Shaunie O’Neal Says The Rumor That Evelyn Slept With Her Ex “Definitely Affected The Relationship Between Tami And I”
Yesterday, we told you how there are people who consider Shaunie O’Neal a “fake” friend to Tami Roman and Evelyn Lozada because she always finds herself in the middle of issues they have, listening to the jabs being taken and laughing at the jokes made. Well, in a new clip to promote Season 8 of the VH1 series, Shaunie revealed that she actually might have more of a reason to consider Tami a “fake” friend, not the other way around — but she doesn’t.
It all occurred when the ladies recounted what it was like to find out about (or in some cases, hear again) the rumor that Evelyn Lozada had slept with one of Shaunie’s exes. Of course, Tami was the one who spilled the beans about the rumor, but as the story went, Jennifer told Tami about it first more than a year prior. Looking back, Shaunie said she never believed Evelyn was capable of doing something like that to her, so the information caused more issues with her and Jennifer, as well as with Tami.
“I don’t think Evelyn would ever do that. In that moment, I just wanted to know, who made this up? Who’s lying? Because I never thought Evelyn was guilty of that. I really didn’t,” she said.
“I think that that whole mess definitely affected the relationship between Tami and I,” she added. “I didn’t want it to because I did feel like Tami was telling me because she gave a damn, but I think that what was in question was ‘when.’ This has been going on for so long or you’ve known for so long. Why now?”
As for Evelyn, she was pissed, and felt like Tami shared the information to create rifts in her friendships.
“I felt very set up. Tami knew what she was doing,” she said. “These conversations between Jennifer and Tami happened a year and a half prior. Why would you wait until this very moment to bring it up while we’re filming? You could have had this conversation with Shaunie behind the scenes if you really were this concerned friend.”
However, Shaunie contends that she doesn’t hold any hard feelings against Tami, though Tami believes that’s the case.
“I was appreciative of her letting me know. She was the only person that told me, so I was a little torn,” Shaunie said. “I think that because of it, Tami thinks I feel a certain way about her or that it changed us, and that was never my intention.”
“I immediately called my ex because of course this was going to go on television,” she added. “I had to give him some type of warning. I can’t repeat what he said but it had lots of vulgarities involved and one woman was called out of her name several times in the conversation. I don’t think he likes her to this day. I ain’t sayin’ no names.”
For the record, Jennifer didn’t see what the big deal was, particularly when it comes to the ire she felt from Shaunie about the rumor.
“Obviously my relationship with these women changed,” she said. “Tami, I was like, okay, you’re definitely on bullsh-t so I’m cool. I don’t never need to rock with you ever again. And obviously Shaunie was upset about the rumor but it was like, listen honey, this can’t be the first rumor you’ve heard about your ex.”