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Matt Barnes says Gloria Govan had an affair with his friend

November 23, 2011 |  3:16 pm

BarnesMatt Barnes released a statement Wednesday about his breakup wtih Gloria Govan in which he says that she cheated on him with one of his friends.

Barnes, currently on the Lakers' roster, said that he and Govan pretended to be in a relationship even after they broke up in May because it would help Govan's career and her show on VH1.

Barnes said the real reason that they broke up was because of Govan's infidelity, not the rumors surrounding his relationship with A-list acress Eva Longoria, which Longoria and Barnes deny.

Here's the statement he released Wednesday through his publicist, Courtney Merfeld: "In May, Gloria and I decided to separate and in the best interest of her career, I foolishly agreed to portray that we were still together for the upcoming season of her show on VH1.

"As recently as August we decided to revisit a joint statement of our separation, but Gloria asked to delay making our separation public for the interest of her show. It is ironic now how Gloria is trying to manipulate the professional relationship between Eva Longoria and myself as the sole reason for our separation, when she knows we split up in May.

"The reason I broke my silence and released the separation statement a month ago, was due to her on going affair with a former friend of mine. Again, I wish her nothing but the best and I will continue to keep our children as my first priority."

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Photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes and actress Gloria Govan. Credit: Kirk McCoy / Los Angeles Times

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