After taking a couple of seasons off to focus on family and other opportunities including her OWN docu-series Livin' Lozada, the reality star is back and ready to prove she is a changed person.
"I will say this is one of the hardest seasons for me because like of course I'm coming in, people are going to want me to react. People are going to want me to do certain things because they want to prove to the world that I'm still the same person," Evelyn shared with E! News exclusively. "I really don't want to disappoint anybody, but I will say that this season was the most challenging out of all seasons."
In the season premiere alone, Evelyn faced drama involving her co-stars Tami Roman and Jackie Christie. During a ‘70s-themed party, the ladies confronted Evelyn for some of her actions both online and in interviews from years ago.
"[Tami] had cursed me out and I was trying to communicate.. Seasons ago, that could've been very very ugly. I wanted to do the show again. Everything doesn't need to be an argument. We don't have to call each other bitches and hoes every five minutes," Evelyn shared. "We can actually do better and co-exist and respect each other even if we have some differences. That's my overall goal this season and I think you will see that."
It may be easier said than done. If you thought Monday night's episode was dramatic, hold on for more throughout the season.
"There were certain things that were said. We do this show, I get it, you say things about each other when you're angry, or upset, but there's just certain things, this is probably the first season where I feel like… that one cast member went way below the belt and you will see my reaction to that," Evelyn teased.
One things viewers won't be seeing is a wedding involving Evelyn and her fiancé Carl Crawford. While the couple got engaged in 2013, there are no plans for a televised wedding or public spectacular.
"Carl has no social network. He's very private. What I do is a whole other world to him. He's supportive but does he want to be on the show? No. So I think that when we do get married, and you guys hear about it, we probably would be married for a couple of months at that point," she explained. "I don't broadcast that part of my life because I've learned my lesson."
Ultimately, Evelyn is grateful her friend and co-star Shaunie O'Neal invited her back to VH1's hit series. And while many members of her family were "side-eyeing a little bit" when news broke of her return, the Inner Circle author feels a sense of loyalty to the franchise.
"Nobody understands. I am connected to this show. I'm emotionally connected. I was the first person that Shaunie called to do the show," she shared with us. "I do feel a really, really personal connection to the franchise. I want to see it do well. I want to see it evolve and take things to another level."
Basketball Wives airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. on VH1.
We Found The Interview with Evelyn That Started Fresh Beef With Tami
Tami Roman and Evelyn Lozada finally came face to face after nearly five years of not speaking on tonight’s Basketball Wives. For Tami, the crux of the beef was from an interview Evelyn had given to GlobalGrind where she felt Ev was disrespectful towards their friendship.
In the 2013 interview, Evelyn said of her relationship with Tami, “We don’t speak, we don’t text we don’t talk,” she continued, “I don’t have anything negative to say about her. She’s just not someone I choose to have in my life. It’s just how I feel.”
Now, Ev definitely didn’t say anything negative about Tami, per se, but saying you don’t want someone in your life also isn’t exactly like, nothing. So maybe Tami has a reason to feel irked by Evelyn’s return. Will friend-in-the-middle Shaunie O’Neal be able to assuage the conflict for all involved?
Watch Tami and Shaunie’s convo about the beef origins below and don’t miss a brand new Basketball Wives next Monday at 9/8c.
Was Evelyn Lozada Trying to Quit ‘Basketball Wives’?
Evelyn Lozada's return to Basketball Wives was the (second) most-talked-about moment of the season premiere. While fans are thrilled the troublemaking reality star is back on the show, Evelyn herself had some serious doubts.
Apparently, facing off with both Jackie Christie and Tami Roman in the first episode was too much for the newly drama-free Evelyn. “After the first day of filming, I text Shaunie [O’Neal] and I was like I’m not doing this. I quit,” she admits. “I did, I felt like that because it was a lot. page and it was a lot. Mind you, I had been removed from it for like four years. I was like, 'Oh my God.'”
Of course, the drama with Jackie to which Evelyn is referring has to do with Evelyn donating money to Jackie's daughter Takari Lee's crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for her son's medical treatment — something Jackie got severely dragged over on Twitter. As for Tami, well looks like she's still mad Evelyn slept with her ex Kenny Anderson way back in the day.
According to Evelyn, she wasn't sure she wanted to relive the past like that, but thankfully had a change of heart. “I was like nope, let me re-group. I signed on to do the show and I’m going to do it and I’m glad I didn’t quit after the first day,” she says.
But while we know Evelyn will stick around for this season of Basketball Wives, will it be a one-and-done? We know Evelyn has walked away before...