Shaquille O’Neal helping ‘Hawk Tuah’ girl ‘deal with fame’ after partying together in Nashville

Shaquille O’Neal is helping “Hawk Tuah” girl Hailey Welch learn how to navigate her newfound fame, Page Six can confirm.

Sources told TMZ on Thursday that the NBA legend, 52, got candid with the viral sensation, 21, about “how to deal with fame” while they partied together in Nashville, Tenn., earlier this week.

O’Neal allegedly told her to “keep a smart team around because people will come out of the woodwork to try to take advantage of her.”

Welch opened up to the retired NBA star about “some of the hateful comments” she received after her viral video in which she talked about oral sex and coined the phrase “Hawk Tuah.”

However, O’Neal assured her that she would be fine as long as she “paid[s] the haters don’t matter at all because none of them actually know her.”

Welch’s rep tells Page Six Thursday, “He was extremely gracious, kind and caring in realizing that Hailey was dealing with a lot of unnecessary hate.

“She didn’t ask to be famous. Shaq is definitely part of the squad “Protecting the Hawks against the Vultures.”

According to TMZ, the unlikely duo chatted for “about an hour” at Sunday night’s event and Welch now thinks of the “Inside the NBA” host as “a friend and someone who really cares about her.”

O’Neal cemented their friendship by bringing the young woman into the DJ booth at Jon Bon Jovi’s new restaurant and rooftop bar, JBJ’s Nashville.

Fans shared several videos of the sports analyst playing his set while the influencer stood by him and danced the night away.

At one point, Welch held the microphone and let out his signature “Hawk Tuah” saying as the crowd erupted. Both O’Neal and Welch shared photos from their outing on social media afterward.

Welch’s meeting with the athlete happened after she went on stage with Zach Bryan during his concert in Nashville, where she sang part of her hit song “Revival” and again shouted “Hawk Tuah!”

The overnight sensation took full advantage of her viral moment and sold hats and other merchandise after signing with a talent agency.

Reps for O’Neal and Welch did not return Page Six’s requests for comment.

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