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.
Nene seems to believe her stripper past has no reflection on her presence as an “Atlanta socialite,” saying, “What difference does it make if I danced or not?” she asks. “Is the sun going to stop shining? Is my past taking food out of your mouth?”
Nene proceeds to explain her reasons for stripping, “[I stripped] for the sake of my son, and to restore my confidence in myself,” she explains. “My son was in private school, his father wasn’t chipping in for pull-ups or food, I had no job and no money coming in, the rent was past due, and the super told me and my roommate that our condo owner was about to put us out. It was about survival.”
The ex-stripper, who referred to herself as Silk during her dancing days as a twentysomething year old – admits that she liked the power that came with being a stripper. “I could make $500 off one guy just by turning him on.” These men “were obviously there to see what I had, and I quickly realized that those men weren’t there to make me feel bad about myself.”
Interestingly, it has always been said that Nene’s husband, Gregg Leakes, met her at a strip club while she was working. Fellow castmate, Kim Zolciak was also outed has being a past stripper by her former publicist. My favorite part of this story is that she stripped to restore confidence in herself – brings out the lols.
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.
The alleged chokegate involving Nene Leakes and Kim Zolciak of The Real Housewives of Atlanta has been making recent headlines. Kim filed a police report back in April, accusing Nene of choking her during an argument.
On Wednesday, NeNe claimed Kim was not an innocent victim in the alleged assault, in which Kim claims NeNe “choked her out.” NeNe appearing on Atlanta’s Q1000 radio station said of the fight. “Kim is trying to make it seem like, ‘I need an apology. I’m so hurt’.”
Kim is now admitting to OK! that she did “smack NeNe’s finger” — but insists she did not strike out first. Kim continues, “I was not pleased with the stuff that’s coming out her mouth, but as far as putting your hands on somebody, absolutely not. I didn’t touch her first.” Umm how old are these women again?
Adds Kim, “She put her hand in my face after she choked me the first time, and I smacked her finger out of my face.” This fight was allegedly taped for the show, so it’s safe to say we will be seeing it on Bravo in the near future.
In other news, Nene’s broke husband Gregg Leakes‘s legal records are making its rounds. According to a public search, Gregg has been involved in 17 legal cases in recent years. These cases range from non payment of child support , receiving stolen propery, to writing bad checks.
People with skeletons might want to think twice before choosing to appear on reality shows. Just a thought.
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!”
TMZ has managed to do the impossible. They were able to get their hands on a rare photo of The Real Housewives of Atlanta’sKim Zolciak with her infamous and rumored to still be married “Big Poppa.“
According to TMZ, the photo was taken last November at the Hotel Atlantis in the Bahamas. Though TMZ fails to name the man in the photo, he definitely strikes a strong resemblance to Lee Najjar, who has been pretty much confirmed to be Big Poppa.
Kim has claimed Big Poppa was separated from his wife in the past. There has however been no official confirmation on whether or not Lee Najjar is really separated.
A photo of Lee Najjar with his wife, who is also ironically named Kim, below. You be the judge.
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.