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VH1 Basketball Wives

Move over Bravo Housewives! There are some new wives on the block! Pictured above from left to right are Jennifer Williams, Royce Reed, Erikka Moxam, Shaunie O’Neal, Evelyn Lozada, Suzie Ketchem and Gloria Govan, the cast of VH1′s Basketball Wives.

The show will follow the extraordinary lives of seven women who are best friends and either the wife, ex-wife or girlfriend of an NBA superstar. There has also been some major cast changes since the show was first announced last year.

The series will showcase the lives of these women as they drive the best cars, live in the biggest mansions, wear designer clothes and jewelry and only travel first class. However, viewers will quickly see that all that glitters is not gold. In order to protect it, they have to deal with the jealousies and dramas of living in — and staying in — the inner circle.

The most recognizable of the women will have to be Shaunie O’Neal, soon to be ex-wife of Shaquille O’Neal. Basketball Wives premieres on VH1 Sunday, April 11 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

From what we’ve seen and heard, the show will NOT dissapoint. We also have brief bios and photos of each of the ladies, as well as some secrets and scandals involving the ladies. More of that below -

Royce ReedJoyce Reed Braylon Howard

Royce Reed – The 29 year-old is college educated, and a former Orlando Magic dancer. Royce is described as a firecracker, a strong-minded, driven woman who is no stranger to confrontation. She is also the ex-girlfriend of NBA star Dwight Howard. The two have a son together. Royce is pictured on the right with son Braylon Howard, born on November 18, 2007. Dwight however waited until 2008 to publicly acknowledge his son.

There has also been some major drama between Royce and her ex. After some reports hit the web that Dwight was a bully and a less than stellar father, Dwight took his son’s mother to court accusing her of cyber bashing him, and suing her for $9,205,000 in damages. The douchebag didn’t stop there. He also took Royce to court back in December 2009, requesting that she not be allowed to speak his name on the reality show. Royce has agreed to this according to reports.

Some have accused Royce of being a groupie, she has however denied this saying she dated Dwight for a while before bearing his son. Royce also made some headlines some months ago when she decided to enter a raunchy “dance” contest while in Maimi. The video of that is below.


Antoine Walker and EvelynEvelyn Lozada

Evelyn Lozada – The 34 year-old is the ex-fiance of former NBA star Antoine Walker. And yes Antoine is the NBA Player that made headlines last year for being broke after having earned more than $110 million playing professional basketball for 12 years. Not only is Antoine broke, he also owes more than $4 million to his creditors and is facing felony check fraud charges in LasVegas all at the tender age of 33.

Evelyn reportedly bounced once Antoine’s money dried up. But don’t paint her as a villain just yet, as a source tells us Antoine treated her very poorly during their 10 years of courtship. Antoine was reportedly never faithful to her. Evelyn is also said to have a 17 year old daughter. A photo of Evelyn with her daughter is below.

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Shaunie O’Neal – Is the soon to be ex-wife of NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. A lot to report here. The couple married December 26, 2002 and have a total of four children together. Shaunie however had a son from her first marriage and Shaq had a daughter from a previous relationship giving them a total of 6 kids.

Shaq first filed for divorce back on September 4, 2007, citing that his wife was having an affair with her personal trainer. Shaunie denied this claim and they eventually reconciled. This accusation was all the more interesting considering Shaq is VERY WELL KNOWN for his cheating and having multiple girlfriends while married. One of his mistresses, Alexis Miller, got a restraining order against him back in 2008. Another mistress Vanessa Lopez, filed a lawsuit against him in January 2010, accusing him of harassing her.

The biggest shocker however came in November 2009 when it was revealed Shaq was having an affair with Laura Govan, the fiance of fellow NBA player Gilbert Arenas. Interestingly enough, Laura’s sister, Gloria Govan, is a cast member on this show. 5 days after this made headlines, Shaunie filed for separation. It was also reported that Laura was a friend of Shaunie’s.

But before you go feeling sorry for Shaunie, she might not be that innocent. The big rumor is Shaunie was still married to her ex husband Daven Baptiste, when she began an affair with Shaq. Daven was Shaq’s accountant at the time, before allegedly finding out his wife was not only sleeping with his boss, but had also gotten pregnant by Shaq. This allegedly led to the couple’s divorce. Daven has however never spoken publicly about his marriage with Shaunie.


