• Montana Yao and Malik Beasley first met in 2018, though it is unclear when they got married
  • They share a son named Makai Joseph Beasley, whom they welcomed in March 2019
  • Larsa Pippen and the NBA star were spotted holding hands at a mall in November

Larsa Pippen and NBA player Malik Beasley made headlines after they were spotted walking hand-in-hand at a Miami mall. However, the Minnesota Timberwolves guard is currently married to Montana Yao, who has filed for divorce.

After photos of Pippen, 46, and Beasley, 24, surfaced, Yao, 23, expressed her disappointment in her husband on social media. Reports then claimed that the model filed for divorce shortly after news of Beasley's affair broke. So who is the NBA star’s estranged wife?

Beauty Queen

Although she gained massive attention due to her husband's cheating scandal, Yao is no stranger to the spotlight. Beasley’s estranged wife was a beauty queen and was Miss Malibu Teen USA in 2016, Page Six reported.

Yao was also made it to the top 10 in the Miss California Teen USA 2016 pageant.

Family Life

Beasley met Yao two years before he was spotted with Pippen. However, it remains unknown when they got married.

Beasley and his wife welcomed their first child, Makai Joseph Beasley, in March 2019. The California native has always been a doting mother to their son, who usually pops up on her Instagram.

“I love you more than words can express! I would kill and die for you 100X over. Thank you for giving my life sooooo much more meaning and purpose!!!!! WHAT WAS LIFE BEFORE YOU!!!!!!! MY HEART IN HUMAN FORM!!” Yao captioned a series of photos of her and their son.

Mixed Heritage

Yao is multiracial, having been born to a father who is of Chinese descent and a mother who is of English, Irish and German descent, according to her website.

Love For Basketball

Even before meeting Beasley, Yao has always had a passion for basketball, which she got from her father, whose favorite team is the Lakers. In 2017, she took her dad to a game to watch the team play.

“It was such a great experience and feeling to finally be able to treat my Daddy to something so special! Love you Daddy!!” Yao captioned the video.


Aside from modeling, Yao also gained exposure on social media due to her rap videos, her profile revealed. After posting her first rap video on Instagram in 2016, her clips have since gained over 10 million views.

Run-In With The Law

Beasley and Yao were charged with fifth-degree drug possession after two pounds of marijuana were found in their home in September.

Malik Beasley
Malik Beasley #25 of the Denver Nuggets dribbles with the ball in the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers during a preseason game at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 08, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Abbie Parr/Getty Images