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For those who thought they knew Georgia Peach Nene Leakes, think again! The Real Housewives Of Atlanta (RHOA) star is set to “go in and let have” in a new special all about her life on E! Entertainment. Nene will tell all to Giuliana Rancic about her career as an adult dancer, marriage, and family life. Those who follow RHOA know stripping brought Nene her leading man, Gregg Leakes, into her life, but the career as a whole was far from romantic. EurWeb reports Nene stated:
“I remember going home and having something like $1,000 and thinking ‘I made $1,000 in one night. Baby we are doing this tomorrow night.’ Like it became an addiction.”
Not only does Nene open up about being a stripper but she also told Rancic about her mother abandoning her as a toddler and being raised by her aunt. Nene said her aunt asked her mother: “Can you bring them to me in Georgia because I’m hearing that you’re dropping them off in different places and I don’t want that for them and I want to help you.” Nene recollects from her childhood:
“And she took us to my aunt’s in Athens and she just never came back and got us.”
Going further into her personal life, Nene shared her experience of being abused by a past boyfriend whose controlling habits were excessive:
“He’d been calling and calling. I would never answer the call, so he knocked on our door and came – just bust right on in.”
As she further reflected on her life’s journey, Nene surprisingly shared that the toughest transition in her life has been becoming a reality star. She says while her teenage son Bryson completed his last year in high school their lives drastically changed due to her new celebrity status:
“The hardest part about me doing this show and having my life put out there is my child. My oldest son was going into 12th grade and he could no longer be like the typical teenager.”
Nene’s tell-all special will air on Decmeber 16 at 10 p.m. Will you be tuning in to hear her spill the tea?
If you watched Real Housewives of Atlanta on Sunday, or since the season has started for that matter, I’m sure you know by now that Momma Joyce is vehemently against her daughter Kandi Burruss marrying soon-to-be hubby Todd Tucker. She’s done her best to put a wrench in their relationship, including dissing Kandi’s engagement ring, claiming that Kandi’s daughter Riley doesn’t like Todd, calling the man an opportunist to his face, and trying to jump up to beat down Kandi’s friend Carmon. But now, after the latter situation had people going absolutely HAM on her behavior via social media, she decided to finally share her side of the story. According to Momma Joyce, she’s so frustrated and exhausted–and has lost sleep–that she says doesn’t care anymore if Kandi and Todd marry. She still thinks Todd is an opportunist and Carmon is trifling, but the drama has literally made her so physically sick that she’s going to let Kandi be.
Here’s what she had to say in her interview with Radar Online:
“I’m out of it. Whatever Kandi does, it is completely her decision now. I wish her well. I just hope that this is the right choice for her.
They have worn me down to the point where it has made me sick. I just don’t feel like Todd is the right choice. I think he’s manipulative…I’ve tried to shield my child, but i’m tired. I’m over it. I pray to God I’m wrong about him.
If Kandi is happy, I’m happy. At the end of the day, she’s the one who will have to deal with him not me.”
Yes, she discussed her behavior at Kandi’s wedding dress fitting too, and no, she doesn’t regret her behavior. Being Kandi’s mom, Joyce thinks that Carmon should have exited stage left when she asked her to leave since it was more of a family event:
“This was my daughter’s wedding dress fitting. If Carmon was the friend and ‘daughter’ that she always wanted to be, she should have gotten up and left when I asked her.
A lot of people who worked for Kandi and I have told me that Todd and Carmon were acting like much more than friends around the house. They may have squashed the relationship for now, but I truly believe they were doing things behind Kandi’s back at one point.
I’ve confronted Kandi [about the cheating rumors] — but she’s still with Todd, so who knows. It’s her choice, and I wish her well.”
It would have been nice if Momma Joyce had decided to support Kandi without having to talk to the media to still reiterate that she still doesn’t think Todd is a good fit for her child. But hey, I guess this is much better than throwing shoes and not speaking to folks, right? What do you make of Momma Joyce’s statements and her rationalization for her behavior?
