Gloria Govan

*Basketball wife Gloria Govan has always been … well, different on the VH1 show. She says her main objective is to clear the air about the women who are romantically involved with athletes.

“I hope people take away from [Basketball Wives] that although we are very fortunate, we’re not all gold diggers and some of us are educated. It’s notm all glam and glitz like what’s portrayed, and we do struggle,” Govan tells Vibe.com. “Basketball wives are strong and we try to bring something to the table.”

While all the other wives are having the most issues and turmoil, it appears that Govan is the only one operating in a decent relationship. She is scheduled to marry Matt Barnes in August.

“Groupies and infidelity will play as much of a part in your relationship as you allow it to play and that’s one of my main points in the show. If you respect yourself and you demand a certain amount of respect then your significant other will have no choice but to respect that and your guidelines that you’ve set,” Govan says. “I’m not saying that Matt and I are perfect. We’ve had our ups and downs but we work through them. I think these women at the end of the day are very jealous and bitter. And me being the youngest in the cast and crew, it’s very easy for them to say they’ve been there, done that. It’s unfortunate that as old as they are, they can’t be more supportive.”

But she isn’t completely drama free. Rumors have circulated about her big sister, Laura Govan who is Gilbert Arenas’ finace. Allegedly, Laura was romantically involved with Shaq while he was married to “Basketball Wives” executive producer Shaunie O’Neal. But who knows.

“When we were approached by Shaunie in the very beginning she told us both
that it was going to be about positive women trying to step outside the shadows of their significant others and really try to bring a positive light to the basketball wives, because a majority of us are stereotyped as being uneducated nutcases spending all of our time shopping with thousands of nannies and very chaotic so we were excited,” Govan says, explaining the couple’s initial interest in her joining the cast. “Matt and I were both excited to show people that this is not how it is so I think when we saw the finished product we were like, ‘Wait a minute.’ We were trying to buy coffee and someone sold us tea. This is the complete opposite of what we were told
the show was going to be about.”

Govan does not anticipate a return for season two, but says she’ll be a good sport and ride out the first season with a good attitude.