Lisa Wu Hartwell

Lisa Hartwell

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, tells Star. “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.”

A photo of Lisa with her 2 eldest sons below

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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.

 

Ed Hartwell with wife Lisa Wu Hartwell

Despite a report by TMZ revealing that Lisa Wu Hartwell and husband Ed Hartwell had their home foreclosed, Lisa is now denying the foreclosure to People magazine. We were “not evicted, it was a short-sell. It was not a foreclosure,” says Lisa.

Lisa, 38, continues, “It was decision that we made and not one that was made for us. But we were not put out.” As for the TMZ report that the couple defaulted on their bank loan, she re-affirms that an attempt to restructure the loan “didn’t work out.” Lisa claims, “we chose to move, we were not evicted.”

It seems short-sell is what they’re calling foreclosures nowadays. I take it she “chose” to move after receiving notification of a foreclosure from her bank. Even her rep confirmed the foreclosure story yesterday. Plus TMZ has documents confirming the story.

Lisa however admits her family has moved into a new “downsized” home in a neighboring community due to the pressure of the recession. This clashes with the comment her rep made yesterday, saying the couple has moved into a new home sitting on 10 acres. Not sure how 10 acres is downsizing.

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Another day, another foreclosure for The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The latest housewife to get her home foreclosed is Lisa Wu Hartwell. Sheree Whitfield’s home was foreclosed a while back.  Nene Leakes was also evicted from the home she was renting late last year.

TMZ is reporting today that Lisa Hartwell and her husband, former Oakland Raiders linebacker Ed Hartwell, were booted from their multi-million dollar Georgia mansion last week — after the bank foreclosed on the place. The bank sold it shortly after.

Lisa’s rep does not deny the story. The rep claims the couple was in talks with the lender to restructure the loan because the home had lost value — but that failed. They originally bought the place for $2.9 mil back in 2007 but the bank only got $1.9 mil when they resold it this month.

The rep continues, “Ed and Lisa are fine. They have settled in their [new] home, that sits on 10 acres and they OWN it!”

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s second season premiered with a bang last night. The star of the show was undeniably Sheree Whitfield. Her argument with the most unprofessional man in the history of television was the highlight of the show.

Miss She by Sheree herself appeared on Bravo’s late night show – “Watch What Happens.” Host, Andy Cohen, was able to get party planner, Anthony, on the phone to tell his side of the story.

Anthony admitted what I suspected in saying the party was being offered for free. Anthony however refused to apologize to Sheree for being extremely unprofessional, and even threatening to physically hit a woman on national television. He however decided Sheree’s mother deserved an apology for his “Your mama is a bitch” comment.

It seems Anthony’s plan to offer a free party to Sheree in exchange for free publicity for his company is backfiring. I can’t imagine people will be waiting in line to hire him after the way he treated her. A “professional” man threatening to hit a woman is completely unacceptable under any circumstances. This “man” has no idea what it means to be a professional.

He makes the situation even worse by refusing to apologize to Sheree. Anthony also claimed the free party he was planning for Sheree was worth $60,000. Sure it was Anthony. When asked about the situation, Sheree simply referred to Anthony as being “crazy.” Can’t disagree with her on that one.

UPDATE – This story gets better.  Anthony sent an email to SandraRose denying that he is gay.  He claims to be married to a woman with children.  He sure had me, and all of America fooled.  What people think of his sexuality should be the least of his worries.

TELL US – WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SHEREE’S FIGHT WITH THE PARTY PLANNER?

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta threw themselves a premier party to celebrate their upcoming second season. The 2nd season is set to premier tonight on Bravo at 10/9c.

In attendance were housewives – Kim Zolciak, Lisa Wu-Hartwell, Sheree Whitfield and NeNe Leakes — along with new Housewife Kandi Burruss. Honorable sixth housewife, Dwight Eubanks was also in attendance. Sheree’s hair looks umm interesting, while Kim’s hair looks great for Kim standards.