Momma Joyce Jumps Up To Beat Kandi’s Friend Down And More Drama From Real Housewives Of Atlanta Episode 6
The shoes are coming off–literally. This episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta got ridiculously ugly when Momma Joyce tried to go head-to-head (and shoe-to-head) with Kandi’s friend Carmon. And if that wasn’t enough, Cynthia and actor Leon talk about sex (their daughter Noelle having it), Kenya tears up about her mom, and Apollo gives the most interesting apology to Phaedra that we’ve seen on TV in a while. Let’s talk about all the drama that went on with RHOA last night…
Well, it’s official. Porsha Stewart is a single woman. Kordell’s attorney Shiel Edlin confirmed the news to TMZ earlier today. Interestingly, although Kordell is actually the one who filed for divorce, Edlin says , Kordell is “very disappointed” that his marriage fell apart because he “expected to be married for life.”
Edlin also addressed recent statements made by Porsha, which seem to have contributed to those vintage gay rumors about the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.
“For reasons we cannot understand, [Porsha] displayed a reckless abandonment of anything close to the truth over the last eight months,” said the attorney. “We are also hopeful that Porsha will stop villifying Kordell at every opportunity.”
In a statement to HipHollywood, Edlin also revealed that Porsha will be ditching her ex-hubby’s last name and “restoring” her maiden name.
“[Porsha] previously stated she was keeping Kordell’s last name, which made Kordell very concerned about the damage it could cause. However, she reconsidered and decided to restore her maiden name, Williams. Kordell now believes he can restore the Stewart name and brand, for which it has been known through many generations, one of character, integrity, honesty and truthfulness.”
This has been a rather speedy process. It hasn’t even been a year since Kordell’s March 2013 divorce filing . We assume that Porsha is relieved now that the divorce is finalized and she can officially move on with her life. Just last month she predicted that the ugly dispute would be coming to an end soon.
“We’re towards the end of the process. In the next month, it should be actually over, and hopefully Porsha Stewart will be turning fully into Porsha 5.0! [Laughs] Finally, I’ll have some closure and peace,” she said.
The former couple tied the knot in 2011. It’s probably inappropriate to congratulate someone on their divorce being finalized, so we’ll just say, best wishes!
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
As more details emerge regarding the infamous Real Housewives of Atlanta “textgate” scandal involving the very married Apollo Nida and Kenya Moore, things aren’t looking so good for Apollo. Last week Kenya finally released images taken from the text conversation between herself and Apollo. Though we can’t say for sure whether or not Kenya deleted any of the messages prior to releasing the screenshots, we can say that the messages Apollo sent to her were out of line. His wife, Phaedra, who has been defending him from the very beginning, seems to think so too. During an appearance on Bethenny, the mommy of two discussed the scandal and she seemed pretty fed up with her husband and his “inappropriate” behavior.
“They’re just two inappropriate people acting inappropriately,” Phaedra said of the incident.
She adds that although she doesn’t mind Apollo texting other women, she feels that when her friendship with Kenya ended, he should’ve stopped communicating with her as well.
“We were friends at a point, but then when we stopped being friends, any other conversations should’ve ended.”
“I’m not saying that it’s not allowed ever, but when I’m no longer friends with someone, you should no longer be friends with them because we’re a team.”
Phaedra also confessed that although she has worked through her marital issues with Apollo regarding the messages, it was pretty difficult to relive it all once the episodes aired.
“It was very intense. As far as like me and my husband, we’re fine. Well of course [we're reliving it]. It obviously brings back the same emotions of that day or that evening.”
“Marriage is hard. Obviously the TV show adds another dynamic. You know, you have 4 million people weighing in on the topic, but at the end of the day, you know, the marriage has to be between you and your partner. You have to make a decision as to how you’re going to handle any pressure—whether it be good or bad.”
She seems to be handling the situation well.
