Lisa Wu Hartwell recently spoke out on her desire to fight for custody of her two eldest children, but what she failed to mention was the reason she lost custody in the first place.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star has always maintained she is uncertain as to the reason she lost custody of her 2 eldest sons back in 2003 to ex-husband, Keith Sweat. Keith is pictured above on the right, he received primary custody of the two boys.
Access Atlanta was able to get their hands on the custody ruling, which explains the reason Lisa lost custody.
Judge Cynthia D. Wright wrote -
“There is evidence that Father has been violent towards Mother, but no evidence he has ever been violent with any of his children.” The judge felt the children at the time “lacked structure in their lives, due in substantial part to Mother’s numerous business ventures and frequent trips out of town … Mother has a history of spending money on herself excessively rather than providing for the children … There was some evidence at trial that Mother implicitly participated in robbing Father in the presence of the children. She also took money from Father prior to the initiation of this matter. This behavior causes the Court to question Mother’s maturity and judgment.”
“Father is capable of providing a stable, secure home environment for the boys where their care is not delegated to random third parties.”
To sum this up, the judge felt that Lisa’s ex husband, Keith Sweat, who had been abusive to Lisa during their marriage was a better fit to parent the children than Lisa. Interesting.
Two of Bravo’s housewives are getting in on the popular NOH8 campaign. Dina Manzo (pictured above with daughter Lexi) and Kim Zolciak (of The Real Housewives of Atlanta) recently shot some promotional pictures for the campaign.
The NOH8 (no hate) campaign was created to help raise awareness for marriage equality in California.
Kim tweeted Tuesday, “the noh8 campaign shoot was hot. and I am topless!!! Just to cause a stir to make people pay attention!”
Topless photo of Kim Zolciak for the NOH8 campaign is below —-
Atlanta ‘Housewife’ Lisa Wu Hartwell has decided to take her ex-husband, R&B singer Keith Sweat, to court in an attempt to gain custody of her 2 eldest kids.
“I’ve already been seeing them four or five times a week, but now the time has come when I want to have them with me full-time,” Lisa, 38, tellsStar. “I immediately filed for an appeal after the verdict, but I was never given a court date in five years. I’ve been afraid of the judicial system, but I’m finally taking the bull by the horns and trying to get my boys back again!”
Lisa continues, “If Keith has a hang-up about our sons being on TV, I would be fine with that. But Real Housewives is supposed to be a reality series, and the reality is that all the fans watching believe I only have one child,” says Lisa, who appears on the series with her husband, Ed Hartwell, and their 2-year-old son, EJ. “Jordan and Justin understand what the show involves, and they’d love to do it. I adore all three of my sons — and I believe they all have a rightful place on the show.”
It seems the pressures of the show and the drama associated with her fiance, A.J. has doomed the couple. “We’re on hiatus,” the former Xscape member said on radio station WVEE’s “The Frank & Wanda show.”
Majority of the drama stems from the fact that her fiance A.J. has 6 kids by 4 different women. Kandi’s harshest critic also happened to be her mother, who was very open about her non acceptance of A.J.
The whole A.J. fiasco has apparently taken a toll on Kandi and her mother’s relationship. Kandi said it got to a point where she didn’t know if she wanted she and A.J.’s relationship to endur in order to spite her mother or because she was in love.
Kandi happens to be my current favorite Atlanta housewife, however I cannot understand her thought process in wanting to marry a man with 6 children by 4 different women. I hear there’s a shortage of men in Atlanta, but surely times can’t be this hard.
Jonathan was the subject of an argument that took place between Kim and Sheree during the recently aired long extended episode on Bravo. Sheree denied calling Jonathan during the bitchfest fight.
In his statement below, Jonathan refers to Sheree as being crazy, delusional, a liar, a fraud, and claims she did call him for help in finding a new home.
“Sheree is one delusional piece of trash. PERIOD! She is one of the most ungrateful women I have ever met.
Prior to Season 2 of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” filming this past February, Sheree had reached out to me and Kim’s best friend on the show, Cori, because she knew one of us could help.
Sheree was so upset about a pending foreclosure on her home with ex Bob Whitfield, and at one point I actually felt bad for her. She needed a home and wanted it asap and had zero dollars to her name, so she said. Upon finding her a penthouse in Midtown Atlanta, she opted not to take it, even though it was free, because it was too small for all her things. Let me mind you this was a free place that was worth over a 1,000,000 dollars in a gorgeous high rise.
Sheree then thought she could get Cori to pay for her a place to live, because Cori’s net-worth is in the in the millions.
In the end Cori and I decided it wasn’t worth helping her because never once did she say ‘thank you’ or anything of that magnitude. She was more worried about how her home would look on camera, staged or not.
Now, she lives in a rented home that isn’t even hers and God knows who is even paying for it. Sheree also begged for $75,000 to start her own clothing line up, but it wasn’t worth it to me. After all, she doesn’t design her own clothes, she has others sketch them out of ideas she has seen other designers make.
Atlanta “Housewife” Kim Zolciak is touching on a lot of issues in her new interview with Essence.com. Kim speaks out on fighting with Nene and Sheree, her new leaked single – “Don’t Be Tardy To The Party,” plus her relationship with the infamous Big Poppa aka Lee Najjar.
Below are some excerpts from the interview -
ESSENCE.COM: Your first release, “Tardy for the Party,” was leaked on the Internet yesterday. What happened?
