Wedding bells in the distance!
Derek Fisher and former Basketball Wives star Gloria Govan are engaged! The ex-NBA player popped the question to his girlfriend-of-three-years earlier this month (April 7). The proposal came during a small party in the couple’s Los Angeles home, reportedly surrounded by their children and Glordia’s nephew.
Though their relationship made serious waves between Fisher and his ex-teammate Matt Barnes, also known as Gloria’s ex-husband, it looks like they are headed for happily ever after.
Happily Ever After
Gloria said yes to forever after the 43-year-old ex-ball-player asked for her hand in marriage this month. According to TMZ, the star had Gloria’s friends keep her busy during the day so “he could decorate the house” with candles and flowers while she was away.
Of course, fans looked to Matt Barnes for his reaction, but he had nothing but love for the future Mr. and Mrs.
“I have two beautiful boys from my ex. We are both focussing on co-parenting and providing the best atmosphere and childhood for them,” Barnes said. “They love him, so I love it.”
“Despite not seeing eye to eye initially with Derek, he and I are on the same page and communicate weekly about Isaiah and Carter,” he went on. “With that being said, congrats on the engagement!”
Barnes’ sentiments are a major switch from the vibes he was putting off into the media just two years ago. Fisher found himself claiming that he was attacked by Barnes, refusing to fight back.
Fisher also pled with fans and the media to stop saying he backstabbed a friend by sleeping with Barnes’ wife. During his tale of his version of events published by The Caldron, Fisher said he and Barners were merely teammates who “never had any real relationship off the court.”
“We weren’t friends and we had no mutual friends,” he continued, before revealing exactly how Barnes attacked him.
“I don’t know what was going through Matt’s mind that day in October when he showed up unannounced at Gloria’s house, and started swinging,” he wrote. “I didn’t retaliate. No one who was there did anything but try to get him to calm down, particularly because Matt and Gloria’s children were present. There was no fight.”
He then clarified that he was not cheating on his wife, as the two had been “long separated” by the time he started dating Gloria. He also added that Gloria and Matt weren’t together either, saying, “I certainly wasn’t seeing her behind Matt’s back or in secret.”
The split between Gloria and Barnes, which was amicable before news of her and Fisher broke, happened in 2014, after a little over a year of marriage. The two officially divorced in 2016.
The divorce settled with Barnes paying $10k per month per son until both children are 18. In addition, the star was also required to pay $20k in spousal support from January 2016 to December 2016.
The bad blood between Barnes and Fisher thickened even more after Derek crashed a car that was registered to Barnes. Fisher and Gloria had been dating about two years when Fisher wrecked a white 2015 Cadillac Escalade while driving under the influence.
Early Sunday morning, Barnes was driving the SUV home with Gloria, hitting a guard rail on the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles on the way. The vehicle — which was reportedly given to Gloria by the Golden State Warriors athlete for their children — flipped, being completely totaled afterwards.
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