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If you’re anything like me, Real Housewives of Atlanta is a Sunday staple… although not tonight. Apparently, there is some football game on which has sidelined most of my programs (gracious, I sound like my grandmother talking about her soap “stories”).

The news of the moment with the Southern brethren of Bravo’s train wreck franchise is the recent screaming match between Sheree Whitfield and Marlo Hampton while the ladies were supposed to be enjoying an amazing vacation.

As you recall, Marlo didn’t take too kindly to not being invited to a dinner organized by Sheree in the southern hemisphere… even though the two ladies are as far from being actual friends as myself and Kim Kardashian. Although, I have heard through the grapevine that Kimmie is upset with me for not inviting her to my Super Bowl party, which will consist of me watching the Puppy Bowl with my dog while gorging on dip. #nflwhat?

Sheree took to her twitter on January 29 to explain–in small character amounts, of course–her take on the South African blow-up with co-star (?) Marlo. Sheree, like many of us, is confused as to why Marlo would want to tag along to the dinner Sheree and a friend planned in South Africa. As the two barely speak, it is weird that Marlo would get so heated to find out she wouldn’t be joining people she despises at an across-the-globe soiree. A snapshot of Sheree’s tweets is below:

Sheree also stated, perhaps rightfully so, that Marlo’s overreaction was an attempt to secure a spot on the show! Sheree tweeted: “I know, I hate I even went there! Thats what I was speaking of when I said ‘I see what ur doing’ Trying 2 secure a spot on the show.”

And speaking of Marlo, lots of information has been circulating as to just who exactly her rich, older “Sugar Daddy” is. Please say it isn’t so, Mr. Turner!

The website wetpaint.com is reporting that the gossip regarding CNN magnate Ted Turner bank-rolling the very scary Marlo (kidding, love you, ‘Lo!) is just that… gossip. I knew he didn’t seem like that kind of dude. He’s too busy making sure we see the news, as well as classic movies. Thanks for that, Ted.

It’s not strange that people up on Atlanta dirt would speculate about Marlo’s alleged “Big Poppa” after Sheree yelled about her nemesis’s 80-year-old, white sugar daddy during the pair’s infamous vacay showdown. However, what is odd is that Marlo didn’t bat an eyelash at Sheree’s accusation. There was definitely no denial coming from Ms. Hampton.

Since that fateful episode, many media outlets have suggested–or downright claimed–that billionaire Ted Turner was the cash behind Marlo’s lavish lifestyle. However, an insider tells the site: “Absolutely NOT! She wishes he were.” So sorry for wondering Ted! The Ted rumors were also fueled by a recent RHOA episode, in which Marlo attended an event put together by Ted’s daughter and reported current girlfriend.

The same source is adamant that this rumor is another one of Marlo’s ploys, saying: “[This is] just her trying to divert the talk from her criminal past AND the fact she was caught using the word f***ot!”

So, with the media mogul officially out of the running as Marlo’s secret older gentleman – who is paying for all of her designer duds? She can’t be returning it all! Another report came out this week alleging that Marlo’s lavish lifestyle was being funded by the money she got from a currently imprisoned ex who happened to be a big time drug dealer.

SHOULD SHEREE HAVE INVITED MARLO TO HER DINNER PARTY IN SOUTH AFRICA? WHO DO YOU THINK IS MARLO’S SUGAR DADDY? ARE YOU TOTALLY CONVINCED IT ISN’T TED TURNER?

Marlo, Marlo, Marlo… I’m almost afraid to write anything controversial about Ms. Marlo Hampton because she scares me a little bit. Anyways, last week Marlo showed viewers her true colors feisty side when she went head to head with Sheree Whitfield.

Among the cray-cray accusations flying back and forth between two ladies of questionable means was the suggestion that Marlo has an 80-year-old white sugar daddy and that Sheree has quite the reputation as a shop’n swapper, aka Jill Zarin-ing the merchandise by wearing it with the tags on and then returning it!

