We haven’t seen Ms. Juanita in a long time since she divorced Michael Jordan seven years ago. Juanita was at an event in Chicago and she decided to sit down and talk about her life after the turmoil. After being granted $168 Million after their divorce, hell I would be in a good place too…..In this picture she reminds me of Shaunie…. Check out her interview inside.
On what she wanted to do after the divorce:
“I wanted to simplify my life. I got off boards, I downsized the way I lived. I had to because I wasn’t going to be in a huge house. I really looked forward to the basic things: my children and my good friends,” she says over tea and berries in the Lobby restaurant at the Peninsula hotel. Ms. Jordan, who lives in the exclusive Kingsbury Estates section of River North, talks about life after her high-profile marriage and one of the most expensive divorces on record. She received a $168 million settlement.
What she thought she would do:
“I thought I’d open my own business,” she says. “But it was important for me to remain in my kids’ lives as much as possible, even through college. And that required a lot of time.” So she has kept her real estate license active and focused on helping her children settle into adult life.
The Jordans’ oldest son, Jeffrey, lives in Portland, Ore., where he’s entered Nike Inc.’s management-training program. Younger son Marcus is in Florida, hoping to open a fashion boutique. Both played college ball and dreamed of going pro.
“They wanted to be like their dad. What boy doesn’t?” Ms. Jordan says. “But they both got to a point where they said, ‘We’re not going to the NBA.’ “ That they were able to walk away from No. 23′s shadow is due much to their mother, who early on pushed her children to establish their own identities.
“When they were growing up, most coaches wanted them to wear No. 23. I insisted that they not do that. It was important to me,” says Ms. Jordan, whom friends describe as a humble woman who hasn’t forgotten her South Side roots. “I wanted to make sure that their skills were going to be what they made them and that it was based on how hard they worked.”
It’s Jasmine, the youngest Jordan child, who will follow her dad. She is wrapping up her last year at Syracuse University and will join Mr. Jordan in the office of the Charlotte Bobcats, where he’s an owner.
Ms. Jordan says she and Mr. Jordan still talk. “Mostly our conversations are about the children. I don’t remember him saying, ‘By the way, I’m getting married,’ ” she says, chuckling at the thought. “Divorce was certainly new to me. I had to learn that you have to communicate. That it’s not about you or your ex-partner. It’s about making sure the children are all right.”
Now that they are, Ms. Jordan has time for Bikram yoga, collecting art—modern works primarily by African-American artists—and travel. France, Italy and London are favorite spots. She remains on the board of Reel Beauty Inc., a Chicago-based nonprofit that mentors teen girls. And she’s starting a foundation to fund programs that benefit the arts and children.
Ms. Jordan says she’s inspired by the personal stories of Hillary Clinton, the late Jackie Kennedy and broadcast legend Oprah Winfrey, “women who have gone through adversity and come out of it, maybe not unscathed,” she says, “but without bitterness.”
Ms. Jaunita is DEFINITELY the one who would have story to tell if she wanted to air Jordan out, but see she kept it classy…and we rarely see or hear a peep out of her. Of course Michael didn’t tell her that she was getting married, I mean would she have cared? Maybe, but he could of still given her the respect. But in all seriousness give me a divorce settlement like that and I would not be giving a damn either. He can get out and go to hell, as long as he leaves that checkbook! Enjoy your heauxs, because I will enjoy your Benjamin’s TRICK!