Lozada said she hopes Chad is getting help and she wants “the best for him,” but says that being apart is “the right thing.”
Johnson is expected to be arraigned in September. Evelyn filed for divorce 2 days after his arrest.
“I believe he loves me. I believe he needs to get help,” she said to ‘Nightline.’ “He’s a good guy that made a bad choice. He loves football and he’s very driven and a great dad. He made a bad choice that destroyed his life, and I hate that I’m connected to that.”
Lozada was a cast member on the VH1 reality TV series “Basketball Wives” when she was engaged to former Celtics player Antoine Walker. The couple broke up in 2009, and she began dating Johnson the following year.
After a whirlwind engagement, Lozada and Johnson married on July 4 and their much-publicized wedding in St. Maartin was the subject of VH1’s reality TV show, “Ev & Ocho.” The show, which was slated to premiere on Sept. 3, has since been dropped.
Because their marriage only lasted 41 days, which is even less than the union between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, many fans believe that it was just a publicity stunt for reality TV. Lozada refutes those claims.
“I was a very good fiancé and wife to Chad. I did everything I could to make his life better,” she said. “The person on ‘Basketball Wives’ is not the person at home. I don’t think he would marry me if I was.”
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