Well, that got the blogosphere’s ears perked up and several people started investigating just who Ms. Hampton’s allegedly Big Poppas are! The blog Diary Of A Hollywood Street King got the scoop on Marlo’s relationship status, and was told by a source they consider reliable that Marlo is allegedly the mistress to none other than mogul, Atlanta dweller, and CNN founder Ted Turner! Ted, pictured below, while not quite 80, is actually a very dignified 73 – and he is very, very rich.

Now remember this is all alleged information and none of it is to be taken as fact. “Ted Turner was Marlo’s sugar daddy. My understanding is that Marlo is one of the reasons why Jane Fonda divorced Ted Turner,” the insider exposes. “Ted Turner is the ‘sponsor’ who financed the The Red Carpet Boutique Marlo had at the Perimeter mall in ATL. Marlo knows how to get money, she’s a true hustler.” Marlo owned a boutique? Please tell me one of you amazing readers has been there!

Following up on the story is Atlanta’s StraightFromTheA blog, who learned from one their readers that the Real Housewives of Atlanta star may have another source of, ahem… income, other than Ted. Allegedly, of course.

Apparently speculation is that Marlo was previously the girlfriend of a high-profile drug dealer from her days in Florida and this is where the majority of her money comes from. Prior to living in Atlanta, Marlo was breaking the law all over Florida, the results of which garnered her a whopping SEVEN arrests! Can’t say the girl just sat around!

“She was dating a drug dealer back in 95, initials WM,” the source explains. “They were living together, had an argument and she tried to have him arrested for battery. He moves out and moves in with another girl. Marlo comes back into the picture. Goes over to his house and attacks WM. He tries to have her arrested for battery.”

The source continues, “A few days after the altercation and trying to file charges on her, he gets investigated for various drug charges (he has prior convictions of selling drugs). Within the month he goes down- charged to the hilt.”

“Probably because of previous plea deals and probation he got slammed.” Marlo’s supposed ex-boyfriend is still incarcerated! After unceremoniously ending her relationship Marlo moved her money to Atlanta where she paid cash for her luxury townhome, which was shown in an episode from two weeks ago. If you recall Marlo had quite the extensive security system set up and if any of the above allegations are true, it would make sense why!

According to StraightFromTheA, a “well-informed source” told the her about the deal Marlo negotiated to purchase her home. Tax records show that the home was paid for in cash and Marlo owns it outright! Not too shabby.

Moving right along to that other accusation about Sheree’s activities at the return merchandise counter at Neiman Marcus, it seems she’s not the only one! As several readers pointed out, Marlo had a tag hanging off the back of her caftan during last week’s breakfast scene! Photos below!

StraightFromTheA got the scoop from one of her sources, who claims Marlo likes to visit the return counter as well! Perhaps she and Sheree can start going together. The insider also alleges that Marlo’s extensive collection of Louis Vuitton luggage was also on “loan” and she was seen storing all the tags “neatly” in an envelope, meaning she purchased them expressly for the trip. When Marlo was asked why she was keeping the tags, she told cast mates she likes to “catalog” her items by designer and year! Le sigh.

Moving right along, NeNe Leakes is apparently highly incensed at Sheree’s behavior towards her new friend. Taking to Twitter, NeNe decided to remind fans of what Sheree looked like before Bob Whitfield came into the picture and supplied her with a new nose, as he purports. NeNe posted a “before” photo of Sheree and let’s just say she’s taken things down a notch.

Now I think Sheree looked fine before and she looks fine now, but there is most definitely a difference in her appearance! “Sheree’s old nose RT!!! <I remember,” NeNe ReTweeted. The photo is below.

NeNe is still working on Glee. as she made several Tweets about reprising her role and apparently she will also be branching out into the talk show market. NeNe Tweeted, “Great news: I’ve been asked 2 co-hosting on The Talk, next Wednesday & Thursday! This should b fun! Tune n,” she revealed.

