In the wake of postponed wedding plans, a dropped domestic-violence charge and a reality television show curse (reality shows break up relationships), Lakers forward Matt Barnes announced in an emailed statement Monday that he and his fiancée, Basketball Wives star Gloria Govan, have mutually parted ways.
“I’d like to address the rumors surrounding mine and Gloria’s relationship, We have reached the difficult decision of ending our relationship and will be going our separate ways at this time. We will work together to raise our sons and wish each other only the best.”
Because Barnes and Govan never married, it remains unclear to what degree they’d share custody of their 2-year-old twins Carter Kelly and Isiah Michael, and whether they’d divide certain assets, including their Palos Verdes home. It also remains unclear if they’d continue working together with Athletes vs. Cancer, a foundation Barnes founded in 2008 that Govan has said raised $225,000 for local cancer-screening programs.
This will come as no surprise to most. As their relationship has been scrutinized every since the canceled wedding plans and denied domestic violence arrest. A charge the two publicly disputed causing the D.A.’s office to drop the charges. Govan’s role with VH1′s “Basketball Wives” created further attention and Internet reports about the nature of their relationship.
Perhaps the most telling sign regarding Barnes’ feelings about Govan came last week during a Twitter exchange with a fan. That person suggested Barnes should marry her or else someone else will. Matt responded: “He can have her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Gloria has yet to comment on the split though she did retweet this on Saturday: “If someone is dumb enough to walk away, be smart enough to let them go. Your destiny is never tied to anyone who leaves you.”
The other wives are going to be quick to jump down her throat after this.. Should make for some interesting tv.
Does this surprise you? If you ask me she should of been tired of getting her butt beat and dumped him after Basketball Wives L.A. got popular.. Gloria will be alright though.. She is in the circle.. Another one of the players will be quick to get at her.