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Gloria Govan – Is only 24 years old and is the fiance of NBA star Matt Barnes who plays for Orlando Magic. Gloria and Matt have twin boys.

gilbert-laura-govanAbove is Gloria’s sister Laura Govan, with fiancée Gilbert Arenas who plays for the Washington Wizards. Laura, who has been on/off with Gilbert since 2001, and had 3 kids with him, was allegedly sleeping with Shaq for the past 5 years. Shaquille’s wife Shaunie O’Neal, is also on the show. TheYBF website was able to get their hands on some email exchanges between Shaq and Laura last year in November. Days after the story leaked, Shaunie filed for divorce. And oh yeah, Shaunie and Laura were also friends.  TheYBF site has since deleted the story and emails from their site.  A screen shot of the email exchanges between Shaq and Laura is however below -

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Other than her sister’s alleged affair, there’s not much dirt on Gloria though there are rumblings she and her sister are gold-diggers due to their relationships with NBA players.  There are also rumors there is trouble in paradise for Gloria and her fiance Matt.  There are rumblings Matt has been very unfaithful on many occasions, and the couple will likely not make it down the aisle.


Basketball Wives Jennifer WilliamsJennifer Williams – Is the wife of former NBA Player Eric Williams who has played for the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Bobcats. Not much on Jennifer, other than a rumor that her marriage is on the rocks.

 

 

Suzie KetchemSuzie Ketchem

Suzie Ketchem – Suzie is said to be the social butterfly of the group. She dated NBA player Michael Olowokandi for 10 years and the two have two children together. There are however rumblings that she’s a groupie and tries very hard to befriend celebrities.

 

 

Erikka MoxamErikka Moxam – Is a personal shopper from Miami. Not much is known about who she dated or is dating to get on the show.


Youtube video of Royce Reed dancing in a contest in Miami. She’s the one in black.



Bethenny Frankel March 31

OK magazine has now released the official photos from Bethenny Frankel’s wedding.

The Real Housewives of NYC star tied the knot with Jason Hoppy at the prestigious Four Seasons in NYC this Sunday. “It’s so cliché, but it was the best night of my life!” Bethenny tells OK!. “It was just like Jason and me — sentimental, fun, absurd at times. I didn’t know it was possible to be this happy.” The photo gallery is below.

NYC Housewives Recap – Last night’s episode of the NYC Housewives brought us more Jill vs. Bethenny. In case you haven’t been keeping up, the two have yet to make up, and Jill Zarin even went as far as to refer to Bethenny’s wedding as “circus like” just days ago.

Now back to this episode, we see Bethenny get upset over an article in a NY newspaper detailing the demise of her friendship with Jill. Bethenny suspects Jill planted the article, and something tells me she’s right.

Bethenny then calls Jill in an attempt to mend their friendship, Jill puts Bethenny on speaker phone and doesn’t tell her LuAnn is in listening. Things take a turn for the worse and Jill declares their friendship “done.” Bethenny, who didn’t seem to realize just how severe their “fight” was, is seen crying and being very emotional.

What really stood out in this episode to me was the email Jill sent Kelly, basically scolding her for befriending Bethenny and trying to pressure her to be only Team Jill. Seriously is Jill still in high school? So Kelly is “not allowed” to talk to Bethenny if she wants to be friends with Jill. That email showed Jill’s true colors, and I must say, they are far from pretty. This, in addition to Jill saving Bethenny’s “you need a hobby” voicemail and playing it for who ever is willing to listen, continues to show just how petty Jill is. I would love to hear Jill’s defense to sending Kelly that email.

I must also say kudos to Kelly for confronting Bethenny and calling her out for being some what of a hypocrite. I’m a Bethenny fan but I agreed with Kelly all the way last night. Bethenny shouldn’t have been whining about being bashed in the press considering she did that to Kelly last year, with every chance she had. This moment of confrontation brought us a “real Kelly.” It was good to see her being human for once and not the typical ditz she usually is.

