The Celebreality Interview – Royce Reed

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Even if Royce didn’t come to Basketball Wives with her own built-in controversy as the mother of Dwight Howard’s son and sometime viral video star, it probably would have found her. Since the first episode, Royce has been a lightening rod, igniting backstabbing, flip-flopping and general chatter with her free spirit, straight talk and provocative dance moves. Below, she talks to us about her reputation, show drama, being there to make friends (and not), hobnobbing with ball players and her level of devotion to her charity work.

What do you think of the show?

It’s definitely different than what I expected it to be, but Shaunie warned us all of that. She said, “Look, this could be a really positive show, or it could be full of drama. It depends on what you’re dealing with, it depends on what you say.” It’s a reality show, it’s real. It’s kind of like your life being put on blast. You can’t get mad at something you do or something you say, because you said it and you did it. It is what it is.

How does the show differ from your expectations?

I went in thinking we were going to be a group of women who got to know each other and were there for each other. I think there’s certain things that come out looking positive, but then of course you also have your drama. It’s just like real life. In real life you’re thrown into things that you never thought you’d be thrown into. When people say things like, “It’s scripted,” or, “They set this up,” it’s really not that. Yeah, they say, “You’re all going to dinner,” but what we talk about, what we do, what we say, that’s us.

When your name was coming out of everyone’s mouth as soon as the show started, I thought, “OK, we have our star.” Did you get that sense?

I didn’t want stardom as a result of a pool party. I don’t want it to be because of the way I was dancing. If I broke out, I wanted it to be about something different. But, again, if I didn’t want that to be seen, then I shouldn’t have done it. Hindsight is 20/20, and when I look back on it, at least I have a memory that I can show my little one when he gets older and be like, “You know what? Mommy did some crazy things and I’m not going to hide this from you, but learn from my mistakes.” I still had fun, so I’m not going to say that I regretted it or I’m ashamed of it, because it’s not that. Did I take it too far? Yes. Do I regret it? No. You learn from it and you move on.

Evelyn, Jennifer and Suzie called you out on that incident almost immediately. Did you feel like they were ganging up on you?

I was shocked. I was a little bit hurt because the day after the pool party everyone was still OK with it. Then two days after, when it hit the Internet and it started getting all this backlash, I kind of did feel like I was thrown under the bus. I just had to realize even though I’ve known these girls for eight months or whatever, we were never friends. It wasn’t a situation where I should have expected these girls to hold me and give me a hug and say, “It’s OK, we know you didn’t mean it that way.”

Did you buy their story about guilt by association — that your behavior might reflect badly on them?

I think they felt like that in the beginning, but now they realize after getting a lot of backlash for certain things they say or they do on the show, that it’s kind of like they were the pot calling the kettle black. I’m like, “Remember? Y’all were telling me what not to do and what not to say, but now y’all getting a taste of it.” Now they’re calling me saying, “I don’t know how you’ve dealt with this because I’m having a hard time not cursing people out!”

Are you specifically referring to the pictures of Evelyn?

No, I’m just saying in general. The whole thing with the pictures of Evelyn, I think is an effed up situation. I have no idea how I would react if something like happened to me, because I think it’s totally on a different level than me dancing at a pool party. She’s definitely standing strong, because I would probably be a hermit in Hermitville somewhere. I can’t imagine something like that happening to me. I commend her on the way she reacted to it, and I’m just wowed.

When Evelyn, Jennifer and Suzie informed you that Gloria might not be as cool with you as you were with her, did you feel that they genuinely thought you should know what was up, or did you feel like they were just trying to stir up drama?

I know a lot of people are saying, “They were just trying to stir up drama, they were trying to start something when they’ve been talking about Royce since the first episode, blah blah blah.” If you look online, there’s actually a video of Evelynn and I where we had lunch together, and I told her my issues with her, she told me her issues with me. Evelyn never pretended to be my friend and she said it all to my face. Same thing with Jen, although she did reach out and we did the whole makeover thing. And I never have a problem with Suzie. With Gloria and I, things were different. Gloria and I went cake-tasting for her wedding, we had dinner, we talked on the phone all the time. We were actually being cool. We were talking about taking the kids on play dates to theme parks, so for her to have that conversation on the phone with Jen that I never knew about, and for her to basically deny us having any type of relationship and being cool with each other, I felt like she was doing it because she was trying to become friends with them. She threw me under the bus. I totally understand where she’s coming from when she talks about Matt and his camaraderie and his teammate thing. However, when it came to just us, she was so down for hanging out. When I see her interviews, I’m like, “Are you kidding me?” That’s the part I thought was really fake. If you don’t like me, just say you don’t like me.

