Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes is a whole new woman this season and she is dishing on why that is. With a blossoming acting career and a rekindling of romance with her ex-husband, it has been a year of change for NeNe! She is opening up about her acting and friendship with Tyler Perry, her improved relationships with her RHOA cast mates, and just what really happened with Sheree not coming back to the show!
On the season premiere, NeNe dined with Ryan Murphy and she called movie director Tyler Perry on the phone only to reach a disconnected phone line. It was a bit embarrassing and it might have seemed to some that NeNe could just be faking her friendship with such a huge movie mogul.
NeNe tells Vulture what really happened that time and explains the nature of their friendship, saying, “[Tyler] has this on his phone, this crazy silly voicemail that goes [in a high-pitched voice] Doo doo doooo. The number you have reached has been disconnected. It’s just something he has on his phone, but that is his phone number.”
NeNe continues, “We talk all the time. At least every week I talk to Tyler. We both live out in Atlanta. He usually advises me, he’s like a mentor to me. We’re really good friends. He just advises me on the industry. He’s just regular like me. We talk about all kinds of stuff, even if we’re not talking about the industry, and we laugh all the time. He’s super hilarious. He saw that episode, too, and he texted me, ‘This is so funny.’ Wherever he goes, people are going to be asking him, ‘Do you really know NeNe?’ And he’s gonna be like, ‘Absolutely.’”
Missing this latest season is Sheree, who claimed she decided not to return to the show earlier this year. NeNe is revealing what she knows about the situation and says that Sheree was not exactly honest about what happened!
NeNe says, “[The producers] chose not to pick up her option for this past season. I know she’s out there telling people that she decided to leave the show, but from what I know that is not what she decided to do. That is what they decided to do. She put out whatever reports she wanted to put out and I don’t think they tried to challenge it because they don’t really give a shit at the end of the day.”
On the new season, she promises a new NeNe and reveals that the separation from last season (who could forget the Talls vs. the Smalls?) is gone and that she actually has a relationship with all of the Atlanta ladies!
“You know what? I think this is the best year I’ve had as a Housewife. I feel like I’ve come full circle. I feel the best, I look the best, I am just a grown woman and I’m in a much better place now than I was a season or two ago. I’ve never had an issue being a Housewife or saying my opinions or fighting with any of the girls. I feel like I’m a great Housewife! [laughs],” reveals NeNe.
NeNe adds about her co-stars, “I talk to all of them. We have two new Housewives who bring their own drama, but I have a relationship with everyone, some closer than others. Kim, I don’t have a … I’m not trying to have a relationship with her, but I can say that I do speak to her. Because “Hello” costs me nothing. It’s not like you’re gonna see us going out and having ice cream, but we can definitely be in the same room. You’ll see what happens. There’s always something with NeNe and Kim.”
NeNe ends by saying that despite popular belief, she is not leaving RHOA! Of the rumors, NeNe says, “The show isn’t going to last forever. At some point, we all have to say goodbye to being a Housewife. Is that time now for me? I don’t think so.”
NeNe also discusses her business sense and what she seeked to get out of RHOA, her acting, and her relationship with Gregg in the full interview which you can read HERE.
I’m very excited to see her be friendly with ALL the RHOA ladies and not just Cynthia and Marlo. It will be a breath of fresh air!
What are your thoughts on all the revelations NeNe made?