It seems like only yesterday Royce Reed was getting in the face of her castmates on Basketball Wives. She left the show three seasons ago, but we got the Royce Reed comeback we didn’t know we needed with the upcoming movie, First Lady.
|About Royce Reed|
|Birth||June 22, 1980 Florida|
|Job||Mentor and Trainer|
|Alumni||Florida A&M University|
|Works For||SeaWorld in Orlando, Walt Disney World,|
|TV Shows||Basketball Wives (Seasons 1-4)|
|Broadway play||Platanos Y Collard Greens|
The upcoming flick, First Lady, has a lineup of former VH1 reality stars to watch out for. And making her movie debut alongside Love & Hip-Hop’s Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander is former Basketball Wives star Royce Reed.
NBA All-Star player Dwight Howard’s baby mama knew a thing or two about drumming up drama on Basketball Wives during the first four seasons. But she’s past that now. So, what has Royce been up to after leaving Basketball Wives?
We’ve got all that and more in Royce Reed’s wiki.
Royce Reed and Dwight Howard’s Off-Court Drama
Born in Florida on June 22, 1980, Royce Lyndsay Reed’s age is 38. She is an accomplished dancer who spent a major part of her career with Orlando Magic, but that’s not what she’s famous for.
Royce Reed dated former Orlando Magic player Dwight Howard and they have a child together named Braylon Howard, who born November 18, 2007. Howard has five kids with five different women, but his relationship with Royce is the most turbulent yet.
Soon after their son’s birth, the reality star filed a paternity suit against Howard to establish child support responsibilities after their break up. Howard later acknowledged that Royce Reed’s son is his and engaged in a bitter custody battle with Reed.
Both have accused each other of being unfit parents and demanded sole custody of their son. Reed accused Howard of physically abusing their son, a claim that Howard admitted was true.
Reed’s love life was the subject of Basketball Wives during season 1 to 4. However, she was reportedly legally prohibited from talking about Howard on the show.
Among their slanderous and legal back-and-forth, Howard sued Reed for feeding tabloid gossip about him through the VH1 show and on Twitter. Every violation of their co-parenting agreement called for a $500.00 fine.
Reed’s offenses totaled an astronomical $550.0 million. Howard won the suit after she refused to pay the initial amount.
After leaving Basketball Wives, Reed has reportedly buried the hatchet with her ex. The two now remain on good terms to raise their son.
She Was Reportedly Fired from Basketball Wives
Royce Reed’s relationship had ended before the Shaunie O’Neal-produced Basketball Wives premiered. Nonetheless, she’s one of the original cast members of women who were romantically-linked to NBA players at least once.
She was also the OG troublemaker. Remember her feuds with Gloria Govan and Evelyn Lozada?
Reed had rivalries with all the other ladies on the show, but her altercation with Lozada and Jennifer Williams in season 4 was unforgettable.
Royce Reed left Basketball Wives at the end of season 4, and it is rumored that she was fired. It was alleged that Shaunie O’Neal decided to let Reed and Williams go after season 4.
But Reed clarified that she was never fired. She initially announced she won’t be returning to season 5 with no apparent explanation. Rumors persisted that she left the show because of a feud with O’Neal.
However, Reed claimed that she intended to leave before seasons 3 and 4 but was convinced to stay. She claims that she left because of the constant infighting and rivalries among the ladies.
The negativity was reportedly far from the original concept of the show, which was supposed to be about a group of successful ladies and their friendships.
Reed alleged she had a role in pitching the show’s concept to networks before VH1 picked it up. And according to her, O’Neal and the other ladies had no part in getting Basketball Wives off the ground.
She’s a Dancer and Entrepreneur
Reed commented that she would consider returning to reality TV, although it doesn’t look like she’d make a comeback to Basketball Wives. In the meantime, she continues to spread her passion for dance.
The Orlando native attended Florida A&M University where she majored in theater education and humanities. She pursued dance at the university and after that, too.
After a stint as a spieler at Universal Studios Orlando and a Hooters waitress, Reed joined the Orlando Magic Dancers in 2004. She simultaneously danced at SeaWorld in Orlando and worked as a coordinator for Walt Disney World.
Reed has also performed behind NSYNC, Nelly, LL Cool J, and John Legend. She’s been part of opening acts for the likes of K-Michelle, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and others.
She returned to Orlando Magic for the 2005-2006 season when she began a relationship with Dwight Howard. She later moved to Miami Heat for one season.
Reed currently resides in Orlando where she’s the owner of Fantashique, a dance company that boasts over 130 members since its inception. The former reality star is a director, mentor, and trainer to young aspiring dancers.
She has also parlayed her reality TV fame to publish her book series titled College Girls.
What Is Royce Reed Doing Now?
The theater major from Florida A&M made her return to acting after leaving Basketball Wives. She started with the off-Broadway play, Platanos Y Collard Greens, after her publicist got her an audition.
Reed said, “I went in and auditioned, and they said they were pleasantly surprised. I think they kind of expected me not to do well. A lot of people don’t know that I was a theater major at FAMU. That’s something they don’t ever show on [Basketball Wives].”
Royce Reed’s latest acting venture is the upcoming movie, First Lady, which stars Nicole Alexander and Jim Jones, among other VH1 alum.