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“I Don’t Start Trouble”: Kenya Moore On Her Issues With Tamar Braxton And Why Season 7 Of RHOA Will Be One Of “Redemption” For Her
Ever since she joined “Real Housewives of Atlanta” in season five, Kenya Moore has gone from celebrated Miss USA to mean girl in the eyes of many. But according to Moore, who spilled some tea with our friends over at Enstarz, season seven of the reality show will be one of redemption for her. The truth will come to light about a lot of people and their lies, and she says that she won’t be involved in a lot of negative drama this season. Will we be seeing a new Kenya Moore? She speaks on that, as well as why she is “disappointed” with Tamar Braxton in her chat with Enstarz. Here are the tidbits of that interview that stood out:
How She’s Feeling About Season Seven:
I am very excited. This season is going to be a great season for me. It’s the season of redemption; a lot of things will come to light that I feel will be redemptive for me. I’m just excited for people to not question the lies that were told by many people on the show, and now we’ll all get to see what the real truth is.
I’m cordial with all of the women and some of them are really my friends on and off-camera. I think you’ll be able to see who those people are when you watch the show as well.
Turning A New Corner In Season 7:
Well, it’s not necessarily a new corner. It’s just that I’ve made people relevant on this show for negative occurrences and I’m just not doing that any more. I think people need to stand on their own two feet and not ride my coattails, and you see when they don’t ride my coattails, they don’t get very far.
The Biggest Misconception About Her:
I’d see sometimes, early on, that I was being called a “mean girl.” I think it’s very clear that I don’t start trouble, trouble tries to find me and I sort of end arguments. I don’t start them. I think that the viewers have clearly seen that from season one to two. The other thing is about this whole going after someone’s man or things like that… I’ve never been interested in anyone’s man, husband, boyfriend and I’m actually that girl you want to have around if you have a boyfriend or a man or a husband, because I’m so not interested. I am the one, that if they come to me I send them back home basically saying, “You know you have no chance over here.” I’m a real girl’s girl. I love to support other women. I love beautiful women. I love confident women. Throughout my years of being a personality, I think that speaks for itself about me in terms of relationships with my boyfriends who have all been very quiet about me. I’ve never had a reputation in that regard.
If She Has Any Regrets About Past Behavior:
In life, I just don’t live with any regrets. I think everything is a teaching moment. It’s a show, I don’t have control over editing. I don’t have control over what other people say about me and I don’t have control over the fans. All I would hope for is that people can watch intelligently and decipher who I am for me versus what is being portrayed on a show. Which is only a half-hour a day and five months, and it’s edited. I think you just have to get to know me by looking at my history and looking at my intentions, and not looking at things that are manipulated such as what other people would like you to believe based on what they say about you.
The Real Deal When It Comes To Her Issues With Tamar And Being Called “Thirsty”:
I was on her show, “The Real” last week, and we were all very pleasant to one another and I think that was the only time I’ve met her in person and there was a very pleasant exchange. So, to see her say that on Bravo, which is my family and that’s my home… So you’re going to come into my house and disrespect me? I couldn’t just stay quiet about that. If it was someone else, I would just ignore it like I always do. But you don’t get to come into my house and disrespect me. I was disappointed by her but I will always be nice to her. And I will continue to be nice to her because that’s just who I am. But sometimes, when people see you shining–again, she was in my house so maybe she felt some type of way about that.
You can check out Moore’s full interview with Enstarz here. What do you think about what she had to say?
Nene Leakes On Claudia Replacing Porsha: “It Just Goes To Show As Long As You Act A Big Ol’ Fool, You’ll Get A Check”
Nene Leakes has never been one to hold her tongue and that’s why when she stopped by the office to tell us about the upcoming season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” she got straight to the dirt on what it really takes to be a coveted Georgia peach.
When we asked Nene what she thinks about Porsha being demoted, the series original said that decision on Bravo’s part was rather unfortunate and the fact that Claudia was chosen to replace her “just goes to show as long as you act a big ol’ fool, you’ll get a check.” And then she threw more shade about the size of the check Claudia is getting for seemingly selling her soul, which in her words isn’t much. Whew chile! Watch and be entertained.
Today Phaedra is going to be on Ellen and all anyone really wants to know is whether she’s really divorcing Apollo and if she had any idea her husband was breaking the law – again. Well, hunny, the preview clips that have surfaced online show Miss Parks said a mouthful on both subjects, especially when it comes to her not having any clue Apollo was committing fraud for a second time. Phaedra told Ellen:
“I work, I just got my fifth college degree — I’m pretty much an overachiever. I have two very small children. I just stopped breastfeeding three months ago. So, I didn’t have any idea this was going on until he called me and he said ‘I’ve been arrested and I’m having this problem, but it’s not true.'”
Sorry if this sounds crass but if this is true — and that’s a strong if — doesn’t sound like Phaedra was much of a successful wife to not know of her husbands whereabouts and shady dealings. And for the life of me I still don’t understand how she wouldn’t question how a man with no job always had money. But I digress.
