- Imani Showalter is an American woman who became famous for being romantically involved with former NBA player, Stephen Jackson
- Her relationship with the basketball player ended after he ditched her on the altar even after having two children together
- She has been rumored to have been in a relationship with Gospel singer and pastor, Marvin Sapp
Imani Showalter is an American reality TV star, who came to the limelight for being the ex-fiancee of former NBA player, Stephen Jackson, who was ditched at the altar on the day of their wedding in 2005. She is a mother of 3, Taylor, Stephen Jackson Jr, and Kai whom she lost.
The mother of 2 has been romantically linked to Grammy-nominated Gospel singer, Pastor Marvin Sapp, who lost his wife to colon cancer in 2009. However, they have both denied the claims and revealed they are just good friends.
Who is Imani Showalter?
Melissa Imani Showalter is an American reality TV star. She was born on February 11, 1983. That is about all there is to know about her as she keeps details about herself and her family private.
However, she mentioned her mother in an Instagram post celebrating her birthday. Her mother’s name is Georgia Showalter. Unfortunately, that is all there is to know about her family. Similarly, she has not revealed details about her childhood and education.
Prior to her fame, she worked as an executive assistant and even joined an all-girl music group in New York. Unfortunately, they did not release any music even after being signed by a US-based record label.
Imani Showalter is a mom of 3 but she lost her first son before 2017. She posted a picture of him in 2017, stating that he would have been turning 21 at the time. His paternity nor the situation surrounding his death are unknown. However, it is known that she had him prior to her relationship with former NBA Player, Stephen Jackson.
She has 2 other children, whom she had with Basketball player, Stephen Jackson. Her first is Taylor, a high school graduate, and Stephen Jackson Jr., a basketball player.
The mother of 2 has appeared in the inaugural season of Basketball Wives: LA, in August 2011. It is a show that documents the lives of women who have been romantically linked to basketball players.
Imani Showalter’s Relationship With Stephen Jackson
Stephen Jackson is a former NBA player who has played for many clubs including New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers, and Milwaukee Bucks. He was born on April 5, 1978, in Houston, Texas.
Imani was in a romantic relationship with the basketball player. They met in New York and dated for about 2 years before Stephen was transferred to Atlanta to play for the Atlanta Hawks.
The relationship got to the point where the duo got engaged. Sadly, it didn’t live long to go beyond an engagement as the former NBA player stood her up at the altar on the day of their wedding.
The couple shares two children from their relationship that lasted for over a decade.
One might wonder what would cause a relationship that lasted for so long to end just like that. Well, 15 years after the event, Stephen Jackson revealed that he ditched Imani at the altar because she refused to sign their pre-nuptial agreement which was sent to her at least 3-4 months before the wedding.
Imani on the other hand claimed that they never discussed the terms of the pre-nuptial agreement and contrary to his claims that they created it together, she revealed he created the document with his mother, and it was sent to her 2 weeks before the wedding and not 3-4 as the basketballer claimed. She posted pictures of the document to prove her point.
Imani revealed that the former NBA player mistreated her during their dating period and was a bad father to their kids, during and after the relationship.
Has the Celebrity ex-Girlfriend Dated Anyone Since the Former NBA Player?
Years after her split from the former NBA player, Stephen Jackson, Imani was alleged to have been in a relationship with award-winning gospel singer and pastor, Marvin Sapp. Sapp lost his wife, Malinda Sapp to colon cancer in 2009, and has been single ever since.
The preacher is the co-founder of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The duo was said to have met in Los Angeles while Sapp was being a judge on the “How Sweet the Sound” choir competition at the Staples Center. They exchanged numbers and a week later, Imani flew to Grand Rapids, Michigan to visit his church.
However, Sapp revealed that Imani was just a good friend and nothing more. Aside from the pastor, she has not been linked to any other person.