Basketball Wives Stars Talk Weight and Domestic Abuse With Upscale

Tami Roman, Evelyn Lozada and Shaunie O'Neal open up about the show's backlash.

Posted: 06/11/2013 12:29 PM EDT
Tami Roman, Evelyn Lozada and Shaunie O'Neal

(Photo: Upscale Magazine, July 2013)

Tami Roman, Evelyn Lozada and Shaunie O'Neal of VH1's Basketball Wives are gracing the June/July cover of Upscale magazine and dishing on hot topics like the show's negativity, Roman's weight gain, and Lozada's domestic abuse incident with ex-husband Chad Ochocinco.

"People were connecting my behavior on the show with the incident with Chad. They were like, 'Well if she acts like that on the show, then I'm sure she acts like that at home.' I'm a totally different person at home," Lozada says.

The backlash from the series also affected Roman physically as she turned to food to deal with the stress caused by the show.

"I was very depressed last summer," she says. "I was dealing with some things that were going on with my mother and everything that was happening with the backlash from the show. I started eating everything under the sun. I blew up to about 190-ish pounds. I'm a tall girl, so I wear it well, but I was bordering between [size] 14 and 16 in my clothes."

Now as the show approaches its fifth season premiere this August, the three are ready to go in a positive direction — a move that started by removing cast mates Jennifer Williams and Royce Reed from the series.

"Royce has been a non-motherf---ing factor for the last two seasons, so it just didn't make sense anymore," Lozada explains. "And as for Jennifer, Shaunie is [being] nice but I'm going to tell you this, we don't condone the incident with Jennifer, but we do reality TV. You know something's bound to happen when you put a bunch of women together and there's a lot of behind-the-scenes conversation and gossip going on. So when Jennifer went on this whole anti-show campaign, it was a little tough for us as cast members."

Will you be watching the series when it returns this summer?


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