Despite Apollo leaving his wife and sons in a very tight spot when the allegations of fraud surfaced, Phaedra insists the last thing she wanted was for her husband to go to jail.
“I went out of my way to get him the best attorneys, the best investigators, and to do everything I could,” Phaedra told Ellen. “I’m an attorney myself and so I wanted him to have the best so we could fight this together, but obviously it did not turn out like that.”
As we all know, Apollo just began his eight-year sentence, which just so happens to be his second stint in federal prison. Apollo was actually on parole from his first fraud case when he met Phaedra who claims she gave her husband of five years a chance because she thought he’d put that life behind him. Ellen, however, questioned why that wasn’t a red flag.
“[H]e had been to prison, but he was a changed person,” Phaedra said. “[T]he person I married, I thought he had changed.”
Now the person who’s changing is Phaedra who let it be known that going forth she’ll be raising her sons, 4-year-old Ayden and 17-month-old Dylan, alone — a decision that wasn’t easy for her to make.
“It is extremely hard. My heart aches for my two sons. They are the heart and soul of who I am.
“That’s the best thing we ever did together – we have great kids. I never want to do anything to diminish his character in public. We’ve had some times when he’s done things that weren’t so cool, weren’t so nice.”
At least she’s taking the high road on that front. Check out a clip of the interview which airs today below. What do you think?
I think we all know I would be lying if I said that I didn’t see this split coming. A woman might be able to stand by her husband while he completes one prison sentence, but two!? C’mon, bruh…
Phaedra Parks’ rep, Steve Honig, released a very brief statement to E! News today confirming that Parks “has retained an attorney with the intent of amicably ending her marriage.” The couple have two children together.
Apollo Nida started his eight-year prison sentence for bank fraud last month, but he didn’t go quietly. As was reported by Us Weekly (and as we will see on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” once the season starts), police had to be called to Parks’ home when Nida bailed on his date to check-in to jail on Sept.10 to instead confront his wife about not being by his side. He reportedly followed her around the house and shouted, “You took everything from me!” and “You didn’t come to my hearing!” He’s also going to be accusing Parks of cheating on him with an “African man named Chocolate” this season, so I don’t see how they will be able to end things “amicably.”
But the writings have been on the wall for some time. From Nida’s treatment of his wife on “RHOA” (there was the texting scandal with Kenya, he talked to her crazy in public, and remember when he left her locked out of their hotel room in Puerto Rico?) to the fact that they were being seen together less and less as the season ended, this marriage has been in trouble for a while. When asked if he thought Parks would stand by him when he went away again, Nida said this in May:
“We’re still married…I try not to be astonished by anything that goes on. I think Phaedra, in a perfect world, should be supportive as a wife should be…If she chooses to derail from the plan, then that’s what she chooses to do. Apollo is prepared for whatever happens in life. Whatever’s been thrown at me, I deal with it. I would like to say I would want her to stay around and do what a wife should do.”
That’s not happening, sir.
While other “Real Housewives” franchises go up and down in the ratings, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” is the most successful. And if you let the stars’ paychecks tell it, that has a lot to do with NeNe Leakes.
According to Radar Online, Leakes negotiated a hefty pay raise for the seventh season of the show, and will take home $1.5 million for her contributions to the drama.
A source told Radar that Leakes’ raise is deserved and she got it because she is undoubtedly the most “popular” wife of all the franchises, or at least the best known (she might have to fight with Bethenny Frankel for that title).
“Without NeNe, RHOA wouldn’t be the ratings blockbuster that it continues to be. While some of the other shows including RHONJ and RHONY have endured ratings slumps, Atlanta has never had to endure that.
NeNe made it known she would need a significant raise to do the upcoming season, and Bravo had no choice but to agree to it.”
This upgrade will make Leakes the highest paid reality star on Bravo, a channel known for mostly reality TV programming. She is the only cast member on the show who has been on since the very beginning (2008), and has used her success on the show to catapult her into TV work. That includes”Glee” and the now defunct “New Normal.” She’s also been able to have a successful fashion line with the Home Shopping Network, an upcoming role on Broadway in “Cinderella,” and there’s even talk that she might join E!’s “Fashion Police” in the wake of Joan Rivers’ death. However season seven goes for Leakes, she’s clearly already winning. As she put it on Twitter the other day:
“They have lied & conspired but they couldn’t triumph over me. God Favored me inspite of the enemies! I’m still here & still BLESSED! Yesss.”
Just in case you missed the top stories of the week, our editors discussed them in this week’s edition of “Did Y’all See?” This week’s topics included Jason Derulo’s “Break up tour”, the preview for the new season of Real Housewives of Atlanta, a white woman suing a sperm bank after racial mix up and Fantasia defending her new man to her fans. Check out the clip and see what you missed!
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” certainly know how to dominate a news cycle. Just a few minutes ago, we published a story saying that Porsha was leaving the show. In actuality, she’s been demoted to a “recurring character.” And it makes sense. Judging by the drama that’s coming up this season, she absolutely must be on set to comment on what’s about to go down.
Bravo made sure to give us a full and very juicy trailer.
They address everything we were wondering about and then some.
