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.
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.
TELL US – ARE YOU BUYING LISA’S SPIN ON THIS STORY?
TMZ is reporting today that Lisa Hartwelland 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!”
We reported a police report filed by Kim Zolciakof The Real Housewives of Atlanta, alleging that fellow castmate, Nene Leakes choked her during an argument. The choking incident allegedly took place back in April.
Nene however denied the accusation yesterday while out with New Jersey cast member Danielle Staub, at the gay club Barracuda in New York.
Kim is now fighting back in a new interview with RadarOnline. “NeNe’s a liar, and I have a police report to prove it,” said Kim. “Violence is not something I support or agree with. And she says she’s an advocate against domestic violence…what, is it a how to?”
“Well I have a police report and two witnesses…so nice try,” Kim told RadarOnline. “She definitely crossed the line. It’s one thing to call me names, but it’s another to put your hands on me. It was incredibly traumatic and I didn’t sleep for three days afterwards.”
A new episode of the Atlanta housewives airs tonight. Will watch to see if the previewed fight between Nene & Sheree versus Kim can top the catfight that took place last week involving party planner, Anthony Shorter, and Miss She by Sheree.
The tweets were flying due to the very heated on-camera argument she had with her party planner Anthony. When Anthony snapped to Sheree, “You better check yourself,” she hissed back with what is destined to be her signature line, “Who’s gonna check me, boo?”
After watching the scene unfold on TV, Sheree says, the incident looked really bad and people like Anthony are opportunists who want publicity. She also adds, “He thinks he’s going to benefit from it, but to me, you look like a fool. You look like an ass on TV. Who wants to be remembered like that?”
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?
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.
So should we expect to see some wig snatching as shown in the previews? No says Kim. She tells UsWeekly, “No. It didn’t happen.” The previews have show cast mate Sheree Whitfield pulling on Kim’s wig hair during a heated argument.
What we can expect however is a lot more drama than the first season. “There’s a ton more drama!” says Kim, who also admits to “definitely” being in the center of it all due to “a lot of miscommunication.”
New housewife on the block, Kandi Burruss also admits to being nervous about the show. “It’s very interesting,” she says. “I’m very nervous of how people will respond. We don’t get to see how it’s edited. We only get the episodes a week in advance. I don’t know how it’s going to come off. But I’m looking forward to it.”
TELL US – WILL YOU BE TUNING IN FOR THE PREMIER TOMORROW?