For some, celebrity status is earned, for others, it may be awarded or acquired, but for women lucky enough to become addicted to celebrities, it is a beating. And so many of them take the opportunity and flow with the tide. This is the case of the ultra-femme Fatale, Gloria Govan Barnes.
Gloria Govan is an actress and reality TV star who became famous because she played in VH1’s Basketball Wives, made possible by the fact that she was married to a basketball pro, Matt Barnes.
Gloria Govan Bio: Age Controversy, Ethnicity
Gloria Govan was born in Oakland, California. Her date of birth is not known exactly, because there are contradictory reports about her exact date of birth. Nevertheless, she was born and raised in California, together with her younger sister Laura Govan and her brother Lonnie Govan. Some media platforms report that she was born on February 22, 1970, others report February 22, 1985, and there are others who would prefer to stay on January 1, 1970, but we are certain that the year is 1970, given that her younger sister Laura was born on September 21, 1979. However, we are not sure what the exact month is (whether it is 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 Hispanic (Mexican). She belongs to the African American ethnic group.
Gloria Govan Career & Net Worth
In the entertainment industry, good looks have many advantages, and with their right size and perfect shape, the sky was to be their limit when Gloria took Hollywood by storm. Her wonderful personality and good social skills brought her up the ladder of success faster than her contemporaries. Gloria Govan has become a superstar in the glamour world.
She has appeared in several films and television shows, including commercials. She gained great popularity through her role in the American TV series Basketball Wives, which premiered in April 2010, and she also appeared in the sequel 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 shown by the VH1 network.
The beautiful Gloria did not stop there when she teamed up with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to promote her partnership with Fox Television. She also played subdued roles in films such as More Money, More Family, and Chocolate City. Gloria is also a television presenter – a job she does so well – and she has sat in live television with such high-profile personalities as businessman and entrepreneur Ted Turner, comedian Kevin Hart, several Grammy award winners, Earth Wind & Fire, singer Aretha Franklin, and others. She has also written a cookbook called “A Mixed Girl’s Favorite Recipes”, which can be found on Amazon and sells for $29.
Speaking of fortune: Gloria Govan has earned a pretty decent sum for her role in the series Basketball Wives. With her bookselling well on the market and the income from her roles in other movies, her bank accounts must be pretty well managed. The net worth of Gloria Govan is estimated at 1.5 million dollars.
Gloria Married Life, Husband, Kids
Gloria Govan was married to retired basketball star Matt Barnes. They first met in eighth grade but didn’t start a relationship again until their paths crossed again in 2006 when Barnes moved to Gloria’s hometown because he was playing for the Golden State Warriors. After six years together, they finally took the relationship to the next level and married in 2012, and during their date, the couple welcomed their twin boys – Carter Kelly Barnes and Isaiah Michael Barnes – who was born on November 6, 2008. However, it turned out that they were seeing each other for longer than they were married, as they separated only two years after their marriage began on October 14, 2014.
During the separation, it became public knowledge that Gloria was dating Derek Fisher, another NBA star, which triggered rumors that she was unfaithful to her husband during their marriage. Her divorce proceedings were completed on December 21. Her relationship with Derek Fisher had also failed, and she is now fully focused on her career and 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 become a professional player, but recurrent injuries hindered her development. With a scholarship, she attended New Mexico State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business and a Master’s degree 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, Hamley Arenas, Izela Samaya Arenas – but they were never married. She blamed her sister Gloria, who regularly accused her of having slept with her fiancé – an accusation that Gloria repeatedly denied – as the main reason for her leaving the marriage. The sisters are notorious for carrying their differences into social media. Laura is still not married, and she owns and manages her own fashion line.