We watch as Cynthia and NeNe try to repair their friendship, seemingly to no avail. Kenya Moore is trying to date. The newbie, Claudia Jordan, stirs up all kinds of drama when she’s seen out with Kordell, Porsha’s ex. Phaedra is allegedly having an affair. And they even let us see a bit of Apollo’s epic flip out.
Watch the season 7 trailer in the video below.
Whew! This season is going to be good. We’re ready.
The new season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” airs on November 9 at 8 pm ET/PT.
Will you be watching?
“I Would Have Been Fed Up Before The Jail Situation Ever Came”: Kandi Burruss Speaks On Whether Or Not Phaedra Should Divorce Apollo
In a chat with The Breakfast Club alongside her husband Todd Tucker, Kandi Burruss spoke about married life and filming the new season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” During that conversation, she was asked about good friend Phaedra Parks, and whether or not they had spoken about what Parks should do about her marriage. With Apollo Nida currently behind bars and looking at eight full years away from his family, many assume that Parks will run for the hills. But Burruss says she wouldn’t have left Nida over his second stint in jail. In fact, she would have left a long time ago if she was Parks.
If She Advised Parks To File For Divorce:
No, I didn’t tell her to get a divorce. See, I’m cool with Phaedra, but Todd is cool with Apollo. So this conversation gets heated sometimes. He and I debate about the situation.
What She Thought About Nida’s Behavior Over The Years:
It’s a lot of stuff about that situation that you’re going to find out on the new season, so I can’t really tell you. I can’t, no, but it’s some things that will be surprising about that situation that’s going to come on the new season. So I can’t go too far about that. It’s some things that’s going to come back that you’ll see that you’re going to be like, ‘huh!?’
If She Would Leave Her Husband If He Went To Prison:
For me, if it were my husband or whatever, I wouldn’t leave him just because he was going to jail. I wouldn’t. But if it was about the other stuff that was going on that would be different. If he was just doing me wrong all the time, I would be like, ‘I don’t have time for this.’ There are certain things that could put any relationship in a bad position. But I would just say that I would have been fed up before the jail situation ever came…
I feel like, if she does do anything, I feel like she’s going to be judged just because people are like ‘Oh you’re supposed to stay down for your man.’ But nobody really thinks about whatever else may go on. I don’t think that’s fair.
You can check out Burruss’ full conversation, alongside Tucker (who is promoting “Hollywood Divas”) below. Her statements about Parks and Nida start around the 9:25 mark.
Kandi has been very open and honest about the fact that she wants to get pregnant as soon as possible, like yesterday.
And she and Todd posted what could have been a telling photo at a shoe store this weekend which left many wondering if she’s finally gotten her wish. On Saturday, Todd and Kandi were in LA and both of them made a point to post pictures of Todd looking at infant shoes.
Kandi posted the image on her Facebook page with the caption:
“In LA shoe shopping! Hope y’all kickin it today and enjoying something.”-tt
If you recall, Kelly Rowland announced her pregnancy in a similar fashion, placing infant shoes next to her husband’s Tim Witherspoon’s.
Last month, Kandi told In Touch Weekly, “I want to get pregnant this year! Knock it out by 39! I just don’t want to keep waiting. At first we thought it would just happen, but it hasn’t yet. So now we’re clocking days and making an effort. We really want to start a family together.”
Kandi even told In Touch that she wants a boy this time around. “I always wanted to have a son. With girls, you’re scared somebody’s going to take advantage of them or something. I just feel like boys are easier. You don’t have to worry as much.” Both Kandi and Todd have daughters from previous relationships.
What do you make of this picture? Do you think it’s an announcement of some sort or will you need more proof?
In today’s “I could have told you that” news, a source told Radar Online that Phaedra Parks is in the process of divorcing Apollo.
The writing was certainly on the wall wasn’t it?
The two had been distant for some time now. Phaedra didn’t show up to his sentencing hearing; and in the months preceding his lock up, the two were rarely, if ever, together.
And then reportedly, things came to a head yesterday, when Apollo came storming into Phaedra’s house yelling, grabbing things and demanding she put money on his books. And all of this went down on the day he was supposed to be reporting to prison.
So it’s really no surprise that she’s done with dude.
The only question is what took her so long?
Well, according to Radar Online’s source:
“Phaedra has been patiently waiting for Apollo to begin serving his prison sentence, and will have him served with divorce papers at the correctional facility in Kentucky. There was no way Phaedra was going to put her life on hold for the next decade, awaiting Apollo to be released. The marriage was a huge mistake, but did give her their beloved kids. There were serious trust issues with Apollo, and Phaedra suspects he has been unfaithful, and has been burning through money. Phaedra has always been the breadwinner, and she began to resent it.”
The source said Phaedra feared for her safety in the past which prevented her from filing sooner. And having Apollo behind bars for nearly a decade gave her a certain level of comfort.
A rep for Phaedra previously said that now she’s focused on making the best decisions for the couple’s two sons and restoring a sense of normalcy to all of their lives.
I wonder if normalcy means she’ll try to get out of her contract with Bravo and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”?