You could say Evelyn Lozada has moved on from her disastrous 41-day marriage to Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson.
She filed for divorce after the former Miami Dolphin player was arrested after allegedly assaulting her roughly a month after their July 4, 2012 wedding.
The former fiancee of NBA great Antoine Walker is starring in a new reality show, Livin Lozada, premiering at 9 p.m. Saturday on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The docuseries follows the one-time Coral Gables shoe store owner and her life in Los Angeles, cohabiting with L.A. Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford, and their 15-month-old son Leo.
Appearing on Today on Thursday, Lozada looked healthy and happy and stresses she is not the bad girl viewers saw back in the Basketball Wives days.
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“I felt like I put so much negativity out into the world with doing [the VH1 show], and after the domestic violence incident, I wanted to just do something positive,” she said. “I want to inspire women to really be strong and to have hope.”
After pleading no contest for head-butting his then wife, Johnson served 30 days in jail and was sentenced to community service and counseling in the case. The Miami native was also released by the Dolphins.
Enrique Iglesias got a lucky break. All the 40-year-old superstar faces for a run-in with cops on I-95 back in May is a $169 fine.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Iglesias was stopped after a trooper spotted an SUV northbound on Interstate 95 in the closed express lanes. As the vehicle was being pulled over, the Hero singer allegedly moved from the driver’s seat into the backseat while the passenger, tour manager Abel Tabuyo, slid into the driver’s seat, according to the police report.
Iglesias was facing criminal charges of obstruction and driving with a suspended and expired license. Since he already renewed his license, those charges were dropped. And since he readily ’fesses up to the switcharoo, “Mr. Iglesias’s conduct on May 6 did not rise to the level of obstruction necessary to justify the state pursuing criminal charges against [him],” the state attorney’s office said in a memo Thursday, closing the case.
The aforementioned fine is for a civil traffic infraction, violating a traffic control device (i.e., ignoring the closed lane). But no points on Iglesias’ record if he pays up.
When Nicki Minaj and her entourage head to Bayfront Park for her July 20 show, she’ll be bringing a lot of loot. The 32-year-old Only singer is apparently very particular about her backstage needs. TMZ obtained a copy of Minaj’s concert rider (to you and me: a set of demands) and the list is a little on the diva-ish side, including four rolls of “good quality” toilet paper (Quilted Northern or Charmin Ultra only), two strip steaks (well done) and four bottles of MYX Fusion Muscato wine. Of the latter, that’s a given: It’s her booze brand.
Celebrities better start minding their social media pages. Days after Paula Deen fired an assistant for posting a pic of Twitter that showed her son Bobby Deen in brownface as Desi Arnaz and the Southern cook as Lucy, Sean Kingston is grappling with similar issues. The Miami native was forced to apologize Thursday after one of his Facebook posts accidentally mocked someone with Asperger’s syndrome. Kingston (or one of his minions) showed followers a link to an article about Illinois teen Gavin Joseph, who was bullied and beaten. Kingston’s caption read: “Tip of the day: If you start a fight, you better know how to fight or this will be happen!” the rapper wrote, not realizing the picture of the boy with the bruised face was actually the victim. The Beautiful Girls crooner later deleted the post: “Just wanna apologize to Gavin and his family... My Facebook is not run by me!” He Tweeted the same.