However seeing Kelly throw herself all over the Playboy interviewer brought us back the old Kelly, and quite frankly the whole charade was a bit embarrassing to watch. I mean the poor guy had to ask her out, she was ALL OVER him. Kelly is then seen later in the episode saying that she decided not to go out with him after all. Sure Kelly, but something tells me Mr. Playboy never called her, but you be the judge of that.

TELL US – WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS EPISODE? WAS JILL OR BETHENNY OUT OF LINE?

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kourtney Bikini Cover

New mommy and Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kourtney Kardashian is not missing a step, as the 30 year-old mommy dons the cover of Life&Style magazine in a bikini just 3 months after giving birth!

The reality star who gained 40 pounds during her pregnancy has now lost astounding 33 pounds in just three months. “Being with Mason was so much more important than working out,” says Kourtney on why she took her time to lose the pounds.

Kourtney reveals she weighed 100 pounds before she got pregnant with son Mason, who was born in December, and now weighs 107, just 7 pounds away from getting back to her pre-pregnancy weight. She is however embracing her new curvier body, “I really like having this womanly body,” Kourtney tells Life & Style. “Khloé keeps slapping my butt because she loves that I have a booty now!”

Another unexpected side effect was Kourtney’s breast size which went from went from a 32C to a 32F! In 2001, Kourtney got breast implants to increase her small B-cups to full C’s.

So is Kourtney ready for baby number two? “I don’t know. I’ll see what happens, but I’m definitely not opposed to it,” says Kourtney.

As for her boyfriend Scott Disick’s reaction to her new body, Kourtney shares, “He’s always complimentary. He loved my post-baby body, but I think he’s excited I’m getting my old body back too.”

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It is finally confirmed.  Atlanta attorney Phaedra Parks has joined the cast of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

We reported this back in February, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has finally confirmed the news via April Love, a PR rep for Lisa Wu Hartwell.

The surprise however comes in the form of Cynthia Bailey, a model who has also been cast.  This brings the total number of Atlanta Housewives to a large seven.  The five returning housewives brought us so much drama last year, one can only imagine what the addition of two new women will bring.

As for what is known about the ladies, Phaedra is a high power celebrity attorney that has represented celebrities such as Jermaine Dupri and Bobby Brown. She recently got married to Apollo Nida, and according to various reports, her husband has a rather impressive criminal background, and reportedly did a couple of years in prison.

As for Cynthia, she has a daughter with actor Leon Robinson aka Leon, and apparently has a lot of celebrity friends.  She is reportedly best friends with actors Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker.

This is a smart move on Bravo’s part as there had been rumors the five returning Atlanta housewives were all getting along, so these two new additions to the cast should shake things up a bit. After all, we would not want to watch an entire season about the women being nice to each other right? Anyone remember the infamous boring season 2 reunion?

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Real Housewives of New York City

Funny how time flies, we are already on to the 5th episode of The Real Housewives of New York City.

Tonight’s episode is appropriately titled “Tensions Escalate Between Jill & Bethenny,” as we get to see the former BFFs go through another volatile confrontation, this time by phone.

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What causes tonight’s tension between the two? Apparently Bethenny discovers a gossip article about her damaged relationship with Jill and suspects it has Jill’s fingerprints all over it, leading Bethenny to then call Jill in an attempt to repair the damage between them.

We also get to see Alex invite Ramona, Bethenny and Kelly to help her pick designers for Brooklyn fashion week, but during the meeting, Kelly confronts Ramona and Bethenny about how they treat her – causing the meeting to end on a sour note. Meanwhile, Kelly is elated when she meets a potential new suitor who must interview her for her Playboy article and spread.

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Gretchen Rossi at Perez Hilton Party

Has OC Darling Gretchen Rossi been caught in another lie? Rumors hit the web last week that the Real Housewivew of Orange County star was lying about creating her make up line and more importantly, she was accused of lying about the Jeff Beitzel Foundation she claimed to have created on behalf of her late fiance, Jeff Beitzel.

There was only one problem, no one could find out any proof that such a foundation existed, causing Gretchen to go on her facebook page and defend herself. She claimed, “The Jeff Beitzel Memorial Fund is with the Leukemia Society in O.C.! People can make donations 2 this fund directly by writing “For the Jeff Beitzel Memorial Fund.”