Watch Phaedra’s interview on the next page. What do you think of her publicly calling her husband “inappropriate?”
Last night’s episode of RHOA was a juicy one! Phaedra isn’t speaking to Apollo, we got to meet Noelle’s boyfriend, and of course, Mama Joyce and Todd went head-to-head. Let’s get to the drama that had everybody talking last night:
Phaedra Is NOT On Speaking Terms With Apollo As She Leaves For Alabama
After last week’s ridiculous argument during dinner where Apollo pretended he did nothing wrong in his “textual” relationship with Kenya, Phaedra decided to do what any pissed off Southern Belle (“and like a true Scorpio”) would do–give homeboy the silent treatment. Phaedra decides to get away from all that drama, and Apollo for a few days, to go down to Alabama so she can focus on studying for her mortician’s exam. Baby Dylan and Phaedra’s nanny and assistant come along for the ride.
For the past few weeks, we’ve witnessed the mayhem that erupts when Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss’ mother, Joyce, attempts to stick her nose in her daughter’s relationship. Things got pretty intense during last night’s episode and many fans proceeded to slam the former Xscape singer for not standing up to her mother. In a new Bravo TV blog Kandi responded to those critics, arguing that she does in fact, stand her ground when it comes to her mother. Her blog entry reads:
Well tonight’s episode was a little hard to watch. So many of you tweet about how you think I should deal with my mom. I love my mom, and I will always give her the utmost respect. I know she can be a little tough, but I believe she really does want the best for me even if I don’t like the way she goes about it. I’ve told her a million times that I’m not getting married without a pre-nup. Todd and I already agreed that we were doing one, but I don’t know why she feels like she has to be the one he negotiates it with. Todd did his best to not be disrespectful to my mom no matter what she said to him, which I’m thankful for, but he is more than a little tired of the drama though.
Everyone says stand up to your mama and blah, blah, blah, but believe it or not I do speak my mind to my mother. I just don’t say it in some crazy disrespectful way, because she is my mother. So to everyone who is screaming at me through the TV screen to “do something about my mom,” I’m not sure exactly what you expect me to do. I can only say how I feel, and if she doesn’t listen to me, then what? I don’t agree with my friend Carmon on how she said she would handle it if it were her mom. I don’t believe in cutting off your relationship with your mom. So for now I’m just hoping that over time things will work out for the best.”
What do you think of Kandi’s response? Did you check out last night’s episode?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
Probably the most interesting part of Sunday’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta happened in the last nine minutes of the show when everybody’s favorite Southern fried attorney and funeral parlor owner, Phaedra Parks, decided to confront her boy toy…er…I mean husband, Apollo Nida, over allegations of inappropriate relations and texts with fellow cast mate Kenya Moore.
Sitting across from each other over plates of seafood, Parks, who had been stewing since last season over Moore and Nida’s budding “friendship,” once again brings up the text messages that the two had been exchanging as well as a supposed chance meeting at a luxury Los Angeles hotel. In previous conversations held off-screen, but retold on camera for our (the viewers) benefit, Moore allegedly offered Apollo oral copulation according to him, an allegation that Moore has denied. IN fact, in a previous scene, Moore showed cast member and Parks’ gal pal Kandi Burruss proof that the texts were not initiated by her and that there wasn’t anything wildly inappropriate about their exchange. Kandi did think calling him “babe” was inappropriate, but one could argue that such a term could be interpreted as a harmless and non-romantic term of endearment used by black folks who are trying to be bougie. Nida confirmed, again, that nothing happened during their meeting at the hotel (even though he let Parks know that he was certain he could “smash” if he wanted to), however, he did claim once again that Moore came on to him. Not fully believing Nida’s version of events, Parks prodded him for more details of this alleged meeting in which Moore supposedly propositioned Nida, to which Nida clarified what he meant by saying:
“Women don’t proposition, they just don’t come at me and be like, ‘hey Apollo, let’s f**k.’ You dated men before, you know when a man is pushing up on you or you know when the female is basically open.”
