Nearly every Atlanta housewife, has directly or indirectly confirmed that they will be returning to the Bravo franchise; however, a huge question mark remains when it comes to the show’s last standing original cast member, NeNe Leakes. She’s currently the cover girl for Pose magazine’s September issue, where addressed her extended journey with the series and discussed coming back for season seven. Check out some highlights from her interview below, including her discussing coming to the realization that she doesn’t like former friend, Cynthia Bailey.
On her HSN clothing line being designed for full-figured women:
“Big girls would write to me and ask me where I got my clothing from. I thought, there must be a void in the market for the curvy girl. When HSN approached me to do the line, I said I can’t unless I can include the curvy girl.”
On how she has changed since season one of RHoA:
“I feel I have definitely grown since season one. I also think about the years that have passed. When we started, my youngest son was in the third grade. Now he’s in the 10th grade. My oldest son was in the twelve grade and now he’s 24 years old with a daughter.”
On realizing she doesn’t like Cynthia Bailey:
“They want viewers to believe we are all friends because we’re on a show together. Now, Cynthia and I did form a real friendship over the years we were on the show together. I don’t think the viewers know that I never knew her until she signed up to do the show. I never met her. I never knew anything about her. I never met Kandi Burress, Porsha, or Lisa Wu Hartwell until she stepped on the show and we signed these contracts. When you guys are getting to know us, we’re getting to know each other. We are going out, having drinks, and getting to know each other. Sometimes you meet people and you like them. Then as you get to know them, you think, ‘You know, I actually thought I liked her…but I don’t.’ We’re shooting season seven right now so the viewers get to see how it plays out.”
On her real friends:
“I love my girlfriends and love being with them, going out in our neighborhood for a drink, where we don’t have to wear make up or going to lunch with them.”
On her realness being mistaken for harshness:
“I do think that being real comes off as being harsh. I always have to think before I say things because I’m a straight shooter. I don’t think I’m being mean. I think it’s the delivery that makes it mean. Sometimes I shoot and move on. I don’t know any other way to do it, but I am learning that sometimes everything doesn’t need to be said. But, if you ask me to be real, I’m going to be real and you may not like it. Be sure you want to ask me, because I’m just going to tell you. Some people have a really sweet tone. They say things and it comes off really sweet. I do know it’s all in the delivery. There are people who say that they’re real, but they mean real loud or real ghetto or real crazy. What I need to do is try to be a little phony now and then. [laughing] My husband is always on my case. ‘You don’t have to say that,’ or ‘You don’t have to be that real about it.’ Like, okay, maybe he’s right. I’m going to do much better from now on. I am really working on it.”
Are you looking forward to the upcoming season of RHoA?