Tiki Barber wants the world to know his side of the story.
The NFL’er-turned-TV personality and his new love Traci Lynn Johnson sat down with Entertainment Tonight in hopes of putting to rest the rumors surrounding his recent split from his wife of 11 years, who was at the time pregnant with twins.
Though they are now living together, both Tiki and Traci insist that their romance started after he had separated from his wife Ginny.
“We were only friends when I was still married, I was separated, out of my house so it wasn’t until then that we took things to the next level,” Tiki says.
Traci, 23, who met the football star while she was an intern at NBC, adds, “Tiki and I were romantically involved when he was separated, and plenty of people who are separated have boyfriends and girlfriends.”
Complaining that public perception has been “skewed” by false media reports, Tiki says, “I’m just a normal guy who had a job that people cared about, and maybe there is a standard to live up to that but it’s a hard one, for anyone.”
As for his children – he and Ginny are parents to sons A.J., 7, and Chason, 6, as well as 2-month-old twin girls – Tiki says, “My goal is to not have the kids suffer because of the failings of mine and my soon to be ex-wife.”