Are you that straightforward? Would you admit to disliking Gloria?

I cannot tell you anybody that I just absolutely hate. I can name like two people that I really dislike, but I can’t even really say that I just dislike Gloria. I never knew her well enough to say that she was a friend, or anything more than an associate. She was an associate, but I thought she was straight. I thought she was cool. For me to say that I don’t like her would make it seem like she was my friend or something like that, but it was never that. It’s just I don’t do Gloria. If I see her I’ll be cordial. Maybe. But outside of that, she was an associate. So no sleep lost, no love lost, it was an associate and that’s it.

Do you get angry when you hear the stuff Gloria has said about you?

Seeing it just makes me feel stupid. I’m not even going to lie, it makes me feel dumb. I really felt like Gloria was going to be that real chick, and she was going to be the one that I was going to be closest to.

It seemed like the dividing line was when you were talking about associating with the players as a dancer. She kind of took exception to that and thought you were being flip.

Gloria and I had talked about that outside that dinner, and she said she was good. We were talking how it’s cool in high school for the football player to be with the cheerleader and the basketball player to be with the dancer, but when you get in a professional setting, it’s the complete opposite. Now we’re become groupies or gold diggers or whatever. My thing is, look, this is our job. If you fall in love, you fall in love. Nobody’s going to tell me that I can’t be with the person who has my heart. I know that at some jobs you can’t date a co-worker, but people do it all the time. Someone may end up losing their job, but they live happily ever after. No, I didn’t get the happily ever after, but I got a relationship that was completely happy with for a couple of years, and that I would not take that away from myself for anything. We got the best blessing out of it, which is our little boy, and I have no hatred towards him. I get angry about the situation that’s out there right now, but I can’t change that. You deal with what you have to deal with. But for her to sit there and act like that’s the turning point for her, it was not. If it was, then why was she calling me the next day and why were we talking even after that conversation about, “Let’s hang out, let’s have play dates, let’s go shopping, let’s do this, let’s work together on some events,” you know?

I kind of felt like there was an implication that you fooled around with guys that were attached?

Absolutely not. I’ve dated one basketball player, period. I’ve only been with one basketball player, period. And that’s my son’s father. All these rumors that go around…I heard that I had a relationship with Dwyane Wade. I’ve met that dude one time in ’07, I was three months pregnant, and I took a picture for him. After I took the picture he held out his hand to say, “What’s up? Thank you.” And that was it. That’s the only time I’ve ever come that close in contact with him. So for that to go around is ridiculous. I don’t how people come up with stuff, but I don’t lose sleep over it because I know what’s true and the people involved know what’s true. It is what it is.

Is it flattering at all to have your name in so many people’s mouths all the time?

I don’t know if it’d say it’s flattering. It definitely makes me relevant. Definitely it’s what put me on the show. So I’ll be thankful for that. I know there are a lot of people that are mad I’m on the show, and I’m like, “Well you should have kept my name out of your mouth!”

What about the other women? Do you like them?

I actually do like Jen, Evelynn and Suzie, Erika and obviously Shaunie. There’s different types of associates that you have in your life. You have different kinds of friends. Evelyn is that girl that if she doesn’t like you, she is going to tell you straight up, she does not care about your feelings at all. Suzie is that girl that you can party with until the sun comes up. If I need someone to talk to and cry on someone’s shoulder and not feel like I’m a wimp or something, that’s Jen. Granted if we never taped this show, I probably would have never become friends with these girls or even associates, but I’m happy that I did. Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, we’re actually all really, really cool.

What’d you think about Evelyn and Suzie questioning your motives for wanting to volunteer at the homeless shelter on this week’s episode?

I didn’t know that’s how they felt about that at the time, but if they felt like I had an ulterior motive, then that’s sad. I work with a lot of charitable organizations, but I don’t do that so people see that Royce is a part of it. I don’t do things to tag my name to it. The whole soup kitchen thing, I do that back at home. I go just to go. I don’t tell people that I’m going so I can have cameras in my face. Every month even, I ride down certain streets in Orlando and I’ll just give somebody $50. If you walk with me in Orlando sometimes, they know me because I just go talk to people. It’s something that keeps me grounded. I’m not into big charities where you have to go and spend a thousand dollars a plate and go to Africa or something. I don’t do that. I’m the one that when the commercial comes on TV like, “Adopt this child, send $10 a month and you’re helping a child,” I’m that person. I was really shocked that they would think that I had ulterior motives. I thought they had fun. I thought they would get something out of it.

When you danced at Evelyn’s birthday, that was through with your own company, right?

