We can’t talk about part three of the reunion and not talk about NeNe Leakes. About the breakdown, Claudia shared, “When NeNe walked off, initially I wasn’t sure what was going on to be honest. I did notice she seemed to be trembling, so I knew she was definitely feeling something very real to her. I just didn’t know what had set her off at that point. So at first I was a little taken back. I had never seen her cry, but we are all human and everyone has their breaking point.”
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“Her demeanor was different afterwards,” Claudia added about NeNe. “I even heard from her after the show. That to me was a good sign that perhaps we could all really move forward and start fresh. I know I’m always open to squash some beef, especially if it’s nothing deep rooted and something surface. I don’t see why not. But like I said on the show, we all have a story and things that we have had to deal with and overcome. I think we need to not think our problems are bigger than the next woman’s and respect one another’s struggles – whether we think they are major or minor. One woman’s problems are not more important than the rest. And I think if we can all learn to be sensitive to the next woman, then we are on our way.”
Claudia added that she hopes the reunion was the beginning of a new NeNe, “Hopefully that moment was the catalyst for change in NeNe and in others as well.” I won’t hold my breath on that.
“I do think some will probably never be open for change and are just stuck in their own way, while others really took advantage of the opportunity to take something from it all,” shared Claudia. “I’m not going to worry about those that do not wish to grow and move forward. I will just focus and give energy to like-minded individuals that want to get along, move forward, grow, learn, and progress. I know I felt good about the reunion.”
Claudia, again, explained why she didn’t talk much throughout the reunion, “You don’t get to see everything, but I felt it was important to let the people who had real issues with each other hash it out with no outside opinions, just like I said in the Philippines. When people interject their opinions and thoughts when it’s not their issue, it just adds confusion to the situation. One of the cast members in particular is good for that. Always adding ‘well I think…’ when it has absolutely nothing to do with her, and I feel those extra unnecessary comments can potentially add fuel to the fire and then there is no coming back. So if my silence was going to help the progress of the group moving forward, then I will take that L.”
“Yes, it’s ‘cute’ to ‘read’ and get in an epic one liner or rant, but sometimes you just need to shut the hell up and let folks deal with each other and let them do them,” added Claudia. “I have no problems with that. Plus my opinion on everyone’s situation doesn’t need to always be heard – I wish more of us felt the same way. I will say that this seemed to be a great starting point for folks to move forward and put their money where their mouths are when it comes to being a grown ass woman. I really hope everyone wants to. It would be great to see how things could go if we spent less time fussing and more time co-existing peacefully. #ThatIsAll”
Claudia‘s final thoughts on the season as a whole, “Wow! What a roller coaster ride it has been!” She went on to admit that she underestimated how heavy Real Housewives of Atlanta would get. “I thought I’d come on board, have a little fun, bring a little light-hearted fun, and make some new acquaintances.”
“This show is huge and everywhere I go people come up to me and say such amazingly sweet things, and I am truly humbled when they tell me how they can relate to me and appreciate my realness,” shared Claudia. “I was particularly touched when a teenage boy who was gay and biracial that had always felt like an outsider reached out to me talking about suicidal thoughts he had. We spoke and I was beyond moved when he told me that he could relate to some of the things I spoke about and that I somehow inspired and encouraged him to keep going. Those are the moments that make all the drama and fussing and fighting truly worth it. I want to continue to use this amazing platform for important issues. I thank Andy, Carlos, Joy, Lauren, Stephen, the entire cast and crew for this amazing opportunity. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
Two things: 1) About the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, so we’re pretending Demetria McKinney never happened? That sweet girl never stood a chance on Bravo! Which brings me to my second observation.
2) About Claudia, on the reunion, she said she did NOT want to fight with her co-stars. That’s a nice thought and her blog is so very zen, but let’s get real here, is that the show Bravo wants? Thinking about all the fun and light-hearted footage that was crammed into the secrets revealed episode of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills tells me, NO. Bravo thrives off of drama. Sadly.
TELL US – WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE CLAUDIA RETURN NEXT SEASON? OR SHOULD SHE MEET UP WITH SHAH OF SUNSET’S MIKE INSTEAD SO THEY CAN SING KUM BA YAH TOGETHER? HAS NENE CHANGED?
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