The Celebreality Interview – Evelyn Lozada

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In light of the events of tonight’s episode (a confrontation with Evelyn’s alleged Internet harasser that led to thrown drinks…and cups…and papers….and pens), we had to get Evelyn Lozanda on the phone to chat (“I didn’t care if I looked like a crazy woman,” she explains). She also talks about the nude pictures of her that leaked on the Internet, her relationship with her Basketball Wives‘ co-stars and her penchant for younger men.

What do you think of your portrayal on the show?

I think how everything went down is how it was portrayed. When we started taping in January, I had just moved out maybe three or four months before that so I was still dealing with that. That was difficult — being connected with Antoine for over a decade, and opening up my shoe store and then the show, it was a lot going on. But I think that’s normal stuff. The Vanessa thing from this week’s episode is not anything I dealt with when I was with Antoine. That actually came about once I signed on to do the show. I don’t really know what’s her issue with me because we never were friends. I don’t know why she allegedly targeted me, but if she did it, she really has a sickness.

Do you think that she’s the person behind the leaked nude photos of you?

That’s what I suspect, and it’s bigger now than just pictures of mine being leaked. There’s a lot of illegal things being done. I mean, obviously hacking into someone’s e-mail is illegal, but spoofing, as well. I don’t know if you’re familiar, but she was spoofing my daughter’s phone and texting her making it look like it was me texting her. That’s what she was doing, allegedly, and it’s being investigated. It’s a big issue in my life right now.

But it seems like with that harassment aside, the raw fact that nude pictures of yourself were on the Internet kind of rolled off your back.

When they first leaked, I was like, “Holy s***.” If I didn’t have a daughter and it was just me single, I wouldn’t care. I mean, whatever. I live in Miami, people are topless all the time. But once I got over it, I was like, OK. It is what it is. I actually got more positive feedback than negative, which is crazy: people like “Yo, what do you do to work out? Your body…” You know? It actually ended up kind of backfiring. I’m not here crying about it. If anything, I think it quietly helped me in some sick way.

Did it make you feel bad at all for having attacked Royce for being put out there on the Internet? I mean I know this was unintentional, but it was similar messiness, right?

It was similar messiness, but I took those pictures at home. I’m not on stage smacking some girl’s ass. It’s two totally different things. I took those pictures and sent them to my man. My man travels, he’s out of town. I’m grown, I’m going to do things to keep things spicy. I think any woman should. I see why people would connect the incidents, but it’s not really fair because it was me, myself and I when I took those pictures.

Where do you stand with Royce?

There were times that I could feel a vibe that she’s full of s***. She likes attention, but then she cries about it later, so I struggled with that whole thing. I’ve told her this: “I think you like the attention. They’re writing about you, whether it’s good or bad, you want to be out there.” Then there were times that I was like, “This chick’s really not that bad.” I talk to Royce on the phone now. She’s just such a free spirit and you have to get to know her. Obviously I didn’t know her, I was just going by what I heard, and you judge people, you know? I’m guilty of that, judging her without really knowing her, and she’s not a bad person. I think she’s a great mom and I’ve grown to like her.

It seems that Gloria is someone who you had a very clear cut opinion on.

Initially I really, really liked Gloria. But then it became clear that she was kind of looking down on us like, “Oh yeah, you guys dealt with groupies, I never dealt with that,” and I’m thinking to myself, me and Jennifer know firsthand that Matt strayed with someone we know in New York. I was holding my tongue the whole time because I don’t want to seem like I was destroying her relationship or I was hating. It was frustrating because you know these guys. You see them, you hear stories about them, and most of the time it’s true. That aside, she’s a cool girl.

Do you think that your own break up has jaded you in any way?

No, I’m basing my opinion on that on facts. When we went to their house, Matt was amazing with the kids and changing diapers, amazing dad, very involved. But my opinion is based on what I know. It has nothing to do with hating or being bitter. If anything, I would love to see their family work because they have twins and it would be a great thing. It has nothing to do with Antoine and my experience with him and me putting that on Matt, absolutely not.

Did your relationship in general sour you to the basketball lifestyle?

I think I’m a little leery. I think I’m a little jaded as far as maybe not wanting to date another athlete because of what I’ve went through, but I mean I wouldn’t judge everyone on that, not at all.

Speaking of Matt, he described you as “single and ready to mingle.”

It’s true. I’m looking to get married and I’m looking to have kids and I want to have a family, so if I’m not out there trying to mingle…actually I need to get out more. I’m always at home, I’m such a loser. If I’m looking to meet somebody, I need not to be home.

