We were backstage at the Basketball Wives Season 2 Reunion, and spoke individually with all of the ladies. Their best quotes are compiled in our She Said/She Said behind-the-scenes post, but we’re also offering extended versions of the conducted interviews.
Below, Evelyn discusses her engagement with Chad Ochocinco, being Basketball Wives‘ “bad guy,” her changed outlook on the Suzie situation and why she doesn’t plan on moving to Football Wives anytime soon.
How do you feel about being here today?
I am anxious. There is a lot of tension and little things going on. Last season, the air was kind of cool, but now as you can see they have us separated. Things aren't that great.
Break it down: who are you cool with?
I'm cool with Shaunie. I am cool with Jennifer and I am cool with Tami – ¦I think?
Are there people that you are decidedly not cool with?
Royce, Gloria and Ashley.
Really Gloria? Last time we talked, you were fine the Gloria.
Well, Gloria was kind of in a Twitter rant with Royce and jumping on the bandwagon with Royce's little s***-talking on Twitter. I since then blocked her out. She sent me messages like, – I'm sorry I got caught up in the bulls*** with Royce.” Just little stupid s*** and I never responded. I'm like I don't want to deal with.
So what happened with Royce?
The thing with Royce is she is a little s***-talker. She plays both sides and when Jennifer's pics leaked, she said she leaked them herself. I am Jennifer's good friend and that was hurtful to me because she was entertaining people on Twitter, retweeting f***ed up s*** that people were saying about her. I don't think that's cool. So that's my beef with her.
How has this season been for you overall? Reliving it, watching it, hearing what people had to say about it?
It was fine. I think the tough part to relieve was probably the Suzie part because she did seem really apologetic.
Did that give you perspective?
Yeah, it did. But what people don't know is that they just see me going at her, but every few days the gentleman that she basically was talking s*** to would tell me something new. It wasn't that I was arguing about the same thing it was other stuff all the time. It was different things that she was saying. She did seem apologetic. Of course I was angry because he's constantly telling me stuff that she was saying and I know it's true because it's facts or things that have happened. So that's the part where I kind of felt like – ¦me and her will never be friends. I will never f*** with her ever again but I knew that she felt bad. I think there was the perception that I was bullying her. It’s frustrating ’cause that's not what it is. Every other day it was something else. She was running her mouth about every goddamn thing. It wasn't just the Vegas thing, it was other things and as filming went on it would just build, build, build. That's why I had beef with her the whole time.
So what about the text threats? Do you stand behind them?
Well, yeah. I was mad. The thing about that is I tried calling her, it wasn't like I only texted her. I blew up the girl's phone. I called, called, called and she would not pick up the phone, so I was like, “OK! I am going to f***ing text her.” And yes, I was pissed!
How is everything going with Chad?
Everything is great! We enjoyed our summer together. We went to Europe together and this weekend is his daughter's birthday party, so we are kind of just spending time together: my daughter his kids.
On the finale episode, you go to Cincinnati and there’s the implication that you guys have sex. Was that awkward? Did you have to kick out the cameras?
It was a little awkward. First of all the only good thing was that I am use to having 10 to 15 people around me. This time it was only four. It was a little awkward, but I am a free person. This is my life. It is what it is, so you either accept it or you don't.
It seems like a little tension broke out between you and Jen about the Chad thing. She wasn't very accepting of this relationship.
No, and even still if I speak to anybody about him, she's not the go-to person. Jen and me, we are good friends but we have a weird relationship. When we see each other we are like, “Oh my God, – because we have known each other for 12+ years, but she wasn't very happy about it. It is understandable to a certain degree because he's an athlete and everything I went through with my ex. I see where she is coming from but at the same time, I feel like I am grown. I am going to do what I want to do and regardless of what he does, I want you to support me.
Seems like people are about ready for you and Jen to go at it. I guess Shaunie, too. Since you three haven't been involved in any beef, is it just a matter of time?
