By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
“Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada and her former NFL-player husband Chad Johnson have been airing out their relationship issues in the media. The former couple, who were slated to have their own VH1 reality show, have fallen apart after an August incident in which Evelyn claimed that Chad physically assaulted her and left her in stitches.
Evelyn recently appeared on Iyanla Vanzant’s, “Fix My Life,” on Oprah’s OWN network in which she broke down her personal struggles in a two-part show. The two discussed Ev’s issues with men, stemming from her nonexistent relationship with her own father, and how that led to promiscuity and accepting disrespectful behavior.
In the second part of the program, Evelyn said the August abuse incident was not the first and in fact, she and Chad had a volatile relationship. “I allowed myself to let him behave that way,” Evelyn confesses and then says that she suspected cheating even before the marriage. “Not really say much. I knew to just leave the argument alone,” she tearfully says about what she would do when she would confront Chad in the past. The “deal breaker” was that she “ended up in the hospital” when Chad head-butted her.
Chad has also been making the media rounds. On “Inside The NFL,” the former Miami Dolphins player emotionally opened up and says that he lost everything, his wife and being able to play football. “I lost that. And you know that saying … ‘You never know what you have until it’s gone.’ And now I finally know what they mean. ” He says that he takes full responsibility for everything and he needs to “work on Chad.” He is in anger management classes now.