NeNe Leakes Sort Of Admits To Knowing Phaedra From Back In The Day
Since joining the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast during season three, Phaedra Parks has been claiming that she grew up with or went to school with fellow cast member NeNe Leakes. And for three seasons, NeNe has pretty much denied knowing Phaedra and their little chat with Chuck, another one of their former Athens classmates, caused the debate to resurface. So much so, that NeNe felt the need to blog about it.
“What is Phaedra’s problem? Why is she saying she’s so glad I finally acknowledge that I know her? Please show me where in this episode I acknowledge that I knew her back in my Athens days,” the “Glee” star wrote. “I’m still waiting. You haven’t found it yet? It doesn’t exist!”
“Let me remind you once again, I don’t practice lying, and in this case there’s no need for it,” she continued. “What would I get out of saying I didn’t know her if I did know her? Here’s the story for hopefully the last time. Chuck, Phaedra, and I are all from Athens, Georgia. Did I know Phaedra when I was in high school, NO! I say clearly on this episode that I am the class of ‘85. Chuck says he’s the class of ‘88 and the innocent Phaedra is the class of ‘89. Think about high school! It’s generally 9th grade through 12th grade. When I was a senior in high school that means Chuck was a freshman, right? Phaedra would have been in 8th grade at that time, right? I left Athens at 18-years-old. I have lived in Atlanta longer than I have lived anywhere. OK, so you tell me how I would have known her in high school? I didn’t even know Chuck.”
Though she argues that she didn’t know Phaedra from high school, she did admit that she knew her face from seeing her around.
“I knew of Chuck by face just like Phaedra only because he was best friends with a friend of mine’s brother. I knew of Phaedra by her face and unusual name because she went to school with my cousin. What senior hangs out with an 8th grader? Being from a small town, after football games and parties we would hang out at The Dairy Queen. I don’t ever recall hanging there with Phaedra. The Dairy Queen was a hangout spot for years and I’m sure she was there like all Athens kids, but we were hanging there at different times in our childhood. I grew up on Dearing and Billups Street in Athens. We played kick ball, baseball, hop scotch, etc. I don’t ever recall seeing Phaedra. My Aunt raised me and I asked her if I was forgetting something. I asked her if she knew Phaedra’s family, her mother, or her father, and my aunt who has raised me since I was 3-years-old said no.”
“I’m not sure why it means so much to Phaedra for me to say I knew her, but if it helps you to move on, Phaedra, I can truly say I know you now. I still haven’t met your mother or father and I have never been to your home ever, but I know exactly who you are!”
Hopefully they can finally put this debate to rest.