Evelyn Lozada’s First Interview Since Domestic Dispute: ‘…I Have To Protect Myself’
Evelyn Lozada sat down with ABC’s Amy Robach in her first interview following the domestic dispute with her soon-to-be ex-husband Chad Johnson. The “Basketball Wives” star revealed details about the night leading up to Johnson head butting her that left her bleeding and scarred. In between tears, she said she wants Johnson to apologize to her and to get help if he plans to reconnect with her.
Lozada also made it a point to let viewers know that she is not the violent woman she was portrayed to be on VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” in fact, Lozada says she was a “very good fiancé and wife to Chad.’
On what she wants for Chad:
I would like for him to tell me that he got help and that he is working on himself, whenever I talk to my sister or my girlfriend, I always say I want the best for him. I really do! And he is a good guy who made a bad choice. He loves football, he is very driven, a great dad. He made a bad choice that destroyed his life and I hate that I’m connected to that, I do, but it was his choice. It wasn’t mine.
It would have to take sometime [for us to speak again]. I love him very much and I think that us being away from each other is the right thing. So when is he going to say sorry? […] It’s the hardest thing in the world to walk away from someone that you really love/ But you have to walk away because I have to protect myself.
On the night of the domestic dispute:
And then the next thing I know, he grabbed me by here [pointing to her head] and he head-butted me. I felt blood coming down my face… and I looked at him and I said, ‘You just head-butted me?’ And it just — everything just felt if it was in slow motion.
He was gone to me, like, it wasn’t him. He got out of the car, really, really quick and ran into the house, and I said to myself, ‘I need to get out of here.’
On her decision to file for divorce:
I said to myself, ‘I’m never going to go through that again, ever.’ I don’t think any woman should ever have to feel like that or be fearful of her husband.
I was a very good fiancé and wife to Chad. I did everything I could to make his life better. The person on ‘Basketball Wives’ is not the person at home. I don’t think he would marry me if I was.”