“Basketball Wives: LA” is in Draya Michele’s rearview mirror, and the model isn’t making an apologies for wanting to separate herself from the VH1 reality show. Michele has been noticeably absent the last few episodes of the show, and explained in a new interview that she's ready to focus her attention on more positive things.
"Reality TV is really tricky," Michele explained to BET. "The first two seasons of ['Basketball Wives'] were the hardest, but that’s when I enjoyed it the most. The last two seasons were the easiest, but I was just mentally over it.”
Michele went on to say that she doesn't want her private life displayed on everyone's TV screens all the time. "I don't need every single thing I do to be on TV and to be judged. I just don't like it anymore. I just want to live a more private life," she said. "It ruins families, relationships, work relationships, I think it tarnishes your name.”
On Twitter the mom of one, who's engaged to professional athlete Orlando Scandrick, shared a positive message with her fans reminding them that they can choose to be a positive influences. "It’s our choice what we decide to show to the world. I have no regrets about reality TV and I’m thankful for the opportunity," Michele tweeted. "It’s just not my thing anymore.”
During Season 4 of the show, Michele was seen arguing with a number of her co-stars, including professional basketball player Jason Maxiell's wife, Brandi. About halfway through the season, she stopped making an appearance on the show.
In August, Michele said on "Big Boy In The Morning" radio show that she would be open to returning for a "Basketball Wives" spinoff show, but only if it focused on her swimsuit line Mint Swim. "It would have to be really, really right and really based on my business and positive stuff, but I’m just not really into having me, my love life, my family on TV anymore," she said.