Reality star and estranged wife of Chad Johnson, Evalyn Lozada, sat down for an exclusive interview with ABC News to talk about the couple's broken marriage.
Lozada told ABC's "Nightline" that she still loves her husband "more than anything," but she is "afraid" of him and believes he "needs to get help."
"It's the hardest thing in the world to walk away from someone that you really love," Lozada told Nightline. "But you have to walk away because I have to protect myself."
This is Lozada's first interview since Johnson, formerly known as "Ochocinco", allegedly head-butted her in a domestic incident. The incident forced the end of their 41-day marriage, the cancelation of their upcoming reality show " Ev & Ocho" and Johnson was also released from the Miami Dolphins in the days following the incident, leaving him out of an NFL job.
"I believe he loves me. I believe he needs to get help," Lozada said. "He's a good guy that made a bad choice. He loves football and he's very driven and a great dad. He made a bad choice that destroyed his life, and I hate that I'm connected to that."
The incident allegedly happened on Aug. 11 when Lozada, 36, found a receipt for a box of condoms inside a car Johnson had been driving. The receipt was dated July 20, she told Nightline, three weeks after they were married.
Lozada confronted Johnson about the condoms and threatened to leave him.
"And then the next thing I know, he grabbed me by here [pointing to her head] and he head-butted me," Lozada told Nightline. "I felt blood coming down my face… and I looked at him and I said, 'You just head-butted me?' And it just -- everything just felt if it was in slow motion."
Lozada said she went to a neighbor's house who called 911. She told Nightline she received six stitches in her forehead.
Johnson, 34, has been charged with domestic battery. He has denied the allegations, and claimed that Lozada actually head-butted him.
"I said to myself, 'I'm never going to go through that again, ever,'" Lozada said. "I don't think any woman should ever have to feel like that or be fearful of her husband."
Johnson, a typically outgoing and active tweeter, has been mostly silent since the incident, even going almost seven days without a single tweet.
"I made the bed now I gotta lay n it," he tweeted to his 3.7 million followers on Wednesday.
In response to a fan who asked why he deleted his bio off his Twitter page, Johnson tweeted, "I got to start life over and create a new one."
Chad also released a statement shortly after his arrest on his OCNN website:
"I am going to let the legal process run its course. I wish Evelyn nothing but the best, I have no negative words to say about her, the only thing I can say is I love her very much. I will continue to be positive and stay training hard for another opportunity in the NFL. I appreciate all my fans and supporters and if I have disappointed you in any way, you have my sincerest apologies. Once again I will continue to stay positive and appreciate all the support during this tough period in my life," Johnson said.
Lozada hasn't been back to the couple's home since the incident, she told Nightline, and believes that being away from each other is the "right thing" for both of them.
"I still love him," she said. "I feel bad for him because his life is now a mess."
To watch the full interview, go to http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/evelyn-lozada-afraid-chad-johnson/story?id=17120723#.UEGF3yJae3Y .
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