Lisa Wu Hartwell

Following the last episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, many fans of the show have been wondering about the marital status of Nene Leakes.

On the episode which was filmed months ago, Nene was shown visiting a divorce attorney and threatening to file for divorce from her husband of 13 years, Gregg Leakes. However, as written in our recent recap, there have been zero reports of a divorce filing in the press. So did she really file? Is she still with Gregg? Well, Nene answers all those questions in an exclusive interview with Essence.com.

Excerpts are below –

ESSENCE.com: There’s been so much scrutiny on your marriage lately. What has that been like?
LEAKES:
I was having a really rough time because I wanted to speak out on that and I wanted people to understand that Gregg didn’t take me out of a strip club, let’s be very clear about that. We got together when he didn’t have a thing so I don’t know who the heck these people are out here saying this stuff because when we got together I was the breadwinner. I started a business and I brought Gregg on board and we became a couple later. And when we were able to live a comfortable life, it wasn’t because of what Gregg had done, it was because of what we had done together.

ESSENCE.com: When did you see the divorce lawyer?
LEAKES:
You guys saw me sitting in the parking lot outside the attorney’s office which Bravo played backwards. In real life it didn’t happen that way. I filed months ago, before that audio even came out. When the audio did come out it just reassured me that I was doing the right thing. It bothered me because I had filed, but I was trying to work it out and he and I had just come back from a trip we had taken. Like two days after we came back, the audio came out.

ESSENCE.com: Are you scared of being on your own?
LEAKES:
I am scared, but I’m taking baby steps. I’ve been with Gregg since I was 28, and I’m now 42. I thought I was a woman when I got with him, but I’m really a grown woman now. I’ve been with him for some of the best years of my life so it is scary for me to be like, ‘I’m gonna be on my own.’

ESSENCE.com: So are you and Gregg still together?
LEAKES:
We are still together. We are in the same house and we are still legally married. But that’s not to say we won’t be unmarried.

ESSENCE.com: How is your relationship? Are you cordial?
LEAKES:
We are cordial, and it is very much of an up and down thing. One day is good, the next day is bad. That’s what I’m really tired of. And I’m very aware that the 40s for me, are the new 30s and that I need to be happy because life is very short.

ESSENCE.com: What do you think Gregg is going through right now?
LEAKES:
He’s going through a lot because he doesn’t want a divorce. He says he’s very much in love and he wants to stay married.

Must say Nene’s interview doesn’t help quiet the rumors that she might have played up her marital problems at the request of Bravo. Though she does state that she filed for divorce in the interview, nothing about a filing has been reported in the press. Perhaps the press just missed the news. Lisa Wu Hartwell has also claimed that she quit the show because Bravo “basically wanted to script elements of [her] life and make her amp up the drama.”

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It’s a wedding! It’s a circus! Oh, it’s just the ridonkulous “Southern Baby Shower” of Phaedra Parks on the Real Housewives of Atlanta episode 4.

The episode starts out with Nene Leakes paying a visit to her plastic surgeon with her BFF Diana, whom we’ve never seen on the show before. Nene is determined to get her happy back, and what better way to do that than with new boobs, a new nose and a new stomach. Oddly enough, Nene doesn’t discuss a nose job with the Surgeon though she does hint to the doctor that she might decide to do something else on the day of the surgery.

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta 3

An all new episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta coming tonight!

On the 4th episode this season, titled ‘Petty Boughetto,’ Cynthia and her boyfriend Peter join Phaedra and Dwight for a day at the Steeple Chase, but before they can even arrive, Cynthia and Peter are put on the spot on the future of their relationship.

And it is a true down south, ladies-who-lunch celebration when the day of Phaedra’s baby shower finally arrives! But when some of the other ‘wives continue to chatter about Phaedra’s less-than-perfect father-to-be, will it spoil the special day? Also, former housewife Lisa Wu Hartwell makes a special appearance at Phaedra’s baby shower.

We will also get to see Nene Leakes as she undergoes her nose job. The new episode airs tonight at 9/8c on Bravo.

In other Atlanta news, Bravo announced today that starting November 7, the Real Housewives of Atlanta will move to Sunday nights at 10/9c. Watch What Happens Live will also be making the move to Sunday. No reason was given for the change in schedule.