There’s only one problem however. The Jeff Beitzel Foundation does in fact NOT exist with the Leukemia Soceity in O.C. How do we know that? Well that comes directly from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. One of our savvy readers, Help Me Rhonda, decided to email the Leukemia Society, inquiring about the foundation, and the response she received is below -

“It appears there was a misunderstanding about the establishment of a “Jeff Bietzel Memorial Fund.” or a “Jeff Bietzel Foundation.” The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has not set up a fund in Jeff Bietzel’s name. Any donations sent to LLS in honor of Jeff Bietzel will be used to support LLS’s mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.”

So basically the Jeff Beitzel Foundation Gretchen claimed to have created does NOT exist. And Gretchen has claimed via multiple media outlets that she created this foundation.

Back in January, the OC star wrote on her bravo blog“Download the song on iTunes, and proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Jeff Beitzel Foundation I started in Jeff’s honor.”

And then the following was also written on her myspace page“Gretchen has decided that she will be donating proceeds from the release of this song to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Jeff Beitzel Foundation she has created.

Note the key words used, she claimed she “started” the Jeff Beitzel Foundation in her Bravo blog, and then claimed she “created” the foundation on her myspace page. Not sure why Gretchen feels the need to lie or embellish something like this. She should have just said, proceeds from her song will be donated to the Leukemia Society in honor in Jeff. This isn’t the first time the OC star has been caught in a lie. She first denied ever being romantically involved with Jay Photoglou, before incriminating photos of the duo were leaked all over the web.

TELL US – DO YOU THINK GRETCHEN PURPOSELY TRIED TO MISLEAD THE PUBLIC?

UPDATE: A screenshot of the email sent to our reader is below, click the read more button.

UPDATE #2 – The following statement was issued by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) :

“In conversations that took place last year between Gretchen Rossi and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) there was  a  miscommunication   concerning the establishment of a Jeff Beitzel Memorial Fund.   A  fund  has  not been set up by LLS  and we apologize for any embarrassment this may have caused Miss Rossi.  The Leukemia  & Lymphoma Society  will work with Miss Rossi     to identify a researcher who will be named in Jeff Beitzel’s memory.  The funds previously raised and any additional funds , such as those that may be forthcoming from the sale of Miss Rossi’s song  on iTunes,   will be used to help support the LLS mission.   LLS appreciates the  effort put forth by Miss Rossi.”

Didi BenamiTim Urban

Didi Benami was eliminated from American Idol last night, making her the third finalist to leave this season.

The 23-year-old waitress from Knoxville, Tennessee found herself in the bottom three with Tim Urban and Katie Stevens. It was no shocker seeing Didi at the bottom this week after receiving heavy criticism for her rendition of Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.”

“It was like swimming in jelly,” Simon said of Didi’s Tuesday night performance, adding that it was over-the-top, old-fashioned and off melody.

And though Didi gave a great performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” last night, the judges did not save her with their Judges’ save. Simon however told her she was “a million times better” than her Tuesday performance.

The question that is now on every one’s minds seems to be why does Tim Urban continue to stay on the show despite receiving harsh criticism from the judges week after week? Well it seems Tim might be this season’s “Sanjaya” as the website votefortheworst.com (which urges America to vote for the worst American Idol contestant every year) has deemed Tim the worst this season, which might explain why he continues to receive plenty of votes.

TELL US – DID DIDI BENAMI DESERVE TO GO HOME LAST NIGHT?

Byson Bryant

Bryson Bryant, son of Nene Leakes, star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, has been arrested once again.

Bryson, who has made several appearances on the Bravo hit show, was released from a Gwinnett County Detention Center at 3:35 a.m. on Tuesday. “The charges are possession of a controlled substance and weapon by jail inmates,” according to law enforcement. “That means he had a weapon with him when he was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.”

This is Bryson’s second arrest in a span of one month. He was arrested on March 7 for possession of marijuana  and failure to show up to court.

At the time, Nene called the arrest a “family issue,” releasing the following statement – “Like any parent, I am disappointed with the actions and arrest of my son, Bryson.  My son is not the first young adult to experiment with marijuana, and he certainly won’t be the last. Still, as parents, this is a chance for us to have an open dialogue with him about the dangers of any substance abuse. I realize as a parent that my job is never done. And as I’ve tweeted, tough love was in order.”

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