Yes, Fantashique. It’s primarily a burlesque dance company, but that’s not all we do. I have to concentrate on something so burlesque is what we concentrate on, but we also do weddings and we do churches also, and we do birthday parties. We’re trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, modern, all that. We do a lot of clubs, but I don’t want people to think that’s all we do.

With all of the drama that you went through on the show, did you come out of it happy?

Yeah! I came out of the show very happy. I was proud of myself, and I stayed true to Royce. I made my mistakes, I learned from them, I moved past them. I didn’t say stuff that I thought sounded good, because I believe that people can see through B.S., and I believe that people can tell when you’re just trying to be politically correct. If that’s not how I feel, then that’s not how I’m going to say I feel. I kept it real and I was Royce 100 percent of the time, so what you see is what you get.

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  1. Jack says:

    I am in love with Royce on the show she is amazing!

  2. Dorthy Murphy says:

    Royce should watch Evelyn. She is so fake. She was making faces behind Royce’s back when they hugged after working at the homeless shelter. I thought Evelyn was cool when the show first started, but she tends to think she’s better than the other ladies. Keep you eyes open Royce.

  3. Tisha says:

    First of all, I want to say I love the show. Its a great show. Jen if you knew what you was getting yourself into then why do it! Was it about the benjamins or what? Royce, girl the )%#(*~#^@(^%#`**! es always saying something behind your back. Handle yours! Gloria keep up the good work, let those )%#(*~#^@(^%#`**! es have it. Its none of there business if your sister did or did not dated Shaq. If anybody has a problem with that it should be Shaunie and she should say something to Shaq or your sister. Not you. Evelyn, when you throw a birthday and someone picks a fight with another guess be a woman and intervene. Because it was your day and those women should have respect for you. You should of told them to kick rocks and went back to partying. thank YOu for your time.

  4. AreUSerious says:

    Royce!!!!! Girlllllllllll lol As being the youngest, honey I’m afraid you have more common sense than the rest of them. I love the charity work you do and it was very nice of you and involve the others although one them was too ungrateful and stuck on themself to embrace the whole experience! So what you do a lil booty poppin here and there…you are young and you still got it and it’s not like you are strippin in a dirty club for $50 a night you have respect for yourself…so on that note…DO YOU!

  5. blakin1 says:

    YOU DID YOU WHICH THAT’S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO FORGET THE REST. BUT WHERE IS SHAUNIE IN ALL THIS…IM STILL WAITING ON HER TO POP UP, MAYBE I MISSED IT HMM…

  6. Skrilla says:

    Great interview, Rich!

  7. cookedfood says:

    Royce, after this interview, I like you even more. I hope you and Dwight will soon see eye to eye with regards to your son. Keep it positive, seek GOD’s gudance first and remember, everything you two as parents do from this point on must be for the good of your son. Blessings!

  8. Ms. V says:

    Royce you are dumb to be friends with any of the other ladies. Honey they don’t like you. None of them. Jen you need to build your self-esteem up baby. That man don’t give a damn about you. It’s a front dear. Money ain’t everything. When you die and he dies it will not pay your way in heaven or out of hell. Evelyn the lush. Not many words for you except you get back what you give in relationships and friendship. Susie you and Ev 2 birds or a feather that flock together. Word for you 2 starts with a B—ends with a H. Gloria do your thang girls. You have more class and finesse then all of them. Stay away b4 they try sleeping with your dude.

  9. Debrico says:

    Royce & Gloria are my favorites amongst the show. Jennifer, Evelyn & Suzie are messy hoes who like to start crap because their bored with their own lame lies.

  10. adrian says:

    Another example of how money can’t buy class ladies! The episode where one of the wives throws a drink in another woman’s face…..TRASHY!!!!! Jennifer, how can you accept your husband and his cheating ways??? Are the perks of being a basketball wife worth it? Don’t complain if you know he is unfaithful because you deserve it!!! Maybe you should take some of that money and go get an education, oh and classes in etiquette.

  11. SHAWN says:

    I LOVE WATCHING THIS SHOW. ROYCE IS MY FAVORITE ONE. I FEEL THAT THEY ARE TO HARD ON ROYCE AT TIMES. I FEEL LIKE IF THEY DON’T LIKE ROYCE WHY BE FAKE HELL TELL HER TO HER FACE NOT OVER THE PHONE TO SOMEONE ELSE. THAT IS SO FAKE TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE GROWN WOMEN. I FEEL ROYCE NEED TO LOSE ALL OF THEM CAUSE THEY ARE SO FAKE.

