Rumors had been flying around the VH1 reality show as NBA All-Star weekend approached, with sources saying that O' Neal's model-boyfriend Yates had has buying gifts for Dwight Howard's baby mama, allegedly with O' Neal's money. "Royce is not guaranteed to come back for Season 3. "And she can't talk about her son, she can't talk about Dwight, and it's no connection any more, and the legal part of it has almost gotten more strict." O' Neal said her boyfriend, Yates -- a runway model and actor who is shooting two pilots -- never really interacts with Reed outside of Twitter or social events, and has been dragged unwillingly into the drama.We are really trying to come up with something else and she's aware of it," O' Neal told the Ministry in a phone interview. "He's been extremely supportive and patient, and I'm so appreciative," she said, "because it's dumb stuff like this that can really mess up somebody's relationship.
Reed doesn't seem to be taking anything lightly: She supposedly banned the "Basketball Wives" from her NBA All-Star weekend event.Just in time for the NBA All-Star game, "Basketball Wives" star Shaunie O' Neal -- a.k.a. "Season 1 we establish [Royce] as Dwight Howard's ex-girlfriend and mother of his son.Shaquille O' Neal's ex-wife -- is shutting down rumors that beau Marlon Yates has been fooling around with co-star Royce Reed, and sounding off about the rest of the drama that's been percolating when the cameras are off. Season 2, she's now dating again, or dating other people that she seems to be pretty serious with," O' Neal said.Now she’s back in the spotlight and opening up about how she used her reality show spoils to buy a huge home in Tennessee, launch a clothing business, and build her brand, which includes her latest reality TV project “It Takes a Sister” on Oxygen.Nicole also serves as the executive producer on the series, and her aim is to use it to help shift society’s perception about black women on reality television.