Montana Yao has filed for divorce from husband Malik Beasley after photos of him holding hands with Larsa Pippen have gone viral.
On Thursday, a source told “E! News” that Yao has filed documents to split from the Minnesota Timberwolves player with whom she shares infant son Makai.
“Montana filed for a divorce the day she saw the photos,” the insider said. “Montana never cheated, and it’s not in her character. She’s not dating anybody. She’s a family person. She’s focusing on taking care of her son with her parents. They are quarantining together. Her son is her first priority.”
Earlier this week, numerous outlets posted photos of Beasley and Pippen holding hands while walking around a Miami shopping area on November 23.
Yao then released a statement on Instagram Story, confirming she did not know about her husband’s outing with Pippen until she saw the photos.
“Wow… I don’t even know this man,” the model wrote. “This is wild y’all I’m seeing it for the first time just like y’all.”
On Tuesday, The Shade Room reported that Yao retained a lawyer and had plans to file for divorce.
In response to the controversy, Pippen, who is estranged from husband Scottie Pippen, cryptically wrote Wednesday on IG Story, “Don’t always trust what you see on social media. Even salt looks like sugar.”
However, an “E! News” source that day claimed that Beasley and Pippen “have been texting for weeks now and had been making several plans to see each other.”
While the insider claimed Pippen knew Beasley was married, the source said Beasley “played it off that him and Montana were having issues and ending their marriage.”
“She thought Malik was in the process of ending his marriage and she wasn’t doing anything wrong by hanging out with him,” the source said. “Larsa and Malik are still in touch and are planning to see each other again when the news blows over.”
Additionally on Tuesday, The Shade Room posted reported screenshots in which Beasley appears to ask Pippen out by commenting on an older IG photo.
Per “E! News,” Beasley and Yao met in 2018, and tied the knot in March 2020.