Aloha Basketball Wives L.A.! The ladies head to paradise and drama was not far behind. Jackie encourages Imani to confront Laura…but when she does, I’m guessing Jackie wishes she had kept her mouth shut. There’s about to be a coup amongst the group — after a successful surfing lesson.
The sisters Govan are shopping for swimwear to take on their upcoming trip to Hawaii. Laura quickly runs down her take on the ladies. She thinks after her talk with Jackie, things are straight between them. Her friendship with “Iman” has gone from a ten to a cool two, and don’t even get her started on Draya. Gloria hopes they can all have a lighthearted good time. Good luck with that.
Across town, Imani is hiring movers to rid her garage of all of Laura’s belongings. Imani had agreed to let her store some things when she moved back to Los Angeles, but now that she’s heard that Laura has been talking smack about her she’s no longer going to be her free storage unit.
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Last week, Lakers player Matt Barnesannounced his split from fiance Gloria Govan. The couple’s highs and lows have been well documented off the VH1 show, and prior to breaking up, the pair had postponed their wedding indefinitely. In a new interview with VH1, Gloria eats some humble pie opens up about her thoughts on the split and her outlook on the future.
When asked to discuss what led to the split, Gloria explains: “It hasn’t been an easy ride moving across the country twice, having kids at 21 when I just graduated college, it hasn’t been easy. And now Matt has the lockout, so everything has been stressful with the breakup, the lockout, everything, it’s been a whirlwind. But we’re still friends and we’re still working things out and I wish him nothing but the best.”
She adds, “Matt and I do have kids and we’re trying to be as cordial as we can right now and we’ll be in each other’s lives forever, but as relationships go, we have our ups and downs.”
As to whether Gloria wants to “sow [her] oats and date other people,” Gloria says that she couldn’t even if that is what she wanted to do. She clarifies, “I think that’s a lot of people’s assumption, that oh, she wants to f— around and f— everything because he did and it’s like NO… I’m just going to take this opportunity to take a step back and reevaluate where I wanna go in life. And I think I have a long way to go to make my mark in feature films and in my community, but I’m happy. I’m happy with where I am now.” Um, feature films? Perhaps she should get in touch with Eric Williams…
Her sister Laura Govan doesn’t think it’s the end for the couple, and Gloria admits, “My whole family is rooting for that man. I swear. They would pick him over me. I’ve learned my lesson, never say never and I think anything is possible, but right now I’m taking my time to grow as an individual. Not only for myself but for my family. We’ll see. I’m not going to say never, I’m optimistic, but for now…we’re going our separate ways.”
So does Gloria feel like she and Matt could make it work in the future? Gloria says, “Anything is possible but am I looking at them like ‘Yay, we can get back together because Laura and Gilbert have fluctuated so much and they are back together?’ No. I look up to my sister, I think she’s a very strong person but in terms of relationship, I’m walking to my own drum here.”
That’s probably a good attitude to have, as word on the street (and in the New York Post) is that Matt is already moving on…perhaps with actual feature film actress and Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria.
The Post is reporting that Barnes was spotted in New York City a few days ago dining with the starlet at Il Mulino in Greenwich Village. The pair was joined by two of Longoria’s friends. While pals say Eva is still very much dating Penelope Cruz’s brother Eduardo, sources at the restaurant reveal, “There was definitely a spark between Eva and Matt. They weren’t seated next to each other, but you could tell there was something between them. There was a little hand-holding over the table and a lot of eye contact.” Hand-holding, eh? Sounds serious!
Eva’s rep (finally, a star that should actually have one!) attempts to squash romance rumors, telling the magazine, “Eva and Matt are friends and are working together doing charity work for Eva’s Padres Contra El Cáncer. She was at the dinner amongst her other friends.”
However, this isn’t the first time the duo has been spotted together. In fact, Matt partied with Eva and comedian George Lopez on October 16 at Club Nikki in Las Vegas. Eva even featured a picture of the crew on her twitter page. That photo is below. Vegas and NYC in the last two weeks? It seems like this lockout has turned Matty into quite the jet-setter!
