(INTERVIEW) Tami Roman Talks New Spin-Off, Rumors & Why Basketball Wives Miami Ended (Part 2)

Tami Roman: Well, we did Season 5 and even though our ratings were good, they weren’t what we were familiar with because we tried to change it for people. People didn’t want to see the drama, they tried to boycott us, they didn’t like the fights and all of that stuff. So we decided to focus more on what each girl was doing, what career paths we were taking–not really getting into the drama that our relationships can be. People didn’t like it. So it’s like damned if you do, damned if you don’t. So we didn’t know if we were coming back or not and in the interim–Evelyn had a beautiful baby boy and her relationship. She’s focused there and Shaunie’s got L.A. still going —then I’ve got my thing going. You take the fan favorite three and their doing something else, it’s kind of like how do we bring this back?

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theJasmineBRAND.com: Did you and Evelyn make amends on the show?

Tami Roman: I didn’t even know me and Evelyn had fallen out. I didn’t know amends were necessary. In terms of the show, everybody left on one accord. There were no problems.

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theJasmineBRAND.com: I know that you were shooting a pilot. What’s the status of that?

Tami Roman: The pilot went really well and we are actually in the midst of negotiations with several networks regarding that situation.  What happened was, what we originally shot, it took so long for people to make a decision that that stuff wasn’t really good anymore. So we went back and shot more stuff. Now the new concept for “The Roman Empire: The World According to Tami,” is so great that we’ve got several people interested. We will be announcing it soon.

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theJasmineBRAND.com: So I was digging through your Instagram and there was some buzz about your weight loss.
Tami Roman: Okay, we can address this. Everybody saw me have smart lipo on the show. It’s no f**king secret and I was trying not to curse, but I had to let one slide. So they saw that on the show, but I had not been diagnosed, I was literally thinking why am I gaining so much weight? I’m gonna hafta figure out a way around this…A year later I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2 and literally I just start losing weight…You can either go this way or that way…Once I found out, I still didn’t really honor the fact that I had it…Even with Envy, I only got to a size 10 or 12….And then I continued to eat and not really care….It wasn’t until I started working on EXTANT and I was talking to Halle, who is also diabetic, and she said ‘Tami, the truth of the matter is — you either wanna live or you wanna die. Like you can continue thinking what you think and doing what you’re doing, but you’re not going to be here long.’ And that like really hit home for me….So I changed up my whole diet and eating and trying to be healthy and live right and now people say I’m too skinny (laughs). Now, I’m a bobble head (laughs).

theJasmineBRAND.com: Do you bleach your skin?

Tami Roman: No I don’t bleach my skin…You know what, I’m gonna curse my make-up artist out LOL. No, I do not bleach my skin. I think that is not a process, that most African Americans partake in. We’re happy with our shades….And I have not had a nose job and I have not had a facelift…When my make-up artist contours me, they say I have a nose job. If she puts my eye liner on a different way — I’ve had a facelift….I feel like I’m aging backwards…I’m healthy, I’m doing the right things for my body, my skin and all that stuff so, thank y’all.

theJasmineBRAND.com: I think those were all the rumors I’ve heard:
Tami Roman: I’m not a lesbian either…I was tryna think of everything you dug [up].

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theJasmineBRAND.com: How is your relationship with Tiffany? I heard there was a verbal disagreement with The Game. Can you clarify?

Tami Roman: Tiffany was one  of my best friends. I’m a very strong personality and sometimes when men and women have issues in their relationship and you inject a best friend who is very strong and opinionated—they don’t like that friend because they know that friend is telling the real about your situation. So that’s why he was upset with me although we have since talked and mended fences. We have no issues. He came to terms like “It’s not you–we have to work on our situation.” So he kind of took me out of the hole. Game…I’ve always respected him & never had a issue with him and that’s the road we are on today. Tiffany is still a friend.

theJasmineBRAND.com: What is your biggest fear?

Tami Roman: My biggest fear is being alone. I am a empty nester– my daughters are out of the house. Relationship wise–I’m very choosy in what I want to have I my space. My mom’s not here anymore. My biggest fear is that I’ll grow old alone.

theJasmineBRAND.com: What’s your biggest vice?

Tami Roman: Sex.

theJasmineBRAND.com: When is the last time you got into a physical fight?

Tami Roman: Physically, it would be Meeka. Basketball Wives, Season 3.

theJasmineBRAND.com: What lesson in life took you the longest to learn?

Tami Roman: I still feel like I’m still learning. I’m still learning. I don’t feel like I’m 100% on anything.

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