Evelyn Lozada’s split from Chad Johnson was the focal point of the Basketball Wives Season 5 premiere, rehashing the developments of last year.
Ones that are clearly still raw, despite time partially healing the wounds.
Evelyn Lozada wed the NFL star in mid-2012, but they split just six weeks later after a fight that ended with him arrested for domestic violence.
Accused of infidelity after she allegedly found a condom receipt in the car, Chad Johnson head-butted her during the ensuing, heated argument.
Monday's Basketball Wives premiere showed Lozada deciding to go public with her story and meeting with her publicist to schedule a series of interviews.
There was a dramatic dinner with her castmates to discuss her relationship and a heart-to-heart between Lozada and her daughter Shaniece.
It was Shaniece who advised her mom not to reconcile with Johnson.
“I don’t really think that’s a good idea,” Shaniece told Evelyn, who was considering doing so, adding that, “I didn’t like him from the beginning.”
Lozada’s daughter added later that her decision to file for divorce immediately after suffering bruises at her then-husband’s hand was the right one.
“I’m proud of you,” said Shaniece.“And I’m sure there’s a lot of other women who are proud too. Starting over isn’t so bad. We’ll start over together.”
Not that it was easy. Evelyn Lozada has admitted that had the domestic violence remained private, she likely would’ve stayed with her husband.
“I had physical scars. Obviously, I had to go to the hospital. I’m going to admit if there wasn’t, I probably would have went right back in that house."
"Would have brushed it under the rug. I wouldn’t have wanted the world to know,” she told Access Hollywood. “It’s still difficult even though it was a year ago."
"That was right after it happened. It was hard. I’m trying to move on with my life and now the show’s airing, so just having to deal with it all over again…”
Though Evelyn shared that she was a bit relieved when Chad took responsibility for the incident, he recently suggested that he was just playing his part.
As for reports that the two may still reconcile, Lozada says that while she and Johnson are on better terms these days, there is no way it's happening.
“I’m moving on with my life. He’s moving on with his life,” she said.
“I’m glad things are where they’re at.”