A preview clip is below –

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Following a dramatic premiere episode, we are now onto week 2 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Episode 2 starts out with Kim Zolciak and her assistant Sweetie going for a beer run or walk or something. One hit wonder Pop star Kimmy feels she needs to look great, you know, considering she is a big pop star and all now. The two end their run by re-hydrating with a beer.

We see a very pregnant Phaedra at her workplace. The attorney is meeting up with a non-celebrity client of hers who was arrested for marijuana possession, and no, it is not Nene’s son Bryson, just in case you were wondering. “Unfortunately, 1 in 3 black men will be indicted for a felony and do some prison time. Instead of us punishing people who have obviously served their time, we really need to embrace them so that they don’t have to go back into crime,” states Phaedra, who is obviously doing her part by marrying an ex-con shortly after his release.

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Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes is speaking out about her personal life in an all new interview.

In an interview with TV Guide, the outspoken housewife discusses her family drama, why she no longer talks to axed castmate Lisa Wu Hartwell, and why she believes new housewife Phaedra Parks is jealous of her.

Excerpts are below –

TVGuide.com: Even though you haven’t seen it yet, I can also tell you that the first episode shows you and Dwight coming to blows. What happened there? What did we miss in the off-season?
Leakes:
What everyone doesn’t know is that we don’t talk on a regular basis. We were never the kind of friends that call each other every day … He and I were never that way. I know it may have appeared differently on the show. I did really like him and respect him, but one of the reasons that we hadn’t talked for a really long time is I felt that he had been doing things that weren’t worthy of a friendship.

TVGuide.com: You mean the deal between Dwight and Greg. (In the premiere, Kim tells NeNe that Dwight had been saying NeNe’s husband Greg had asked him for a $10,000 loan; Greg denies it.) Does the truth of that situation come out?
Leakes: I think so. I’m pretty sure. I know we address the issue. I am very clear today about what happened, but at the time, I was not. You guys will see.

TVGuide.com: This season you deal with your son being arrested and your marital problems with Greg. Was it more difficult to keep filming than it has been in previous seasons?
Leakes:
Yes. I go through a lot this season, emotionally, in my personal life and with my children. I think you’re going to see me go through a lot with my family. I will say that one thing I am is a very good mom. I’m not like a lot of moms today. I was raised strict and I’m pretty strict with my boys. Also, you guys have never seen Greg and I really disagree; you’ll see a lot of that this season. It was tough though. Really emotional scenes are draining. If you are crying and having an emotional moment in front of the camera, those are the times I want to run out of the damn house and cry by myself. It’s just hard when you know people are looking.

TVGuide.com: How are you and Greg now?
Leakes: Greg and I, you know, we’re still husband and wife. We’re still married. No matter what happens, we will hopefully be friends.

TVGuide.com: There are two new housewives this season, Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey. Cynthia’s not in the premiere, but Phaedra is. So far we know she’s a hotshot lawyer — and she’s got some strong opinions about you already.
Leakes:
I knew Phaedra before. I didn’t know her personally, but we are from the same home town. We went to the same high school. I’m a little bit older. When we were in school — and I can say this because she told me this herself — she would say to me, “I’ve always looked up to you. I’ve always admired you.” I was very popular in high school. Once she was on this show though? She never really talked to me or spoke to me. It was strange. She had nothing at all to say to me. I felt like there was some type of jealousy there. … I will tell you I had heard that Phaedra always thought she was always glamorous or fabulous, I guess. I never saw that. I heard that a lot when we were filming, that she thought she was a diva and a “real Southern belle.” I was like, “Well, we’re from Athens, Ga.,” so I don’t think she’s a Southern belle.” She’s country.

TVGuide.com: Do you keep in touch with Lisa now that she’s off the show?
Leakes:
No, I don’t talk to Lisa at all. I didn’t get to know her until the second season. We were really cool, even though … Look, I’m a very good judge of character. I should win a damn award for being a good judge of character. I get you right away. I get it. And so, as Lisa and I hung out more, I got her. That’s all I can really say. I got her. I got who she was. I was OK with who she was, but we could not be good friends. We could be friendly, and work together and even have a drink together. But as far as me crying on her shoulder or telling her secrets, I wouldn’t.

A new episode of the Atlanta Housewives airs next Monday on Bravo at 9/8c.

So typically, the plan is to wait a few weeks into a Housewives season before doing weekly recaps, but within 10 minutes of watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta season 3 premiere last night, I knew a recap was coming today.