If you ask me, it’s hard to say either way if the attacks on Moore are warranted. As a cast member, she has been over the top. However, I don’t buy for one second that Moore was telepathically sending messages to Nida that she wanted to slob his knob during their meeting in the hotel. As much as Moore has become everyone’s favorite whipping girl, I don’t think you can lay the burdens of Nida’s subconscious desire at her feet. If I were a betting woman, I would say that more than likely, Apollo was responding to his own guilty conscience, which made him want to switch hotels in order to avoid the temptress with the sixth sense.
But in spite of all the evidence that this alleged inappropriate behavior was probably a figment, or even wishful thinking, of Nida’s active mind, somehow Moore is still implicated as a co-conspirator; not just by Parks, but by most of the other cast members and women in America. Why?
Perhaps there is some off-air gossip we have not been privy to. Or perhaps it is just a matter of good ol’ fashion competitiveness. Women take lots of crap in life, with few exceptions. For instance, you can step on a woman’s shoes; you can pay her less than men for the same work; you can even deny her choice over her reproductive organs, but whatever you do, don’t you dare mess with another woman’s man. Not only will owner of said man likely try to snatch you up, but so will much of the female populous, who have a particular disdain for suspected husband-snatchers. Heck, you don’t even have to be after anyone’s man. In some instances, the implication of being single, attractive and in the vicinity of a taken man is enough justification to warrant isolation and aggression from other women, concerned that you might “steal” their man (cue Parks’ last season borderline desperate attempt at bringing out the big guns…excuse me, “buns” in a fishnet thong swimsuit).
I know that is a huge generalization, but according to this article in the New York Times, there may even be scientific proof. More specifically, a study by McMaster University, which tested female reaction to anticipated female competition by putting women test subjects in a room with a hot blonde woman (unbeknownst to them, she was a lab assistant) and filming their reaction when she left the room. According to the Times article, it was discovered that the hot blonde received little attention from the other women when dressed in conservative clothing, however, when the same girl reappeared, this time dressed in a short skirt or tight jeans and low-cut top, which all accented her “low waist-to-hip ratio, clear skin, large breasts,” that’s when all the judgement and hostility started.
From the article:
The results of the experiment jibe with evidence that this “mean girl” form of indirect aggression is used more by adolescents and young women than by older women, who have less incentive to handicap rivals once they marry. Other studies have shown that the more attractive an adolescent girl or woman is, the more likely she is to become a target for indirect aggression from her female peers.
“Women are indeed very capable of aggressing against others, especially women they perceive as rivals,” said Dr. Vaillancourt, now a psychologist at the University of Ottawa. “The research also shows that suppression of female sexuality is by women, not necessarily by men.”
Stigmatizing female promiscuity — a.k.a. Slore-shaming — has often been blamed on men, who have a Darwinian incentive to discourage their spouses from straying. But they also have a Darwinian incentive to encourage other women to be promiscuous. Dr. Vaillancourt said the experiment and other research suggest the stigma is enforced mainly by women.
Are we naturally programmed to see single, attractive women as predatory or competitors? It’s an interesting theory and one that might be supported based upon how easily it is to shame the other woman for an affair – or an imagined affair – even as the owner of said cheater continues to handcuff and defend the male culprit. Maybe more will be revealed in the season to confirm Parks’ sneaking suspicions about Moore, but for now, and based on what the texts revealed and what Nida said out of his own mouth, it does appear that Moore is just being punished for being single and for Nida’s inappropriate behavior.
“If You Are So Done With Kordell, Be Done With His Last Name” NeNe Leakes Tells Porsha To Drop “Stewart”
We told you before that Porsha Stewart, originally Porsha Williams, has every intention to keep Kordell’s last name despite the tumultuous end to their marriage. She says that who she was before she married Kordell is nowhere near the woman she is now. Marriage has changed her and she’s not looking back. At least, that’s what she told Wendy Williams:
“I’m going to keep Stewart. A lot of people say, “Why?! Give him his name!” It’s not his name, it’s my name. I was Porsha Williams at one part in my life before I got married. Marriage has taught me so much. I’m a whole other woman now so I’m going to own that last name. It belongs to me.”
