Basketball Wives' Evelyn Lozada on Ochocinco, Meeka's Suit, Her Friendship With Jennifer, and the Reunion
And lucky for us, we got the chance to chat with the future Mrs. Ochocinco about everything from her love for the Magic City, her beau, and the sure-to-be-infamous war between castmates Tami Roman and Meeka Claxton.
New Times: We see you back and forth between New York and Miami. But you are one of the only wives who lives permanently in the 305, correct?
Evelyn Lozada: I am. Honestly, I am on a plane a lot these days. My home base is in Miami.
Your shoe store, Dulce, is located in Coral Gables. Can we expect an expansion of any kind, to maybe Miami Beach?
We have been open for about two years. We would love to expand to maybe New York or L.A. But we are still pretty new, so we aren't exactly where we want to be just yet.
So will you be calling Boston home now that your fiancé, Chad Ochocino, is playing for the New England Patriots?
He's very happy there and he likes Boston. He's really excited for football season. But, yes, I will be there a lot.
He's very spontaneous. He's like that all the time; it wasn't just for TV. We were driving and we honestly usually don't go past Bal Harbour. So as we were driving, I was like, "Where are we going exactly?" But I now understand we had to go that far up the beach because it was so secluded. There was no one around; it was just perfect. Well, it was a little muggy.
We have seen you two from your first date to being engaged. What is it like to have the world watch your relationship?
It was a little awkward at first. But the crew becomes family, so now it's not awkward at all. Some couples on TV keep everything about them very general, but Chad and I aren't like that. We don't think twice about saying exactly how we feel. We are very honest people. You either hate or love us.
Was Chad ever hesitant to be on the show?
Last season, he was kind of like, "Well..." Now, he has a big personality, as you know, so I think he is fine with being on TV. He watches the show with me, and sometimes he will question some of the scenes with me and the girls, but he knows people like drama.