognition for his contributions.
Larsa, however, disagreed with that assessment, posting a captured photo of Scottie’s earnings, which was more than MJ’s during their playing career. She has also defended his cheating rumors from trolls who accused him of cheating on her.
— Larsa Pippen (@larsapippen) April 20, 2020
Larsa Younan Makes Her Own Money as a Reality TV Star and Entrepreneur
Larsa Younan’s marriage to Scottie Pippen meant her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois was never used. Instead, she has leveraged the popularity she gained from her marriage to have a career in the entertainment industry.
Following her graduation from college, Younan took the very first steps in her career when she attended Piven Theater Workshop to study under ace director, Byrne Piven. She also did some writing as a freelancer. Unfortunately, neither traditional acting nor writing were successful anchors to fame.
In 2011, however, she found her niche in reality TV when she began playing herself in The Real Housewives of Miami. She and her close friend, Andrina Maura, remained on the show for three seasons until November 2013.
In the years that followed, Younan appeared on Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Keeping Up with the Kardashians due to her former friendship with Kim Kardashian. Other reality shows she appeared in include Big Pippen and Selling Sunset.
Larsa’s growing popularity soon made her the center of attraction, especially for brands who sought to ‘ride with her current.’ She became a brand ambassador of Haute Living Magazine, among other brands she has had dealings with.
She also has a fitness brand, Larsapippenfitness, and a designer jewelry store, Larsa Marie, in Los Angeles, California. Younan established the store in August 2020 in partnership with the high-end jewelry dealer, H. Dayan.
Larsa’s Life as a Socialite and Her Beef With Kim Kardashian
When she is not running either of her businesses, Larsa Younan enjoys her life as a socialite, posting photos of her amazing body on social media.
While her divorce proceedings move on quietly in the background, the reality TV star wades into public conversations like her ex-husband’s career and a rumored broken friendship with Kim Kardashian. Once considered close friends, Kim and Larsa no more see eye to eye, along with the rest of the Kardashian family who unfollowed Younan on Instagram.
No one knows exactly why, but rumors of the Kardashians refusing to show up for her birthday celebration has circulated. Larsa, in turn, refused to address the rumor and, instead, reveled in the attention in a July 2020 post.