For some, celebrity status is earned and for others, it may be given or acquired but for the women who are lucky enough to get hooked with celebrities, it is a rub-off. And so many of them rise up to the occasion and flow with the tide. That is the case of the ultra-femme fatale, Gloria Govan Barnes.
Gloria Govan is an actress and reality TV star, who became popular for starring on VH1’s Basketball Wives which was made possible by the fact that she was married to a pro-basketball player, Matt Barnes.
Get more interesting facts about this sexy TV queen – bio, net worth, married life, kids and feud with sister.
Gloria Govan Bio: Age Controversy, Ethnicity
Gloria Govan was born in Oakland, California. Her birthdate is not exactly known as there are conflicting reports as to the exact date she was born. Nevertheless, she was born and raised in California with her younger sister, Laura Govan and brother, Lonnie Govan. Some media platforms report that she was born on February 22, 1970, others record February 22, 1985. There are others who would rather stick with January 1, 1970, but we are certain that the year is 1970, judging from the fact that her younger sister, Laura was born September 21, 1979. However, we are not sure what the exact month is (whether it’s February 22 or January 1). Gloria Govan’s nationality is American but her ancestry is mixed as her father is African-American and her mother is Hispanic (Mexican). She belongs to the Afro-American ethnicity.
Career & Net Worth
In the entertainment industry, good looks have many benefits and with her proper height and perfect shape, the sky was going to be her limits as Gloria took Hollywood by storm. Her wonderful personality and good social skills all combined to shoot her up the ladder of success faster than her contemporaries. Gloria Govan has become a superstar in the glam world.
She has been featured in several movies and TV shows including commercials. She gained much popularity for featuring in the American TV series, Basketball Wives which premiered in April 2010 and she also featured in the follow up to the original movie, Basketball Wives: LA. The series was a chronicle of the lives of the wives and girlfriends (WAGS) of basketball players. The show was created by Shaunie O’Neal and was shown by the VH1 network.
Beautiful Gloria didn’t stop there as she went ahead to partner with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to be a part of promoting their partnership with Fox Television. She also played subdued roles in films like More Money, More Family and Chocolate City. Gloria is also a TV host – a job she does so well – and she has sat down on live television with high profile celebrities such as businessman and entrepreneur Ted Turner, comedian Kevin Hart, multiple Grammy Award winners, Earth Wind & Fire, singer Aretha Franklin among others. She has also authored a cookbook titled A Mixed Girl’s Favorite Recipes which can be found on Amazon and is sold for $29.
Talking about her net worth, Gloria Govan earned a quite a reasonable sum for her part in the Basketball Wives series. With her book doing well in the market plus her earnings from her roles in other movies, her bank accounts must be sitting pretty comfortable. Gloria Govan’s net worth is estimated at $1.5 million.
Gloria Govan Married Life, Husband, Kids
Gloria Govan was married to the retired basketball star, Matt Barnes. They first met in eighth-grade but didn’t begin a relationship until their paths crossed again in 2006 when Barnes moved to Gloria’s hometown because he played for the Golden State Warriors at the time. After dating for six years, they eventually took the relationship to the next level and got married in 2012. While they were dating, the couple welcomed their twin boys – Carter Kelly Barnes and Isaiah Michael Barnes – who were born on November 6, 2008. However, it turns out that they dated longer than they were married as they separated just two years into their marriage on October 14, 2014.
While they were separated, it became public notice that Gloria was seeing Derek Fisher, another NBA star which prompted rumours that she was unfaithful to her husband while they were married. Their divorce proceeding was finalised on 21 December. Her relationship with Derek Fisher also hit the rocks and she is fully focused on her career right now and living her life as a single mother.
Sister: Laura Govan
Laura Govan is the younger sister of Gloria Govan and also the former fiancée of NBA player, Gilbert Arenas. She played basketball in high school and aspired to play professionally but reoccurring injuries hampered her progression. She attended the New Mexico State University on a scholarship and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and a Masters in Sports Psychology. She was with Gilbert for 16 years and during that time, she had four beautiful children for him – Aloni Arenas, Alijah Amani Arenas, Hamiley Arenas, Izela Samaya Arenas – but they were never married. She blamed her reason for walking out on the union majorly on her sister, Gloria who she has regularly accused of sleeping with her fiancée – an accusation Gloria has constantly denied. The sisters are notorious for taking their differences to social media. Laura is still not married and she owns and manages her own fashion line.