Reality TV star Evelyn Lozada, is speaking out for the first time about her estranged husband NFL player Chad Johnson.
Ev is saying that she has no intention of getting back together with Chad and refuses to talk to him. Even though she loves her husband “more than anything,” she’s “afraid” of him and believes he “needs help.”
“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.”
Now, the day of the altercation, Ev claims she was taking groceries out of a car that Johnson used to drive to football practice when 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, three weeks after they were married.
When Johnson came home later that evening, she 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 hair [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 — everything just felt like 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.
Johnson, 34, was arrested that evening and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. He spent the night in Broward County, Fla., jail, and was released on $2,500 bond, according to jail records. Following his arrest, the Dolphins cut the six-time Pro Bowl receiver from the team.
Just two days after the incident, Lozada filed for divorce, ending the couple’s 41-day “fairytale” marriage.
“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.”
Johnson denied that he head-butted Lozada, and in fact, told police Lozada head-butted him. An avid Twitter user, Johnson has used the social media tool to air his feelings about these past few weeks.
“I made the bed now I gotta lay n it,” he tweeted to his 3.7 million followers on Wednesday.
In response to a fan who asked why he deleted his bio off his Twitter page, Johnson tweeted, “I got to start life over and create a new one.”
Just a day before Lozada filed for divorce, Johnson posted a statement on his official website, OCNN, saying,
He continued, “I will continue to be positive and stay training hard for another opportunity in the NFL. I appreciate all my fans and supporters and if I have disappointed you in any way, you have my sincerest apologies. Once again I will continue to stay positive and appreciate all the support during this tough period in my life.”
After a whirlwind engagement, Lozada and Johnson tied the knot on July 4 and their much-publicized wedding in St. Maartin was the subject of VH1’s reality TV show, “Ev & Ocho.” The show, which was slated to premiere on Sept. 3, has since been dropped.
Because their marriage only lasted 41 days, some skeptics claim that it was just a publicity stunt for reality TV, but Lozada said that was not the case.
“I was a very good fiancé and wife to Chad. I did everything I could to make his life better,” she said. “The person on ‘Basketball Wives’ is not the person at home. I don’t think he would marry me if I was.”
She hasn’t been back to the couple’s home since the incident, Lozada said, and believes that being away from each other is the “right thing” for both of them.
“I still love him,” she said. “I feel bad for him because his life is now a mess.”