The “Basketball Wives” star who was known for her fiery personality and willingness to throw down in fisticuffs will soon be launching Pain Is Not Love.
“I get emails every single day from women who are still with their abusive partner and they’re like, ‘I need help,’” she told Latina magazine.
Domestic violence is an issue close to Evelyn’s heart following her 2012 altercation with Chad Johnson. The two had been married for less than two months when Chad allegedly head-butted Evelyn during an argument. The battered reality TV star called for help and was eventually taken to the hospital.
“I knew my life would never be the same. I knew the world was going to laugh at me and be mean and nasty and blame me for everything. But I had no choice. I had to go to the hospital,” said Evelyn who later admitted to life coach Iyanla Vanzant that the incident was not the first in which Chad displayed a violent side.
Many who criticized Evelyn’s often aggressive ways on “BBW,” questioned whether she’d provoked the incident. “I never lifted a finger at him,” she said.
Evelyn, whose business ventures include writing books and developing a makeup line, wasn’t necessarily trying to become the face of domestic violence, but since she has dealt with it, she has decided to do something assist those who are where she’s been.
“I don’t want to wear this hat of being a domestic violence survivor, but this happened to my life. It is what it is. I need to flip it and help people,” she told CelebTV Latina.