During a recent episode of the couple’s Separation Anxiety podcast, the 49-year-old said she felt “traumatized” and “embarrassed” by the NBA icon’s comments.
As Blavity previously covered, TMZ paparazzi caught up with the basketball legend and asked him if he approved of the relationship between his son and the ex-wife of his former teammate. His response was a resounding “no.”
During their discussion about this disfavor, Marcus admitted that he thought his father’s response was funny and was possibly influenced by tequila.
Pippin didn’t see the humor in the situation.
“You thought it was funny,” Pippen told Jordan. “I didn’t think it was funny. There is nothing funny about it. … I kinda felt like it went everywhere, and I was kind of embarrassed.”
“I think people started to think that online they were saying that I was lying — that I lied and said that our parents are fine because I was doing interviews and saying both of our families are fine,” she continued.
During a recent interview on The Tamron Hall Show, the former Real Housewives of Miami cast member stated that she and Jordan’s parents were “in a good space.”
Pippen then voiced her assumptions of why Michael would disapprove of her relationship with his 32-year-old son. She stated his discomfort could stem from Michael and her ex-husband, Scottie Pippen, being teammates for over 10 seasons with the Chicago Bulls. She said, “They have their own relationship.”
“But it probably is awkward for my ex [Scottie Pippen] and your dad because they have their own relationship or whatever it was,” she said. “I wasn’t a part of that, you weren’t a part of that. So I feel like for them, it probably is weird. It probably is weird for your dad. I can’t be mad. I understand. … Oh my god, I was traumatized. I was like what are we going to do, people think I lied.”
While Pippen was uneasy about how the press was received, Marcus assured her that his father didn’t have an issue with their relationship. He told her that his father had reached out multiple times after his viral moment to clear any misconceptions. Marcus mentioned that his father didn’t want to fuel the narrative of their relationship being a way to “get back” at his ex-teammate.
He said, “We obviously talked to both of our parents and we had their approval. I think he was making a joke and it got blown out of proportion. … If you don’t know who my dad is at his core, then it could be taken the wrong way.”
Marcus added that maybe his dad would “comment again” one day to clear things up for naysayers.
The couple’s discussion of the issue during the podcast left Pippen in a better place. “I feel good right now,” she said. “I feel like we talked it through.”