Gloria Govan & Matt Barnes On Returning For 'Basketball Wives' Season 2
Gloria: I don’t really have a comment about it. I wish I knew who that person was so they could confront me about it face to face but for what it is. I don’t pay attention to those types of rumors. Matt and my family are extremely close and I always say blood is thicker than water. I firmly believe that so to alienate Matt from his family would be absolutely ridiculous.
Matt, you took to twitter to air out your grievances about the women on Basketball Wives. Elaborate on what set you off.
Matt: I just think their focus and their attention could have been in a different direction considering that me and Gloria and Eric [Williams] and Jennifer were the only couples on the show. And I think the whole thing with Shaq and Gloria’s sister kind of went south and kind of dropped while the show was on and I just feel like Shaunie tried to flip the script and blame Gloria, when Gloria had nothing to do with it. And then the rest of those girls—Evelyn and all those other girls—want to tell their sob stories and air their dirty laundry to the world and just because as a couple we choose not to do that doesn’t make us no better or no worse than anybody else. We just decided to keep what’s personal between us in our household and I think that’s how every family should treat it. If you saw the other women on the show acting a mess crying and telling their story, then that’s well within their rights but I just didn’t like how they tried to attack myself and Gloria—poke holes and dig up dirt—that’s really none of their business.
Do you still have hard feelings?
Matt: It’s not hard feelings. I just take them for what they are. I wouldn’t want to be associated with them and I don’t know what’s gonna happen when I see them, to tell the truth, but I don’t really have hard feelings. It is what it is.
And you’re taping season two right?
Matt: Yeah. We’re taping somewhat. I think the season has already s started [taping] and we’re gonna jump on a little later. I think it’s gonna be more just our family. That’s what I’m hoping, that’s what Gloria and I’s understanding are. So hopefully it just focuses on us and the kids and what we got going on so hopefully we don’t have to associate with the rest of the crew.
Why the decision to join season two after being so vocal about not coming back?
Matt: I just think there was a lot of negative but a lot of positive came from it too. Gloria and I sat down and talked and we decided we gotta use the show the way they’re trying to use us. A lot of doors have opened up for her in opportunities that she would like to pursue for a career and a few things have opened up for me as well and with us moving back to LA even more doors are gonna be opened. So we feel that we can use the show the way they’re going to try to use us to get into our lives and our family.
Elaborate on some of those opportunities that opened up.
Gloria: There’s definitely been more opportunities to do a couple live features—interviews and photoshoots in more national magazines, so those are some of the things that were working on. And you never know I may be even doing something like hosting a show or something of the sort—being a major guest on a talk show. Those are some of the things but the doors are starting to open. We’re still talking to people to see what options are out there for us.
How has your relationship with Shaunie improved?
Matt: I haven’t spoken to Shaunie. I spoke to Shaq. Me and him kind of talked a little bit and we settled everything down. Personally, I would have liked to talk to Shaunie on the phone but I never got her number, I never got that opportunity. Maybe me going on Twitter saying stuff was a little out of pocket but at the time, it was the only way for me to reach her. But if we cross paths and me and Shaunie sit down and talk, that would be great. That’s not something I need to do but if it happens it happens. Shaq and I spoke to each other, we’re former teammates and we’re cool. And like I said, if me and Shaunie cross paths and we talk then I’m sure everything will be ok.
And Gloria, will you be interacting with the women like in the first season?
Gloria: My goal is not to but I have kept in touch with Suzie.
Gloria: Yeah [laughs]. We’re obviously not the best of friends but we are very cordial. We have a mutual respect for one another so she was the only one I agreed to film with. The other women, I’m not really interested in.
So what will your role on the show be since you’re joining late?
Gloria: I think our role will show the behind the scenes of what it is to move, to find a house and finding schools. It’s that kind of hardship that I think a lot of people think is so glamorous because we move around so much, but really there’s a lot of work that goes into that. I’m excited for people to see that and see what we deal with on a regular basis.
What do you want people to take away from you the second time around?
Gloria: I just want people to know our relationship is never nor will it ever be perfect and that’s ok. I don’t think relationships should be rushed to what outside society wants. When you allow letting people in that’s when it starts to get messy and it becomes more stressful than it has to be. Relationships are tough and you have to work at them. You don’t have to submit yourself to what other people think and how they feel you should be doing in a relationship.