She came in as the outcast, but it seems Draya Michele may be one of the few cast members to return to “Basketball Wives: LA.”
Shaunie O’Neal told Sister 2 Sister that the show received a facelift. Gloria Govan Barnes and Laura Govan have confirmed that they won’t be back. Adiz Bambi announced her exit via Twitter, and Draya added that Brooke Bailey won’t be returning.
There’s been no definitive word yet on Malaysia Pargo and Jackie Christie who was nearly voted off the island during season 1.
“You’ll definitely see a lot of new things with everyone; whole new people, people you’ve never seen before,” Draya told VibeVixen.com.
Though she was borderline abused by her co-stars in season 1, being beaten in a ring and brought to tears on more than one occasion, Draya said what fans saw in season 2 really represents who she is.
“For the first season of ‘Basketball Wives,’ I kind of sent in blind and I just had to take each and every obstacle that was thrown at me. I went through every emotion a person could possibly go through. I laughed; I cried. I just went through it all,” she explained. “The second season I was a little more prepared for anything they were ready to throw at me. I had the confidence to deal with it better, so you really saw the true me on season 2.”
Draya, who was treated like the jump-off on season 1 of the show, has parlayed her popularity into business ventures, including her Fine Ass Girls clothing line. She said viewers will get to see more of that aspect of her life when season 3 airs.
“You’ll see my family more; you’ll see bits and pieces of my love life, a more intimate side of my life. It’s not so much what I’m doing for my jobs, or money. It’s just more personal, so you’ll se that,” said Draya who’s dating football player Orlando Scandrick.
It remains to be seen whether Draya will be spending more time with her son in front of the cameras, but she admitted that she’s not eager to share him with viewers.
“I have to protect my family,” she said. “When people say, ‘Well, where’s your son? Where’s your son? Where’s your son?’ it has the opposite effect on me. Instead of making me actually want to post my son [on Instagram], it puts a slight fear in me, like why are you guys so obsessed with my son? That would scare any parent for strangers to be so concerned for their child.”
Though she’s seemingly not shy about putting her own life and body out there for the world to see, Draya said she’s not an entirely open book.
“I just need people to know that I keep it private.”
Read Draya’s entire interview at VibeVixen.com.
Photos: Draya Michele
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