He really won't let her go! Now Chad Johnson 'refuses to sign divorce papers' as Evelyn Lozada tries to end their marriage

By Leah Simpson

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Still hanging on: Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson was wearing his wedding band, along with a T-shirt which said 'I just want to love you' as he stepped out in Miami

Still hanging on: Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson was wearing his wedding band, along with a T-shirt which said 'I just want to love you' as he stepped out in Miami

Just this week he wore his heart on his chest as he stepped out in an 'I just want to love you' shirt.

Now Chad Johnson is really trying to prove that he doesn’t want to let estranged wife Evelyn Lozada go as he is reportedly refusing to sign documents for a legal separation.

The sportsman desperately wants to stay married sources close to the couple have told TMZ.

Evelyn filed for divorce three days after he allegedly head-butted her during an argument.

The incident that led to his arrest and Evelyn receiving stitches.

Apparently the star still believes he can win his ex-partner back and is so sure about it that he recently went as far as tattooing her face on his leg.

While Johnson is putting up a fight about the split, under Florida law - where his spouse filed the papers - the divorce can be finalised without his signature and simply with a judge's approval.

Sources told the website that Evelyn is adamant about making the break up happen and is ready to move on and rebuild her life.

Following the domestic violence incident, the former NFL player was dropped by his team, the Miami Dolphins.

 

But as he made his public statement Evelyn was hinting that it may not have been the first episode of abuse that she faced.

In a new interview filmed before the infamous incident on August 11, a tearful Evelyn is seen discussing what appear to be earlier domestic incidents during her relationship with Johnson.

The Basketball Wives star talks to lifestyle coach Iyanla Vanzant for her new series, Fix My Life, on Own.

A preview for the first episode of the show sees Iyanla tells her: 'Evelyn that's way off.

'I can ignore a push and a shove, but when he messes with my image [points to her face] oh now we got a problem.'

Opening up: The Basketball Wives star talks to lifestyle coach Iyanla Vanzant for her new series, Fix My Life, on Own

Opening up: The Basketball Wives star talks to lifestyle coach Iyanla Vanzant for her new series, Fix My Life

Before the assault in August Evevlyn had received widespread criticism over her own bullying antics, as seen on several episodes of Vh1's Basketball Wives.

She was seen harassing her co-stars, which prompted a lack of sympathy after Johnson allegedly headbutted her.

In the preview Iyanla refers to a tearful Evelyn's image on the reality show: 'You have been rewarded for being [a] thug among women, it's gonna cost you.'

She then asked her: 'How did you get to stitches in your forehead, living in a hotel?'

Evelyn Lozada
Evelyn Lozada

Losing her composure: Evelyn herself has been seen harassing her co-stars on her reality show

Evelyn will appear on Iyanla's show this month around the same time that her and Johnson's reality TV show, Ev & Ocho, would have been on the air prior to its cancellation.

Tribute: Chad has had his estranged wife's face tattooed on his leg

Tribute: Chad has had his estranged wife's face tattooed on his leg

A second episode of Iyanla's show was recorded after Evelyn's split from Johnson.

Since the alleged assault Evelyn has left Johnson and filed for divorce, saying her marriage was 'irretrievably broken.' 

During an interview on ABC's Nightline she revealed she cannot foresee sitting down with her ex again, though she is hoping he seeks professional help. 

She said: 'It would have to take some time. I love him very much and I think us being away from each other is the right thing. 

'What is he going to say, "sorry?" I would like for him to tell me that he got help.'

Despite this Johnson has made it clear that he intends to win back his wife of two months.

He has gone so far as to have her face tattooed on his leg.

Johnson is waiting to find out whether he is to be charged over the incident. He was released from jail after posting $2,500 bail.

 

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

Evelyn is disgusting. If they would both get away from the cameras for awhile, they might become better people. She has major anger management issues, she is very violent; come on breaking bottles and going after girls smaller than her, sorry, she doesn't get my pity, neither of them do. They deserve each other and should just go away for awhile, they are both annoying, her more than him. I'm sure they are both milking this for as much publicity as they can get.....and with today's media.....they get it.

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I am beginning to seriously doubt ALL the allegations in this affair. Both love attention and free publicity and both lost their positions on a tv show and a football team. This seems more of a publicity stunt. I hope it is not though because domestic violence is not to be made light of.

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wow. did someone actually just suggest this woman tricked him into headbutting her? 1. who wants to be headbutted?? 2. a person cannot be 'tricked' into being violent, you can handle your temper and or you cant

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He head butted her!, he wants her back....why? Does he want to do it again, and cause her to have even more stiches? , and get another tattoo on the other leg!!!Get over yourself, i wouldn't take a man back if he head butted me......no way, it would be instant divorce and no turning back!!!! No Man has the Right!!

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A.K.R. London: I do know who they are as I live in Canada and LOVE American & Canadian football. But I too am puzzled as to why the DM keeps publishing stories on former NFL stars. They are barely household names here anymore. I can't imagine that too many individuals outside the U.S. and Canada know or care who these people . Your question is a valid one.

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WHO. ARE. THEY?

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Immature adults acting and behaving childishly is their thing. Stay together.

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Since most of these less-than-minor celebrities divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour, and since refusing to yield to the inevitable by not signing the divorce papers is typically unreasonable behaviour, all the guy has done is improve the case of the girl. With idiotic behaviour like that rife in Celebrity-Land, it's no wonder there are so many prosperous lawyers around.

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I am much surprised the words on Chad's t-shirt are not reversed, so he can read them every time he looks in a mirror. After all, it truly is what's in his heart!

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1 word out of my not entirely awfully written comment. Did you see "yo, man, etc" continuing? Obviously it was meant to indicate slang because these 2 are far from upper class and honestly I would only speak like this when addressing someone I do not feel is particularly bright! Is that ok with you?............... Your response has made you sound worse than you did when using the word 'bruv'.

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