We didn’t know how much we missed Jennifer Williams until the OG drama queen returned to Basketball Wives. Jennifer was known for feuding with the other ladies aside from her relationship drama, that is until her sudden exit in season 4.
|About Jennifer Williams|
|Birth||September 17, 1974 New Jersey|
|Height||5 feet 7 inches|
|Spouse||Eric Williams 2007-2011|
|Net Worth||$25.0 Million|
|Owns||Classy Girl Wardrobe|
|Alumni||Fairleigh Dickinson University|
|Popular TV Shows||Basketball Wives, The Next :15|
Basketball Wives season 7 brings back Jennifer Williams, after she appeared as a guest last season. She buried the hatchet with Evelyn Lozada to make a dramatic comeback to the show.
Jennifer’s relationship troubles have been a big part of her second stint on Basketball Wives, and the drama she brought to the show was one of the reasons many fans tuned in. So, why did she leave? Our Jennifer Williams’ wiki elaborates her complicated love life on reality TV.
She Was Married to Eric Williams
Born in New Jersey on September 17, 1974, Jennifer Williams’ age is 43 years old. She was working in real estate when she met NBA player, Eric Williams. She joined the basketball WAGS circle when she married him in 2007.
Eric Williams, also a New Jersey native, was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1995 NBA draft. He was traded to the Denver Nuggets two years later, but he didn’t get much play time due to injuries. After returning to the Celtics, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The latter part of Williams’ career included being traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Toronto Raptors, and then to the San Antonio Spurs. He was later waived off by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2007.
He made several appearances with Jennifer Williams on Basketball Wives when she starred in seasons 1 to 4. She filed for divorce in 2011, and their split formed a big part of Jennifer’s initial stint on the show.
The basketball star didn’t get much love for being a jerk to Jennifer. And at one point, he even threw a drink on her face, but Jennifer said she forgave him for that.
Jennifer got the last laugh though when she received a settlement of $30.0 million in the divorce! Her costar, Tami Roman, supported her even when Jennifer Williams’ husband went through dire financial straits.
Jennifer Williams’ Ex-Boyfriend Drama
But that relationship went from sweet to volatile real quick, and ended in December 2017. Jennifer even slapped a restraining order against Norman, alleging that he stalked her. Former nemesis Evelyn Lozada said in court that Jennifer had called her saying that she feared Norman.
Norman countered that Jennifer got the restraining order as an act of vengeance. But he had a history of violence, according to Jennifer.
In a series of tweets, Jennifer said that she was free to speak the “truth” after the court battle was over. She shared her text exchanges with another woman Norman allegedly stalked.
Norman was also charged with assault for punching a co-worker once.
She Went from Realtor to Entrepreneur
Williams graduated cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in political science. She intended to become an attorney and even joined a law firm before she decided it wasn’t the career for her.
Before she became a reality star, Jennifer Williams was a real estate agent, and she made a killing doing it. She got her real estate license in 2005 and sold upscale properties in New Jersey.
“I didn’t get into real estate just to sell houses. I was interested in investment properties. I always considered myself a businesswoman. I knew that corporate America wasn’t for me,” she said.
Jennifer Williams’ net worth is estimated at $25.0 million, thanks to her real estate career and entrepreneurial skills. Additionally, she was paid $300,000 per season for appearing on Basketball Wives and $40,000 for reunion specials. Throw in her massive divorce settlement and this queen is doing rather well for herself.
Since appearing on Basketball Wives, Jennifer has been able to parlay her new-found fame to successful businesses. She founded the women-only fitness studio called Flirty Girl Fitness, which puts an entertaining spin on staying fit with social gatherings over unique workouts.
She went on to launch Lucid Cosmetics during her first run on the show. She was balancing her businesses and show with her foundation, Project Save the World.
Lucid Cosmetics doesn’t appear to be in business any longer. However, Jennifer brought her glam style to her newly-launched online boutique, Classy Girl Wardrobe.
She Returned to Basketball Wives to Make Peace
Jennifer Williams focused on rebranding herself after leaving Basketball Wives in season 4. Outside the show, she continued to make TV appearances, expanded her business, dealt with the loss of her mother to cancer in December 2015, and became a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
She starred alongside Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown in The Next: 15. The show mainly exposed the reality of reality TV where much wasn’t necessarily scripted but definitely instigated. Jennifer redefined her persona on the show and how she was perceived.
When Basketball Wives first premiered, Jennifer famously feuded with Evelyn. But they put the beef behind them when she was a guest on season 6.
It opened the doors for Jennifer to rejoin the show as a main cast member. And during her comeback, she said that she was dealing with a lot of toxicity the first time around.
“When I was on Basketball Wives Miami, I felt like I was going through two divorces–one with my husband and one with my best friend. Now that I’m on Basketball Wives LA, I’m getting out of a bad relationship. I never thought I would find myself back on TV in another bad situation,” she explained.
Now that the Jennifer-Evelyn drama is out of the way, it’s time to focus on Jennifer vs. Malaysia Pargo. If you haven’t seen that jaw-dropping teaser of Malaysia throwing a table at Jennifer, check it out below.
Stay tuned for more drama from Jennifer Williams when Basketball Wives airs on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. EST on VH1!