Chad Johnson is reportedly desperate to stay married to his estranged wife Evelyn Lozada and is deliberately refusing to sign divorce papers despite her requests to end the marriage.
The disgraced NFL player was served with divorce papers after just 40 days of marriage following a headbutting incident in which Johnson, 34, allegedly assaulted Lozada, 37, during a dispute. He is now refusing to sign the documents and will not partake in any divorce proceedings because he does not want to get a divorce but instead wants to try and salvage the marriage, according to TMZ.com.
Johnson shocked his 3 million Twitter followers on Wednesday when he shared a photo of a new tattoo that he got of Lozada's face and name on his leg.
The father of four has brushed off criticisms that he needs to move on from Lozada, and still clings on to the hope of reconciliation.
One of Johnson's Twitter followers questioned the reasoning behind his new leg tattoo by asking "I thought she filed for divorce tho?"
Johnson responded with "I dont give a flying pretzel in skittle rainbow hell what she filed for."
"I really want to know why @ochocinco tatted Evelyn's face on his leg post divorce," another follower asked.
Johnson appeared to be unfazed in his response: "Divorce? Child please... that's my WIFE," he responded.
Lozada, who stars in the Vh1 reality TV show "Basketball Wives," has made it clear that she is done with the marriage. The reality TV star told police that he headbutted her during a dispute over a receipt for condoms that she found, raising questions about infidelity on his part.
"You can't repair this," Lozada recently told People magazine. "Not right now, you just can't."
Lozada recently spoke out regarding the Aug. 11 domestic assault incident during a discussion with ABC and she revealed that although she still loves her estranged husband, there is no chance of reconciliation.
"It's the hardest thing in the world to walk away from someone that you really love. [But] you have to walk away, because I have to protect myself," Lozada said.