(LOS ANGELES) — After only six weeks of marriage, reality star Evelyn Lozada has filed for divorce from Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, TMZ.com reports. Over the weekend, the NFL player was arrested after allegedly headbutting Lozada.
Lozada said her marriage was “irretrievably broken” in court documents.
After her domestic violence incident, Lozada spoke on Tuesday for the first time.
“It is with great sadness and much trepidation that I release this statement addressing the domestic violence incident that happened this past Saturday. I am deeply disappointed that Chad has failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations against me, it is my sincere hope that he seeks the help he needs to overcome his troubles,” Lozada said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight.
“Domestic violence is not okay and hopefully my taking a stand will help encourage other women to break their silence as well. I’m grateful to my family, friends and fans for the outpouring of support during this difficult time,” she continued.
Johnson, who was let go by the Miami Dolphins following the incident, has released the following statement: “I would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred. I would like to wish Evelyn well and will never say anything bad about her because I truly love her to death. I will continue to be positive and train hard for another opportunity in the NFL. To all the fans and supporters I have disappointed, you have my sincerest apologies. I will stay positive and get through this tough period in my life.”
It has not been an easy week for Lozada. Along with filing for divorce, Lozada’s brother-in-law, Anthony, passed away from cancer. Anthony’s battle with a cancer was a story line played out on her hit reality show, VH1’s Basketball Wives.
The reality star also lost her job, as an upcoming VH1 wedding special, Ev & Ocho, has been pulled.
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