Glory Johnson Talks Brittney Griner Split: “I Still Worry About How She’s Taking All This”

Glory Johnson in Cosmo
Glory Johnson spoke to Cosmopolitan about her failed marriage to Brittney Griner.  Ian Allen

It’s been a year of ups and downs for professional basketball star Glory Johnson. Despite getting arrested with her then-girlfriend Brittney Griner for domestic abuse in April, the pair wed on May 8 and less than a month later announced that Johnson, 25, was pregnant with twins. But a day after the announcement, Griner, 25, filed for an annulment. In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, Johnson opened up about the confusing situation.

"I don't understand," she said of her estranged wife. "I want to understand. I thought I married the person I was supposed to be with. You work things out and fight for what you love.”

Johnson admitted that after their domestic dispute, many of her friends and family advised against her going through with the marriage. 

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Brittney Griner played in the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game on July 25, 2015 David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

"It wasn't about other people. It was about us," Johnson said. "Brittney was crying about how happy she was I stuck with her and promising she'd make it worth it. You can call me stupid for believing her, but I trusted this person."

The April incident landed them both in jail briefly. They had been shopping at Lowe’s and gotten into an argument that escalated when they returned home. 

"I've never been grabbed or thrown like that ever in my entire life, not by anybody," Johnson said of Griner allegedly grabbing her neck and throwing her head down. "At that point, everything was out there. We were fighting. We were scrapping. Her eyes were dead black. I thought I could talk to her, but she was not there." 

After Griner allegedly said, ”I’ve got something for you,” Johnson’s sister Judy, who was in the house at the time, called the police. The sisters later claimed they knew Griner had a gun, though it was not noted in the police report.

Despite their violent past, the couple moved forward and Johnson says she was blindsided when Griner made the decision to call it quits. She gave birth to their twins — Ava Simone and Solei Diem — prematurely in October after only five months of pregnancy. 

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Brittney Griner #42 of the Phoenix Mercury and Glory Johnson #25 of the Tulsa Shock run during a WNBA All-Star Cares event on July 18, 2014 Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images

"I can't do this by myself," she said of raising her little girls. "I have male friends, sweet guys that are offering to help me, and I'm not handling it well. I'm pushing it away because I don't trust anybody. I hope I get to a point where I can give somebody a fair chance, because I was so trusting before."

Johnson also said she doesn’t regret marrying Griner. And despite their estrangement, she’s still concerned about her ex. 

"After all the things that she put me and my family through, I should hate this person,” she said of Griner. “But at the end of the day, I still worry about how she's taking all this.”

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