Draya Michele may not be on Basketball Wives LA any longer, but she’s still making big moves. The new mom is reportedly making a Netflix documentary to tell the story of her life. Apparently, the swimsuit mogul has a lot of stories to tell in her short 31 years and Queen Latifah is on board with her production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment.
It looks like Draya doesn’t want to wait to tell her story. The 31-year-old Mint Swim owner is tired of hearing all the negative press and just wants to put it all behind her.
“There are things that people know about me that I would like to dig deeper into,” Draya said during a recent interview with Global Grind.
Certainly one of the things that Draya Michele would like to put behind her as soon as possible is her 2011 arrest for child neglect. Just months before Draya made her debut on Basketball Wives LA, the aspiring actress and model was arrested for allegedly abandoning her then 7-year-old son, according to Bossip.
Draya has come a long way since her days as a young mother in Philadelphia and even earned back custody of her son, who is now 12-years-old. She has also settled down with Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick and recently gave birth to their first son together, Jru.
While appearing as one of the most popular cast members to grace the Basketball Wives LA screens, Draya Michele spent her time building up her Mint Swim swimsuit line and further improving her image. No matter how hard she has worked, though, Draya just can’t seem to shake those old stories that claim she is a bad mom.
According to Enstars, Draya was reminded yet again of her embarrassing past when she showed up for the premiere of the new movie Bad Moms. Draya took a photo on the red carpet and Twitter went in on the reality star, cracking jokes about the irony that the former BBWLA star would pose for pictures with a huge sign that said “Bad Moms” right on it.
There was also quite a bit of drama surrounding the paternity of Draya’s son Kniko, according to Black America Web. Old rumors suggested that Gilbert Arenas was the secret father of her child. Even though Draya herself told fans that when she got pregnant at just 17-years-old, it was not with a professional basketball player as the neverending stories suggested. Instead, she said that, as a teenage mom, she was forced to give birth without Kniko’s dad because when she was seven months pregnant with him, the father of her child ended up going to prison for 10 years.
To this day, Draya says she’s never received a dime in child support for her son. She also pointed out that she wouldn’t have worked as a stripper for years to support herself and her son if she had big fat child support checks coming in from a professional baller.
“The thing about being in the limelight is you want everyone to forget all of the bad things you did, and I felt like that for a long time. ‘Just forget that I did all of this stuff before, I’m not that anymore,'” Draya said. “Then it was like, alright. I’m going to talk about it this one long time and I’m going to take you from birth to 31, and then we are not going to talk about it anymore.”
It sounds like Draya Michele is tired of all the speculation and the jokes about her life. She admits to making a few missteps along the way and now, with the help of a Netflix documentary and Queen Latifah’s production company, she’ll get to tell everyone exactly what happened from her own perspective. Then maybe Draya will be respected as more than just a former Basketball Wives LA star and get a little respect as a business woman and a mother who learned how to be better along the way.
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