Evelyn Lozada Has Second Thoughts About Her Behavior, Misses Jennifer Williams

Rucuss staffMay 31, 2012

Basketball Wives reality star Evelyn Lozada wishes she would have done things a little differently on the show this season.

Now that the season has ended and her bottle throwing and jumping on table antics has aired for the world to see, Lozada realizes that some of her behavior was not necessary. That you will see a different side of her on the Ev and Ocho show. Lozada has become one of the most hated reality stars on television. Many viewers plan to boycott the upcoming series because they don’t believe the reality star’s violence should be rewarded.

Lozada, who was one of the favorites on the show, remained in conflict for most of season four. Her nemesis was her former friend Jennifer Williams. The friendship between Lozada and Williams began its decline when Jennifer publicly criticized Evelyn’s fiancé Chad Ochocinco as being an attention whore during season three.

In retaliation, Evelyn has hit Jennifer with a purse and her assistant even slapped her in the face. Evelyn took it a step further and aired Jennifer’s dirty laundry on-air in the season finale, telling the world that she’d cheated on her husband and engaged in unsafe sex.

Lozada talked with Vibe.com about breaking the friend code and how she misses Williams. Check out a few excerpts from the interview below.

In your last chat with Jen, a lot was said. Could you ever move forward into a space where you could at least be in the same room with her?

Lozada: I think so. A lot was happening during that time. I’m one of those people, I said some things and I was just like, that was not cooI. I live by loyalty and I feel like at that point I broke the friend code. I should have never broken that code and I should have never stooped down to that level. Like, if she wants to do interviews and slick comments, it is what it is. I don’t hate her. People just get caught up in this industry; you do interviews and say certain things. I truly don’t wish her anything negative, we’ve gone through a lot together as friends from moving out, men drama, all types of stuff. It’s just tough having to relive it then talk about it. You never have that time for healing. But now that the show is done and things are calming down, I’m not angry anymore about it and I don’t hate her at all. I don’t really hate anybody, I was just upset how things were handled.

Do you miss her or the friendship?

I miss her. We were friends for 10 years. I was in her wedding, so you know yeah, and your thinking you guys are going to do this show together, your BFF, and then your kind of like what happened? And we are mutual friends with a lot of people, so everything else became weird energy. It was tough.

Now, Shaunie’s been taking a lot of heat too. What are your thoughts on that?

I’ve had conversations with Shaunie, and she is in a tough place because she wears all hats, she’s Executive Producer, a cast mate, friend to us…it’s just tough because you’re being pulled from every angle. I can honestly say that from season 1, Shaunie has been an advocate to find a balance. We filmed a charity event for kids with cancer and it was the most amazing charity event that I’ve ever went to. Even the camera men, grown men, were crying. But it didn’t make the cut and they chose to air the part with me calling someone a fucking bitch instead. She’s an Executive Producer, but she doesn’t know what tapes are being sent to VH1; she doesn’t know everything that is going on. But I can guarantee you that it will look different and not only because of all the controversy, but because she’s been working so hard to find a balance.

How do you develop a tough skin?

You can’t do this and be sensitive. For example, you know Suzie [Ketcham], she gets a lot of shit from the show. After she films the show, she doesn’t watch it or go on Twitter. She’s like, ‘I don’t know how you deal with it.’ I’ve accepted that this is a part of my life and apart of my world now. The more the show became popular, and I started dating Chad, and I got engaged to Chad, it’s been like chaos. I’m never going to hide and I’m always one of those people that say TV can be a gift and a curse, and at the same time it’s opened up a lot of doors for me that I never would have imagined. I can look at [the show] and say, Maybe I shouldn’t have handled it like that. Maybe I shouldn’t have thrown that bottle at Kenya, you know what I mean? If I’m blessed to be on TV for another five seasons, you won’t see Evelyn doing that. I’ve learned from that situation. Me and Tami do get a lot of heat because we are straight forward and in your face and controversial. It’s not always positive, but I know we can look back and say, ‘You know what, bitch, that wasn’t cool.’

What other lessons have you learned from the show through watching yourself?

Just to probably listen. Everyone always says it on the show, ‘Evelyn goes from 0-10.’ And that’s how I’ve always been since I was 13. Where I grew up, most people wouldn’t say, Okay, let’s have a conversation. That’s not the way things were dealt with where I grew up. You running your mouth? You talking shit? Things happen. There’s consequences for that. I’ve learned it’s not all about screaming and yelling and, ‘Oh, you’re a fucking bitch.’ Most of the time I don’t get my point across.

So Basketball Wives has been kind of like an anger management tool for you?

Yeah, it has. I was born and raised in the Bronx and went to public school in Manhattan. New York is a hustle and bustle type of place, you’re in cab getting cursed out and everyone is so high-strung. You’re always on defense mode. I love New York; I wouldn’t take anything back, but you become a little aggressive [Laughs].

Check out more of the interview over at Vibe.

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