If you’ve been following the drama between “Real Housewives Of Atlanta” NeNe & Greg Leakes’ marriage, you know they’ve been going through it. Gregg’s conversation with a radio jock about his marital problems pushed NeNe over the edge last week, and we have to admit, our hearts went out to the drama queen.
NeNe recently sat down with Essence.com to discuss her marriage:
ESSENCE.com: On this week’s episode you and Gregg had an emotional argument. What was it like for you to have to relive those moments?
LEAKES: Well, it happened a few months ago so it wasn’t as impactful for me as it might have been for the viewers. The moment was a lot longer than what you guys saw and it was a really heavy scene for me. Looking at it on TV, I didn’t get anything from it because I had already lived it. I’ve been through it, I’ve lived it and I’ve moved on past it.
ESSENCE.com: There’s been so much scrutiny on your marriage lately. What has that been like?
LEAKES: One of the things I hope people are able to get is that long before that scene came out there was a lot of blogging saying I was cheating on Gregg and that Gregg was this great guy and he’s done so much for me. People were saying things like, ‘He took her out of the strip club” and stuff like that. My producers were with me when all this stuff was going down and they were trying to keep me sane.
I was having a really rough time because I wanted to speak out on that and I wanted people to understand that Gregg didn’t take me out of a strip club, let’s be very clear about that. We got together when he didn’t have a thing so I don’t know who the heck these people are out here saying this stuff because when we got together I was the breadwinner. I started a business and I brought Gregg on board and we became a couple later. And when we were able to live a comfortable life, it wasn’t because of what Gregg had done, it was because of what we had done together.
ESSENCE.com: Do you feel like you were portrayed as the cheater?
LEAKES: People would say things like, ‘Gregg is so nice,’ and it really bothered me because I’m not saying that he isn’t nice, but it was people were discrediting me as if I didn’t deserve somebody that was nice. I felt like, ‘you guys have no clue about what you’re talking about’ because in the 14 years that I’ve been with Gregg, I’ve been through a lot, and people who are close to me know that. I felt like when all the rumors hit the blogs that was the time for me to speak up but I couldn’t because I have a child and he’s 11 and he would be watching.