Although Matt Barnes has denied that he’s dating “Desperate Housewives” star, Eva Longoria, Gloria Govan said she wouldn’t be surprised if the rumors of her ex’s new romance were true.
“I’m not sure if I think they’re rumors. I think at this point having been with Matt, I don’t really put anything past him. He hasn’t directly said, ‘I’m doing this. I’m doing that.’ I’ve heard from some sources that it could be a definite possibility,” Gloria told Sister 2 Sister.
Gloria, who just moved out of the house she shared with her former fiancé last month, said she did take pause when hearing that Eva and Matt have been keeping company for at least that long.
“Dang. I haven’t even been out of the house for a month,” said Gloria. “Those are the things that float around that start to get to you in your relationship. I know he denied it, but I don’t really know too much about that situation to say it’s not true, but I don’t know enough to say that it is. It wouldn’t surprise me.”
Gloria admits some things she said on this season of “Basketball Wives: LA” may have come off as disrespectful toward Matt, but she doesn’t think that had anything to do with the breakup.
“He asked me about that. That’s not how I said it. That was disrespectful. I’d re-edit that part. That’s not how I meant it,” she said about a moment caught on camera in which she seemed to declare her independence from Matt and casually said, “He can bounce.”
“That was a heartfelt conversation between me and my sister. I was on the verge of tears. They didn’t show all that. That’s not how I feel. I actually kinda like him,” said Gloria, who admitted that the reality spotlight didn’t help things.
“I think it definitely brought on added stress to our relationship. We’re filming five days a week for hours at a time. That brings on added drama and added stress. The show wasn’t the reason Matt and I have gone our separate ways, but it has added some unnecessary drama,” she said.
Gloria isn’t dating anyone new yet, but when she does return to the romantic playing field, she doesn’t plan to be suiting up with any other basketball players.
“Someone who dates multiple players like in the same field is a groupie,” said Gloria, not specifically referring to co-star Draya Michele or Eva, the ex-wife of baller Tony Parker.
“If you continue to date athletes, you’re going to be considered a groupie. At some point in time, you have to have respect for yourself and not dip into the same cookie jar. I know women who’ve dated different basketball players. I’m attracted to athletes, but I have enough respect for Matt not to date one of his colleagues,” she said.
However, she isn’t against dating athletes altogether.
“At some point in time when I am starting to look to seriously date, it could be a celebrity or another athlete from another sport,” she said.
—Tracy L. Scott