Evelyn Lozada may be best known for Basketball Wives, but it was her domestic violence incident with ex-husband, Chad Johnson that made headlines. Evelyn Lozada sat down with Latina Magazine and talked about life after her divorce just six weeks after her wedding and her new foundation.
On her feelings after the violent abuse of her ex-husband during an argument: “At that point, I knew my life would never be the same. I knew the world was going to laugh at me and be mean and nasty and blame me for everything. But I had no choice. I had to go to the hospital.”
On her behavior during the filming of Basketball Wives: “I’m not going to blame VH1—whatever I put out there, I put out there. When we were in the middle of an arguement, I wasn’t thinking, ‘Maybe this is going to be hurtful.’ I was thinking, ‘You’re not gonna beat me in this argument!’ ”
On the public reaction that she somehow provoked her husband’s abusive behavior: “A lot of people connected my previous actions on the show to this. If they were talking about the incident on the news, there would be a clip of me acting a fool on Basketball Wives. I never lifted a finger at him.”
On why she plans to start a foundation dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence called Pain Is Not Love: “I get e-mails every single day from women who are still with their abusive partner and they’re like, ‘I need help.’”
On trying to reform her life with the help of life coach Tony Gaskins, Jr. and being re-baptized: “Tony was talking to me about soul ties, and I felt like I needed to cut that cord [with Johnson]. I wanted to do things differently, to start over. I’m still going to be Evelyn, but I have a different vision of my life.”