It's not a good time to married to a basketball player apparently. Divorce is in the air for not one, but two, Basketball Wives stars. I guess no one should be surprised, given that being a wife isn't necessarily a precursor to be on the show!
It was bound to happen, ladies; you start raking in the dough and eventually your ex-husband will come knocking and want some. Basketball Wives cast member Kenya Bellis feeling the sting of her newfound independent paycheck now that her ex-husband, basketball player Charlie Bell is demanding spousal support.
See, while Charlie makes a modest $100k playing basketball in Italy, it’s nowhere near the lifestyle he was accustomed to while playing for the Golden State Warriors, and it also doesn’t touch Kenya’s alleged reality star salary of $300k for her first season of Basketball Wives (a figure she denies).
Oh good gracious! Just when you think you’ve heard it all, one of the Basketball “Wives” gets accused of something even more random and off-the-wall than the last one! Case in point? Everyone’s favorite cuckoo for Coco-Puffs, Kenya Bell!
As you know, she in in the process of divorcing her husband, Charlie Bell, a former NBA star who now plays basketball in Italy. Apparently, Mr. Bell is tired of his wife claiming that he leads an extravagant lifestyle while she struggles to provide for the couple’s children. He is firing back, alleging that it’s Kenya, not him, who is completely careless with cash. TMZ is reporting that Charlie recently filed documents which cite her spending habits. They are as follows:
–$82,000 on a Corvette, which she drove for 3 weeks — then resold it for $61,000
— $12,000 on a motorcycle
— $20,000 on criminal attorneys
— $150,000 on “miscellaneous expenses to get even with Mr. Bell”
— $3,000 on her brother’s electric bill
— $9,000 on luggage and shoes
— and $110,000 on plastic surgeries and expenses in L.A. for the plastic surgery trips
That is a heck of a lot of plastic surgery, my friends! It seems Kenya on her own is giving the entire cast of RHOC a run for their botoxed and bosomy money! Charlie reportedly gave his estranged wife $200,000 before leaving for Italy, and he is asking the court to deny her petition for more support. Of course, divorce is expensive.
Also expensive? Weddings! But hopefully some of the costs can be tempered by a paycheck and sponsors if you’re willing to have the whole planning process and event filmed for a reality show. I’m talking to you, Ev and Ocho! Evelyn Lozada and Chad Ochocinco recently spoke with Sister2Sister about their bond, potentially outrageous wedding day details, and those pesky rumors of an open relationship.
Evelyn wants to get that gossip out of the way stat. She begins, “We don’t have an open relationship. What I was saying in that conversation is that until you live my lifestyle in my circle you don’t really understand what goes on. I’m going to honor my marriage ‘til death, but who’s to say what’s going to happen 20 years from now? I don’t know that. There are so many things thrown at the both of us.”
“How do I know? I’m human,” she continues. “How do I know one day I’m not going to f_ck up? I’m not perfect, and we live this lifestyle and things get thrown at you all the time, and I’m not going into the marriage thinking we’re just going to be perfect. That was the whole point of that.”
Well that answers that! Ev and Ocho just so happen to enjoy uncomfortable deep talks. I can appreciate that.
“We always have controversial conversations like that, and real, and I think that people were taken aback, but that’s how me and my dude talk,” Evelyn admits. “That’s how we have conversations. It’s real. We have these types of discussions and they’re very controversial.”
She also touches on a non-traditional approach to the ceremony the couple is considering. Chad, it seems, wants to be the one who walks down the aisle while Evelyn waits at the altar. I wonder what the protocol is for that…does the congregation still stand?
Evelyn reveals, “I’ve honestly been giving it some thought.” She states, “I don’t want my wedding to be your typical wedding. At the same time, that’s really not something I’m willing to give up. I think he’s a big personality, and I feel like Chad wants—we all want —our moment.”
She’s willing to compromise, saying, “I’m having my wedding planner figure out something for him, so he can have his entrance and his moment.”
Chad explains himself, telling the site, “I do everything odd. I think it’d be refreshing to do something different to have her wait at the altar for me ‘cause everyone else’s marriage failed doing it the traditional way.” The man makes a valid point. Of course, this is the same man hopes for penguins and lions to be a part of the ceremony.
One thing is for certain – in between episodes of VH1’s Basketball Wives, we’re sure to hear about the ladies. They don’t want to be forgotten during the week! Even the new girls are quickly learning that.
On the last episode KENYA BELL called you a “hater” when you stepped back from her project. How did you feel about that?
