In an exclusive interview with EBONY, Cynthia Bailey discusses her current relationship with former friend NeNe Leakes, which came crashing down following last week’s Season 11 finale of Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Tensions flared when Kenya Moore arrived at Bailey’s Seagrams Escapes Peach Bellini launch because Leakes felt she deserved a heads up, considering their previous back-and-forth. Bailey maintains that she didn’t consider their issues big enough to warrant a warning, and that as her friend, showing support should’ve been Leakes’ priority.
“I’ve been in many rooms with all of these girls, with people that I do not care for and people I do not get along with. But if I’m coming to celebrate them and lift them up in a blaze of glory, I am happy to come and stand on the other side of the room and sip my peach bellini.”
Bailey also said she was shocked by how much support she’s been receiving in the wake of the finale. Ultimately, she believes fans know she’s been a loyal friend to Leakes, even to a fault.
“I even get insults, like being called NeNe’s lapdog, I’m so supportive … everyone’s always telling me I’m too loyal to NeNe, but ain’t nobody telling NeNe she’s too loyal to me!”
The model and mom also talks taking responsibility for her part in the breakdown of their relationship and whether they can mend the friendship. Check it out above.
Part one of the Season 11 Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo and be sure to treat yourself to a
Seagrams Escapes Peach Bellini cocktail bursting with natural peach flavors, created by Bailey herself!
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