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Evelyn Lozada Shares Lessons Learned From 'Basketball Wives'

UPDATE-Evelyn Lozada is expressing remorse for spilling Jennifer Williams’ dirty laundry for millions to see on the season finale of Basketball Wives. The spicy reality TV star landed a guest editor spot with Vibe magazine and also dished on her upcoming book, fiance Chad Ochocinco, Shaunie O’Neal taking the heat for the downfall of Basketball Wives and lessons she has learned from watching herself act a fool on TV.

On what she’s learned from her paparazzi loving fiance Chad:
“I’ve learned, especially from Chad, that controversy is good. Nothing phases him and he’s like ‘Why do you care?’ I’ve learned a lot from him: the more popular and successful you become, the more haters and the more attorneys you need [laughs].

On betraying the ‘friend code’ with Jennifer:
A lot was happening during that time. I’m one of those people, I said some things and I was just like, that was not cooI. I live by loyalty and I feel like at that point I broke the friend code. I should have never broken that code and I should have never stooped down to that level. Like, if she wants to do interviews and slick comments, it is what it is. I don’t hate her. People just get caught up in this industry; you do interviews and say certain things. I truly don’t wish her anything negative, we’ve gone through a lot together as friends from moving out, men drama, all types of stuff. It’s just tough having to relive it then talk about it. You never have that time for healing. But now that the show is done and things are calming down, I’m not angry anymore about it and I don’t hate her at all. I don’t really hate anybody, I was just upset how things were handled.

She added, I miss her. We were friends for 10 years. I was in her wedding, so you know yeah, and your thinking you guys are going to do this show together, your BFF, and then your kind of like what happened? And we are mutual friends with a lot of people, so everything else became weird energy. It was tough.

On how she deals with the show’s critics:
“I’ve accepted that this is a part of my life and apart of my world now. The more the show became popular, and I started dating Chad, its been like chaos. I’m never going to hide and I’m always one of those people that say TV can be a gift and a curse, and at the same time it’s opened up doors for me that I never would have imagined.”

On Shaunie shouldering the blame for BBW:
“I’ve had conversations with Shaunie, and she is in a tough place because she wears all hats, she’s an Executive Producer, a cast mate, friend to us…it’s just tough because you’re being pulled from every angle. I can honestly say that from Season 1, Shaunie has been an advocate to find a balance.”

On lessons she’s learned:
I can look at [the show] and say, Maybe I shouldn’t have handled it like that. Maybe I shouldn’t have thrown that bottle at Kenya, you know what I mean? If I’m blessed to be on TV for another five seasons, you won’t see Evelyn doing that. I’ve learned from that situation. Me and Tami do get a lot of heat because we are straight forward and in your face and controversial. It’s not always positive, but I know we can look back and say, ‘You know what, b*tch, that wasn’t cool.’

Additional lessons:
Just to probably listen. Everyone always says it on the show, ‘Evelyn goes from 0-10.’ And that’s how I’ve always been since I was 13. Where I grew up, most people wouldn’t say, Okay, let’s have a conversation. That’s not the way things were dealt with where I grew up. You running your mouth? You talking shit? Things happen. There’s consequences for that. I’ve learned it’s not all about screaming and yelling and, ‘Oh, you’re a f*cking b*tch.’ Most of the time I don’t get my point across.

Evelyn is certainly singing a different tune – did they finally get the memo?

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