When she was just 6 months old, Shauna was diagnosed with brain cancer. Luckily, chemotherapy saved her life, but it also affected her pituitary gland, which was "rendered almost dormant," irrevocably stunting her growth.
As viewers learn more about Shauna, who has pituitary dwarfism, they get an inside look at what her life is like today. Many are wondering whether the 23-year-old has a boyfriend. Keep reading for what we know about Shauna Rae's romantic life.
Does Shauna Rae have a boyfriend?
TLC's I Am Shauna Rae chronicles Shauna's life at home with her parents and two sisters in Pennsylvania. Audiences are invited into Shauana's life as the show documents her daily struggles of looking like a child while asserting her adult independence to buy a drink, get a tattoo, take a pole-dancing class, and go on dates.
Speaking of dating, is there a special someone in Shauna's life these days? It appears the TLC star is currently single — although she has been casually dating a man named Dan.
"Me and Shauna are still just good friends getting to know each other," he clarified on Instagram on Jan. 22, 2023, for those who had been wondering.
Shauna Rae went on several dates with Dan on Season 2 of 'I Am Shauna Rae.'
In Season 2 of her TLC series, Shauna's meet-ups with a man she met online was featured. "I've been talking to this guy named Dan recently, and we've been talking for a bit," she said on the show. "And he's actually visited once before, but this is the first time we'll be hanging out this long — and this will also be the first time he's meeting my mom."
Shauna's mom Patty and step-dad Mark definitely had some questions for Dan while he was making sushi at their house. They asked Dan, who loves to travel, if he would expect Shauna to tag along with him if they started dating.
"I think traveling will always be a big part of my life," Dan said. "So I'll always be going somewhere ... One thing I'd love to give to Shauna is the ability to see the world and different cultures, different places. So I'd love to show her somewhere amazing around the world."
After some rapid-fire questioning, however, Mark seemingly approved of Dan.
"I think Dan would be a really good match for Shauna because he's very smart, adventurous — and Shauna's smart, not very adventurous," he said. "I think that he could pull her out of the comfort zone but still make her feel safe."
Viewers saw Dan a handful of other times in Season 2 — and he later addressed the backlash some had about his hanging out with Shauna.
Shauna has dated other men on 'I Am Shauna Rae.'
On the TLC series, viewers have watched some of Shauna's dates on screen. They saw Shauna meet a blind date who initially thought he was being "punk'd" due to her appearance.
"My romantic life kind of sucks. I think I've dated, like, seven people," she admitted. "I attract creeps, a--holes, you know, like the typical quote-unquote bad boy, and idiots."
Speaking with People, she expanded on what she looks for in a man. "I have to have in-person conversations before we even think about going on a date. I have to know how this person reacts in public areas. I have to know if they're going to deal with all the issues I have because I can't date someone unless they can take all of that on," she said. "And that's a lot to ask of someone."
In Season 2, Shauna went on a promising date with a man named Thomas.
In the Season 2 premiere of I Am Shauna Rae, she went on a date with a volunteer firefighter named Thomas who also has pituitary dwarfism. The two met via a matchmaker which leads to a pretty adorable blind date at the firehouse.
"I'm a little nervous, but at the same time am super excited to meet someone who's gone through something very similar to me," Shauna says before meeting Thomas. "I'm interested to see the similarities and the differences."
Initially, Shauna is concerned about the fact that Thomas, at 4-foot-8, is nearly a foot taller than her. But their differences don't stop there, and Shauna hopes viewers will see that a shared diagnosis is not enough to make a romantic connection.
"I kinda did feel like I was on a firehouse tour versus a date," she says.
Despite what they didn't have in common, the pair bonded over their life goals such as hoping to someday be homeowners. In a very touching moment, Thomas and Shauna revealed the ways in which people have treated them unkindly due to their disability. Thomas told Shauna that he doesn't let the cruelty of others define him, which she found to be incredibly inspiring.
I Am Shauna Rae airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on TLC and on the Discovery Plus app.