The season premiere definitely did not disappoint. It brought the drama as well as some highlarious great one-liners. “I’ve been chasing dick since I came out of the womb” anyone? Priceless.

My only pet peeve with the Atlanta ladies is that last night’s episode just seemed o what’s that word I’m looking for — phony! From watching the show, it is rather obvious that the ladies are very aware of the cameras and are definitely playing things up while getting into their characters. Example – Sheree’s comment about winning an Oscar one day. It just seemed like she was playing into the whole narcissism aspect of her character. I wasn’t buying it nor do I believe she really feels that way, nor do I think she has a new found passion for acting.  I believe the ladies are turning things up a notch this season as not to get the Lisa Wu Hartwell treatment.

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta 3

Tonight is the night! That is the night the Real Housewives of Atlanta return for their long awaited 3rd season.

So what can we expect tonight? One word – DRAMA! Unlike the New Jersey Housewives’ second season, which we had to wait almost 9 episodes before the infamous country club scene, the Atlanta ladies bring the drama on the season premiere! Nene Leakes and Dwight Eubanks will almost come to blows tonight as Nene decides to confront Dwight on rumors he has been spreading about her husband Gregg. Rumors which include Gregg trying to borrow money from him.

Meanwhile, the other housewives read about Kim Zolciak’s article in Life&Style magazine, during which she comes out as a bisexual, and they all try to get the scoop on the real deal with Kim. Sheree Whitfield decides she now wants to act following the failure demise of her She By Sheree fashion line. Kandi Burruss tries to get back into the dating scene following the tragic death of her fiance last year. One of the new housewives, Phaedra Parks will also be introduced in tonight’s episode.


In other Atlanta news, new housewife Phaedra Parks has found herself in the media headlines since the February announcement of her addition to the show. The reason? The Atlanta Entertainment Attorney just happens to be married to an ex-con named Apollo Nida.

Apollo, 31, was convicted in 2004 for racketeering. He was paroled last year in May 2009 after serving five out of his 18-year prison sentence. Phaedra and Apollo married late last year and the two recently welcomed a baby boy in July.

Phaedra, 38, defended Apollo and her decision to marry him in a recent statement. Part of that statement is below –

My husband was convicted of a white-collar crime. It was racketeering. He comes up for an appeal and we just hope that works out positively. But he wasn’t guilty of harming any person or anybody and unfortunately that’s what happened. I married my husband because I loved him and he loved me and I think that’s the foundation of any good relationship. I didn’t marry him because of his past or because of his future. I married him because I respected him and I realized⎯everyone should realize that people make mistakes.

I know who I am and I have a very good sense of my husband and what our relationship is built on. So at the end of the day I have to go home to him and so whomever you marry has to be your personal choice. And that has to be a choice that you’re willing to live with. I married him because I love him, not because somebody else loves him and has to live with him and deal with him every day⎯it’s because I do so if you can live with your decision then that’s all that matters.

UPDATE – Apollo’s mugshots have been added below.

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Real Housewives of Atlanta 3

If you thought the second season of the Real Housewives of Atlanta was dramatic, then buckle up for the ride as the season three trailer brings even more drama!

In the two minute preview clip released by Bravo, we see Nene Leakes telling off her husband Gregg Leakes, while on a different occasion, Kim Zolicak and yet again Nene, get into a shouting match during an argument in what looks to be the back of a tour bus.

We also see Kim admitting to her lesbian relationship, and we get to see Sheree’s Whitfield’s eldest daughter make an appearance. One of the new housewives, Phaedra Parks, will also get into some tiffs regarding her marriage to an ex-con.

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Just how great is the preview? Well some amazing quotes from the trailer below –

  • “You have done f*cked up sh*t in our marriage, and I’m not gonna take it!” – Nene
  • “So I slept with a woman, big deal.” – Kim
  • “He’s no different from Martha Stewart, and people need to just get over it.” – Phaedra
  • “Kim’s had one single and she’s acting like she’s Lady Gaga.” – Kandi
  • “I don’t run around talking about Big Poppa’s in foreclosure cause that’s not my business.” Phaedra

Judging from the video preview, this season will not disappoint. Missing from the video trailer? Lisa Wu Hartwell, who will reportedly make guest appearances on the show a la Dwight Eubanks.

The season three trailer is below –

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