When Evelyn Lozada decided to return to Basketball Wives a couple of years ago, there were plenty of people who questioned if it was a good idea. She had done a great deal of work with Iyanla Vanzant on Iyanla Fix My Life in order to change the table-hopping, bottle-throwing behavior we had come to know on the VH1 series, and it was assumed that being put back in that type of environment with the women of BBW could cause her to regress. The 43-year-old was able to stay above a lot of the drama for two seasons, but in the present Season 8, she’s back to partaking in mean girl behavior. We’ve already seen her jump a table in an attempt to fight, make some calls to figure out if the clothing of her co-star was fake, and take one rumor or another to the group. Viewers have certainly noticed the change, and even Evelyn can admit she might need a tune-up with Iyanla.
The reality star shared her thoughts on that in VH1’s Fandemonium YouTube series (at the 2:15 mark) where the stars of the network’s programs respond to viewer comments.
A viewer tweeted out, “Evelyn needs to go back to Iyanla #bully,” and she said that was a comment she’d seen a lot.
“Oh my gosh. I get this one — not last season, but I may get that this season,” she said. “Sh-t!”
“You know what? I may have to go back to Iyanla,” she added. “I may need to do a regroup, a soul session. She’s been a major help in my life. You’re probably right on that one. But I don’t think I’m a bully. There’s only one bully on the show.”
It’s unclear who she’s referring to (she’s likely taking a jab at Tami Roman because she often does), but I doubt many people would disagree with the bully label put on her.
Before she returned to the series in 2017, we asked Iyanla what she thought of the star’s decision to, and she was hopeful that after the work they’d done together, people would get to see a different side of her.
“Evelyn learned some very powerful lessons. What I’m clear about is that the Evelyn that’s on Basketball Wives today is not the Evelyn that was on Basketball Wives many years ago. She’s just not the same person,” she said. “And her choice of career, I’m sure that she has good reason to feel that was a good move for her. Actually, if she just went on there to share some of the things she’s learned over the years since our work together, I think that would be positive for every woman on the show [laughs]. She lives a different life now. She has a different understanding now. She has a different awareness. And if you recall our show, one of Evelyn’s greatest revelations was the things we talked about and I shared with her she hadn’t learned. She didn’t know. She had upset with her mother, she had upset with her father, she had breakdown around herself. So she learned a lot, not just from me, but what she’s done with her life as a result. So she’s a very different Evelyn. Don’t be fooled by appearances. The mere fact that she’s there may be to help somebody else.”
And while Evelyn has done charitable work to help others since returning (her time in Puerto Rico, and her recent baseball event for single mothers), fans of the show say she’s done more to stir up mess between her co-stars. Hit the flip to see all the people who’ve remarked this season that another session with Iyanla would be best for her:
Why is everyone’s messy now. The contracts must include a be messy af clause this season. What happened to the Iyanla Vanzant Evelyn???#BasketballWives pic.twitter.com/j2zhfjyppy
— Meyka Long (@TheRealMeyka) August 15, 2019
remember when evelyn on iyanla then was fake zen for a year?
but this current behavior is sad. she’s not tired after ten years? #basketballwives
— do (@itsjustdebb) July 25, 2019
So clearly Evelyn hasn’t checked in with her life coach cause this is ridiculous. Somebody make her an appt with Iyanla. Cause this is tired #BasketballWives #BBWLA
— Sunshine (@BOOGIEANDERSON) July 25, 2019
I liked Evelyn after that Iyanla fix my life. It showed her in a different light but now she back to the hopping over tables nonsense. #Basketballwives
— Jillybean (@JBlessed74) July 25, 2019