  12. myron says:

    I think all the girls should shut up sit back and take chill pill because all that arguing with each other is so wack,ya’ll act like money makes you crasier.try not haveing a basketball player then argue about that.

  13. myron says:

    ps ROYCE keep doing what cha doing just keep it sexy. you know how people think.

  14. Steph says:

    I like Royce and at one time I like Gloria too, I just can’t stand when people are phony just to save face. Those other ones wake up Royce they pick out things that you do to make themselves look better. The way they walk around like they have so much class please! Evelyn erks me the most phony a$$ and Jen please oh please sit down somewhere. I listen to you say this man cheated on you before you got married. Did you really think it would change after you married? You were to busy looking at that bank account and what his lifestyle has to offer and you know it be true girlfriend. I’m made at you though, you do what works for you but please stop playing the victim. If you remove Shaunie, Royce and Gloria I would call this The Bitter Basketball Wives. You hate these men so much but you are mooching of of their lifestyle.

  15. chrystal vactor says:

    Besides shaunie, I feel Royce was the realest female on the show. The only reason they don’t like Royce is because they feel like Royce gonna out shine them. Jen needs her &_`_%#$*~)(@*!^ kicked for being so stupid, because money is not going to make her happy so she needs to be finding out where her husband stand. Don’t listen to those other girls about cheating because they have lost their men and believe me they are hating inside. I wouldn’t even be on television telling none of my business, because it is not helping its hurting you. To the rest of the cast(except shaunie and royce)quit being miserable, hating itches! Learn how to grow within yourself and you won’t have the time to hate or at least have the desire to do it so much!

  16. Louraine says:

    I here not to read into the drama and gossip. I am heart to read into your hearts.

    I have say all the women on this show are beautiful on the outside but on the inside there’s lots of hurt.
    I can relate to you ladies with the life of Miami….presently live in NYC now. But travel to south Miami often. I am not well to do financial like you ladies are but I am a women of respect, class, sophistication, intelligence and dignity. I love the finer things also nothing but the best as you ladies do.
    Which I believe us ladies deserve;)

    I can really relate to infidelity being in MIA, I’ve been there for three years. My ex-husband was not a basketball star nor of celebrity status. No matter what, it is all the same. Infidelity is infidelity.
    No matter how you look at it. Priceless.

    I was disappointed when you ladies confronted those groupies. That is really stooping to there level of ignorance. You ladies are way better then that.

    Indeed there is lots of hidden infidelity in the professional sport industry. If you’re a wife or partner of one in the industry unfortuately it is a strong issue to deal with because it festers thoughout. Many women turn a blind side to it due to fear and monetary reasons.

    I don’t like to gossip and I am not into drama but I like to be honest and say from woman to woman what I see from you ladies. From what you’re displaying to the public and media is lots of bitterness. I don’t know if is all apart of the show or is it a reality.

    I have done serious work to move on from my divorce. It is not an easy thing to go through. I did do lots of growth from it to the point where I embrace it to where there is absolutely no bitterness. When I do speak of that part of my life with others who would understand and ones I trust, I feel very happy about where I am now. The trial and tribulations in life no matter how hard it was makes me who I am today as a strong, loving, fun, dignified woman.
    When you do fine who you are as a person in your heart it is a resurrection of a life with no boundaries.
    I hope you call can agree with me.

    All the best to you beautiful ladies ;)

  17. Louraine says:

    I here not to read into the drama and gossip. I am heart to read into your hearts.

    I have say all the women on this show are beautiful on the outside but on the inside there’s lots of hurt.
    I can relate to you ladies with the life of Miami….presently live in NYC now. But travel to south Miami often. I am not well to do financial like you ladies are but I am a women of respect, class, sophistication, intelligence and dignity. I love the finer things also nothing but the best as you ladies do.
    Which I believe us ladies deserve;)

    I can really relate to infidelity being in MIA, I’ve been there for three years. My ex-husband was not a basketball star nor of celebrity status. No matter what, it is all the same. Infidelity is infidelity.
    No matter how you look at it. Priceless.

    I was disappointed when you ladies confronted those groupies. That is really stooping to there level of ignorance. You ladies are way better then that.

    Indeed there is lots of hidden infidelity in the professional sport industry. If you’re a wife or partner of one in the industry unfortuately it is a strong issue to deal with because it festers thoughout. Many women turn a blind side to it due to fear and monetary reasons.

    I don’t like to gossip and I am not into drama but I like to be honest and say from woman to woman what I see from you ladies. From what you’re displaying to the public and media is lots of bitterness. I don’t know if is all apart of the show or is it a reality.