And in other NeNe Leakes Takes Twitter activities, the star Tweeted about filming last night. “Just kicked @kingdomlos out my house! We finally finished shooting or did we LOL.” Kingdomlos is a the Twitter account for Carlos King – a RHOA producer! So what was NeNe shooting for Housewives?

Check out this TwitPic, below, and take a good look at what Ms. Leakes is wearing and see if its the shirt from her interview segments. It looks similar!

THOUGHTS ON THE SHOCKING INFORMATION ABOUT MARLO’S ALLEGED SUGAR DADDIES? TELL US – IS THERE ANY TRUTH TO THE RUMORS? WHAT WAS NENE FILMING FOR RHOA?

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UPDATE – One of our readers @whatwomenwant pointed out to us that the photo Nene retweeted of Sheree is photoshopped. The original image is below!


Those “ladies” of the Real Housewives of Atlanta… they know how to hurl insults, they know how to one-up one another, and — most importantly — as seen on Sunday night’s episode, they certainly know how to pack!

Oh Marlo. Marlo, Marlo, Marlo. Seriously? I am still cringing about the very mature and level discussion b!tchfest cat fight between Sheree Whitfield and Marlo Hampton, where Marlo uttered those truly sickening words. Don’t make me repeat them. I know, I know… it’s my job. Marlo, who seems to fancy herself the Emily Post of salt and pepper protocol and homophobic slurs, contends she was caught up in the heat of the moment when she yelled at Sheree, “Well anyway, that’s why you don’t have a man. Go and hang with them f*****s with your ugly a$$.” Yup, still cringing! Being hateful is never okay.

Marlo, as it seems, wasn’t intending to be ugly and offensive. It just sort of happened, as these things often do. #notokay Of course, as if on cue, Marlo took to her official website to issue a heartfelt (?? eh?) damage control apology. Her post is extremely articulate and it seems genuine, but I have a hard time condoning her P.R. statement, regardless of sincerity. Expressing her remorse as well as her desire to maintain a strong and positive relationship with the gay community, Marlo published the following open letter on her site:

It is with great disappointment in myself and sincere regret that I would like to issue to my friends, my most ardent supporters, and my followers, this statement:

I would like to offer from the bottom of my heart the fullest and most heartfelt apology for my recent use of an anti-gay slur. When I used this word, I was not mindful of the demeaning connotation that this has in the gay community. My speech was irresponsible, thoughtless and said with the intention of conveying anger rather than as a statement on my feelings towards the gay community as a whole.

My first action, after the incident was to contact my closest friend and assistant of 8 years and to confess what I had done, to express my sadness and regret, and to ask him for his forgiveness. I was devastated at the thought of having hurt or embarrassed him as well as any member of the gay community and relish this opportunity to publicly apologize. My friends have embraced me, supported me, withheld judgment of me and have meant a lot to me over the years. I would never abuse their kindness and friendship and would never want to hurt them or demean them in any way.

I applaud and admire this community for their triumph over a sometimes harsh, mean spirited society that discriminates and even violently attacks those who are different. These are obstacles that I relate to and that I have been inspired by them to overcome. I celebrate this community and am saddened by any indication otherwise, that my actions may have caused.

I look forward to continuing to build my strong relationship with you, my followers and supporters, and those of you who do not yet know me and my heart. I look forward to work to regain your trust, respect and your love which has so empowered me over the years. I also thank you for allowing me to address you personally and to let you know how deeply sorry I am.

With Love,

Marlo

Obviously, just as viewers were appalled by Marlo’s statement, her Atlanta co-stars are also speaking out about how offended they were by her use of that nasty word. Sheree and Marlo’s screaming match (honestly, it kind of sucks for Marlo, as besides that horrendous statement I barely understood a word the women were screeching) garnered some serious and deserved backlash. Both Sheree and Kim Zolciak took to Twitter, the cyber-place where adults maturely resolve issues, to voice their disdain. Wait, did I just confuse Twitter with a reunion episode?

