The reality actress got engaged in December after meeting her fiance on the newest Peacock dating programme.
The love department was a slam dunk for Evelyn Lozada!
It Is a Yes! Basketball Wives Star Evelyn Lozada Engaged to Queens Court Finalist Lavon Lewis
PEOPLE exclusively confirmed that the 47-year-old former Basketball Wives star, whom she met on Peacock’s Queens Court, is engaged to Lavon Lewis.
Lewis, 42, proposed to Lozada in December at a modest event in Los Angeles with friends and family.
Evelyn is difficult to surprise, according to the co-founder of the marketing company, who spoke to PEOPLE. “I advised her to get ready because we were leaving. She had a blindfold on till she got to the front door. She entered the room to roughly 20 close friends and family members, large “marry me” messages, roses scattered across the floor, and other such things.”
A customised cake with butterflies and the phrases “Happy Birthday” and “She said, “Yes” written on it was also included in the proposal.
Despite having previously talked about marriage, Lozada, who had a brief marriage to NFL player Chad “OchoCino” Johnson in 2012, wasn’t expecting the proposal. Only two of Lewis’s friends and Lozada’s manager actually knew about his engagement.
I didn’t know he was going to propose that day, says Lozada. I was unsure of what I was getting into. Being the strong, independent woman that I am, I was a little annoyed by his cunning behaviour and wondered why I had to pack. Why must I perform this? I found it quite difficult to just let go and let him go about his business.”
Lozada adored the Twila True ring Lewis chose despite wanting to be in the know. Its size and shape were ideal, according to Lozada, who collaborated with Twila True on her BX Glow jewellery collection. “He did an amazing job, as I’ve never had that stone. But, I’m not shocked. Lavon has a creative imagination and is a good memory.”
In Queens Court, Lozada dated a group of 21 men who might become their future kings, along with singers Tamar Braxton and Nivea. Lozada first met Lewis in the second episode, and even though their chemistry deepened throughout the course of the series, the reality star was concerned that the fact that she lives in Los Angeles and he does not—could prove to be a barrier to their relationship.
Lewis and Lozada still reside on different coasts, but according to Lozada, “Lavon has been very aggressive in ensuring he gets on a plane to come to visit.”
Lewis says he intends to move once his 13-year-old son Jordan enters high school so he and Lozada can unite their families.
Over the holidays, Jordan also got to meet Lozada’s son Leo, age 8, and “they were like two peas in a pod,” according to Lozada, who is also the mother of Shaniece Hairston, 29, her daughter from a previous relationship. Jordan would be dozing off in the morning, and Leo would want to wake him up so they could jump on the trampoline at 7:30.
It should come as no surprise that Lewis wants his son to be involved in this new stage of his life given how highly he and his wife cherish their children.
I ensure that he takes part in every discussion so that he doesn’t believe it’s all about me. Our path is it “Lewis argues. “Even sending an “I love you” text to Evelyn. Goodnight.’ I’m glad that they are so close because that makes me happy.”
Lewis also refers to Lozada as “the most amazing woman I’ve met” despite the fact that he had no idea he would fall in love on the show.
Lewis acknowledges, “I told my pals that I don’t believe in the process before the show started. “I thought when I entered the show, “They called me, this is a fresh journey. The fun will be had. Although I tend to be quiet and reserved, why not try something different? You can’t find love in a situation like this, can you? Is this not possible?”
Lewis aspires to encourage viewers of Queens Court to take chances in this way.
I would encourage individuals to push themselves, have faith, and think creatively, he says. “I never imagined that I would enter it without a wife and leave it with one. But see what transpires when you put yourself out there, confront your fears, and accept responsibility.”
The fact that she, Braxton, 45, and Nivea, 40, connected on the show, according to Lozada, is evidence that you can find love at any age. In the season finale, Braxton even got engaged. When you reach 40, you may feel as though your life is ended, according to Lozada. “Just keep plugging away at it. Never lose hope in love.”
Now, Lozada and Lewis are eagerly anticipating their winter wedding.
Lozada quips, “We know I’m not going to wear white. “But I’m only now trying to determine how this will appear. I have a tonne of things saved on Instagram that I could wear.”
In Queens Court, Lozada said she felt that she had “settled” in previous relationships, but she doesn’t see Lewis from that perspective.
She tells PEOPLE, “I’ve never encountered this enthusiasm. “I had the wrong person in my life, it’s obvious in retrospect.”
All Queens Court episodes are now available on Peacock.