Who is Brandi Maxiell?
American TV personality and celebrity spouse Brandi Maxiell was born under the zodiac sign Gemini on 21 May 1983, in Dallas, Texas USA. She’s perhaps known best for starring in 27 episodes of the reality show “Basketball Wives”, which has been airing since 2010, and today also stars Shaunie O’Neal, Evelyn Lozada and Jennifer Williams. It follows the lives of wives, former wives and girlfriends of famous basketball players.
Brandi’s known for being the wife of Jason Dior Maxiell, an American former professional basketball player who was born only a couple of months before Brandi, and who played for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 2005 through 2013; Jason retired on 4 August 2017.
— Brandi Maxiell (@BrandiMaxiell) May 8, 2015
Education and early life
Brandi was raised in Dallas by her mother Terri and stepfather whose name hasn’t been revealed; it’s widely believed that Brandi’s father abandoned her and her mother not long after she was born, but this is yet to be addressed by Brandi. As she’s yet to talk about having siblings, most of Brandi’s fans believe her to be an only child.
She studied at a local high school in Dallas, and was passionate about a number of activities while there, as she took dance and acting lessons, played various sports and practiced creative writing; it’s believed that Brandi was a cheerleader too, although this hasn’t been confirmed by her.
She matriculated in 2001, and then enrolled at the University of Northern Texas, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2005 (some sources mistakenly claim in 2007); Brandi then spent a couple of years working various jobs to financially support herself, prior to marrying Jason and focusing on being a housewife.
Brandi’s first TV appearance was in a 2010 episode of the biographical documentary show “E! True Hollywood Story”, which has been airing since 1996 and today stars Beng Spies, Chip Bolcik and Phil Crowley. The show aims to cover the lives of various celebrities, and it’s won five of its 13 award nominations.
The year 2014 saw her appear in an episode of the popular musical comedy talk-show “The Arsenio Hall Show”, which was co-hosted by Arsenio, Alex Al and Robin DiMaggio, and featured various African-American celebrities being interviewed; the show was nominated for a 2014 Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series.
In 2016, Brandi appeared in both the documentary news TV special “Tie the Knot at the Grove: Opening Night” and an episode of the talk-show “Access Daily”.
From 2014 through 2016, she appeared in 40 episodes of the reality show “Basketball Wives LA”, starring alongside Draya Michele, Jackie Christie and Malaysia Pargo, and which followed the lives of women who’ve been with professional basketball players.
Brandi’s only other TV appearance has been in a 2018 episode of the talk-show “Iyanla, Fix My Life”, which has been airing since 2012, and stars Iyanla Vanzant, Detective Doc and Dinorah Nieves; it follows the work of American author, talk-show host and inspirational speaker Iyanla.
Brandi’s active on a couple of social media networks and is today followed by over 820,000 people on Instagram; she’s uploaded 140 pictures and videos, with most featuring her during her everyday life, whether she’s spending time with her husband and son, preparing delicious food for her family or showing off her large breasts.
Brandi’s tweeted more than 11,000 times since the creation of her Twitter account in July 2009, and over 130,000 people are following her on the network today; most of her posts are about her everyday life, and she occasionally shares the same pictures as onto her Instagram account.
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Brandi’s also active on TikTok; all her videos combined number nearly 170,000 likes and she’s followed by over 10,000 people on this network. Most of her content features her spending time with her son, promoting her cookbook and preparing food.
Brandi’s Facebook page ‘Brandi Duncan-Maxiell’ is today followed by only a few over 150 people; her most recent update was on 5 November 2023, when she shared a video featuring her preparing nachos for her husband and son.
Love life and marriage
Brandi’s quite open when it comes to speaking about her love life in public, and we know a number of details about her marriage with Jason Maxiell.
The two met while attending high school, and exchanged vows in a large ceremony on 1 August 2010, attended by their many friends and family members. Brandi had previously been diagnosed with ovarian cancer aged 24 in 2007, but she was declared cancer-free in the following year; she still struggled to become pregnant in the following two years, and even visited a specialist to see whether the cancer had left her infertile.
In November 2011, Brandi gave birth to her and Jason’s son; the boy’s recently undergone open heart surgery, and is currently in recovery.
In September 2018, Jason revealed that he had been with nearly 350 women, and that he’d cheated on Brandi with over 50; it was widely believed that this would lead to Jason and Brandi’s divorce, but they were able to reconcile.
There are no other men whom Brandi’s perhaps been with, that we know about; she’s married to Jason Maxiell as of December 2023 and has a son with him.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Most of Brandi’s fans believe that she’s enhanced her breasts, but she’s yet to address these rumors.
She’s passionate about travelling, and has been to various US states; she travelled often while her husband was still actively playing basketball, as she attended most of his games. The two have also been to a couple of European and Asian countries, and Paris in France is Brandi’s dream travel destination.
She’s interested in fashion and often reads fashion magazines; Brandi buys new clothes nearly every day.
One of her favorite actresses is Sanaa Lathan, and a couple of her favorite movies are “The Perfect Guy”, “The Best Man” and “Out of Time”.
Age, height and net worth
Brandi’s age is 40. She’s 5ft 9ins (1.77m) tall, weighs around 150lbs (68kgs) and has brown hair and eyes.
Brandi’s net worth’s been estimated at over $2 million, part of which comes from her business Brandi Maxiell cosmetics.