After the episode aired, Sheree tweeted, “Using the “f” word is never acceptable……period!” Amen! And not one to be out-tweeted at her own game (of Twittering, duh), Kim also added her opinion on the situation that she was likely thankful for avoiding. Kim retweeted Sheree’s sentiment, adding, “Its disgusting!!”

Moving away from the episode’s screaming match, but not straying far enough that it doesn’t involve Twitter and Marlo, Nene Leakes also took to the mean webtastic streets to express her contempt for some cast mates who may have recently changed their tune about Ms. Hampton. In fact, Nene wasn’t able to voice her opinion in 180 characters or less, so she went on what can only be described as a Twitter tirade to get her point across. Well played.

The Neenster not only rudely mentioned Sheree’s nose job, she also enlightened her followers as to her co-stars original thoughts on Marlo. On Sunday, Nene began, “The Smalls loved Marlo when they thought they could turn her against me! Now that were friends, they don’t like her 4 no real reason.”

Phaedra [Parks] & Sheree wanted Marlo on the show! They pushed production 4 her. Once we met & started talkin, they turned on her. They wanted Marlo on the show because they thought we would get n2 it about Charles but I never dated him,” Nene maintained. Oh the drama!

Continuing on Monday morning, Nene revealed, “Maja was suppose 2 b the new housewife but Sheree & Phaedra didn’t want her on the show. They wanted Marlo 4 obvious reasons! Back fired.” And who is this Maja character? Well, according to the Tamara Tattles site, she is Maja Torrence who leases high-end condos and sometimes models. Sounds boring compared to the dramz Ms. Marlo is bringing to the season!

Keeping with the common theme of the Twitterverse, Andy Cohen recently tweeted a picture of some blinding bling. Kim and footballer hubby Kroy Biermann were Sunday night’s guests in the WWHL clubhouse and fans wanted to see the major wedding rings sported by the two. Holy diamonds! Those Atlanta Falcons must really be making the money! Rise up! A picture of their rings is below. Oh twitter, always a wealth of useful information!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MARLO’S APOLOGY? ANY TRUTH TO NENE’S RANT THAT PHAEDRA AND SHEREE ORIGINALLY WANTED MARLO ON THE SHOW? COMMENTS ON KIM’S BLING?

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Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta left NeNe Leakes and myself completely speechless. I dare say that was the oddest, craziest and most bizarre fight in Housewives history! Poor South Africa didn’t deserve this. Also, for self-proclaimed etiquette expert Marlo it’s a long way to the top if you want to be a socialite!

Arriving in South Africa the ladies brought the wild to the safari. Chalk it up to jet lag if you will. Lord the one liners in this episode are PRICELESS! After some super annoying Blair Witch Project footage of the women flying coach with no make up, they land in the airport, where much drama with the luggage ensues.

Apparently no one with the title “Housewives of Atlanta” can go on a ten-day trip with less than ten bags, so everyone is pushing these ENORMOUS luggage carts around the airport. Louis Vuitton is probably issuing a cease and desist letter right about now – either that or filing a defamation of character suit after this episode.

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Marlo Hampton
While the epsiode has yet to air on Bravo, Real Housewives of Atlanta newbie Marlo Hampton is already in hot water over using a gay slur.

Marlo is receiving some backlash for dropping the F-word during an explosive argument with costar Sheree Whitfield during their trip to South Africa.

In a preview clip released by Bravo, the drama ensues after Sheree invites her fellow smalls Phaedra Parks and Kandi Burruss to an event. Sheree then extends an invitation to Cynthia Bailey, leaving Nene and Marlo without an invite. Upon discovering she wasn’t invited, Marlo throws away her kill them with kindness shtick, going front 0 to 10 as she decides to confront Sheree.

