Larsa Pippen is defending dating still-married Malik Beasley, who she insists was separated from estranged wife Montana Yao before they became an item.
“We had spoken about it. It wasn’t a secret. I know a lot of people that are married and exiting,” Pippen, 46, said on Saturday’s episode of Hollywood Unlocked about Beasley, 24, and Yao’s separation.
“I’ve played that part. So for me, if you’re not being shady and you’re telling me all your stuff, I’m going to believe you.”
Yao filed for divorce from the Minnesota Timberwolves player in December. They share one son, 23-month-old Makai. Yao previously accused Beasley of cheating on her with Pippen, which the former “Real Housewives of Miami” star denied.
“A lot of people are not happy in their situations and they don’t want to jump ship until they see someone they like,” Pippen explained. “You don’t want to just shake your kids up because you might never meet someone that you actually like. You’re in a state of living in the same place, but not really together.”
Pippen revealed she Googled Beasley prior to dating him and said she found out “they had issues before” she met him.
“It had nothing to do with me, so I wasn’t thinking anything about it,” she said. “If you spent a minute Googling their situation, it wasn’t the ideal situation way before me.”
Pippen said she’s going to do a “better job” of keeping her personal life private going forward.
“What’s the point of taking a beating over a guy I had just started talking to?” she asked.