I don't think me and Shaunie are ever going to beef. I think maybe me and Jen. Me and Shaunie don't have anything to…we laugh all the time like, “What the f*** is going on?”
This season, everyone was suddenly talking about “the circle.”
I know. People tweet like, “Who the f*** do you think you are trying to talk about a circle? How old are you? – I am like, “Bitch, get off my Twitter! –
How has the reaction from fans been overall?
I am always the bad guy. I'm really a nice person — I really am — but for the most part [the reaction] has been more good then bad. It kind of depends on the episode, though. One Sunday, Shaunie was the f***ing devil fighting with the Gloria argument. You just never know, but you always have the people who just love to hate you. I don't care. I am never fake on camera. I say what I want to say and it's how I feel. I am not going to switch things out or paddle around certain things because the camera is on. My Facebook page is like, “We love her” and then, “She's a f***ing bitch, I hate her.” I remember thinking, “Wow. Is it just me?” And then I went and checked on Chad's and his was the same way. So now, I am like, “Who cares?” And honestly the report about Suzie bailing for the third season did not surprise me. Even after the first season, every weekend people were talking about her on Twitter and she couldn't take it. You have to have thick skin to do this s**** because everyone has an opinion about you and how you look and what you said. They will quote you word for word, like they are really into this show, but I block it out. Now that I am engaged to him it's like, “Oh you – ¦! – Then all these woman who are into him and they hate me and I'm like, “Oh God this is crazy!”
Is it humorous at all?
I laugh about it. It doesn't faze me. If I see certain things on blogs I am like, “Oh God. They are talking about one of us again. “What are you going to do? A friend of mine once said they if they are talking about you, you are doing something right so I am like whatever.
Do you remember who came up with the whole circle terminology? Was it you?
I think so! I told Suzie she was out the circle. I was like, “This is the circle and you are here,” because of Meet The Parents. The father-in-law was like, “This is the circle.”
I thought you were going to say Mean Girls.
No, not Mean Girls even though they say we are mean girls.
Speaking of, Royce called you and Jen “Mean and Evil.” Who's Mean and who's Evil?
I am probably the evil one. I am more of the one that's like, “Hmmmm…”. Jen can be mean sometimes. You know, we were called that even before the show. My business partner was the one that started calling us that ’cause we would be out or in the club or somewhere talking s*** and she would be like, “You guys are just Mean and Evil.” I can see me being the evil one.
On one episode, Tami said, – Every bitch in this circle is messy! – Do you agree?
I think everyone has a little messy ish to them. Whatever, I think everybody has their own thing that they are going through and dealing with. Nobody is perfect and it is what it is. I never sat up here and acted like my s*** was perfect and I don't think anyone's life perfect so I think a little messiness is interesting. You know it really is, it's boring if it wasn't.
What do you think about Tami saying there’s a sisterly bond amongst you all?
The honest-to-God truth, I would say there was sort of a sisterly bond. Tami was coming into that. Royce was definitely not in that sisterly bond circle. She had her two things to say but I didn't leave Spain feeling like, “Wow we were all close and Royce is part of our sisterhood,” and s***. No she wasn't. No it's not and it is never going to be that way.
How do you plan to top yourself next season?
I have no idea. Filming is not easy. I am like, “What the f*** are we going to do next?” But we always worry about that and it always comes together. S*** just unfolds. Shaunie is like, “You can't even write this. This is really what happens.” I am just hoping to get better and better, and that people don't get bored. People are like, “Are you going to Football Wives?” I am like, “No I am not going to f***ing Football Wives. If one more person asks me that…
Is there anything cathartic about doing a show where it behooves you not to hold back? You get to let your id out always.
I've always been that person. Whether it's with my family, I've always been that person to say what I want to say, it's just, it is what it is. I'm not going to be fake, I'm just going to be like, – Your f***ing outfit looks like s*** – . I'm just real like that and I'm not trying to hurt anybody's feelings. It's just how I am. It's how God made me.
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