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The queen of the Georgia Peaches, Nene Leakes, has been quite vocal about her relationship with second-time-around husband Gregg Leakes. After watching every episode of Real Housewives Of Atlanta from its inception, we witnessed first-hand how the the Leakes fell out of and back in love with another to the point of having their own wedding spin-off.
In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, the Leakes’ talked about what made them reunite after a very short break and how they made their love better. Curious what really made Nene fall for Gregg again? She says other men.
“When we were apart I dated and I was just like, ‘Uh uh this is not going to work,’” Nene said. “We’re a great balance for each other, he challenges me and we’re great for each other.”
Gregg jumped in and shared:
“It would take less time for me to tell you what I don’t love about her … I just love her, she’s my wife.”
Aww! Aren’t they sweet? We’re happy the Leakes are still adding chapters to their love story. What do you think about what Nene said?
The ups and downs in the relationships of the women featured on Bravo’s hit reality show Real Housewives of Atlanta instantly become news headlines and social media debates among cast members and fans. We always get to hear what the women have to say, but what about the fellas?
The men on the show, Gregg Leakes who’s recently married NeNe Leakes a second time, Apollo Nida, husband to entertainment lawyer and entrepreneur Phaedra Parks and Peter Thomas who’s married to model and mogul Cynthia Bailey, recently stopped by our offices for a little face time and we couldn’t wait to dig deep with them. We asked about their marriages and what it’s really like having your love spats put on display for the entire world to see.
Read what “The Real Husbands of Atlanta” had to share on Essence.com
‘I Picked Mine Up There:’ Gregg Leakes Dishes On Meeting Wife, NeNe, During Her Days As An Exotic Dancer
After a few of the Atlanta housewives and their hubbys took a group trip to the strip club last season, it became pretty obvious this particular group of men spend quite a bit of time at exotic dance clubs. So during their recent appearance on “The Bethenny Show,” Bethenny pried a little and questioned whether or not they believe strip clubs are a form of cheating.
“No,” Peter, Apollo and Gregg answered unison.
“Absolutely not,” Peter added. “That’s like our office,” he continued. “Guys go and meet at strip clubs. We’re not there to pick up the girls. It’s just that that’s the environment that we want to be in.”
Speaking of strip clubs, RHOA star NeNe Leakes has never been shy about revealing that she worked as a stripper in the past. And apparently, her hubby, Gregg, has no issues with admitting that’s where he picked her up, either.
“I picked mine up,” Gregg said raising his hand. “She used to work there [at the strip club] and when I went there and I saw her… That’s not where I met her. She invited me to her job and I graciously accepted.”
Phaedra, who was a part of the live audience for that particular episode also chimed in on the strip club discussion.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I represent some of the hottest adult entertainers in Atlanta and have been for almost 20 years now,” said Phaedra. “I have no problems with [my husband frequenting the strip club]. I frequent them myself to visit my clients as well. It’s not considered sleazy in Atlanta to go to a strip club because it’s probably 50/50 men and women there at all times as patrons.”
Though the fellas spoke freely about their strip club excursions, they say that going in the boom-boom rooms with a dancer is absolutely off limits.
“You can’t go to the boom-boom room,” Gregg said as the rest of the men nodded in agreement.
Watch their interview on the next page. Do you think it’s inappropriate for a married man to go to the strip club?
