The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Nene Leakes says, she’s not friends with any of the other women on the show. Instead, she refers to Kim Zolciak, Sheree Whitfield, Lisa Wu Hartwell and Kandi Burruss as associates. “Some people don’t even get to be my associate, so they’re in a very good position,” she said in Los Angeles at a recent signing of her book, Never Make The Same Mistake Twice.
In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Nene talks about her goal to have a talk show, her relationship with the ladies of Atlanta housewives and what she thinks about the song “Tardy for the Party.”
Below are excerpts from the interview-
What’s your relationship with Kim and Sheree like these days?
We’re just associates. I feel we have a business relationship. However, Sheree and I have known each other the longest and we’ve found a way to respect one another. And Kim and I just haven’t found that yet. And if Kim and I weren’t on the show together, we probably would never talk. But we’re on the show, so we have to talk and we have to be cordial, so we’re cordial. But I’m not friends with any of these girls. They’re my associates, and I don’t think that the word “associate” is a bad word. Some people don’t even get to be my associate, so they’re in a very good position.
So you’re not friends with anyone in the cast?
Down the road with some time, Lisa and I could possibly be friends. I don’t really know Kandi at all but I won’t close the door on that. I’m just saying I don’t know her because she’s new to the show. We didn’t get a chance to really get to know each other. She came into our relationship. I feel like I’m the HBIC [head b-- in charge] if you know what that is.
How do you deal with the “curse” or rumors that are spread about you?
I love when they talk about me. I get real weird when they ain’t saying nothing about me. I say, “They didn’t say anything about me this week? I got to step my game up.” The more they talk honey, that really puts you out there.
Are you singing on Kim’s song “Tardy For The Party?”
Well it’s Kim [with] Kandi’s help. Kandi changed it from country to dance and so Kandi has a lot of beats going on in the back so you can’t really hear her … It’s not about the vocal — it’s more about the beat. When you are singing country, it is more about the voice. I can’t wait for you guys to see that episode. I think you guys are going to feel for me. “Tardy For The Party” was my song. Now she’s doing “Tardy For The Party,” and I’m not on it. I don’t care if I’m not on it.
Who’s fashion show was better, Lisa’s or Sheree’s?
I never talk about these girls. I’m just going to say Gucci can’t talk about Louis, honey.