    I have done serious work to move on from my divorce. It is not an easy thing to go through. I did do lots of growth from it to the point where I embrace it to where there is absolutely no bitterness. When I do speak of that part of my life with others who would understand and ones I trust, I feel very happy about where I am now. The trial and tribulations in life no matter how hard it what makes me who I am today as a strong, loving, fun, dignified woman.
    When you do fine who you are as a person in your heart it is a resurrection of a life with no boundaries.
    I hope you all can agree with me.

    All the best to you beautiful ladies ;)

    Best Regards,

    Louraine from NYC

  18. A says:

    Love Royce’s spirit. Having a female on the show who was not guarded and not absurdly defensive (Royce) was one of the very few reasons I continued to tune in. This is a great interview.

  19. Arthur Majalya says:

    Royce you are a beautiful woman and I like the new hair dew.

  20. HO Hater says:

    I like how Royce doesn’t want to be the basketball wives because of all of their horror-stories, but she will be the baby mamma, so I guess she doesn’t want the ring but she’ll take the child support payment?

  21. rose says:

    i dont know why they name this show basketball wives cause all of them are not wifey so they should name its group wives lol

  22. ttl says:

    eveland glad you found the person that was saying stuff she deserved everything she got.

  23. lady J25 says:

    Baketball wives is a really sad show. I think it’s sad because all these women are grown but messier than 5th graders. Evelyn is sad and wants everyone to feel sorry for her. Jen is in it for the money. Royce is immature and sad. Please grow up. All these people have kids. Great example girls. Gloria blood is thicker than water. Stay true to you and protect your family.I pray that ya’ll get it together soon and be great examples for your children.

  24. 1sexylady says:

    Love u 4 keepin it real girlfriend. Shanuie n u should have hit that B%@!# Gloria just-because of her sister “Who@#$% ways”. She hate u because she feel that u might cut-her-throat like her fake phony **&#_*$(!&`^)*` did Shanuie. But that’s not how u came across on the show, so kick rocks in that little girls face.

  25. Suzie says:

    I really like Royce. I for one believes she keeps it 100 percent real, and the other ladies may have a problem with her. I especially do not care for Gloria, I think she is a real B@#ch; I would love to see someone throw water in her face! LOL I also do not care for Evelyn that much – Jennifer had better look out because Evelyn (in my opinion) acts like she wants her man which is why she was trying to get Jen to leave him.

  26. KC says:

    Somebody PLEASEEEEEEE tell Royce NOT to wear her hair in that curly wet look! It is NOT for everyone and CERTAINLY NOT for her! She’s too funny-looking for that type of style! Change it quickly honey!

  27. Melissa says:

    Royce just keep being you and focus on yourself and your son thats what matters the most!!!!!!!!!

  28. tina says:

    Royce you are a great dancer and at the same time you can be a little bit childish like you should have made amends with gloria because that would’ve made you look like the bigger person and even as you made Amends you still didnt have to be the girl friend but other than that you need to apply yourself more to be better and a stronger person and allow them to want to be your friend see cause right now evelyn and gloria both dont like you and the other girls are on the border line with you so please make yourself an inspiration and get yourself together and they can say you a groupie cheerleader but you have 1 thing they all cant qualify for and thats your dancing skills but grow up into a bigger better person i am a teenager and as a teenager us young girls look up to and older version of a woman and i look up to you of your dancing skills and hope to be great like you in it or beyond it so please b ecome the bigger and better person but also stay true to who you are okay

  29. K.A.C says:

    ROYCE YOU ARE A SLUTTY ~&)#~)$!%^@(!~~ $!#(*&^^*@%)!+@*~ I HATE YO PUNK ~&)#~)$!%^@(!~~ GLORIA’S THE (%#^#$*_!!#~&&(& YOUR JUST A $!#(*&^^*@%)!+@*~ WHO CANT KEEP HER LEGS CLOSED
    – SIGNED A MAD 12 YEAR OLD

  30. mo says:

    Royce, you should open a dance school for girls if you don’t already have one. You dance so so great.

  31. Jay W says:

    I love Royce. She and Jen were my favorites on the show. Royce was the only one(even more than Jen) who seemed to keep it 100 percent REAL. I hope she keeps up the positivity. She’s the “break-out star” and all the other ladies(especially Evelyn) are probably hating.

  32. 1543058 says:

    What a lovely day for a 1543058! SCK was here

  33. AswadKannaf says:

    Hey – I am really glad to discover this. Good job!

  34. J SMITH says:

    Royce and Tami are real compared to the the other so called BW. She’s the only one that stands up to Evelyn. Why are the women trying to brown nose up to Evelyn? Stand your ground Royce and keep it real.