If you tuned in to Sunday’s premiere of Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA), you saw Porsha reveal some dark secrets about the nature of her relationship with soon-to-be ex-husband Kordell, you met the new man in Phaedra’s life-“Mr. President” – her son Dylan, and you witnessed the beginning of the drama between NeNe Leakes and Kenya Moore. Prior to this season, Nene tried to see the best in Kenya despite her numerous issues with the other housewives. But currently, the two are not on the best of terms because Kenya never responded to NeNe’s wedding invitation. As you know, NeNe re-married her ex-husband Gregg Leakes in grand fashion this summer. Although Kenya may have another side to the story, NeNe released a blog statement on the Bravo TV Network website clarifying why she isn’t a fan of Kenya, and why she wasn’t feeling her trying to give NeNe a guilt trip about not calling when Kenya was getting evicted. Here’s what she said:
“If you have ever been a bride, then you know the high stress involved to plan and deliver a dream wedding. My wedding was no exception. I would go so far as to say mine was even more stressful, because I was getting married on TV and the world was invited to attend. I invited family, friends, business associates, and some people out of respect! Kenya fit in the respect category, because I didn’t know her well, but we were on the show together. She responded on Twitter by saying congrats to us, which showed me she wanted the world to know she was invited and also wanted them to know she didn’t attend. The motives people have are sometimes crystal clear! As you saw, Kenya visited with Cynthia and told her she thought her “friends” would have reached out to her during her time of eviction (referring to me, Kandi, and Cynthia).
During the summer, Kenya Moore‘s landlord tried to evict her after she claimed the reality star did not pay her rent or up keep the property. Unfortunately, the real reason why the landlord tried to evict Moore is because it seemed that she wanted more money in a divorce settlement. As NeNe continued her letter, she stated that she didn’t reach out to Moore during that time because she felt the whole situation was just gossip:
“Foolishness! She approached me about why Walter was invited to my wedding and why I hadn’t reached out to her during her eviction drama. So let me answer! Surely someone who claims to be a top actress, producer, and director who is selling DVDs everywhere is not evicted! I didn’t feel the need to reach out about gossip.Now let me say this before I end. My Twitter blew up and my phone just about caught on fire when Kenya grabbed my ear. I know when somebody wants a reaction out of me for their own purposes. I know water is free in America, but so many of these girls are thirsty! I’m not willing to risk what I have, what I have worked for, and what I have become for somebody that has been on a 20 year hiatus!”
To read more of Nene’s letter, click here. What do you think of her side of the story?
Who else tuned in for the premiere of season six of Real Housewives of Atlanta? It definitely didn’t disappoint, right? We got to catch up with all the ladies as they take on new stages in their life (including marriage, divorce, motherhood, business success and more). But you know there was enough drama to go around for everyone, and if the previews for the season as a whole are accurate, it will go around for quite a while. Check out nine major moments from last night’s premiere of RHOA and talk about what caught your attention below.
If you’ve been watching the “I Dream Of NeNe” series, you know that one of the many hitches in Gregg and NeNe’s wedding plans was the discussion about whether Gregg was going to sign a prenup. The couple went back and forth, though ultimately, Gregg bit the bullet and signed the document. NeNe And Gregg discussed their prenup during their recent visit to the Arsenio Hall Show and he got all up in their business as he discussed the drama behind their prenup and why Gregg ultimately decided to sign on the dotted line.
Arsenio: If you were my baby sister, and he wouldn’t sign the prenup, I would say ‘Move On, Move On!’ I like when Cynthia’s husband said, ‘You sign it if you don’t want nothing but the woman. Now, why are you apprehensive to sign that?
Gregg: We’re not going to need it. We’re never divorcing again. We don’t need a prenup! Go away.
Arsenio: But you know there have been people in the past in our world who have said that, and thats game.
NeNe: And he did say it, but listen, let me just tell you how I feel about the prenup. I personally feel like I got so many people talking to me about a prenup like it was a bad thing. To me, In the African American household, a lot of people feel like a prenup is a bad thing and it’s not, it’s a great thing. It’s like you would handle your will upfront, or your life insurance you handle all those things before you pass. It’s the same thing, in case something happens I feel like it was easier for us to work everything out on the front end while I like you. Okay? Thats real! Because if I don’t like you and we break up, honey you not gon’ get nothing. I will be fighting you tooth and nail!
Arsenio: So where does it stand right now with the prenup, right this minute?
Gregg: We got a prenup cause I want this!
