Nene Leakes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is sounding off on the second season drama of her show. Nene has seen her popularity decline this season amidst her behavior on the show, which shows her as bullying others and having an over-sized ego. In her interview with Essence, Nene talks about the meeting with her alleged father, why she and Kandi’s relationship turned sour and her relationship with the other Atlanta housewives.
ESSENCE.COM: So, Miss Nene, you finally met your alleged father, whose reception didn’t appear that warm. Have you two remained in touch?
NENE: It was warm enough because we are strangers. I wouldn’t expect him to hug me. He was very nervous with the cameras around. It took the producers about an hour to convince him to sign the release forms. I was hoping and praying that he didn’t, but I guess after they talked to him for so long he finally gave in and that’s why he wouldn’t allow us in the house. Had it just been me and my uncle he would have. I haven’t seen him since then, but I’ve spoken to him. And I still haven’t taken a paternity test but I believe he’s my father. At some point I can do a DNA test but there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to know the truth. I just needed to meet him and have some closure.
ESSENCE.COM: Understood. Let’s switch gears a bit. Since the sudden death of Kandi’s fiancé AJ, are the “Housewives” closer?
NENE: No, not really. Nobody has seen each other. I’ve talked to Sheree and Lisa and saw everyone at the funeral. We put our differences aside to be at the funeral so we could be there for Kandi because we aren’t that bitter. As far as us being friends, we won’t ever be friends. I’ve known Sheree the longest; I still talk to Lisa, but our relationships are what they are. Honestly, I think if we hadn’t been on this we wouldn’t be this bitter with one another, and it’s definitely made it a lot worse.
ESSENCE.COM: Do you think you ever gave Kandi a fair chance?
NENE: I feel like i did. On my behalf, I didn’t reach out to her when she first joined the cast to welcome her because that’s just not me. I wasn’t looking for anything; I figured like, if we get along we do and if we don’t, it is what it is. The first time Kandi and I met was never shown on the show. We had a couples’ night out where we went salsa dancing and had dinner with me and my husband, Lisa and Ed [Hartwell] and then Kandi and A.J. We had fun, but the viewers never got to see us having a good time.
Above is a preview of what is to come. Kim Zolciak talks about the role of Big Poppa aka Lee Najjar in the life of her, and her kids. After doing many interviews during which she claimed she would never get back together with Big Poppa, it appears the two of them are once again back at it.
Perhaps things will be different this time as Big Poppa has put his home on the market. This is the same home he was sharing with his wife and kids.
Other hot topics to come in the reunion include a viewer question to Sheree Whitfield, asking her whether she is a lesbian. Andy also confronts Nene Leakes on her stripper past.
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In the interview, Kim talks about her relationship with newcomer Kandi Burruss, her personal growth on the show, upcoming live performance and the real reason NeNe Leakes denies choking her.
Below are excerpts from Kim’s new interview :
ESSENCE.COM: So tell me what is your assessment of this second season?
KIM ZOLCIAK: This season people got to see more of people’s true colors. You can only pretend to be who you are but for so long. My friendship with Kandi has been a great new relationship for me because I didn’t expect to become that close with her. Overall, my song and my wig line have also been two amazing things that have happened to me. Other than some footage that I didn’t like or a couple of things I wish I’d handled differently, this was a better year for me than last season when I was paralyzed with humiliation and fear.
ESSENCE.COM: NeNe says that you won’t be performing live on the reunion show and that she didn’t choke you. Is that true?
KIM: I do sing live. She’s so jealous it’s ridiculous. It really irritates me that she would lie about something so serious. She strangled me twice and that’s not something I joke around about because violence is a serious situation across the country. I have a 911 call and a police report. What proof does she have that she didn’t do it? I think she’s denying it because she has her book and is doing all this stuff with domestic violence and doesn’t want to make herself look bad, but she needs to just admit that she made a mistake and move on, but don’t lie about it. She strangled me when other New York and Orange County housewives told her I told them she was broke and all this other stuff. I’m thinking, We’re on the highest rated show and they are pissed off about it. Do you believe everything they tell you? I tried to get her to calm down and said people are watching us and she put her finger in my face; I told her to get your finger out my face; then she put her finger back in my face; I smacked it out of my face and then she strangled me again.
ESSENCE.COM: And what about your future and wig collection?
KIM: The name of it is KZ LOKZ, a combination of my first and last name. Well, I’m behind on everything, but ideally, we’d like to see the wigs available and in stores by January 2010. You know, I got a lot of support and people got to see my true colors. I can’t carry the negativity with me forever. I’m too old for that.
UPDATE: Just when you thought Kim Zolciak couldn’t get any trashier, she proves us wrong. Kim pulled a Britney Spears and flashed the paparazzi while getting out of her car in LA. You can view the NSFW (Not Safe For Work) image here.
Most people are probably confused of KimandNeNe Leakes’s friendship. They seem to break up and make up. NeNe swore up and down that she was done with Kim following the alleged choking incident in which Kim accused NeNe of choking her. Now both Kim and NeNe are reunited again! We smell trouble already.
It seems like the days of wig pulling and choking may be over for Kim and NeNe who were spotted smiling and embracing at Mr. Chow after dinner in Beverly Hills.
Lisa gives her opinion of each of her fellow Atlanta housewives, during which she refers to Kim Zolciak as “Crazy with a capital C.”
When asked about her thoughts on Sheree Whitfield, Lisa uses the words “High maintenance, motivated, and not genuine,” to describe her. She goes to to refer to Kandi as being “cool, down to earth, and talented.”
When asked if Nene Leakes was genuine, Lisa says — “I guess to some people, yes.” Interesting answer from Lisa.
Lisa wraps up her interview by predicting the reunion show will be crazy. “This reunion is going to be crazy. I can’t wait to see the numbers. I want to know how many people,” says Lisa. “I know it’s going to supersede everyone’s expectations. I do.”
The two-part reunion is still set to air on October 29 and November 5.
Kim Zolciak, who received a massive “engagement” rock from her married beau earlier this year, has said in previous weeks that she is no longer with Big Poppa. Even stating in a recent interview, that she has a new boyfriend. No word yet on whether or not this new boyfriend is married as well.
Lee has appeared on MTV Teen Cribs within the past year showing off his Atlanta mansion. The MTV episode featured his kids and wife, Kim Najjar aka Mrs. Big Poppa.
Perhaps the sale of his home might indicate a separation from his wife. One can only hope the constant and very public humiliation of having your husband shower his mistress with an engagement ring & expensive gifts on national television has been the last straw for Kim Najjar.
However, there is no official word on the couple’s marital status.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta’sKandi Burruss is not only a talented song writer but also your favorite Atlanta housewife, according to our “Reality Tea” poll.
For those of you that don’t know, Kandi is a Grammy award-winning songwriter who has written several hit songs for popular acts such as TLC and Nsync. Recently, she also helped rewrite and executive produced Kim Zolciak’s new hit – “Tardy For The Party.”
Kandi recently released her new single, “I Fly Above” on iTunes and Amazon. It seems like this is another hit song from our beloved Kandi.
Below is the video of the song, check it out!
Tell Us: You be the judge – Is “I Fly Above” another hit from Kandi?