That’s one of those situations where there was a lot more back-story. When I said, ‘If it’s not gonna be perfect, I don’t want to be a part of it,’it seemed like I was being really short with her but that was not what was meant. Kenya was just very inexperienced. She’d never shot a video, never hired dancers, never had a story board. There were so many things she didn’t know and I was trying to enlighten her and consult her and she just didn’t want to hear it. Because she didn’t have a budget and because everything was kind of thrown together I felt that it was best for me to remove myself from it so that we could still remain friends. I made a professional move and I think she was offended by it. She then threw that jab at me during her dance auditions.
The issue on your race, and where you’re from, has been brought up time after time. Can you tell us about your struggles being multiracial?
It’s never easy growing up, being half of one thing and half of something else especially when they’re complete opposites. I grew up in the South and when I was born it was never cool for interracial couples to be out and about, and it was looked down upon by the white community. My father and his side of the family weren’t in my life at all, so I was a little mixed kid growing up around all white people. My family loved me and never made feel any different but in school and other places I never felt white enough. As an adult, I’m around black women that I want to relate to and now I’m not black enough. It’s like I can’t win for losing. My question of “blackness” was brought up on a previous episode by Tami. She said that I “didn’t look like a Kesha.” Whether my name is Kesha, Shaquana, or Becky—it doesn’t matter. I identify myself as black. I feel if I want to relate to you as a black woman, why would you ever want to push me away?
Just from viewing the few episodes that have aired, do you wish you’d done or said anything differently?
I didn’t want what happened between Kenya and I to be so drawn out. I didn’t want to keep arguing with her because it wasn’t worth it. The first dinner we had with Tami and Evelyn [Lozada], when we were meeting Shaunie [O’Neal], wasn’t the place to be hashing things out. And of course when you’re talking about something and you have three other opinions, things escalate and become a little bigger than what they really are. It didn’t really need to go there but that’s what the show is—all of us as a group talking about stuff. More than anything, I’m just not used to the cattiness and people being so vocal about their judgment of others.
Last week, both TAMI and KENYA tweeted that a scene about you exchanging numbers with KENYA’s husband was edited out. What was this all about?
That was such a non-issue that it wasn’t even covered on the show. The show is all about drama. If there was something really there, don’t you think they would’ve jumped on that and made it a full storyline? They’re not trying to protect me anyway, I’m the new girl. I saw Kenya’s husband out in New York and it had been two years since I had seen either one of them. I was under the impression that they were still together and didn’t know that they weren’t. We had all exchanged information when were friends way back. When we started filming the show, I think he found out that Kenya was doing it and he texted me. He sent me a text that said “Hey.” I didn’t respond to it and I immediately told Kenya—end of story. It was nothing. That’s why we didn’t see it on the show.
Hmm…she actually sounds relatively normal, which makes me wonder if she will last. Moving on to Kesha’s biffle Royce Reed, TMZ is reporting that her custody battle with basketballer Dwight Howard continues to rage on in court. Dwight is fighting for primary custody of his son with Royce, after filing documents with the court, claiming his former girlfriend tries to prevent him from seeing their son on his scheduled days. He further alleges, Royce hinders his ability to have a relationship with his son.
Royce isn’t taking any of this lightly, and she had her attorney file a motion this week to have Judge Tim Shea recuse himself from the case. In the filings, Royce claims that the judge is partial to Dwight and has a thing against baby-mamas. The documents go on to state that Judge Shea did not allow Royce to present her side of the case at a recent hearing.
In addition to the motion, Royce’s attorney filed an affidavit stating the judge told the parties during the hearing that he was going to award primary custody to Howard even though neither side had yet to present evidence. He later decided to delay his decision. Royce’s lawyer also cites a potential conflict of interest as the judge’s website lists one of Dwight’s lawyers as endorsing Shea. That can’t be good!
Many have wondered why Royce’s son hasn’t been featured on the show. Dwight had Royce sign an agreement which prohibits her from having their son on the series or even talking about him on the show.
Finally, Jennifer Williams just continues to build her brand away from the show. TheYBF.com has pictures of Jen’s recent photo shoot for the April/May issue of Today’s Black Woman Style Report. Those shots are below. You have to admit that divorce really seems to suit her. A new episode of BBW airs tonight at 8PM ET on VH1.
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After months of rumblings and unconfirmed reports, TMZ is reporting that Evelyn, star of Basketball Wives, and NFL fiancé Chad, have inked a deal with VH1 for a spinoff about their upcoming wedding. You now, the one most people, including me, still don’t believe will ever happen!
Evelyn An insider tells TMZ that Evelyn and Chad will each take home $300,000 for their spinoff, which is scheduled to begin filming in the next couple of weeks. As filming is still ongoing for the current season of Basketball Wives.
Negotiations on the series reportedly ended last week, and VH1 is expected to make an official announcement this week.