Then, still probing, Arsenio asked the couple why they didn’t sign a prenup during their first marriage. NeNe pretty much said Gregg was so distracted by her cootie cat that he wasn’t thinking anything about a prenup.
Arsenio: Okay now I’m going to flip it, why you want him to sign one, when he had more paper than you?
NeNe: Gregg met me in 1996, okay and he was pursuing me and he asked me to marry me, and he never asked me to sign a prenup because he liked all of me. And men are just very different, you know they like Hello Kitty first. Well, they like Hello Kitty then they worry about the other stuff later, but I, you know, listen, he didn’t ask me to sign a prenup. I don’t mean to sound you know, this is a different time. We have to sign a prenup, I already seen his hand. I seen how he fight in court so we need a prenup!
Well there you have it. I’m not mad at NeNe at all. If you know Gregg is going to come for your money should you get divorced again, then by all means protect yourself.
Watch the video of their discussion below.
How do you feel about prenups? Is NeNe wrong for requiring Gregg to sign one?
“I’m The Boss”: NeNe Speaks On Falling In And Out Of Love With Gregg, Beefing With His Kids And RHOA Drama
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, NeNe Leakes decided to open up about all of her success, in particular, getting her own spin-off with I Dream of NeNe and being the Head Chick in Charge on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She dished on falling in and out of love with Gregg Leakes, dealing with his adult children, as well as what we can expect in the new season of RHOA, including a confrontation with Kenya Moore. Check out the juicy details from her interview:
What Gregg Was Like When She First Fell In Love With Him In The ’90s:
“In 1996, of course Gregg was much younger in ’96. He was my age now. He was suave. I thought Gregg was cool. I didn’t really think he was my type. [Laughs]
It wasn’t like he wasn’t not going to let me fall for him. He kept on pursuing me like, “NeNe, NeNe, NeNe,” and I was like, “Lord, I’mma need to pay this man about five seconds of my time, because he drives me crazy.” [Laughs] Gregg has a great sense of humor, and he’s smart, so those are the things that really won me over.”
What Caused Their Marriage To End The First Time Around:
“For me, the deal-breaker is crossing the line, and I felt that before, Gregg crossed lines. I felt like Gregg wasn’t communicating, and he wasn’t really being the husband that I desired at that time. I don’t know what really happens to men. I feel like they go through a phase way far worse than what we as women go through. I feel like men go through a phase where they want to be young again, or they want to do this or that. I don’t know what’s wrong with men when they’ve reached a certain age, but they definitely go through something. At that time, he hit a patch, and I couldn’t deal with it. I didn’t have the strength to deal with it. I was working.”
On Hostility From Gregg’s Children During His Divorce From Their Mother:
“I wanted his children to understand that their mother and father were in a very bitter divorce. Your parents did not handle it right, but you can’t put what you went through on me. Your parents were divorcing, they were mean to each other, and they had you guys tied in the middle, which was wrong, but that has nothing to do with me. She literally picked them up for her weekend visit and never brought them back. Gregg didn’t fight her. He just disconnected. And when Gregg would try to connect with his children, he would call up his ex-wife and ask if he can see the children, she would say no. It was a bitter war.
I love Gregg’s kids. I’m sure Gregg’s ex-wife is watching the show, seeing me with them. I’ve never had anything against her, but the relationship with Gregg’s children is good. I love Gregg’s older children like they were my own. We’re all learning to communicate better, all Gregg’s kids are good, it’s just the oldest one — he’s a bit more outspoken. The rest of them are pretty quiet.”
On What To Expect From Season 6 Of Real Housewives of Atlanta:
“A lot of drama. That’s what it is all the time. People trying to beef up their storylines. Trust me, I happen to be one of the very real ones. I don’t play a character when I come on to Real Housewives. I play NeNe, and there are girls who play characters. I am just who I am: I am NeNe Leakes.”
