“I have a loving heart…but I’m going to say exactly how I feel”
By Elzena Rankins
Basketball wife Tami Roman sets the record straight on who she really is. Despite what people may think of the reality star by watching her character on VH1’s Basketball Wives, Tami claims that the real her, is open and honest and that she really does have a loving heart.
“Contrary to what one may believe, a lot of the things I do come from a good place, I have good intentions and I stand behind my friends and family. I’ll give the shirt off my back, I’m very candid and transparent; clearly you don’t get to see that on Basketball Wives because people like the Tami that’s arguing with everyone but that’s not indicative to who I am as a whole.”
When asked how she feels about being known as the main drama on the show, Tami laughed and said, “I probably am.” Tami explained that it’s because she is probably the one person on the show who is going to say exactly how she feels about a situation. “If I wasn’t on the show, I think you would just have a lot of people agreeing to disagree or tolerating each other. I do tend to say what’s on my mind, which people don’t like.”
Tami shared that she knows many of people look at her as the bitch of the show. “That’s what people call me via Twitter and Facebook, saying you’re such a Bitch.” However, Tami explains that she figured she would use it as an acronym for her new book that she is working on called the B.I.T.C.H Chronicles. “I wanted to make it something that was really more relatable to me, explains Tami on the title of her book, “So my writing partner and I turned it (B.I.T.C.H.) into, Believing In Total, Complete Honesty.”
With all the drama circling around the Basketball Wives series, Tami breaks it down and shares what it’s like to be on the show and to be a new girl entering the circle. When asked if she feels that being a new girl, you get hazed when entering the circle, Tami referred to herself; explaining that people had to get to know her but because she was very transparent. It did not take long for people to see who she was. “I think I skipped the hazing part because once they saw the type of person I was, they knew that really wasn’t going to work,” laughed Tami.
When asked if she talks or hangs out with any of the girls outside the show, Tami said that she talks to everyone via text. “I talk to Royce the most. I talk to Suzie and Evelyn, and Jen, we kind of just check in on each other. And of course everyone talks to Shaunie. As far as hanging out I’m not a hang out type of person. The most we hang out is when we film.”
Tami went on to explain that she is really more of a homebody and prefers to hang out with her family and boyfriend.
When asked if any of the girls can be trusted, Tami said, “It would be remising for me to state one thing over the other, only because the extent of our relationship is when we film. In terms of the show, I feel strongly that I can trust Shaunie, Royce and Jen. Evelyn, because we are up and down all the time, I can’t really speak on her because one moment we love each other and the next we hate each other. With Suzie, no one trusts her.”
When asked if she would leave any of the ladies around her man, Tami said, “My boyfriend is the type of dude that character, morals and your and spiritual foundation is very important to him. So I think that I can leave every single person around him because he would not be attracted to any of them.”
As for her and Meeka, Tami still doesn’t like her.
When asked how she can forgive Evelyn for all the wrong doing she has done but not Meeka, Tami explained, “That at one point I could have forgiven her… But when you sign up to do a reality show you know what you are getting yourself into, at mist the personalities that you are dealing with. So now you come out of that situation and present me with a law suit, that now means potentially I could be taken away from my kids and I can lose income. So that’s someone I cannot forgive or work with.”
As far as Evelyn, Tami explains that she and Evelyn had their brawl but she never received anything saying that she was suing her. To set the record straight Tami explains that she and Evelyn are not friends but they are business associates and colleagues on the show. “We are associates outside of that; yes I can do that with Evelyn but not with Meeka”
When asked to explain how she feels about the lawsuit against her, “ Bogus, it’s one of the most idiotic things that has come up in my adult life. Tami explains that she had no idea about the lawsuit and did not expect it at all. “My publicist told me about it, saying it was on Media Takeout.”
Aside from all the drama going on in Basketball Wives lives, Tami opens up on the other ventures in her life. “I’m producing a short film called the Tombs with Writer/Director Jerry LaMothe. Tombs is a socially conscious piece that deals with one man’s journey through the New York jail system. It’s a piece that shows it’s not cool too be in jail.” Tami explains that a lot of brothers and minorities are in jail for the simplest things.
Tami adds that she is using the film as a piece to show people more about her and what she really stands for, “I’m just excited for everyone to see it.”
Tami is also finishing up her book called the B.I.T.C.H Chronicles. “It gives people a chance to see the real me all the way up from child hood to Basketball Wives. Many people know that I was homeless at 16 but they don’t know what it was really like”. There is no set release date on the book.
Tami said that she is also working on her website, called “As Seen on Tami.” Tami explains that many people send her clothes and jewelry. “So things that you see me in on the show I’m aligning with those designers, giving them an opportunity to sell their items.”
Tami explains that in reality that she really is a loving person that has a loving heart. What you see on Basketball Wives and what goes on in real life are entirely worlds apart. Tami explains that there is a possibility for another season of Basketball Wives along with the possibility of a new girl joining the cast.
For more information on Tami Roman and the series Basketball Wives, visit www.vh1.com