If you’ve been tuned in to the drama-filled “Real Housewives of Atlanta” season 6 reunion show, then you know there’s no-holds barred when it comes to the housewives. That’s very much the case for former besties, Nene Leakes and Cynthia Bailey.
Following Cynthia’s teary-eyed plea to Leakes (who was stoned face the whole time) for calling her husband, Peter Thomas, a bitch and for being disrespectful to their friendship, Leakes blasted her cast mate for being a fraud.
Leakes wrote an open letter that she shared on social media. She wrote,
“AS HOPEFUL AS I WAS 4 US 2 BE LIFE FRIENDS I’AM NOT SURPRISED OUR FRIENDSHIP HAS ENDED &; IT TRULY SADDEN ME! REALITY FRIENDSHIPS NEVER LAST ANYWAY SO HOW FOOLISH WAS I TO THINK I HAD MADE SOMETHING SPECIAL! IT’S AMAZING WHAT PEOPLE R WILLING 2 DO 4 THE LOVE OF MONEY, RELEVANCY & 2 STAY ON TV. WITH CYNTHIA’S SELL OUT PERSONALITY & BLOW WITH THE WIND PERSONA I KNEW IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME! IT’S ALWAYS THE ONES THAT R THE CLOSEST TO U THAT WILL TURN ON U! I WAS TOTALLY BLINDSIDED BY ALL THIS! YES I SAID PETER WAS ACTING LIKE A BIOTCH N EARLY OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR & I HAVE APOLOGIZED NUMEROUS TIMES 4 IT! CYNTHIA & PETER ACCEPTED MY APOLOGY & WE SIMPLY MOVED ON! YES MOVED ON 2 TALKIN, TRAVELING & TEXTING SEVERAL TIMES A DAY AS WE ALWAYS DID! THE 4 OF US WENT 2 DINNER, CYNTHIA HOSTED MY CURVY GIRLS MODEL CALL @ BAR ONE & PETER WAS THERE 2 HELP OUT! THEY WERE @ THE HOSPITAL WITH ME, THEY SPENT THANKSGIVING @ MY HOME, WE CELEBRATED NEW YEARS EVE TOGETHER N VEGAS, WE WERE HANGING OUT TOGETHER DURING FASHION WEEK! SHE ATTENDED THE RED DRESS HEART TRUTH FASHION SHOW WITH ME & MICHAEL COSTELLO’S FASHION SHOW, WE CELEBRATED HER AN EARLY BIRTHDAY BRUNCH IN NYC @ LAVO! WHEN THE EPISODE AIRED 4 ALL 2 SEE & TWITTER-VERSE HAD THEIR SAY I GUESS SHE CHANGED HER MIND & DECIDED SHE NEEDED 2 BE MAD NEARLY 6 MONTHS LATER!…..I KNOW U TRYIN 2 PULL THE SYMPATHY CARD BUT IF U WERE SUCH A GOOD FRIEND? Y DIDNT U PULL ME ASIDE & TALK 2 ME ABT HOW U WERE FEELING INSTEAD OF DICING OUR FRIENDSHIP UP N FRONT OF A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO DONT CARE! SURELY I’AM WORTHY OF THAT CONSIDERING I HAVE CARRIED U ON MY BACK! I CAN ADMIT WHEN SOMETHING HURTS THE SAME WAY I CAN APOLOGIZE WHEN I’AM WRONG BUT HEY WHO CARES ABT A STUPID FRIENDSHIP WHEN U NEED 2 SECURE ANOTHER SEASON ON THE SHOW! THE SADDEST THING ABT BETRAYAL IS THAT IT NEVER COMES FROM THE ENEMY! 4 THE RECORD I DONT HATE U! I JUST HATE U TURNED INTO EVERYTHING U SAID U WOULD NEVER BE! GOOD BYE FRIEND!….PS: IF U OR ANYONE ELSE THINKS THE DEMISE OF OUR FRIENDSHIP IS YOUR STORY LINE 4 SEASON 7, THINK AGAIN FLIP FLOPPER.”
