During the premiere episode of Season 12 of Real Housewives of Atlanta, we got to see Kenya Moore throw a “presentation” party for her daughter Brooklyn, in an effort to introduce her to everyone. The theme was Barbie, and all the guests came to the event dressed as their own version of the beloved doll. RHOA cast members who attended and had small children brought their kids to the fête, with the exception of Eva Marcille. And while it wasn’t a big deal that she didn’t bring along her daughter Marley or son Michael Jr., though noticeable, it turned into something of an issue when she said that she wasn’t comfortable bringing her kids to group gatherings, that she didn’t know what the energy was going to be, and that she’s not all that chummy with Kenya to bring her kids around her.
When this information was relayed to Kenya by Porsha Williams, she was offended enough to say, in the upcoming episode, that she’s going to return the gift Eva brought for Brooklyn.
But if you ask Eva, who was a guest host for The Real this week, she didn’t get the big kerfuffle behind her decision.
“I don’t understand what the problem is about where I bring my kids or don’t bring my kids. They’re my kids! It’s my discretion,” she said. “I appreciate everyone having their own opinion, but at the end of the day, I had a kid, it was in utero because I was pregnant. But I had a flight notice, I left early from the event because I had a flight to catch. I was actually coming to LA. My kids are in school, her kid is still in a stroller. It really wasn’t that deep. My kids don’t know her kids yet. It was not shade at all. They really made a mountain out of a molehill.”
Still, the hosts found it odd that she wouldn’t think she should bring one of the kids to a kid’s party, but Eva pointed out that it wasn’t that kind of party.
“I thought it was a birthday party. It was a presentation party. I’ve never even heard of such a party,” she said. “I’m a mom of three and I still don’t know.”
Whatever the type of event for Brooklyn, Eva said it didn’t matter if her kids were there because it wasn’t about them.
“My baby wasn’t the sip or see baby. Her baby was the sip and see baby,” she said. “I came to sip and see the baby at six and half months pregnant with spandex on.”
When asked if she got into the space with all the parents and children and felt like maybe she should have brought Marley or Michael, Jr., she said no.
“Nah. I knew I wasn’t bringing my kids, that was always part of the plan,” she said. “My kids were in school! We don’t have a friendship yet. I don’t know you to take my kids out of school that I pay for.”
Well touché, Eva. But that whole point about needing to catch flights and not wanting to take her kids out of school should have been the original excuse if she wanted to avoid drama, because saying you didn’t know what the energy was going to be certainly sounded like some shade. Granted, protecting your children’s energy is certainly important, but I probably just wouldn’t have said that was the reason aloud if I wasn’t ready to deal with the kickback that might come from saying so…