In other news, Nene will reportedly expose Kim’s past as a stripper in her new autobiography titled “Never Make the Same Mistake Twice.” Kim’s ex publicist, Jonathan Jaxson, echoed the same story when he claimed Kim used to be a stripper in Atlanta back in 2003, who went by the name of Barbie.

Nene writing about Kim’s stripping past is interesting, considering the fact that she is also rumored to have been a past stripper. Seems Danielle Staub of the New Jersey Housewives is in good company.

Dlisted also posted the below photo of Kim Zolciak during her high school freshman year. No the photo is not from the 80’s, but was taken in 1993. Interestingly, pre plastic surgery Kim looks a lot like her eldest daughter.

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Kandi Burruss and Lisa Wu Hartwell are dishing out some gossip on what is to come during the 2nd season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. In an all new interview with TheYBF.com, we find out Kandi and Nene Leakes will clash at some point during the season, plus Kandi talks about helping Kim Zolciak with her “singing” career.

Lisa also talks about what she deems as a double standard between the Atlanta housewives and other housewives’ franchises. Below are some excerpts from the interview –

Do you believe there’s a double standard when people are simply entertained by the antics of the “NJ Housewives”, but call the “Atlanta Housewives”’s antics “ghetto?

Lisa Wu-Hartwell: Absolutely. It’s sad but it’s always been that way. For instance, people look up to Hugh Hefner and the Playboy bunnies show. But get a black guy in there doing the same thing and it’s a problem.

Does the widely used term to describe the cast “Ghetto fabulous” irritate you?

Kandi Burrus: Yes. Ghetto is a frame of mind. And people relate it to color. Our show is entertaining and that’s all.

Lisa, this is your second season. But is there anything from Season 1 you would “do over” if you could?

LWH: {Laughs} Well, I said I would flip Kim over the couch during the Reunion taping. I probably wouldn’t have said it had I had a week or so to let things settle. There were some things said prior, and the wounds were raw and fresh. But we don’t have the liberty to say “take this off” simply because there are cameras there.

Out of all the other “Housewives” shows in the “Real Housewives” franchise, what’s your preferred locale?

LWH: I have some friends on “NY” so I actually like watching them. But “NJ” did keep me entertained. They were so genuine.

KB: I would say New Jersey. I couldn’t get into “New York”. I watched only the first couple episodes of it.

Speaking of “NJ”, what are your thoughts on Danielle?

LWH: Blogs and media probably don’t get it 100% right. But if [the stories about her stripper and coke habit past] are true, hopefully she’s moved on from it and is in a better place.

KB: I actually think she’s pretty funny when I was watching her. She’s in her 40’s now so I’m sure she’s changed.

Kelly Bensimon

Kelly Bensimon was able to take some time away from Kelly world to talk to People in a new interview about the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of New York.

As we reported earlier, Kelly has signed on for the 3rd season, but she is uncertain as to which other housewives will be returning. “I am coming back,” says Kelly. “But I actually don’t know who else is coming back. They don’t really tell me.”

Kelly is however uncertain is the new season will be able to match the drama of the other housewives’ franchises. “We start shooting in two weeks,” she said. “And it’s going to be interesting now because the bar is so high. When Gretchen [Rossi from The Real Housewives of Orange County] is getting a motorcycle at a party and Teresa [Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey] is throwing over the table, what’s going to happen?”

She goes on to talk about The New Jersey Housewives – When I met Danielle, she said, ‘Thank you so much for being supportive of me. She was just really excited and flattered that I supported her. Unless you do something wrong to me, I will give you a chance.”

And what about Caroline Manzo? She’s “the all-time mama bear,” Kelly said. “And actually, she was really sweet and really nice.”

Kelly has also gotten close with some of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, “I was going down to Atlanta to open a hotel, so I called NeNe [Leakes],” Bensimon said. “I took out NeNe and Lisa [Wu Hartwell] and we had so much fun. They’re crazy, fun and spirited. They’re awesome girls.”