A new episode of Basketball Wives: L.A. airs tonight at 8PM ET on VH1.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MATT”S NEW “FRIENDSHIP” WITH EVA LONGORIA? DO YOU THINK HE WILL WORK THINGS OUT WITH GLORIA GOVAN?
In a recent interview, Jackie speaks out about the “misconception.” She says, “The biggest misconception is that we are mean and bullies, and we don’t like Draya, but that is not true. We all have something to offer; it’s a lot of judging that goes on, especially because of the way things seem on TV. But once you get to know us as a whole, we all are not bullies and are caring, compassionate women. But we are not bullies—we all are really good people once you get to know us.” Say it one more time and people may just start to believe it!
Of the infamous scene, Jackie, like all reality veterans before her, blames editing for creating a situation that appeared to have all the ladies ganging up on Draya. Jackie explains,“See a lot of people didn’t get to see everything that was being discussed. It comes off like I was being a bully, and it seemed as though we were all just coming down on her, but there were a lot of things that was edited out. Draya wasn’t crying from what I was saying to her.”
She continues, “A lot of things were talked about and said throughout the whole conversation, and yes, I am crazy about my husband, but who wouldn’t be? But I wasn’t just saying it to Draya in a way that came off to be aggressive, even though that is how it may have appeared. Yes, I do have a strong personality, but I also am a loving and caring person.”
Finally, moving on from the Draya drama, Jackie addresses her missing cast mates, Kimsha Artest and Tanya Williams. If you recall, it has been SEVERAL episodes since we’ve laid eyes on those women. Despite a fake facebook page hurling accusations that Shaunie O’Neal orchestrated their absence, both women claim they left on their own because they didn’t like the way their cast members were behaving constant drama.
However, Jackie says we shouldn’t count Kimsha and Tanya out for good yet. She reveals, “I like both of them. I do miss their presence on the show—they are going to come back on a few of the future episodes. We stopped filming now, but they did do a lot of filming separate from myself, because a lot of times we don’t film together. But I do like both of them; I would love to see them be a part of the show again in the future.”
Switching gears from Los Angeles to Miami, recently Royce Reed of the original Basketball Wives claimed she was leaving the show. Once again heading to Twitter to track her career decisions, Royce has changed her tune and decided to return for season four.
Roycetweeted, “Well, As stated last week pertaining 2 BBW season 4 tht things may change and after SEVERAL conversations I have decided 2 return for Season 4. How much, I don’t know because I won’t compromise my career. I was NEVER cut/fired and my decision to return is solely based on negotiations, and messages from my fans. I love y’all and u will see a different side of me Season 4. #ImOuttie”
While many of her fellow cast mates have threatened not to film with Royce, she did receive some love from Tami Roman, who responded, “OK, I don’t know whether 2hug u or smack the ish outta u-girl don’t take me on emotional roller coaster LOL-welcome back :)”
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF JACKIE’S INTERVIEW? IS SHE A BULLY? ARE YOU EXCITED ROYCE WILL BE RETURNING TO BASKETBALL WIVES: MIAMI? DO YOU THINK SHE WAS EVER REALLY GOING TO LEAVE?
As always, the latest installment of Basketball Wives: L.A. was basically the ladies talking smack about whoever wasn’t in that given scene. Unfortunately for Laura Govan, her name seems to be tossed around the most. Her sister Gloria heads up a charity golf tournament with fiance Matt Barnes, and Draya gets more comfortable with her spot in the “in-crowd.”
We resume last night’s episode where we left off, at Malaysia’s jewelry launch. Malaysia is over Jackie’s gushing, and she really doesn’t want to hear her and Imani’s beef with Laura. As Malaysia advises the ladies talk it out, Gloria (who Jackie and Imani just lurve) comes over to say hello. Of course, Jackie takes this opportunity to tell her nemesis’s SISTER about her issues with Laura. Jackie has also turned on her biffle Draya and wants to make sure Gloria feels badly for bringing her into the group. Seriously? Cue Lindsay Lohan and the Plastics!
