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When Michael Jordan realized his girlfriend was dating him because of fame “It got tired in five, six days. I could see it."

When you're the best basketball player in the world, people will run after you and even try to use you.

When Michael Jordan reached all-time fame status during the peak of his prime, he too was a victim of being used for his status. After all, when you're the best basketball player in the world, people will run after you and even try to use you. That's also why MJ admitted that he hates going out in public because he turns into a nasty person when his privacy is invaded.

One of the first times Mike realized that people were after his fame was through his ex-girlfriend, who he admitted only dated him for his assets.

No time for fake love

In a well-written profile interview for GQ Magazine in 1989, Jordan opened up about his past relationships and how he realized that women were dating him not for love but the money. After just ending his relationship with Robin Givens (who Jordan reportedly dated in 1989), the actress went on to marry professional boxer (at that time) Mike Tyson. In 1988, Given and Tyson's relationship went turbulent and drew horrible media attention, as well as the divorce.

Jordan found out about the news when he was in his limo on the way home from an event with his current girlfriend. As he was reading the newspaper that narrated the messy breakup between Tyson and Givens, Jordan realized that he had dodged a bullet.

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"It got tired in five, six days," Jordan told GQ Magazine's David Breskin." I could see it." He could see she wasn't dating men—she was dating growth industries. "Right now," he says, "I don't trust no one except my mother," Jordan added.

Jordan lost a lot of money because of women

Currently, MJ is married to Yvette Prieto, with whom he has been together for 9 years. Before Prieto, he married Juanita Vanoy, but they divorced after 17 years of marriage. After divorcing due to irreconcilable differences, Jordan's ex-wife received a $168 million settlement, known as the most expensive divorce settlement of all time in the entertainment industry. Aside from the money, Vonoy also got the rights to own his seven-acre mansion in Chicago.

So if Jordan is asked whether or not he trusts women today, the 6-time champion will probably give the same answer back in 1989. It's difficult to trust people around you when you're a global icon, especially if you're the greatest basketball player of all time.

At the very least, at least Mike will always have his loving mother, Deloris, on his side — the only women he trusts in this world. 

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