Basketball Wives L.A. Star Laura Govan Talks About Getting Back Together With Her Ex, Gilbert Arenas


During the first few episodes of Basketball Wives L.A., we’ve seen Laura Govan discuss the recent upheavals in her life stemming from a cross-country move to Los Angeles, the birth of her fourth child, and a recent breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Orlando Magic basketball player Gilbert Arenas. Govan was obviously feeling some pressures during filming which led her to seek therapy and, yes, go on the offensive with Malaysia when she felt provoked.

In this interview with Power 105.1 today, Govan says that after a seven month hiatus, she and Arenas are back together, and she sounds like she couldn’t be happier. “Ten years, we’ve been through a lot,” Govan says after admitting that there was a stretch of their breakup that was rough and she felt like he “did her dirty,” but she calls him a good man and said that their four children are what brought them back together. “If he’s a mess, then he’s my mess,” she explained. Check out the full interview with Laura and her sister Gloria above, where Gloria also discusses her relationship with fiance Matt Barnes and they dish on all of the L.A. basketball wives.

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  1. Wondering says:

    It seems to me and it’s just my opinion or thought that fiancee’ is just another glorified term for girlfriend. They got the children and the house why not make it official? It’s funny though the only one talking wedding is Jackie and she is already married. They put the cart before the horse and when the 5 or 10 years is over with these men what do they got? Just wondering.

  2. LAUREN says:

    It boils down to his distaste for continually being characterized as a deadbeat dad, which he says he most certainly is not. Before getting into the “he said” part of this whole drama, let’s hear how someone close to the on-again, off-again couple explained their breakup:

    On Nov. 20, Laura kicked Gilbert out of the house because Gilbert did not adequately ask how her day went. This was taken to mean he was more concerned about work than family.

    Her: I’ll go to police if you don’t do as I say. This was a tricky proposition considering the ongoing probation from the gun (in the locker room) charge. She allegedly said, “If you try and pick up the kids at school, I will tell them you weren’t authorized to do so and that’s going to be a violation of your probation.”

    After a road trip, he moved in with Wizards teammate Nick Young, but says he stayed in constant contact with one of Laura’s younger brothers (who, as it happens, Laura also kicked out the house). When he learned he’d been traded, he let little bro know. Even though he wanted to see the kids, there was no reason to say goodbye to baby mama.

    Baby mama stayed in touch with him indirectly, though. As in, she called Magic GM Otis Smith and told him, “If he doesn’t abide by my demands, I will ruin this new start for him.” Demands to the tune of $1.3 million a year, the kind of stuff financial advisor Lester Knispel wasn’t having.

    Says Gilbert, “Well, I don’t want to get into all the he-said, she-said stuff. Whoever the source is, they’re pretty accurate on the things they are saying. … You have enough money to get a publicist, but there’s no money for the kids to eat? She’s watching too much Basketball Wives.”

    Context in place, here’s what Gilbert Arenas had to say about…

    • The notion that Ms. Govan’s been financially frozen out.

    “She’s like that bum on the street asking for money, but if you follow that bum home, you discover he’s got five cars and a mansion. She gets 20 grand a month. She got $8,000 allowance. We both did. … You’re pretending your living a bad life, but the facts really are: you get 20 grand a month and you live in a three-bedroom townhouse in San Ramon, Calif.”

    • The fact that his sharks — of the $5,000 monthly care fee — are no longer of this world.

    “One thing I can comment on is the sharks. My sharks are dead. Yes, somehow, pennies ended up in the tank. I was told the copper distresses them. I’m not going to say it was her, I’m just saying they didn’t make it.”

    • On being painted as a deadbeat dad.

    “All I hear is, ‘I left the kids.’ She won’t let the kids see me. All I hear is, ‘Gilbert took everything.’ Sure I did. She took a SL600. She took the Range Rover, which I don’t mind because she has to drive the kids around.

    Oh, all my furniture and all my clothes, about $4 million worth of stuff? Gone. And she says she’s living in some cheap hotel? Now, I don’t know how all of that is going to fit into the LA Quinta Inn — unless you bought the damn hotel.”

    “Sure, I’m a deadbeat daddy. I get it. I’m the best daddy in the world until I didn’t want to be with you. And then I’m a deadbeat daddy. I think she did this the last time we broke up.”

    “Look, you have your lawyer. I have my lawyer. Let’s do it that way.”

    In the issue of fairness, here’s a link to S2S Magazine’s “Laura Govan breaks her silence” article from November. Her publicist has now taken to emailing press releases about the whole mess, too.

    Gilbert Arenas, Laura Govan star in Basketball Wives of the Orlando Magic [Orlando Sentinel]

    Read This: Gilbert Arenas served with papers by ex-fiancee Laura Govan at Miami-Orlando halftime [Washington Post]

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  3. nessie says:

    Laura is a wanna be! she of all people should not judge. Sleeping with other basketball wives husbands and being ‘just’ a baby mama!..she is so fast to judge Draya and got clocked for making judgement calls against M. Gloria is a wanna be too….wanna be married and wanna be a basketball wife which she is not and has never been…the consensus is that gloria put her sister in this to make some money……too bad the guys dont know how awful it makes them look to have trashy, air their business over national tv females at their side….

    so much for any positive images of black women coming from this show…the only one that showed any class was Tanya and they were all hating on her for that…good job again ms. o’neal

  4. Bea Mariz Rosit says:

    I love the girls of this season..They are the best!!!