Larsa Pippen on how her relationship with Marcus Jordan began
March 1, 2023 | 12:13 p.m
Larsa Pippen is staying out of ex-husband Scottie Pippen’s beef with former Bulls teammate Michael Jordan.
The “Real Housewives of Miami” star, 48, was asked about the steamy Monday on the “Tamron Hall Show,” where she also discussed her relationship with son Marcus, 32, Jordan.
Hall brought up his dislike of Pippen in Jordan’s 2020 ESPN documentary “The Last Dance,” which chronicled the Bulls’ championship run in the 1990s, and read a quote from Pippen’s November 2021 memoir, “Unguarded.”
“I was nothing more than a prop. “Best teammate ever,” he called. He couldn’t have been more condescending if he tried,” Hall read aloud to Larsa.
“Basically, I can’t explain how someone else feels,” Larsa said. “That’s how Scottie feels.” You have a right to what you feel. … I personally don’t really care how other people … I feel like I’m living my truth. I’m happy. We [her and Marcus] to get together. He is my best friend.”
Pippen and Jordan were teammates in Chicago from 1987-1993 and 1995-1998 and won six championships together.
Jordan introduced Pippen when he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, and the pair publicly reunited two years later at a surprise birthday party.
The former teammates also participated in an event at Jordan’s Flight School camp in California in 2017.
However, Jordan and Pippen’s relationship seemed to sour after the release of “The Last Dance” in April 2020.
Hall then asked Larsa on the show, “Like I said, you can date anyone in the world, why would you date Michael Jordan’s son?”
The Bravo star went on to explain that dating Marcus was never in her plans.
“I didn’t plan it that way. It’s not like it was planned that way, I think we were just hanging out with our friends a lot and it happened,” Larsa said.
“You have to remember, I feel that being married to an athlete is very difficult. They investigate a lot. People don’t think you should have a life when you’re divorced. They think once you’re divorced, you’re done. I feel like I’ve overcome many different obstacles because I feel like I need love. I should be able to date whoever I want. I should be able to live happily and go wherever I want and not be judged every time I’m seen with someone.”
Larsa’s divorce from Pippen, 57, was finalized in December 2021, roughly three years after she filed.
The Pippens first broke up in 2016, but reconciled shortly after.
Larsa and Pippen married in 1997 and have four children together: sons Scotty Jr., 22, Preston, 21, Justin, 18, and daughter Sophia, 14.
Larsa, who made her relationship official on Marcus’ Instagram in January, said she has been “recently hanging out” with Jordan and his ex-wife Juanita Vanoy.
“I don’t really want to talk about them,” Larsa said of Marcus’ parents. “I feel like it’s not about my parents or my parents. They are all happy. Our whole family is fine. I feel like it’s more about where I am, where [Marcus] there is I feel like we’re in a great place. We motivate each other. We are very happy to be together. And I feel like that’s the most important thing.”
When asked if she felt Jordan and Vanoy had their blessing to date their son, Larsa said, “Yeah, I feel like we’re great. Yes. I feel like we’ve been on vacation together, and that’s good. We are in a great place.
Marcus Jordan and Larsa Pippen kiss on a night out on January 29, 2023.
Larsa Pippen and Marcus Jordan are seen at Travis Scott’s performance at E11EVEN Miami during Miami Art Week on December 3, 2022 in Miami, Florida.
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Larsa told Hall that she and Marcus first met four years ago at a party in Los Angeles.
The reality star said the pair run in the same circle and were introduced by a mutual friend.
Larsa and Marcus were rumored to be dating in September, though a former Kardashian insider said they were “just friends” at the time.
The couple celebrated their first Valentine’s Day together last month.
At the time, Marcus shared a photo of Larsa holding two bouquets of flowers and wrote: “Three words, 8 letters… Happy Valentine’s Day baby.”
Larsa previously dated Lakers guard Malik Beasley, who she reportedly split from in April 2021.