KIM ZOLCIAK: I’m super pissed off about it. I never released that song to Ryan Seacrest or anyone else. It was going to be on iTunes and I wanted people to see all the thought that went into it, along the timeline of the show so you can see me in the studio and watch me go through the whole process. This is just not how I wanted to release my first song. There’s a snake out there. I just have to figure out who it is.
ESSENCE.COM: NeNe’s new book, “Never Make the Same Mistake Twice,” just came out. Have you read it?
ZOLCIAK: I have not read the book yet, but hell yeah, if she wrote about me, I’m going to read it. I mean, she had to write about me in order to sell the book. She told me, ‘Well, maybe you should read it on your way back from New York. So I don’t know what she wrote but I do wish her success and I’m happy for her.
ESSENCE.COM: You two came to blows a few months ago. There was a police report indicating that NeNe assaulted you. What happened?
ZOLCIAK: Nene and I have decided to just move on from that. Yes, there was altercation but we’ve talked in great length about it and we’re just both on to bigger and better things like her book and my wig line. NeNe and I care about each other and because we do, sometimes emotions run a lot higher than if we didn’t care at all.
ESSENCE.COM: Thanks for bringing that up. Photos of what appears to be you and a man named Lee Najjar walking on a beach popped up on the Web recently. Is Lee Najjar Big Papa?
ZOLCIAK: There are a lot of people who are alleged to be Big Papa and I know all of them, from Dallas Austin to Lee Najjar to Quincy Jones to Ted Turner. You just have to stay tuned and watch what happens to see who Big Papa really is.
ESSENCE.COM: This season has been a lot for you—between the fight with NeNe and the hair pulling with Sheree. How are you dealing with it all?
ZOLCIAK: It’s been incredibly stressful and my best friend Cori has been my rock. My girls are always trying to pump me up and they keep me grounded. I can’t deny that I do get emotional and ask myself sometimes, ‘Oh, my God, what have I done?’ But it’s a catch-22 and I just keep moving forward.
ESSENCE.COM: Tonight, Bravo has added an extra hour, featuring more details about your fight with Sheree. Do you think this is all overkill?
ZOLCIAK: All I know is that Sheree acted a fool. I mean, who does that as a grown woman? It was immature and I was really caught off guard by the whole thing. I guess controversy sells. We’re not the highest rated because we go to church and bake cookies.
Nene seems to believe her stripper past has no reflection on her presence as an “Atlanta socialite,” saying, “What difference does it make if I danced or not?” she asks. “Is the sun going to stop shining? Is my past taking food out of your mouth?”
Nene proceeds to explain her reasons for stripping, “[I stripped] for the sake of my son, and to restore my confidence in myself,” she explains. “My son was in private school, his father wasn’t chipping in for pull-ups or food, I had no job and no money coming in, the rent was past due, and the super told me and my roommate that our condo owner was about to put us out. It was about survival.”
The ex-stripper, who referred to herself as Silk during her dancing days as a twentysomething year old – admits that she liked the power that came with being a stripper. “I could make $500 off one guy just by turning him on.” These men “were obviously there to see what I had, and I quickly realized that those men weren’t there to make me feel bad about myself.”
Interestingly, it has always been said that Nene’s husband, Gregg Leakes, met her at a strip club while she was working. Fellow castmate, Kim Zolciak was also outed has being a past stripper by her former publicist. My favorite part of this story is that she stripped to restore confidence in herself – brings out the lols.
Real Housewives of Atlanta star, NeNe Leakes recently published her new book, Never Make The Same Mistake Twice, which is already in stores. In an interview with WSBTV.com, NeNe talks about her unsteady relationship with fellow cast member Kim Zolciak, clears up rumors about her home being rented, and hints at the likelihood of leaving ATL.
Below are some of the excerpts from the interview-
Why is your relationship with Kim on the rocks?
We’re not real friends and we never have been. That’s what I think a lot of the viewers don’t know. We’re good associates and I don’t think associate is a bad word. Kim is in the associate category. My very good friends are not seen on the show.
Speaking of folks you’re not getting along with … let’s talk about the friction between you and Kandi, the newest cast member. What’s the beef between you two? I’m not really sure. I didn’t know Kandi before the show.
Were you a fan of the group Xcape? I don’t know the group Xscape. I think they may have done OK … some good music here and there.
They had some big hits Really? Well, I hadn’t paid attention. It’s been a long time since they’ve been on the scene. We’re just two women who are like oil and water. We just don’t mix. I’m not going to lose sleep or weight over it.
Have you talked to fellow housewife Lisa Wu-Hartwell after losing her home? I’ve spoken to Lisa … you know we talk all the time. It’s not a big deal. I’m outspoken, but I don’t ask people about their personal business. I know that Lisa’s doing just fine.
Are the rumors true that you rent your home?
What’s wrong with renting? Regardless of whether I rent or buy, I have to pay the bill. Nobody is giving me anything. In fact, this is a great time to rent.
So will you confirm whether you are renting?
I do not own the house that I currently live in. I’m doing a lease purchase.
Do you plan to stay in the house?
As a celebrity, I’m all over the place. I might end up leaving Atlanta.
What can we do to get you to stay?
You got to give me a check. I got to go where the checks are … I’m all over the place.
How do you respond to the stereotypes and criticism that you don’t represent housewives in Atlanta? I’m not trying to represent any one other than NeNe Leakes.