The Season 8 Basketball Wives reunion concluded last Wednesday, to the relief of everyone exhausted by an especially negative season. However, Kristen Scott still has a few things she’d like to get off of her chest. Of course, those things involve her father-in-law, Byron Scott, and his soon-to-be wife, Cece Gutierrez, because they are her actual family members and we all know things between them are in a rough spot. To make it plain, he wants nothing to do with Kristen after she complained on TV in Season 7 about how not much of an effort was being made by the couple to visit she and husband Thomas Scott’s daughter, Kensi. That drama trickled over into Season 8, where Byron, in the few scenes he appeared in, made it clear that he would be fine never seeing Kristen again.
In a behind-the-scenes video shot with VH1 about this season, Kristen opened up about how the situation affects her when the cameras are off.
“You might be sick of the storyline, but this is my real life,” she said. “This is my real family.”
“As far as Byron and Cece go, I’m in the same position that I’ve been in for the past year and a half,” she added. “The title father-in-law, daughter-in-law, is obviously not going away, so we’ll always be that to each other — or I’ll speak for myself. Byron will always be my father-in-law. Clearly he has eliminated me from his life, which is fine.”
After saying it was fine though, Kristen changed her tune, admitting that it’s been painful to hear how much of a disdain he seems to have for her presently. She is sticking to the belief that this is because of Cece’s influence in his life.
“It sucks. It really, sucks,” she said. “Eleven years in a relationship, a family with someone and the dynamic changes so quickly is so crazy to me. I’ll never forget him talking at my rehearsal dinner saying I’m the best thing for his son. I’m still the best thing for his son. He talked about how much he loved me and cared about me and it’s like, a female comes into your life and all of that switches overnight? But I’m glad he loves her that much. I’ll let him have that.”
“Listening to Byron say awful, nasty, disgusting things about me, is so hurtful,” she added. “That’s not the Byron I know. That’s not the Byron that I’ve seen. It’s not the love that he has displayed over 11 years. This is nasty and hurtful and I understand that I hurt him by what he thought that I said, but I think we’ve all seen that played back a million and one times and I never called him a bad grandfather. You can interpret anything any way that you want or if someone comes home and tells you their version, it can become stuck in your head. I still after hearing him say those disgusting, nasty things about me, you don’t care if you ever speak to me again, at the end of the day, I’m always going to be the mother to your grandchild and the wife to your son.”
As for Cece, Kristen says her former friend and future mother-in-law will need to do the work in order for them to ever be in a good place again.
“I’ve said it time and time again: She starts to tell the truth, we can move on. And I mean that,” she said. “When she starts to tell the truth, I am ready to move on. It is sad because she was my friend. I don’t know what else to do anymore.”
Kristen said that the best scenario for her family would be if Thomas and Byron could find a way to keep things positive so that Kensi doesn’t have to be the one to lose out big in this situation.
“Byron and Thomas figuring something out in a positive way so that Kensi gets the opportunity to spend time and know who her grandfather is, that’s all I ever wanted,” she said.
However, it sounds like Kristen isn’t holding her breath over it.
“After the reunion, my relationship with Cece and Bryon, I feel like it is above me.”