Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada’s 2012 has been nothing short of turbulent. Her intense relationship with former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson culminated in the summer with a dreamlike wedding on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.
Then just 42 days after, there honeymoon phase was cut short when Lozada discovered that her new husband had been carrying on an affair.
The two got into a heated argument outside of their Florida home that ended with Chad head-butting Lozada, causing a laceration on her head that required stitches. Johnson was arrested and Lozada quickly filed for divorce, forcing VH1 to cancel their wedding special on the couple.
Despite a public campaign by Johnson to win Evelyn back, including getting her face tattooed on his leg, Lozada and Johnson have remained separated.
Still, the resilient reality TV star managed to weather her rocky summer by launching fitness deals with youthH2O in the fall, and signing on to become a health blogger for Latina.com this winter.
RumorFix caught up with Lozada this week at the unveiling of her “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign, just days after Johnson announced on ESPN that he had in fact cheated on her, but thought he deserved a second chance
“This year has been a really, really tough year for me. I would probably say that I have learned that I am pretty patient. It’s just been challenging, honestly It’s kind of an emotional roller coaster,” the Puerto Rican beauty tells RumorFix.
Speaking on her split from Johnson, she reveals, “It was tough for me, but I just try to keep it positive and continue to live life. I don’t beat myself up.”
Moving on for the New York native has been made easier, she says, thanks to her support system. “I have family and friends that have been very, very supportive. I took about a month, month and a half … I just went away for a while and had to regroup and refocus. I feel like I got another chance at life, I know that may sound crazy but that’s how I feel. I’m just like, ‘Ok, we need to keep going, I’m not gonna let any of that tear me down.’ I have good people around me so it’s been OK.”
As for Chad’s recent argument that he deserves a second chance, Evelyn reveals, “I do believe in second chances. I actually had someone ask me that recently, and I do. I’m not bitter, things happen and yeah, I do believe in second chances. I would want somebody to give me a second chances, and you never know.”