Evelyn Lozada Opens Up about Chad Johnson

Exclusive: Lozada says her estranged husband "needs to get help."
3:00 | 09/01/12

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Tonight when a raelt show romance goes very wrong. He was a popular pro football player, she, a feisty star of "basketball wives," their marriage seemed defendanten tord tv gold until it came to a crashing halt one terrible night only weeks after t wed. Now, for the first time, evelyn lozada opens up about what she says really happened and what role the spotlight played. Here's abc news's amy robach. We're getting ready to get married. How do you feel about it? I am stoked. Reporter: Millions watched as they fell in love before their eyes. I'm about to . Reporter: She, hot. Tom: Period star of "basketball wives" with the fondness for high-profile athletes. And he the larger than life football player whose record during an nfl career and danced into our homes in "dancing with the stars," it seems the sky was the limit for these two but fairy tale came crashing down in an instant. He grabbed right here and he head-butted me and all I felt was, I felt like blood coming down my face. After a violent incident involves his wife -- Reporr: It ended with ev len getting six stitches in her forehead and chad being arrested. You have been charged with battery, domestic violence -- Reporter: Now a divorce filing after just 41 days, another high-profile marriage exhausted by reality tv. Even the much-ridiculed marriage of kim kardashian and basketball player kris humphreys lasted splietly laerj. But the marriage was rocked by a violent domestic dispute, a lesson in living your life in front of the camera. When you watch back the show, how do you feel? I cringe sometimes. You know? Because I forget that the camera is there. Reporter: It all began when evelyn found a receipt in chad's car for condoms. It was like three weeks after my wedding. Reporter: Evelyn said when she confronted her husband he denied he'd been unfaithful, saying he bought the condoms for a friend. I knew he was lying and i told him, I'm not sticking by you through this. I don't care. My marriage is the laughingstock of the world and then the next thing I know he head-butted me. Reporter: Chad johnson declined our request for an interview about what he says happened that night but in a statement to police he claimed evelyn head-butted him. What is your emergency. Yes, I have somebody in my house was that in a little domestic dispute with their husband. Reporter: Evelyn, bleeding pro fusely ran tie neighbor's house. Is she going to need stitches? Reporter: How are you feeling at that moment? Humiliated, embarrassed. In shock. My fairy tale just ended. Reporter: But even though she appeared to be the victim with six stitches, many didn't believe her story and here's why. So when word of the head-butting went out the internet lit up in a firestorm of controversy, xhepts like she decenter field it and she's a bully. Do you understand why people have said the things they've said? I understand it but I also think that it's like saying look at that woman, look what she had on, that's why she got raped. I feel like -- I feel it's a little unfair. Whatever the perception of me is on "basketball wives" that doesn't justify what happened that day. No, no, no -- Reporter: The show about to start its fifth season has long been controversial because of what consider excessive violence. There was a petition with over 30,000 signatures asking viacom to take "basketball wives" off the air. If do you another season are we going to sigh different evelyn? I'm always going to voice my opinion but you won't see me acting a fool. I've grown a lot in the last couple of months. Reporter: But perhaps too little, too late. Vh-1 cans mded planned spin-off show "even ocho." I think it's best for both of us that we part ways at this point in time. Reporter: And chad was fired from the dolphins the day after the incident as captured in hbo's "hard knocks." He's only tweeted this a few days ago, I made my bed now I've got to sleep in it. This is a quote tr chad, i wish evelyn nothing but the best, I have no negative words to say about here. The only thing I can say is i love her very much. How does it feel to hear that? Sad. It's the hardest thing in the world to walk away from someone that you really love and you have to walk away because I have to protect myself. Reporter: I'm amy robach in new york.

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