Who Is Lucille O'Neal? Loving Mother Of Shaquille O'Neal

by Pragya Wed Mar 22 2023 Updated On Thu Mar 23 2023
Who Is Lucille O'Neal? Loving Mother Of Shaquille O'Neal

Lucille O'Neal is the mother of former American professional basketball player and sports analyst Shaquille O'Neal.

Lucille is professionally a doctor, author, spokesperson, and socialite. She was born in Dublin, USA

Lucille O'Neal with her son, Shaquille O'Neal.
Lucille O'Neal with her son, Shaquille O'Neal. Source: Instagram

Marriage And Children

Lucille was married to Philip Harrison. They shared three children. Lucille and Philip were married until 2013, as in 2013; her husband passed away.

Lucille O'Neal's husband and son.
Lucille O'Neal's husband and son. Source: Facebook

Lucille also shares a son with her former boyfriend. She has dated Joseph Toney, and while they were in a relationship, they welcomed their son Shaquille.

Their relationship didn't last long, and her former boyfriend was never there for her and their son.

Age And Net Worth

Lucille is 69 years old. She has a net worth of $200000

Ex-Boyfriend Dumped Lucille

Lucille and her ex-boyfriend Joe Toney fell in love when she was just a teenager. 

Her love affair with Joe didn't last long, but she got pregnant with their first baby Shaquille during her relationship.

She was only 18 when she welcomed her first baby boy. 

Lucille with her son, Shaquille O'Neal.
Lucille with her son, Shaquille O'Neal. Source: Instagram

Being a mom at a young age was scary for her. She had no idea what she would do. 

Her partner left her after she got pregnant with her son, and she raised her son all alone at such a young age. 

She worked and cared for Shaquille alone, and her ex-partner was never there for her and her son. 

Her former boyfriend was a drug addict and even got arrested for drug abuse. 

Lucille O'Neal's ex-boyfriend and their son, Shaquille O'Neal.
Lucille O'Neal's ex-boyfriend and their son, Shaquille O'Neal. Source: Sportsmanor

Lucille Is A Great Mom

Lucille is a mom to four children. Her first son was from her former boyfriend, whereas the other three were born after she married Philip.

Her husband was a Sergeant, and Lucille took all the responsibility for her four children and was able to raise them so well that now her children have a successful careers. 

She represented herself as a loving mom. She said she was never strict with her children and raised them with love.

Sometimes she had less money to afford her needs, but she managed everything independently. 

All her children were interested in sports, and she never stopped them from doing what they wanted. However, she did ensure that her children were also good at their studies. 

She didn't allow her children to play or do extra curriculum activities if their grades are bad.

Overcoming Addiction For Son

Lucille's eldest son Shaquille is considered one of the greatest players in basketball history, and her son proudly says that Lucille is behind his success. 

Lucille has always been supportive of her children.

Things were hard for Lucille in the past, so she got into an alcohol addiction. 

Her son was making his name in basketball and had built a strong image for himself. 

Lucille got embarrassed seeing herself drown in alcohol addiction and didn't want to destroy her son's image, so she overcame her addiction for her son Shaquille. 

She felt she didn't want other people to see her as a drunk mom of a famous basketball player, so she fought her addiction and overcame it. 

Lucille's Son Took Care Of His Studies

Lucille and her eldest son Shaquille have a very close relationship with each other. 

She became a mom just after she got out of high school and later devoted her life to the betterment of her kids. 

After her son Shaquille made his career and became successful, he thought to pay his mom back. 

Her son took care of her college fees and made sure she connected with people who could help her with writing. 

Her dream to become a writer and counselor remained unfulfilled because of her pregnancy. 

She was in her 40s when she started studying, and her son made sure that she would achieve her dreams, and she did make it.

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