Evelyn Lozada Covers Latina & Talks Chad Johnson Domestic Violence Incident: “I Knew My Life Would Never Be The Same”
Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada may be retiring from the reality television game.
The 37-year-old covers the August 2013 issue of Latina and tells the magazine she may be headed behind the cameras. “I really don’t see myself [being in the public eye forever],” the proud Puerta Rican confessed. “I see myself working behind the scenes—whether it’s working on my books or doing stuff on TV shows. I really want to have a family.”
After displaying some less-than-stellar behavior, including involvement in a number of catfights on the VH1 hit series, Evelyn credits the show with helping her to see the error in her ways. “When it first aired, I remember first thinking, ‘I hate my voice,’” she said. “I was like, ‘Do I really sound like that? I sound very New York!’ But I guess I am. If you give them footage to air, they’re going to use it. You always hear people saying, ‘Oh well, they edited it in a certain way.’ No. The things that I’ve said, I’ve said. The things that I’ve done, I’ve done. And I’m not always proud of it, but I did it.”
One thing Evelyn is extremely proud of is her new charity, “Pain Isn’t Love,” for women involved in abusive relationships. Evelyn created the foundation after dealing with her own domestic violence incident with former fiancee Chad Johnson. “At that point, I knew my life would never be the same,” said Lozada. “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. I didn’t want to wear the hat of being a domestic violence survivor. But this happened to my life. It is what it is. I need to flip it and help people.”
Basketball Wives returns to VH1 this Fall and the August issue of Latina hits newsstands July 9.