“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?