Evelyn Lozada may not have stood by her man, but she’s definitely standing by her woman.
The reality star is coming to the defense of her friend Rihanna since the “Stay” singer made it official that she’s back together with controversial ex Chris Brown, the man who infamously and brutally assaulted her in 2009.
“Their incident happened years ago and he’s [Chris] been though a lot because of it as well. And if he’s changed and gotten the help that he was supposed to get, I don’t see anything wrong with it,” Lozada told Celebuzz in an exclusive interview.
And Lozada knows all too well what it’s like to be involved in a violent relationship.
The Basketball Wives star filed for divorce last September from husband, former football player Chad Johnson, after just 41 days of marriage when he was arrested and charged with battery for hitting her and leaving her with serious head injuries.
But even though her romance ended with her being single again, she says she won’t judge Rihanna for sticking with Brown through thick and thin.
“I feel like if it works for you, then great. If he’s gotten help and changed then even better,” she said.
“That’s her life and I feel like that’s another reason why I love and respect Rihanna.
“She doesn’t fall into what she thinks that she do for the people. She lives her life,” she added. “It’s hard to do that when so many people have an opinion. We don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Nobody knew that I was dealing with this.
“I hope he’s [Chris] changed and he respects her and loves her and obviously will never go down that path again. I think he’s learned his lesson.”
She also says the public has the wrong perception of the hit R&B maker.
“The misconceptions are that she’s just this wild and crazy because that’s all people get to see. But I’ve been with her behind closed doors. She’s amazing,” Lozada said.
“I mean, this is the same person I see hug and kiss her cleaning lady. She’s loving and super super sweet and amazing to me and my daughter,” she added. “I think people put so much pressure being a role model and that’s a lot of pressure when you’re just trying to live your life.”
Still, she does have some advice for Rihanna, should red flags resurface.
“You know the signs and if you see him regressing you know that look in the eye when things go a little left here. My advice would be, ‘Hey, if you see the sign you immediately leave.’”
And she has no regrets about giving the R&B star a second chance.
“I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that,” she told the mag. “Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.”
Although Lozada and Johnson aren’t on speaking terms at the moment, and won’t be getting back together, the 37-year-old mother still holds out hope that, like Brown and Rihanna, they can at least be friends.
“I truly believe people can change,” Lozada said, who’s turned her negative into a positive by channeling her future into a new clothing line and as the face of a new campaign for youthH20.
“I don’t have any ill will toward him. I’m not bitter. And I do truly believe that one day we’ll be able to be friends, just not right now.”
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