Exclusive: Gloria Govan Addresses Her Split With Matt Barnes And Tells Us “I’m Happy Where I Am Now”

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Today we’re reporting from the Basketball Wives L.A. reunion taping which will air in November, and we’ll have plenty of coverage, interviews and photos to share soon. But we heard this morning that TMZ broke the story that L.A. Laker Matt Barnes released a statement announcing his breakup with Gloria Govan. Barnes’ statement read “We have reached the difficult decision of ending our relationship and will be going our separate ways at this time.” As luck would have it, we spent some time with Gloria at the reunion today and we decided to go straight to the source to find out the real deal. Here’s what Gloria had to say about her decision to put their relationship on hold indefinitely.

I saw the news today about you and Matt, and I know your relationship has been shown a lot this season and we’ll see even more of what’s going on with you a the end of the season, but can you talk about your split?

Matt and I do have kids and we’re trying to be as cordial as we can right now and we’ll be in each other’s lives forever, but as relationships go, we have our ups and downs. It hasn’t been an easy ride moving across the country twice, having kids at 21 when I just graduated college, it hasn’t been easy. And now Matt has the lockout, so everything has been stressful with the breakup, the lockout, everything, it’s been a whirlwind. But we’re still friends and we’re still working things out and I wish him nothing but the best.

I just asked your sister Laura about it and she said she thinks you’ll get back together.

Of course she does. My whole family is rooting for that man. I swear. They would pick him over me. I’ve learned my lesson, never say never and I think anything is possible, but right now I’m taking my time to grow as an individual. Not only for myself but for my family. We’ll see. I’m not going to say never, I’m optimistic, but for now…we’re going our separate ways. But if our paths cross again it’s meant to be. For now, we’re just taking our time to do our own thing. And Laura of course wants it. With her situation with Gilbert (Arenas), she’s been in and out, out and in. She has a lot of experience and good advice when it comes to situations like this.

Do you look up to her and think if they can get back together, anything’s possible?

Anything is possible but am I looking at them like “Yay, we can get back together because Laura and Gilbert have fluctuated so much and they are back together”? No. I look up to my sister, I think she’s a very string person but in terms of relationship, I’m walking to my own drum here.

Do you want to sow your oats and date other people, is that part of it?

I think that’s a lot of people’s assumption, that oh, she wants to f— around and f— everything because he did and it’s like NO. A), it’s such a double standard, even if I wanted to I can’t because they’d put me on blast if I did. And B) I have kids, you know? I’m not looking to date anyone at this moment, I’m just going to take this opportunity to take a step back and reevaluate where I wanna go in life. And I think I have a long way to go to make my mark in feature films and in my community, but I’m happy. I’m happy with where I am now.

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