You aren’t always home. Sometimes you bring 22-year-olds to your friends’ charity events.

I know! I know, I’m a little bit of a cougar.

You referred to Stefan as somebody special. How special was he?

We were just friends. He’s just someone to hang out with. He doesn’t live here in Miami, so whenever he would come in town we would see each other and stuff like that, but at first, I actually thought he was older, maybe 25. But he’s older than 21, so what’s wrong with it? I tend to attract younger men.

I’m assuming Stefan isn’t independently wealthy…

No.

…So I thought it was down-to-earth of you to date someone who isn’t loaded, since you’ve been accused of turning your back on Antoine when the money ran out.

Obviously, you need to have a job and benefits and be able to support yourself, but I’m not looking for a millionaire. I just want to be happy. At the end of the day I just want to be happy and I want to have a partner where we can have a good relationship and maybe start a family some day. You don’t need to be a millionaire or anything like that.

Were you embarrassed at all about getting wasted at that party?

The pink drink tasted like juice. It crept up on me. I only drink Grey Goose on the rocks, but the sweetness of that drink messed me up. So I think that was probably the worst. But who doesn’t get drunk? It is what it is. As long as I didn’t look like one of the chicks on Rock of Love, especially with these pictures out, I would die.

Are you watching the show? Are you enjoying it?

I am enjoying the show. Everyone says it should be longer. So many people tweet me and say that. But then I guess it’s also good because then people the next week are dying to see what happens.

Any thoughts on feeding the homeless? Was that a good experience for you?

It was. I had an amazing time. I met these two guys, and they grew up eating there since the age of 13, and now they’re in their mid-40s. To hear these stories, it really humbles you and it really makes you realize how we complain about the stupidest s*** and how lucky we are. It’s a little intimidating walking in there, because you feel like you’re walking into a jail, like you’re fresh meat. But then you realize they’re cool, they weren’t trying to harm nobody. People judge them just because they’re homeless. I talk to homeless people all the time.

Really? Just walking down the street?

Usually I’m in my car and there’s a lot of homeless people in certain areas, and you’re at the light…

Returning to this week’s episode, I found it sort of strange that Vanessa would even agree to meet you on camera in the first place.

Well, she thought I wasn’t going to be there. She thought she was going to meet Suzie. She had no idea I was going to be there.

So she had already signed her consent, and then there you were.

There I was.

Tell me about your feelings on that confrontation. Are you happy with the way you handled yourself? What was it like after?

You know what, it was such a blur because I was so angry, and all I kept thinking about was my daughter, because it started becoming bigger than me. You can attack me all you want because I know I can handle it, but I know my daughter’s innocent, you’re trying to defame the person that she is. Anyone that knows my daughter knows that she’s an honor roll student. She got a scholarship from her high school for next year because of her academics. The entire time I was confronting Vanessa, that’s all I was thinking about. I didn’t care if I looked like a crazy woman, I was going to do whatever I could to protect my daughter from somebody who was trying to hurt her. I won’t take it back. If that would have rolled a little more, I would have left in cuffs. That’s my baby. She hasn’t done anything.

Were you happy that you did exhibit the restraint that you ultimately did?

Yeah. At one point she said, “Go ahead, go to jail for me,” and I had a light bulb moment. I was like, you know what? I won’t even give this chick the satisfaction. I hope the viewers understand that this is my child that I’m talking about here. Not only me, her.

How often would you say it comes down to this level of confrontation for you?

When I was with Antoine, I had one confrontation with a groupie. Aside from that, never anything. That was like the most intense, and that’s because it was connected to my daughter. After that L.A. taping, I was done. I felt like I needed a vacation. I was awake that whole flight home from California, I could not sleep. Me or Suzie. I had anxiety, I swear to you, because it was just so overwhelming.

This is something I asked Jennifer when she was in town, but your lives seem very stressful to me. Is that an accurate assessment?

Coming out of my relationship with Antoine, I still deal with things connected with him. I mean obviously now I’m doing the show so it’s different, but there’s never a dull moment. There’s always something going on, there’s always drama whether it’s with infidelity or whether it’s family or whether it’s friends. It’s very frustrating. Always drama.

With so much drama swirling around all the time, would you consider yourself happy?

Yeah, I would consider myself happy. Obviously my life is stressful right now because of the show and the pictures and there’s just so much going on. But it’s not like I’m not sleeping at night. When your life’s an open book, there’s a lot that comes with it, but for the most part, yeah, I am happy. I don’t have to worry about my man or wondering where he’s at. I can go to sleep with peace of mind. I like where my life is right now.

Check out Evelyn’s shoe store, Dulce.

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