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Following the cancellation of their wedding last year which was followed by Matt’s arrest for domestic violence (the charges were eventually dropped), the Basketball Wives LA stars have decided to end their relationship and engagement.
Matt confirms the split in a statement released to the LA Times. “I’d like to address the rumors surrounding mine and Gloria’s relationship,” Matt’s statement read. “We have reached the difficult decision of ending our relationship and will be going our separate ways at this time. We will work together to raise our sons and wish each other only the best.”
Matt and Gloria have two kids together — 2-year-old twins Carter Kelly and Isiah Michael. The LA Times also adds that it’s unclear on whether the former couple will be dividing their assets, which includes their Palos Verdes home.
There were signs that this breakup was coming as just weeks ago Gloria admitted her relationship was not perfect, even revealing the two had been in couple’s counseling.
And just last week, a fan tweeted to Matt that he should marry Gloria or else someone else will. Matt responded: “He can have her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Yikes.
Gloria has yet to comment on the split though she did retweet this on Saturday: “If someone is dumb enough to walk away, be smart enough to let them go. Your destiny is never tied to anyone who leaves you.”
A new episode of Basketball Wives LA airs tonight on VH1 at 8/7c.
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UPDATE – Gloria is now confirming the breakup via her twitter page. She tweeted: “I’m sure you guys are hearing a ton of buzz about Matt and Me breaking up, sorry to say… its true!!!” She later added, “But the most important thing is focusing on my kids and continuing to have a good relationship with their father, thanks for your support!!!”
On last night’s episode of Basketball Wives: L.A., Jackie played puppet master while Draya tried to keep her in check. Malaysia previewed her jewelry line, and Gloria contemplated her upcoming (maybe? maybe not?) marriage to Matt. Laura did her best to dodge Jackie’s tirades, and Imani…well, she showed up for the last five minutes.
Jackie is confiding in Draya about how Laura has been talking badly about Jackie behind her back. Given that the ladies are all at Laura’s charity event, Jackie doesn’t want to start anything, but she wants Laura to know she’s on to her. Malaysia arrives and can tell that Jackie is upset about…something.
Of course, with Jackie’s ever changing personalities, the ladies are probably used to that. Laura praises Jackie on her outfit, and Jackie politely accepts her compliment with a pointed, “Thanks, you don’t think it makes me look pregnant, do you?” There are a few more pregnancy snarks from Jackie who is pulling up her shirt to show her belly, and Laura looks a tad uncomfortable while the other girls just look plain confused. Apparently, Laura has been dogging Jackie’s fashion sense, weight, and hair all over town. Um, what’s that whole pot/kettle/those who live in glass houses saying? I doubt we’ll ever see either of these ladies on a best dressed list.
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Last night’s episode of Basketball Wives: L.A. was just a whole bunch of lunch. The ladies were meeting up left and right to gossip over whoever wasn’t invited to restaurant…and nine times out of ten, that person was Draya.
Imani and Malaysia meet for lunch. Draya has reached out to Malaysia, and Imani teases that the two will be new BFFs. Malaysia is unsure as to why Draya wants to meet up with her. Sure, she was compassionate about her situation, but that hardly means she wants to be buddy-buddy. Imani thinks it is Draya’s way of being manipulative.
Gloria heads to an audition for Cedric the Entertainer’s new show. Her first reading is dubbed “a practice round,” and Gloria says it’s hard to act as if she’s flirting with her crush when she is reading with an older woman. She is praised on her second go-round, but I don’t know if this is the kind of publicity Cedric the Entertainer was hoping for with his new endeavor.
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The Govan sisters, who are still very much in the drama on the show, are dishing as to what is yet to come this season. In an interview with HollywoodLife, Gloria Govan discusses her relationship with fiance and L.A. Laker Matt Barnes, while her sister Laura teases about what’s happening in later episodes.