Moving on to newbieKenya Bell, aka this season’s Meeka Claxton! More bad news for Kenya as she is not only hated by her costars but her husband too, who just filed for divorce.
TMZ reports former NBA star Charlie Bell has filed for divorce in a Michigan court citing a breakdown in his marriage.
This doesn’t exactly come as a big surprise as Kenya was famously arrested back in May 2011 for attacking Charlie with a box cutter… in front of their children. Classy.
Kenya was ultimately charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence, but was able to avoid jail time by pleading guilty to the lesser charge of misdemeanor domestic violence. A photo of Kenya’s mug shot is below!
A new episode of Basketball Wives airs tonight on VH1 at 8/7c and a preview is below as well.
TELL US – YOU EXCITED ABOUT EVELYN & CHAD’S SPINOFF? WILL YOU BE TUNING IN? THOUGHTS ON KENYA’S VIOLENT PAST?
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Remember the days when people called it quits on their friendship by de-friending each other on Facebook? Yeah, that’s like so 2010.
Now, apparently the thing to do when you want to no longer be friends is tweet to the world about how much your former bestie sucks, followed by going to every media outlet that will take you and tell them how much you dislike said ex-bestie.
Another good way to end a friendship — get in a public fight with someone your ex-friend’s employ while attending the same event as said ex-friend. Aaahhh… 2012, making friendship ending bigger and more public than ever! Prime examples of the new way of de-friending? Jennifer Williams and Evelyn Lozada of Basketball Wives, Original Flavor.
TMZ is reporting that over the weekend Jennifer apparently had nothing better to do than hang out in the VIP suite at Gulf Stream Race Track in Hallandale, FL where she got into an altercation with Evelyn’s assistant Nia Crooks, who also remains friends with Jen.
Also at the event — Evelyn, herself! Apparently, in the midst of having a good time Evelyn Nia felt the need to call Jennifer out for being “too big for her britches,” a sentiment that is allegedly echoed by all Jennifer’s co-stars (aka Evelyn).
Since no one on the Basketball Wives payroll (save for Shaunie O’Neal) can remain composed in the midst of an argument, Jennifer and Nia got in each others’ faces and Nia slapped Jen!
Why were the ladies at a VIP event in the first place? For filming purposes. The producers broke up the altercation because really, that’s pretty much all they do, and restrained Evelyn from jumping on Jennifer. She just wanted to protect Nia, of course!
The police were called — because it’s sooo very VIP to call the police in the middle of event — and their report states Jennifer describes being “struck by Crooks with an open hand to the left side of her face,” while Jennifer called it “intentional.”
The reporting officer claims he saw no injuries on either woman and advised Jen that she could file a misdemeanor complaint if she was so inclined. The officer also reported that he believes the entire incident was captured on film. Lucky us!
Moving along, Evelyn is still complaining to the media about Jen despite being publicly chastised by her fiance Ochocinco for such immature behavior. Speaking to The Insider, Evelyn again explains what made her take to Twitter to put Jen on blast and reiterates that their friendship is done as done could be. Officially.
“My friendship with her is done,” Evelyn declares. “I was thinking how could I have been friends with this person who turned out to be so ugly inside.”
“Everyone knows Jennifer is bougie. Her mixed with a little bit of fame can really turn people off. She thinks she’s bigger than life right now.”
According to Evelyn the two, who have been friends for twelve years, began to have issues once she got engaged to Chad. “It started when it was all over the web that he had proposed. My thing is this: if you were proposed to, or you were with whomever, no matter what my opinion is, I’m still going to be like ‘hey girl if you’re happy, I’m there. Let me see the ring.’ She never asked to see my ring, she NEVER congratulated me. She could have gave a sh*t.”
Something also happened during the midst of filming (doesn’t it always) that was the last straw. “She did something publicly that pissed me off. I can’t say, because the season isn’t out yet, but let’s just say she did something else publicly that really pissed me off.”
Evelyn claims Jennifer has made it a full-time job talking to the media about her and that’s another reason their rift just can’t be mended. “If you go back and you search any interviews I’ve done, I don’t ever really discuss the other ladies,” Evelyn claims. Is she sure about that statement?
“Once I’m done with the show, I’m done with the show. But Jennifer, she’s agreed to do every interview, she’s constantly talking, talking, talking. And that’s my issue. Last season so many radio stations wanted to talk to me. And I never talked about her. But she can’t help herself. I had loyalty towards her. But she agrees to do these things. And I was quiet until yesterday. I finally exploded,” Evelyn reveals.
Jen accusing Evelyn of being jealous of her friendship with the very rich Ms. NeNe Leakes is what made Evelyn pick the iPhone and start a-Tweeting. “I felt like I needed to address it,” Evelyn explains. “And that’s when I said what I said on twitter. Why are you doing an interview when you’re lying?”