During their argument, Marlo states: “That’s why you don’t have a man… Go and hang with them f****ts with your ugly ass.” Wow.

At one point during the drama, even Nene is seen trying to calm Marlo down. Marlo continued, bragging to Sheree that her “Aston [Martin] was paid for in cash.” Sheree awesome response? “Yeah, by an 80 year old man!” Ouch! But Sheree might want to watch it because Marlo will cut ya doesn’t play nice!

The video clip of the drama is below. Marlo will definitely have some explaining to do once the episode airs.

In other RHOA news, Nene Leakes is defending herself after some fans wondered why she took it upon herself to invite Marlo to Bravo’s Phaedra’s African trip. If you recall, Phaedra was the one who planned the trip and extended an invite to The Nene. Nene declined the invite only to have a change of heart after Marlo agreed to accompany her.

Well, according to The Nene, Phaedra wasn’t the one who invited her on the trip! Err is she watching the same show we are? Nene tweeted: “4 the record: Phaedra didn’t invite me 2 Africa! Cynthia did so she was the only 1 I needed 2 inform & I did”

Nene, who is rumored to be in talks for her own Bravo spinoff, also made it clear there is no love lost between her and the costars. “Hunni they luv 2 hate! They don’t talk 2 me & I don’t talk 2 them & I luv it! Marlo & Cynthia r my girls,” tweeted Nene, adding, “I can’t wait 2 say good-bye! I don’t like these chicks @ all.”

Oh that Nene. Always the victim.

[Photos Credit: WENN]

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON MARLO DROPPING THE F-BOMB AND GOING OFF ON SHEREE? SHOULD SHEREE BE SCARED? THOUGHTS ON NENE’S TWEETS?

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On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kim got ready for Kroy to leave for training camp and the rest of the ladies planned their trip to South Africa! NeNe decided to really stir up the drama by sneak inviting Marlo, and telling nary a soul, but Cynthia. And, oh my, were the ladies surprised, but not thrilled when Marlo joined them at the departure gate!

Things begin at Marlo‘s house, and ok, call me crazy, but I love the decor and the color scheme. NeNe is impressed that Marlo read Kim and Kandi the riot act at Cynthia‘s agency opening and definitely didn’t back down. On the tour, NeNe discovers Marlo has a full security system installed in her house, which she can monitor from her bedroom! Who is she, Drita D’avanzio? Is she mistressed to the mob in secret?

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On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta it was all about roots. Phaedra decided to plan a cast trip to Africa so the ladies could learn about their ancestry and Kim and NeNe met face to face for the first time in months and decided it should probably be the last.

Things start out with Kim hauling her infant to the gun range. Safety first! Kroy has decided Kim should learn how to shoot and get a gun. I guess she sometimes has to deal with a rampant moose. At first Kim is nervous, but then she gets into being a pistol packin’ mama! Kim gets a pink 9mm and while she doesn’t love having a gun, she’s into getting something pink. Next I am sure she will wrangle a LV gun case.

Cynthia and Peter are meeting Apollo and Phaedra for a double date to work things out following the husband’s altercation at Kim’s babyshower. Phaedra declares it is a “powder in your panties” kinda day, basically a typical hot summer day in the south. God I love southern summers. And friction, what friction? Because everyone is getting along great.

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It’s Sunday, the day of rest and that day where you are filled with free-floating anxiety. Not because you have to return to work tomorrow, but because it’s Real Housewives of Atlanta time and some states cruelly do not allow you to purchase alcohol on Sundays. Personally, I think Bravo should petition those laws to change. RHOA without wine is criminal.

However, I digress. While the ladies have been in the news due to Nene Leakesguest role on Glee (and her unsurprising revelation that she is still with “ex-husband” Gregg) as well as the very sad revelation of Marlo’s past, the other women have been fairly quiet on the scene.

