Evelyn might have stayed married if abuse was kept private

    Evelyn LozadaEvelyn Lozada admitted that if the abuse she suffered from ex-husband Chad Johnson hadn’t become public, she likely would have stayed with the former NFL star.

    “I had physical scars. Obviously, I had to go to the hospital. I’m going to admit if there wasn’t, I probably would have went right back in that house and would have brushed it under the rug…I wouldn’t have wanted the world to know,” Evelyn told “Access Hollywood” about the head butt that eventually brought about the end of her marriage.

    The aftermath of that incident will be a main storyline of “Basketball Wives” season 5, premiering on VH1 tonight at 8 p.m. EST.

    “It’s still difficult even though it was a year ago, just having to watch it all over again. That was literally right after everything happened,” said Evelyn. “It was hard. I’m trying to move on with my life and now the show’s airing, so just having to deal with it all over again…”

    Viewers will get to see how Evelyn managed to heal emotionally and physically after she found a receipt for condoms that Chad bought after they were married and confronted him. That led to a heated exchange in a car that ended with a head butt. Evelyn fled from Chad and ended up at a neighbor’s and eventually at a hospital.

    Though her marriage ended publicly and many questioned whether she provoked Chad, Evelyn seems to be looking at the positive side of it all.

    “I consider it such a huge blessing. Even though it was a very traumatic time for me… It’s a huge blessing. As Iyanla Vanzant told me: ‘I was a lesson to him, and he was a blessing to me,’” she Evelyn who hasn’t had contact with Chad since January.

    “I’m moving on with my life. He’s moving on with his life,” she said. “I’m glad things are where they’re at.”

    Though Evelyn shared that she was a bit relieved when Chad took responsibility for the incident, he recently suggested that he was just playing his part.

    “Let her tell her side. And my job is to cover the story, no matter what. And that’s what I’ve done, and it’s going to stay that way,” he told Broward Palm Beach News Times. “I’m supposed to. She’s the wife. That’s my job: to cover the story. That’s the way I was taught. That’s the way I was raised. If I’m your dad and I know you did something wrong, I don’t have a choice but to cover the story for you, whether you’re right or wrong.”

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