In a shocking turn of events, singer and actress Teyana Taylor has disclosed the challenging details of her tumultuous 7-year marriage to former NBA star Iman Shumpert. The news comes after Taylor secretly filed for divorce nearly a year ago, citing allegations of jealousy, insecurity, and narcissistic behavior on Shumpert’s part.
In legal documents obtained by TMZ, Taylor accuses Shumpert of harboring resentment towards her rising fame, despite his substantial NBA earnings. She claims that his jealousy would manifest at public events, leading to tension between them. According to Taylor, even Shumpert’s lucrative $40 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2015 did little to alleviate his insecurities about her success.
Initially opting for privacy by filing under initials, Taylor’s intentions were thwarted when Shumpert’s recent filing included their full names, thrusting the divorce proceedings into the spotlight. This allegedly prompted a series of negative and manipulative text messages from Shumpert.
The documents suggest that Taylor tried to maintain harmony in the marriage by dimming her own success, turning down opportunities and gigs to appease Shumpert’s desires. Despite her efforts, she claims that Shumpert continued to display emotionally and mentally abusive behavior, leading to her decision to file for divorce in January.
Taylor alleges that she withdrew the filing once in 2022, attempting reconciliation. However, the emotional rollercoaster persisted, leading her to finalize the divorce in January of the following year. The documents detail Shumpert’s involvement in multiple cheating scandals, a DUI arrest, and an airport weed possession incident.
Since the separation announcement in September, Taylor asserts that Shumpert has spent little time with their two children. She is now seeking temporary and permanent primary physical custody, joint legal custody, and child support.
The unraveling of their high-profile marriage sheds light on a previously undisclosed struggle, emphasizing Taylor’s claim that their relationship is “irretrievably broken.” As the legal battle unfolds, both parties are yet to respond to the revelations.