Reality star Tami Roman was married to a NBA player once upon a time. They then divorced and she was left to fend for herself and her two daughters. She ended up on welfare because her ex Kenny Anderson would not help her… We all know the story. As Tami has never hid her hardship from anyone.
Tami recently spoke about the beef with her ex manager who she had an oral agreement with and tells the story of how she went from counting food stamps to sipping on mimosa’s on the reality show Basketball Wives.
Check out a few excerpts from the interview below.
What made you decide to join the second season of ‘Basketball Wives’?
With “Basketball Wives,” they approached me when they did their first season. They contacted [my manager] and you know I just wasn’t really ready to go on a show, talk about Kenny. You know I had moved so past that. In addition to, I really didn’t want to go back to the reality genre. So between the year that they had their first season and the second season which is when I actually came onto the show, my family fell on a hardship I actually introduced that on the show. You know my daughters and I had been on food stamps and we had been on medical assistance through the state of New Jersey. And so I was looking for something income wise. I was working a 9-5 job in corporate America. And when I watched the first season of Basketball Wives I felt like my story wasn’t on there. I’m sitting here like in the dark. My lights are out. You know that’s not my moment. I’m not champagne brunching and mani’s and pedi’s everyday and I felt that I had a valuable story to tell…to show my particular situation and what me and my daughter’s were going through so I contacted VH1.
How were you earning a living before Basketball Wives?
I’ve been working in the industry like I said for 12, 13 years. I literally book a TV show every year as a series regular. Now what people don’t understand about the industry is we do pilots. Then the pilots go through a testing phase and if they don’t test well they don’t get picked up and they never make it to air. But I’ve basically been supporting myself for these 12 years doing pilots.
Did Jennifer and Evelyn really fight at Shaunie O’Neal’s birthday party?
I can’t really give too much away but I can tell you this. This season is filled with a lot of twists and turns. Alliances that were there or that people have followed through the “Basketball Wives” journey that they thought were solid, some of those fall by the wayside, some of those alliances are re-established. You know everything is kinda all over the place and I have to tell you honestly the past two seasons that we’ve been on…we end the season and I feel that we’re all gonna at least be cool. That everybody can be amicable for the most part. This is the one time and we’re still taping that I really don’t know how this is gonna end. I don’t know whose gonna be friends, whose gonna hate each other, because it’s really all over the place.
How is your relationship with film director/producer Jerry Lamothe going?
So far so good. Knock on wood. We’ve just been hanging in there. We decided that we want to be in a committed relationship with each other and because we love each other. We’re raising three daughters between the two of us and that’s important for us to present a strong foundation and a strong family unit for them. So we don’t want to be the type of people that have significant others coming in and out of our kids lives and once we decided to be committed to each other, that’s what it’s been and going strong for about four years now. Babies, I don’t think. I would have another baby for him because I’m so in love with him so I would have another baby but he doesn’t want to have anymore children and marriage, you know we both have been there and done that and, we have that ring, we have that wedding, we have that piece of paper and those things were the most tumultuous relationships that we have been in so now we’re just making a commitment to each other on another level-spiritually, emotionally and physically- that we can just stand behind and stand solid on. We really don’t need the paper.
I’m glad to see Tami living the good life now. She is also rather glowing lately and looking very beautiful.