Though not easily one of the recognizable names in the elite social circle, Laticia Rolle is one of the reasons NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal’s eyes were coloured in love once again. Also a basketball lover and player, Rolle is a goal getter who finds joy in simple things and values family above all else. With an interesting résumé ranging from modelling to entrepreneurship and then blogging, here are surprising facts you never knew about the multiracial beauty…
Laticia Rolle was born on February 11th 1988. She and her four siblings (two sisters – Gisemi and D’Ana and two brothers – Xavier and Elijah) are Alverez Frederick and Nancy Lee Rolle’s children. Born and raised in Gardner, Rolle attended Worcester Academy and then Eckerd University in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she bagged a degree in Business Management and Communication.
Laticia not only loved basketball while growing up but also actively played the sport. She and her older sister Gisemi were first introduced to the sport by their father who helped them with constant home practice. Rolle’s athletic skills were thereafter noticed in high school where she was part of Worcester’s basketball team and was named Most Valuable Player in her senior year. Rolle also played basketball at Eckerd College where her defensive strengths were displayed on the court.
Laticia and her younger sister D’Ana currently own a lifestyle blog BluHazl. The blog which has a large fanbase offers information ranging from fashion to fitness, diet, recipes, as well as culture and travel. As a model, Rolle has modelled for a couple of brands and has also travelled to exotic locations around the globe including Costa Rica and South Africa, among others. However, one of her career goals is to own and run a restaurant and although that dream may seem far fetched, for now, it is definitely on her bucket list.
Laticia Rolle’s Relationship With Shaquille O’Neal
Laticia Rolle became a public spectacle following her relationship with NBA star and Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal. For someone whose first love is basketball, the news of Rolle dating Shaq didn’t come as much of a surprise. While not much is known of her previous relationships, the entrepreneur and lifestyle blogger made headlines when she began dating O’Neal who is known for his big body and even bigger personality.
Rolle and Shaq were first noticed together around March 2014. The duo who were seen cosying up together during the NBA star’s birthday raised eyebrows and speculations that they were already an item. Presumed to be crazily in love with each other, the lovebirds further sparked engagement rumours in the fall of 2017 after Laticia shared an Instagram post of them together and she, rocking a HUGE diamond ring on her finger. However, she debunked the rumours stating that they were not engaged…well at least not yet.
Shaq seems to have found love again and is always in great spirit around his girlfriend Rolle. Nonetheless, around March 2018, news emerged alleging that their relationship had turned sour and both parties had gone their separate ways. While none of them has directly confirmed the rumours, they have presumably been living their best lives and also dropping subtle hints to confirm the speculations.
During his 19 seasons in the NBA, the legendary Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal became one of the league’s most loved players and even after retirement, his popularity remains high. The 7-foot-1inch, 325 pounder was a 3-time NBA Finals MVP, 15-time All-Star selection and 4-time NBA Champion. More so, despite being retired, he continues to make history as the highest-paid player of all time.
Prior to his relationship with Laticia, O’Neal was a married man. He was married to Shaunie (Nelson) O’Neal the creator and executive producer of Basketball Wives. Together, Shaq and Shaunie had four children – Shareef, Me’Arah, Shaquir, and Amirah. Sadly, after seven years ( from 2002 to 2009), the couple called it quits. The basketball icon also has a daughter from one of his previous relationships. His next relationship was with reality TV star Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander. Though Shaq and Nicole were once engaged, their relationship only lasted for five years (from 2010 to 2015).
As earlier mentioned, Laticia Rolle and her sister D’Ana run a lifestyle blog which is believed to be their primary source of livelihood for now. While the sisters are presumed to be cashing in good paychecks from blogging, their actual salary and net worth have not been made public knowledge. Nonetheless, we know Rolle’s net worth will be nothing compared to that of her NBA legend boyfriend Shaq O’Neal whose financial value is currently pegged at $400 million, an amount lucratively earned from his basketball career.
Height and Other Interesting Facts
1. Laticia Rolle is a gorgeous beauty who stands at a height of 5-feet 6 inches, a height dwarfed by her 7-feet 1-inch boyfriend Shaq.
2. Her hobbies are shopping, dancing, listening to music, and relaxing with friends.
3. Besides her modelling career, Rolle has worked several jobs at different places including a juice company, a restaurant and also a marketing firm.
4. The Rolle sisters (Laticia and D’Ana) named their lifestyle blog after their eye colours — Laticia is the “blu” and D’Ana is the “hazl”.
5. Laticia has a huge fanbase on various social media platforms, thanks to her lifestyle blog and of course her NBA beau. Though her social media following is nothing compared to that of her boyfriend, it is sure enviable for regular folks. More so, since they began dating, O’Neal has been quite supportive of his girlfriend’s corporate dreams. In fact, he even promotes her blog on his Twitter account.