Kim Zolciak-Biermann wasn’t shy about making it clear that the only thing that would get her back on the Real Housewives of Atlanta was a huge paycheck.
Bravo must have delivered big time because the Don’t Be Tardy star is returning to the RHOA for season 10 after a five-year hiatus.
“You know, I’m motivated by money,” she jokes to ET. “That’s my answer to it all, you know? I’m motivated by money, and I always do follow my heart. Money doesn’t motivate me to the point of doing something stupid, or something I’m not enjoying. I don’t sell my soul.”
“I have given it a lot of thought over the years,” she adds. “I’m definitely excited to be back. It’s definitely a totally different vibe from Don’t Be Tardy.”
Kim infamously walked away from the Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2012.
“You know, I felt so broken when I walked off the show five years ago, pregnant with Kash,” she admits. “I’ve never had somebody put their hands on me. I’ve never had someone scream at my face like that. I’ve never felt with just, high highs and low lows like that, in my life and it, like, progressively took a toll on me to the point, obviously, where my pregnancy was being affected, and that wasn’t going to happen.”
“It was definitely a difficult decision to,” she continues, “I didn’t think in the moment, in hindsight, I’d be getting my own show.”
Following her exit from RHOA, Kim and her ever-growing family got a spinoff called Don’t Be Tardy, which is going into its sixth season.
“I’ve changed a lot,” Kim says. “I’m so much stronger, and I love Kim so much more, and I’m comfortable with who I am and where I’m at in my life, and I’m proud of myself.”
“You can’t really tear me down anymore,” she adds. “I have grown so much in five years, and I’m so thankful to be able to go back and see that. It’s not like I needed the confirmation, but it’s so black and white … I’m so grateful for the first five seasons, and I’m grateful for the break that I’ve had, and I’m so enjoying most of it… minus a scene.”
The “scene” Kim is referring to is a showdown with Kenya Moore, who is rumored to have talked smack about Kim’s kids.
“I’m not a bull-s**tter,” Kim explains. “I see things for what they are. I’m also intuitive. I call people on their stuff. I don’t really care. I’m very comfortable. So, you can try to bulls**t somebody else; it’s not going to work with me. It’s a lot of fun, aside from a girl.”
“These girls are fun,” she adds. “They’re successful. They’re mothers. It’s fun … it’s a totally different vibe than filming with your family. So, I really am enjoying myself, honestly. And getting back with Sheree [Whitfield], we’ve been close for years and years and years. So, it’s always fun to film with her.”
Meanwhile, season 10 will also reunite Kim with her former BFF and RHOA co-star NeNe Leakes, who is also returning to the franchise.
“NeNe’s a lot of fun,” Kim teases. “It’s almost getting to know her again because I haven’t spent so much time with her. Like, I’ve consistently been in contact with Sheree for all the years. But, you know, I mean — NeNe’s NeNe.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta returns on Sunday, November 5th at 8 p.m.
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