Kandi Burruss, songwriter turned adult toy impresario, gave an interview to Sister 2 Sister about the group that made her famous, Xscape, claiming they will never have a reunion: “We didn’t get along. Why would I go back for a headache and I [didn't] really make that much money in the situation? That don’t make sense.”

Kandi also adds that despite the group’s success they hardly made any money. “I don’t want to give no exact numbers, but we didn’t make that much money off of our albums for us to have three platinum albums… We really didn’t get a lot of money as a group,” stated Kandi.

Also, not making sense is Cynthia Bailey in her latest Bravo blog, where she reveals that husband of the year Peter Thomas recently gave her a gift of a three-day spa retreat… for her alone.

“I am so blessed people have responded to my first big business venture with so much love and support. Having to review thousands of applications to attend The Bailey Agency is a great problem to have! However, my husband Peter did surprise me! Peter sent me away to an astonishing all inclusive spa for three days. I usually don’t like surprises, but since I was beyond exhausted and in dire need of a massage, I made an exception. I spent three gorgeous days alone doing spa treatments, reading books, napping, and watching movies. It was incredible, and I felt reawakened! Thank you, Peter, for the gift of rejuvenation and peace! I love you for giving me exactly what I needed. As always, I am grateful.”

While the gesture is sweet, three whole days alone at a spa? One day alone at the Atlanta Bliss outpost would have been nice, but three days seems like he is sending her away for other reasons. She also explains Peter’s disappearance at the opening of The Bailey Moneypit, The Bailey Agency. Apparently, Cynthia’s party was the one time Peter had to run to his business, Bar One, to “deal with something.”

“Peter Thomas was the one that spent most of his day setting up everything up for The Bailey Agency opening. He made sure that everything was beautiful and perfect. I was happy that he took the time to help me out, because managing Bar One is a full-time job. Between bouncing back and forth between The Bailey Agency and Bar One, he was exhausted. At one point he stepped out to check on something at Bar One and was MIA during my thank you speech. Of course, when he returned the speech was over and the rest is history. My only issue with Peter was that he should have communicated to me that he had to step out and would be right back. Communication is key!”

Again, somewhat understandable, but I’m curious why Peter just didn’t send Cynthia a simple text about where he was, or let any one else at the party know he would be stepping out. Oh, I know why: because he is inconsiderate and selfish.

Cynthia also explains why she received marriage counseling so quickly, turning it around on us, and saying we should all get counseling! She goes on:

“We needed to bring in a third party. So we decided to seek counseling from Pastor Pollard. He was the pastor that married us, and we both welcomed his advice. After talking with the pastor, Peter and I both left the church with a sense of encouragement, enlightenment and support.

I would recommend any married couple to consider marriage counseling. Any marriage can benefit from the spiritual support. People are not perfect, and most marriages are not perfect. I don’t want to change, or expect Peter to change. We are who we are. I just want us to be better than we are. We love each other and this is a fight worth fighting for.”

I would be very worried if my very young marriage already necessitated marriage counseling, but I’ve only been engaged once (as opposed to Cynthia’s three times) so clearly, I know nothing. Let’s hope these wacky kids figure it out!

Moving on to newbie Marlo Hampton, who hosted an event in ATL days ago, only to suffer an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction! Err we’ll just let the pics do the talking below!

On tonight’s episode, the women gear up for their big vacation to Africa. In the following preview clip, the producers force Kandi invites all the women to sit in the private room of a restaurant with Kandi’s mother, Joyce, at the head of the table to clear the air. Nene and Kim are contractually obligated to sit across from each other and refuse to even say hi, even at Joyce’s request. This might get weirder than Crazy Island!

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON CYNTHIA’S DEFENSE OF PETER? AND ON PETER SENDING HER AWAY ALONE FOR 3 DAYS? THOUGHTS ON KANDI’S COMMENTS & MARLO’S WADROBE MALFUNCTION?

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