But some people are saying that the way he did her should be reason enough to drop Kordell’s last name, including Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star NeNe Leakes. On her Bravo blog this week, Leakes said that if she’s so ready to be done with her ex, who has obviously done her so greasy this year, she needs to be done with his name.
This situation with Porsha and Kordell has totally gotten out of hand! I hate when a couple breaks up and they just sling dirt on each other. When we met Porsha, she claimed to be living a fabulous, loving life with Kordell and now it’s all a lie. I’m not involved in their relationship, but I can say it’s sad to hear all the negativity. This is for you, Porsha: If you are so done with Kordell, be done with his last name as well. You guys don’t have children together, so why hold on to something that was negative for you?
I hear what everyone is saying, but honestly, how many people do you know who really change their name back? Who wants to deal with all that hassle? But then again, I guess if you’ve been treated the way Stewart has, it might be worth it after all…but it’s clearly not for her.
Share your thoughts on NeNe’s comments below!
The ladies of Real Housewives have riled up their cast member, Kenya Moore. If you watched Sunday’s episode, I’m sure you noticed all the shade that was thrown her way by both NeNe, and of course Phaedra, whose good graces Kenya fell out of after texting Apollo. When speaking on why Apollo didn’t want somebody like Kenya, Phaedra made the comment that he didn’t want an “old beauty queen with scrambled eggs,” which was a dig at Kenya’s age (obviously) and alleged infertility issues. And as for NeNe, she insinuated more than once that Kenya couldn’t afford a nice penthouse in Atlanta, hence the reason she was staying in a hotel in “the ghetto.” Kenya didn’t appreciate all the jabs she witnessed during the episode, and took to her Bravo blog to set both of the women straight…or something like that:
On Phaedra and Apollo:
I didn’t initiate the texts. Kandi confirmed this when she read them for herself. When I called Apollo out for initiating texts with me from the reunion, everyone, including him, took it to mean they were sexual in nature. From that, he lashed out with an outrageous fable of me stalking him in LA and him changing hotels…
It’s obvious something happened in LA, but I was not there. Did Phaedra learn of another woman or why he was at a different hotel than he claimed to be? Clearly their marriage is in trouble, but I’m not the issue. I was the convenient fall guy for texting Apollo back. With that said, Phaedra continues to malign and attack me on every level including my fertility and age, yet, Phaedra is older than I am. Attacking her looks would be too easy for me, so I won’t stoop to her level. Why is my age or looks an issue for her? Further, what kind of woman who claims to be a Christian uses a woman’s fertility as an attack against another by referring to “scrambled eggs.” No Christian is cruel. These comments are an all-time low, consistent with a devil, not any Christian.
The real issue is Phaedra’s troubled marriage and what is Apollo really doing with other women and why he can’t keep his eyes ON her. I’m not the issue. If she really wants the truth from Apollo she should threaten to cut him from her payroll, I’m sure he’ll sing like a bird.
I can call foul and say NeNe was throwing shade in her interviews about my living arrangements. The truth is I was at the Georgian Terrace, which is a 4 star hotel with valet parking in a 2 BR 2 BA suite while the other side of hotel was being renovated. It may have looked like an apartment of some kind, but I can assure you it was not. The juxtaposition of the two places was funny, and I’ll take this one to the chin. But no one should try to count my money, especially when one has never owned a home of their own.
Things are starting to get ugly this season! And while Phaedra’s comments were a bit mean, Kenya doesn’t really get to talk because she was low-down for inappropriately communicating with Apollo via text when Phaedra didn’t know about it. As for NeNe, well, Kenya should have just known better…
What do you think of what the ladies said about Kenya and her response?