Gloria explains her love of Matt, saying, “A lot of people assume my relationship is perfect, although I don’t ever recall [claiming it is]. You get a great 3D view of our relationship this season. You’ll see us going to therapy. I think a lot of people will be surprised and confused, but that’s where our relationship was.”
She also discusses bringing the controversialDraya Michele into the group, a groupie jump-off lady Laura Govan isn’t going to be biffles with any time soon. Gloria elaborates, “I kind of feel like with Draya it’s sleeping with the enemy. I feel like she has potential to be a really cool person, if she got her priorities straight. She’s not someone I would call to go to lunch, but I don’t want to body slam her.” Well, that’s kind of nice, right?
Laura agrees, asserting, “You’re going to get surprised. It’s almost like a Lifetime movie. You’re going to be like, ‘What the hell?’ You’re going to be like, ‘Laura’s so shady.’” Who thinks that? Everyone? Laura reveals, “You’ll go through a couple weeks when you think everyone’s crazy. Then its all going to come full circle.” She also wants viewers to know it’s not all about cage-boxing and cat fights. She says, “I do want to get some key things out — like, we run foundations. We do things for shelters. Besides all the drama, there are a lot of things we do do as women.”
Laura continues, “I wasn’t on this show to be famous. I wasn’t trying to win an Oscar. I’m not sure if I’d do a second season if asked.” Well, there’s good news…she’s not expecting an Academy Award for her work on this reality show. Further, I’m glad to see she’s taking a page from the Bravo Housewives play book and saying she may not want to do another season. If she’s not asked back, it will be imperative she has these statements printed so it doesn’t look like she was fired.
Gloria, on the other hand, isn’t going anywhere if season two is a go. She exclaims, “I hope we get offered another season. I would jump on the opportunity.”
Bad editing or drama-avoiding no-show? If you’ve been following the craziness behind Basketball Wives: L.A.’s Kimsha Artest’s absence from recent episodes, the viewers may finally have a resolution. While stories swirled that Kimsha had gotten the freeze-out from producers, she is now insisting that she didn’t get cut out of the show. Instead, she maintains that she took herself out of the drama because she didn’t want to be associated with such cattiness.
In an interview with BlackSportsOnline, Kimsha explains, “I don’t want to be affiliated with the shenanigans, the drama, the back and forth…it’s uncalled for, it’s childish, and it’s just not me.” She goes on to explain the fake Facebook fallout, stating, “Anybody who read that could have known that’s not me. Period.” As for legal ramifications with the faux page, Kimsha continues, “We’ll definitely figure out who it is. I’ve got a good idea, but I ain’t gonna blow them up just yet.” When asked if there is any truth as to the rumored beef with her and Miami’s Shaunie O’Neal and Evelyn Lozada, Kimsha replies, “I don’t know Shaunie. I don’t know Evelyn. What beef?”
The producers of the VH1 spin-off seem to be on the same page, relaying that Kimsha wasn’t edited from the show, instead she just stopped showing up to film. While the show’s creators may not agree with how Artest left, they are corroborating her side of the story. The producers issued a statement saying, “When Kimsha Artest signed on to be in ‘Basketball Wives: LA,’ we were very excited to have her onboard. That is why we were confused and disheartened when after a limited number of days shooting she stopped showing up for filming. This is the sole and only reason Kimsha has not appeared on more episodes of the series. Her minimal coverage on the show was entirely her decision and not that of Shed Media, VH1 or Executive Producer Shaunie O’Neal. ‘Basketball Wives: LA’ continues to be a ratings success for VH1 every Monday night.”
Now that we’ve solved the mystery of the absent cast member, a new episode of Basketball Wives: L.A. (sans Kimsha) airs tonight at 8PM ET on VH1.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF KIMSHA’S STATEMENTS? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE A SECOND SEASON OF BASKETBALL WIVES: L.A.?