On Falling Out With Kenya Moore:
“I can’t say what that’s about, because the show hasn’t aired yet, but I’m the boss. I’ve been here since day one. I’ll be damned if anyone comes over here and tells me what to do.”
Say what you want about NeNe, but she definitely makes for interesting television. What do you make of I Dream of NeNe? And will you tune in for the new season of RHOA?
If you haven’t been keeping up with I Dream of NeNe, you’re missing out. We told you last week about NeNe revealing that Gregg has five adult children from a previous marriage, and that the young men and women don’t get along with NeNe at all. As the story goes, they blame her for their issues with Gregg, and in a way, Gregg blames her too.
During this week’s episode, Gregg and NeNe had the therapist come to their home so that he could help them have a real conversation with all five of the “kids” about all the drama. But of course, more drama ensued. After Gregg basically told his kids he hasn’t had constant contact with them because NeNe had been deeply hurt by the idea that they didn’t like her, the reality star popped off on Gregg. And when Gregg’s son Damien (who allegedly went on the radio in the past and had some words for NeNe) decided to give his two cents to her, he inevitably bumped heads with the platinum blonde diva. In the end, Damien ends up walking out of the house after NeNe says “You’re not going to check me!” and claims that NeNe is too aggressive. She calls him out for being “hood,” and says she can get just as “hood” with him–and she does.
Oh, the drama. If she’s going to be dealing with this man for the rest of her life, it would be nice if they could all just keep the peace. But what family doesn’t have drama from time to time?
Check out the video for yourself and let us know what you think of everybody’s behavior.
If you weren’t able to check out I Dream Of Nene on Tuesday night, you probably missed out on NeNe and Gregg revealing a very well-kept secret about their relationship: Gregg has been married before, and not only that, but he has five adult children from that previous relationship that he’s estranged from.
TALK ABOUT A MAN WITH BAGGAGE! Just kidding, just kidding.
But seriously, that news came to light in episode one of the new show because NeNe didn’t want to take drama from the past into the future with them this second time around, so the couple sought out a therapist to help them communicate better and handle their issues. Leakes didn’t want to look like she was the problem that caused Gregg to have an estranged relationship with his grown kids, but she definitely feels as though they all put the blame on her:
“I feel like his kids have always been against me…It feels like they feel like I had something to do with Gregg and their mom break-up…It’s just so weird that you [Gregg] never tried to bring us together.”
We’ll have to wait and see if things can get sorted out, but it doesn’t look like it will. If you’ll recall from the show’s supertrailer, NeNe could be seen arguing with Gregg’s sons in an exchange that had one young man saying to her “Show a little respect to the bloodline…we were already here before you got here, NeNe!” and ending with the reality star saying in response, “You not gon’ come up in here and check me!” Oh the drama.
However this ends, it will sure make for good TV, and you’ve been watching, because the show has already raked in 1.5 million viewers for its premiere, making it a huge hit over other shows done by ladies in the Real Housewives franchise.
Second time’s the charm when it comes to the “very rich” NeNe Leakes and the love of her life Gregg. On the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” we were first introduced to the pair as a loving southern couple and happy parents of two boys, but as the seasons went on, we slowly witnessed a downturn in their relationship and, ultimately, an unfortunate divorce.
Lucky for these two, the story didn’t end there. At the start of the year, Gregg proposed to the love of his life all over again, and in June the two said “I Do” for the second time! And now we get to watch their day of wedded bliss on the new Bravo docu-series “I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding.”
The Bravo reality show will follow NeNe as she prepares to walk down the aisle, yet again, in one of the most extravagant weddings ever seen on TV. In each episode, we’ll watch NeNe as she keeps her wedding planners and her bridesmaids, which include RHOA cast mates Cynthia Bailey and Marlo Hampton, in check to make sure her big day is the one she’s always dreamed of.
The series premiere of “I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding” airs Tuesday, September 17 @ 9/8c on Bravo. Check out the sneak peek of the show in the video clip below.
Will you watch?