For Gloria Govan, returning to the Basketball Wives was no problem, especially with the show centered around her.
During the first season of Basketball Wives, we were introduced to Govan amidst the drama surrounding her relationship with her fiancé Matt Barnes and her former Miami cast mates. After relocating to Los Angeles and surviving her first season playing for the NBA’s most recognizable team, she’s keeping busy — both as a mom to her adorable twins and taking on new challenges as a wife and businesswoman staring in Basketball Wives: L.A.
Govan sits down with VIBE Vixen to discuss her role in the new season, starting her own entrepreneurial projects, HeadBanger Accessories and if her and Shaunie plan to mend fences.
VIBE Vixen: Everyone wants to know, what brought you back to the Basketball Wives franchise?
Gloria Govan: When Matt [Barnes] got traded to the Lakers, the production company [Shed Media of Basketball Wives] asked me if there was a group of girls I would be interested in doing a spin-off with. I knew I had the opportunity to bring in the girls I liked and knew it would be awesome for the show. That’s when I came back and thought this was going to be a good opportunity for me. I wasn’t going to be the target; it was going to be with girls I actually liked.
How do you think the show will differ from the original Basketball Wives?
Majority of the women are with basketball players. We have a variety of different relationships. I’m excited to see that part of the relationships and dynamics. We have drama, and we’ve had a couple of confrontations, but, ultimately, we sat down and handled it. We just don’t keep throwing drinks at each other every time we meet.
How are the ties being mended with Shaunie O’Neal?
Shaunie and I are in the same thought that there is no relationship there. Neither one of us are interested in reconciling or moving forward together. When we see each other we are definitely cordial; we definitely stay out of each other’s way.
Who are some of the members you see yourself having a difficult time getting along with?
I think there are a couple of women that I wouldn’t say I don’t get a long with, but we just don’t see eye-to-eye. There are a couple girls, but at one part we all get along. Then there comes the natural drama. I really can’t say too much. [Laughs]
Who is the one cast mate besides your sister that you have truly felt a connection with?
Jackie [Christie] and Imani [Showalter] have been in the game, and we share some of the same connections. Jackie has been in the game for so long. Her and Doug remind me of Matt and I so much. They’ve been there, done that and have had a rollercoaster relationship. I would definitely say Jackie. She’s someone I can always go to and she’s always there to give me advice.
Hopefully this won’t be a spoiler, but will we ever see how your relationship advances with Matt this season?
People are going to get to see where Matt and I are coming from. You really get to see a different side of our relationship, and I’m excited about that.
Has Matt’s opinion changed about you continuing to be apart of the Basketball Wives franchise?
Yes, definitely. The first season he definitely wasn’t very happy with what was going down. Since we had the opportunity to pitch the girls involved in show, he really likes and respects the girls. We’ve been excited to participate in this show. His opinion and attitude has change.
Being familiar with the charity work and also your new accessories line, will we get to see a more entrepreneurial side of you?
You really get to see the 3-D version of our relationship. Not only you get to see Matt doing things like counseling, you also get to see us as parents and entrepreneurs.
How long did it take for you to get adjusted to watching yourself on television?
[Laughs] It took me a long time actually. I still have trouble. It’s hard because you look at yourself and say, ‘Oh my God, I sound that way!’ It’s something I’m still working on. I try not to watch as much, but I am finding it a little easier.
Don’t forget to check out Gloria and her cast mates in the season premiere of Basketball Wives L.A. on VH1, Monday, Aug. 29 at 8 PM ET/PT.