Evelyn Lozada Breaks Silence About Ochocinco Assault on 'NightLine'
Less than two weeks after her husband Chad Ochocinco (AKA Chad Johnson) allegedly head-butted her during an argument, Basketball Wives star, Evelyn Lozada, is finally breaking her silence about the emotional night in a new interview with Nightline.
In the interview, which airs Friday at 11:35 PM on ABC, Lozada admits that she still loves her husband "more than anything," but says she is "afraid" of him and believes he "needs to get help."
"It's the hardest thing in the world to walk away from someone that you really love," Lozada says in the segment."But, you have to walk away because I have to protect myself."
The VH1 reality star, who filed for divorce from Johnson following a domestic dispute (after just 41 days of marriage), breaks her silence about the night they argued and says she will not get back together with Johnson -- even though there is still love between them.
"I believe he loves me. I believe he needs to get help," she says. "He's a good guy that made a bad choice. He loves football and he's very driven and a great dad. He made a bad choice that destroyed his life, and I hate that I'm connected to that," she explains.
Lozada's mom Silvia Ferrer echoed her daughter's sentiments, telling Celebuzz exclusively that there's no chance her daughter and son-in-law will reconcile.
“I don’t think they’re going to get back together at all,” Ferrer told us.“It’s done. There’s no way she would ever go back to an abusive partner.”
According to Nightline, on Aug. 11, Lozada was taking groceries out of a car that Ochocinco used to drive to football practice when she said she found a bag in the backseat with a toothbrush holder and a Walgreens receipt for a box of condoms inside. The receipt was dated July 20 -- three weeks after they were married.
When Johnson came home later that evening, Lozada decided to confront him. She got in his car, asked him about the receipt and threatened to leave him.
"And then the next thing I know he grabbed me by here [pointing to her head] and he head-butted me," Lozada tells Nightline. "I felt blood coming down my face… and I looked at him and I said, 'You just head-butted me?' And it just -- everything just felt if it was in slow motion."
Lozada says she didn't recognize Johnson during the incident. "He was gone to me, like, it wasn't him," she says. "He got out of the car, really, really quick and ran into the house, and I said to myself, 'I need to get out of here,'" she explains.
That's when Lozada ran to a neighbor's house and hid. When her neighbor came home, they called the police. She then went to the hospital where she said she received six stitches on her forehead. That evening, Johnson was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery.
And just two days later, Evelyn decided she'd had enough and filed for divorce from Johnson.
"I said to myself, 'I'm never going to go through that again, ever,'" she says. "I don't think any woman should ever have to feel like that or be fearful of her husband."