“BB Wives” star Evelyn Lozada files for divorce from Chad Johnson
Reality TV star Evelyn Lozada has just filed for divorce from NFL player Chad Johnson, following their argument which led to the football star headbutting his wife.
According to reports, the “Basketball Wives” star filed the legal documents in Florida on Tuesday, claiming her six-week marriage with Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson is “irretrievably broken.”
Lozada’s decision to file for divorce was triggered by the domestic violence incident over the weekend, where Chad Johnson allegedly headbutted his wife during an altercation. Evelyn Lozada said she found a box of condoms inside the car of her husband and decided to confront Johnson about it, and the two had a discussion about it, leading to the football player’s arrest after he physically assaulted the reality star. Lozada had a visible three-inch gash on her forehead when police arrived at the scene after she called for help.
“Given recent events in my client’s life, she has decided to file for divorce and move forward with her life,” Lozada’s lawyer, Michael Gilden told The News.
“I am deeply disappointed that Chad has failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations against me,” 36-year-old Evelyn Lozada said in an earlier statement. “It is my sincere hope that he seeks the help he needs to overcome his troubles. Domestic violence is not okay and hopefully my taking a stand will help encourage other women to break their silence as well.”
In a 911 call released by police Monday, Evelyn Lozada can be heard in the background telling a neighbor that Chad Johnson was to blame for the assault.
“She probably is gonna need stitches,” the neighbor told the 911 emergency dispatcher after the reality star fled to his residence.
The neighbor of Evelyn Lozada called the incident a “little domestic dispute” and asked the 911 operator to “not make a big scene about it.” He also expressed concern that the NFL star was out searching for his wife.
“I don’t want him to come in here and get mad at me,” the neighbor said. “We don’t know if he’s home, or looking for her, or calmed down.”
Chad Johnson was subsequently released from a Fort Lauderdale prison on Sunday morning after posting a $2,500 bond.
In light of the divorce filing, Chad Johnson issued a statement in his website on Tuesday, apologizing for the recent events that happened.
The Dolphins wide receiver wrote, “I would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred. I would like to wish Evelyn well and will never say anything bad about her because I truly love her to death.”
“I will continue to be positive and train hard for another opportunity in the NFL,” Johnson said in his apology. “To all the fans and supporters I have disappointed, you have my sincerest apologies. I will stay positive and get through this tough period in my life.”
Evelyn Lozada and Chad Johnson got married last July 4 in St. Maarten, and the whole wedding ceremony was recorded for a VH1 reality show — which VH1 decided to cancel.
“Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series ‘Ev and Ocho’ from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it,” the cable station said in a statement.