Draya Michele is the “Basketball Wives: LA” star who is most definitely out of the circle.
The former dancer, who’s turned her attention to acting, has managed to keep her cool so far this season despite the intense judgment, shade and rude comments she’s received from castmates.
However, she told Sister 2 Sister that things might be changing soon. She’s forewarned viewers that she’s about done being nice to the “mean girls” of the series. So, what can they expect and why does she think she’s the outcast? She explains in Part 1 of this interview.
Tracy: Has the show been what you expected?
Draya: It’s pretty much worse than I expected only because I’m always the topic of the discussion and I really didn’t expect to play such a major role.
Tracy: Why do you think the other women on the show are always talking about you?
Draya: I have no idea why they feel the need to discuss me on every episode. I don’t know. I just know they are not a part of my daily thought process. So, it’s hard for me to understand why they feel the need to bring me up every day.
Tracy: Do you think they haven’t warmed to you because you’re not a wife?
Draya: I think they don’t have a respect for me because I’m not with any basketball players. I don’t think it’s about not being a wife. It’s only two people that’s married; everybody else is just technically a babymama.
Tracy: Your co-star Imani Showalter called you “worthless.” She apologized, but why do you think she and some of the others have such a strong and negative opinion of you?
Draya: They say a lot of things, but I’ve heard worse things from people who are more important. They’re not that important to me, but the things that they say are not that important. Everybody has dirt. Everybody has issues. If you can throw stones at somebody else, there’s obviously something going on with you. I don’t care to know about anybody’s personal life. I’m in my business.
Tracy: Have you been surprised by anything you’ve heard them say about you on the show?
Draya: I was pretty much aware of how they felt. It was up to me to try to prove their opinions wrong. It’s a challenge in life, to me, to win somebody over. If I can do it and accomplish it, then I feel good about myself. I don’t like the feeling of having everybody hate on me. I don’t want to be the most hated.
Tracy: You’ve said on the show that you’re going to stop being nice. When?
Draya: You can expect a lot of things. Just when you think it’s safe, it’s kinda not again. I can’t fly off the hinges at first … If I fight with everybody, there’s no more me. I know what I’m doing. I’m playing my part the way that I’m supposed to. I don’t kiss nobody’s butt.
Tracy: Are you still friends with any of the women?
Draya: It’s not even safe to say that I consider anybody a friend. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the end, and I don’t want to look stupid. I don’t trust nobody.
In the Part 2 of Draya’s interview, she talks about Chris Brown and Royce Reed. Plus, does she have a significant other?
—Tracy L. Scott