In another magazine exclusive, Hip Hop Weekly brings readers up to speed with Basketball Wives Jennifer Williams and Royce Reed to find out how they’re dealing with the on and off-air controversies of the VH1 hit series.
The Basketball Wives and associates just can’t stay out of the news. Gloria Govan’s sister Laura, who was accused of having an affair with Shaunie’s ex-husband Shaquille O’Neal, has been caught up in a mess with her fiancé, Gilbert Arenas, with whom she’s had three children. According to sources, Laura, who’s more than five-months pregnant with Arenas’ fourth child, was left stranded during the recent holiday season without funds for their children while he departed for Orlando. According to reports, which were confirmed by her rep, the on-again/off-again relationship is definitely off again.
According to publicist Laura Wright, “Govan and the children feel like they’ve been abandoned.” She’s obviously not getting any sympathy for her plight, as the Basketball Wives are still convinced that she was involved with Shaquille O’Neal, even though she declared that they were “just friends” in a recent interview with Hip Hop Weekly.
We recently caught up with Jennifer Williams and Royce Reed to find out how they’re dealing with season two of the popular season.
HHW: How do you feel about season two?
JENNIFER: I’m pretty happy with the way it’s edited. We went to Spain, and I have a birthday party to look forward to on a future episode. We don’t get to see the episodes in advance; we see them when you see them.
On the show, they’re finally talking about you and your husband Eric Williams going your separate ways. How are you feeling?
I’m okay. It was a mutual decision; you never know what the future holds, but right now we’re doing our separate things, but you have to keep watching to see what’ll happen.
How supportive are your fans?
I get a lot of feedback about the show. A lotta women can relate because there are lots of ups and down’s in relationships. People want me to give advice. My relationship is not so perfect, but I like to help people out.
Are you concerned about the way you’re portrayed on the show?
You get used to the cameras, but when I signed up to do the reality show, I decided I wanted to be true to myself. Things can be difficult because you don’t know how many people are gonna see it, but it is my reality.
As time went on, some people got closer and others put distance between each other on the show. Are you close with anyone these days?
Everyone lives all over. Obviously, Evelyn and Shaunie are really good friends of mine, and I’m pretty much cordial with everyone else. Royce is in Orlando, Shaunie is Los Angeles, and Tami & I are in New Jersey.
How do you feel about information that’s on the Internet that’s either not true or not positive?
Honestly, I try not to read so much into the blogs. They’re always gonna be there, and I understand them, but a lot of times there’s negative things, so I try not to feed into the negative energy. They’re always gonna be there. When we finished season one, we were advised not go on the blogs and read the comments.
The episode where you had the fashion show is still being discussed. I was shocked that people were not that supportive.
I mean, I thought I was close to them; outside of that, I thought they were still comin’, but I realized they weren’t when I saw what time it was. I thought it was immature, and also, this was for a good cause; we were raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness.
I thought your castmates would show since you’re like a little sister to most of the cast .
Well, they didn’t show, and maybe it’s for the best, because then we were able to show more of the fashion show than if Evelyn, Suzee and Jennifer had been there. If they had been there, the cameras would’ve had to show them being there and what they were doing.
Are you discouraged, or do you look at the fashion show as a platform?
Definitely the latter. It’s a platform – The fashion show was a success, and we’ve been asked to do more!
What do you think of the criticism you sometimes receive from being on the show?
Some people say I need a stylist, but I don’t wanna wear certain designer clothes – that’s not me.
What else is new with you?
I’m doing charity work, piggy-backing on what Michelle Obama is doing with obesity. I’ve also written a book, but it’s different than the kinds of books other people write. My book touches on things that women go through in college; the AIDS scare is an example. It’ll come out later in the year. It’s about Royce being Royce.