Evelyn Lozada has been the target of criticism this season for her behavior on Basketball Wives, but it doesn’t seem to be getting to her, for a couple reasons. Number one, she’s entirely too busy. With a wedding coming up this summer, a new show to focus on, and a new book and makeup line out, it’s a wonder this woman finds time to breathe. But she’s also finding some peace lately because the controversy on the show has truly caused her to look inward at the behavior she’s exhibited on the show and think about how the public perceives it. Evelyn regrets the wine bottle incident more than anything else, she tells me, and has used that as a catalyst to show off the nicer, more family-oriented side of herself in the future, a side, she assures us, that will be fully on display during Ev And Ocho. Here’s my chat with Evelyn from the Basketball Wives reunion.
How’s wedding planning going?
Good! It’s still going! I don’t know how much of this I can talk about though because of the show.
If the show is anything like the scenes of you two together on Basketball Wives, it’s going to be hilarious.
That’s how we are at home, all day.
The car Chad got you for your birthday was ridiculous, by the way.
Is that your main car that you drive around Miami?
Yes. Well, I have a Range Rover so I drive that a lot. I think Chad actually drives it more. And he has a Smart Car now, too, so he drives that a lot.
A Maserati is a pretty crazy gift to get, have you given him any gifts that measure up to that?
Um. Me. Myself! I think that’s a pretty good gift.
What do you want fans to get out of Ev and Ocho?
It’s two totally different shows. I’m thankful that I’m able to show the world a different side of us, because you know everyone sees one side of me, and you’ll get to see the good side of Evelyn, me with my family and me as a step-mother. We’re normal people, we have our own issues, so you’ll get to see a little bit of everything.
Did you ever end up making those “You’re no longer invited to my wedding” invitations?
No! Maybe I should start my own line of un-invites though. That’s a good idea.
Do you guys have a honeymoon planned?
I don’t think I’ll be able to go on a honeymoon because I have to go on a book tour. I’m excited about that though, and I’m okay not going on my honeymoon.
On the reunion today you guys will rehash so much old stuff, I assume you’re over it and not looking forward to doing that again.
Exactly, it’s like beating a dead horse. We revisit it over and over again and nothing’s resolved but we have to go over it again.
What do you hope to get out of today?
I just want closure. My friendship with Jennifer, I just want to move past it. I think it’s clear what my issues are, and if she continues to do what she’s doing, that’s on her. I’m over it. What else is there to say? I mean, when legal gets involved, at that point you can say whatever you want to say but it’s up to the legal system to figure it all out.
What did you think of everything that went on between Tami and Kesha this season?
I know that after that scene in Tahiti, Tami was definitely in a different space and remorseful. You could tell she felt bad and that things went too far. I got to see that because I was with her after the cameras were off. Unfortunately she and Kesha didn’t get to talk about it since Kesha left the island.
How do you feel about Kesha?
I never had an issue with Kesha, I thought she was a sweet girl. I think she came on to the show to be that sweet, southern girl and she didn’t want no drama. I don’t have an issue with her at all.
Do you have any regrets this season?
Yes, absolutely, one of my biggest regrets is the altercation with Kenya, I feel like that whole situation went too far. I could have hurt her or one of my cast mates. You know, you get caught up in the moment. That’s one of the things I regret the most.
That definitely sparked the controversy about the show’s violence, how do you feel about that public backlash?
Why doesn’t the public talk abut Mob Wives or Bad Girls Club? What do we do different that the other shows don’t do? We all argue, we fight, we all do the same things. What is the difference? I think it’s bulls—, if you really want to put that in there. [Laughs]
How do you feel about this season in general?
A lot of controversy. I think some of the controversy is blown out of proportion. But I signed on for this show and everything that comes with it. I never would have thought we’d be here four seasons later and there’s definitely been a lot more good than bad.
If there’s another season, do you want to do it?
I don’t know. I have my own show now, and sometimes I think like, out of respect for Chad, now that I’m married and I’m doing a show called Basketball Wives it’s a little strange.
Do you regret bringing Nia on the show and her getting involved in the controversy, too?
I do. That’s why I tell her as a friend, you’re not in this alone, no matter what happens. I can’t control what happens, but I’m never going to leave Nia and just let her deal with this on her own. Even if this situation happened outside the show, I’m not that type of friend. I do feel bad. She gets a lot of heat without people knowing the full story. One of the first things was that everybody thought “Evelyn had her assistant smack Jennifer in the face” but the two of them had been friends for eight years. It’s unfortunate.
I’ve been following your blog this season, I love that you write in it regularly, not just recaps but all the pictures you post like, daily, are great.
I like to have my own voice.