Since their very public domestic violence incident hit the news, Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada has remained mum about the ordeal. Aside from statements released by both parties, many were left to speculate on what exactly happened that fateful night.
Despite the media’s and social media’s preoccupation with the couple’s demise, both parties have stayed out of the spotlight until now.
In her first interview since she filed for divorce, Lozada spoke with ABC’s ‘Nightline’ to explain why she decided to end her new marriage.
“It’s the hardest thing in the world to walk away from someone that you really love,” Lozada explained to Amy Robach, “but you have to walk away because I have to protect myself.”
Instead of criticizing her soon-to-be-ex, Lozada said she thinks Johnson loves her, but needs to work on his issues.
“I believe he loves me. I believe he needs to get help,” she said. “He’s a good guy that made a bad choice. He loves football and he’s very driven and a great dad. He made a bad choice that destroyed his life, and I hate that I’m connected to that.”
During the interview, viewers will also learn exactly what happened the night Lozada and Johnson got into the altercation that would end in his arrest.
On Aug. 11, Lozada was taking groceries out of a car that Johnson used to drive to football practice when she said she found a bag in the backseat with a toothbrush holder and a Walgreens receipt for a box of condoms inside. The receipt was dated July 20, she said, three weeks after they were married.
When Johnson came home later that evening, Lozada said she got into his car to confront him about the receipt and threatened to leave him.
“And then the next thing I know, he grabbed me by here [pointing to her head] and he head-butted me,” Lozada said. “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.”
The 36-year-old reality star said she tried to remain calm during the exchange because she said Johnson was angry, and denied he had done anything wrong.
“He was gone to me, like, it wasn’t him,” she said. “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.’”
Lozada said she ran to a neighbor’s house where she hid outside until the neighbor came home and called the police. She then went to the hospital where she said she received six stitches on her forehead.
Despite pressure and accusations that she was only with Johnson for his money, Evelyn insists she was a “good fiance and wife” and she decided to walk away from the marriage because she couldn’t imagine being in that position again.
“I said to myself, ‘I’m never going to go through that again, ever,’” she said. “I don’t think any woman should ever have to feel like that or be fearful of her husband.”
Lozada cut ties with Johnson since the incident, but wishes him well.
“I still love him,” she admitted. “I feel bad for him because his life is now a mess.”