“We’re two months into filming and she KNOWS what the issue is. So why would you go on an interview and say my issue is with you being friends with NeNe? That’s what pissed me off. I’m cool with NeNe!,” Evelyn insists.
“Don’t make it seem like I’m hating on your friendship with other women, because I could care less! Jennifer went on vacation with a close friend of mine. I don’t care who you hang out with. I ended up calling NeNe and let her know ‘I don’t have an issue with you.’ Stop putting people into this. That baffled me. I don’t know what her angle is.”
Oh, and if you’re wondering about Evelyn’s accusation that Jen wears color contacts, Eveyln is standing by it! “Jennifer will only take those things out when she goes to sleep. In ten years I have rarely seen her without contacts,” Evelyn laughs.
Well, I eagerly anticipate Jen’s response interview! You know it’s coming! And finally, Jen is now backtracking on her original comments which set Evelyn off! Days after telling Sister 2 Sister that Evelyn was jealous of her friendship with Nene, the blog removed the article and posted a retraction claiming the conversation with Jen was supposed to be off the record and not for an interview. Uh uh.
And finally, today VH1 released the official cast photo for the new season! The above photo also features the two new castmembers — Kesha Ni’cole Nicholsand Kenya Bell.
[Photos Credit: WENN]
DO EVELYN AND JENNIFER NEED TO STOP TALKING ABOUT EACH OTHER ALREADY? WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON: EVELYN OR JEN’S?
With the first season of Basketball Wives: L.A. coming to a close this evening, the gossip behind the original Basketball Wives is ramping up with new ladies, new drama and perhaps a new spin-off for one of the cast mates that swore up and down she was quitting the show.
As you recall, Evelyn Lozada announced she would not be returning to the VH1 hit after the network’s blog posted a story about her hooking up with Terrell Owens. Now, normally that wouldn’t be such a big deal for a woman whose professional life involves pursuing professional athletes, but T.O. happens the be the bestie of Evelyn’s fiancé Chad Ochocinco. However, TMZ is reporting that it wasn’t all that difficult to lure Evelyn back into the spotlight. All it took was more money, more flexibility in her filming schedule, and oh… her own show, of course!
Insiders are revealing that Evelyn not only received a raise to return to the show, but she is also getting to call the shots. Sources say Evelyn is choosing to film around her daughter’s school schedule and not miss any of Chad’s games due to being followed around by those pesky cameras.
Not surprisingly, the icing on the cake is that Evelyn and Chad will get their own show which will film the events leading up to the couple’s nuptials. There is no word yet as to whether the actual wedding will be documented on the spin-off, but I’m sure making that happen will be as simple as Evelyn threatening (via Twitter, of course!) to quit that show.
Meanwhile, Evelyn’s cast mates Tami Roman and Shaunie O’Neal are also discussing the upcoming season. According to Tami, the ladies of Miami spent several weeks filming in New York before returning south. Also intriguing is the ladies’ confirmation of two new cast members. Does Meeka Claxton’sfate not serve as a warning to these women? Echoing what must be the sentiments of all the show’s fans, Tami admits, “I’m still surprised at how many people just wanna come into this situation. They should know by now we are not wrapped too tight. But they still keep coming.”
Shaunie is equally unapologetic to the new girls. She states that so much drama goes on with the original ladies during the off-season, that when filming begins, the newbies “just walk into the danger zone.” She adds a passive aggressive “sorry” because that will certainly make the new cast mates feel better! Regardless, and true to the show’s form, Tami promises, “It will be epic, trust me.” I certainly have no doubt about that!
Indeed as TMZ reveals the identities of the two new cast members! Pictured top middle is Kesha Ni’cole Nichols – most notorious for being dumped by NBA player Richard Jefferson back in 2009 via email, a day before their $2 million wedding!
The other newbie is Kenya Bell, who was arrested earlier this year for allegedly trying to stab her NBA husband Charlie Bell. Kesha is reportedly getting along with all the veteran cast members while Kenya is said to be butting heads with them. I wonder why!
Also (hopefully!) epic will be tonight’s conclusion of the Basketball Wives L.A. reunion. John Salley continues to drop the ball mediate as the women go back and forth with Jackie Christie. Here’s hoping some good dirt comes out, but I for one won’t be holding my breath! The episode airs tonight at 8PM ET on VH1. Watch a preview clip below!
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT EVELYN RETURNING FOR ANOTHER SEASON? WILL YOU WATCH HER SPIN-OFF WITH CHAD? THOUGHTS ON THE NEW CAST MEMBERS? WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO SEE ON TONIGHT’S L.A. REUNION?
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