Iman Shumpert and Teyana Taylor didn’t look for each other, but coincidentally, both are hard to miss.
It was 2011 when the recently debuted NBA rookie and the dancer/model/singer/style muse first met at a party in New York. Taylor, who a few years ago was fetched on My super sweet sixteen, was sitting on the railing, needing a break from her 7-inch Versace heels, when 6-foot-5 Shumpert stepped forward to say hello.
“He came up to me and tried to talk to me, but I was in a relationship, so I was like…” Taylor recalled on TV channel Vlad in 2014, claiming she wasn’t super in love. before the charm of her future husband. She didn’t give him a cold shoulder or anything, she clarified, but “he’s come out, people have been excited, and I’m like [shrug], ‘OK thank you.’
The Harlem-born artist would then see the New York Knicks guard around and “this guy is always vivacious, outspoken and full of personality,” she said affectionately. But, “I’ve been in my situation so I’m never heartless, he’s just cool.”