She also shared this text message with the caption, “Did u forget u sent me this text after Mexico the morning before Gregg & I shot the scene with u & Peter! Don’t play dumb friend! I know u innocent.”
Following part 2 of the reunion, Bailey joined the show’s creator, Andy Cohen, on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ to share her thoughts of Nene and what she thinks happened.
On Nene calling Peter a bitch:
“When NeNe called Peter a bitch I got a million Tweets saying ‘you shoulda choked her, you shoulda slapped her’. I didn’t do that because that’s not what a lady does. A real lady doesn’t call their best friend’s husband a bitch in the first place. Again, that was provocative, I could’ve slapped NeNe because she called Peter a bitch, but then where does that leave me? Am I wrong? A million people thought I should have.”
On whether her friendship with NeNe was real:
“The part of the reunion with NeNe was tough because we were really friends. She was someone I loved and cared about and I was in her wedding and when she got sick I was there.”
Cynthia on Kenya bringing props at the reunion (which resulted in Porsha Williams attacking her):
“Last year the fan was funny and even this year when she was just holding the scepter that was fine but when she started pointing it that it became provocative.” Andy continued to defend that he thought it was just a stupid prop. “Clearly being on the receiving end of the prop was not stupid or funny. I’m sorry i didn’t see coming.” He then cleared up the rumors about Porsha Stewart being asked to leave. “She was not asked to leave. She said she was not ready for the emotional stress of the day and we listened and didn’t want to put her back into the situation.”
Her take on the fight:
“The reunion is a provocative session. We all go to the reunion knowing that we are going to be provoked. We have a lot of things we have to get straight. It’s a tough day. It’s a tough day mentally. It’s completely draining so you have to be mentally ready to deal with it. It’s not easy. ” She continued, “When the fight happened, it happened so quickly. Someone could’ve gotten hurt for real. I didn’t go over there (to Porsha on the ground) because everybody was over there. I wanted to go check on Kenya because nobody was checking on her and she’s the one who was attacked. ”
After viewing Nene’s shady remarks toward her on her own “WWHL” appearance with Andy, even indicating Bailey should be kicked off because she brings nothing to the show, Cynthia says, “I want people to know I was a very loyal friend to NeNe. However, I’m actually glad that she did that. It validated that she was never my friend she is actually my worst enemy. For her to go on national television and say such things it’s just unheard of. We’re not talking anymore, so that just means now all of the sudden I shouldn’t be on the show because you (NeNe) think I shouldn’t be on the show? NeNe doesn’t control my destiny. God controls my destiny. I was relevant before the show, I’m relevant on the show and I will be relevant after the show.”
She also added, “It’s about respect and accountability. She never thinks she’s wrong about anything. she never wants to admit when she’s wrong.”
But that wasn’t all folks.
Following the reunion show Leakes also tweeted this comment.
“Why didn’t you pull me aside and talk to me about how you were feeling instead of dicing our friendship up in front of a bunch of people who don’t care. I am worthy of that consideration..considering I carried you on my back! Goodbye, friend. P.S. If you or anyone else thinks the demise of our friendship is your storyline for season 7, think again flip flopper.”
When informed about the tweet by Cohen Cynthia again adds, “First of all we won’t even get into storyline because NeNe is the one who doesn’t have a storyline. If anything NeNe should be glad that we got into because that was her storyline this season, so let’s be clear about that. In regard to pulling someone aside, why didn’t she pull me aside before she came on this show (wwhl) and tried to get me fired off the show?”
Cynthia also addressed a caller who asked why she seemed to have defended Kenya following her physical altercation with Porsha (who many feel had been provoked in the first place).
“I didn’t really side with Kenya, I just checked on Kenya because the other girls were checking on Porsha. It was a horrible fight, It was horrible to sit in the middle of it and I don’t condone violence and I think in a reunion setting we are there to fight with our words.”
However, Cynthia’s friendly gesture seemed to have rubbed Williams the wrong way considering she was absent for part 2 of the reunion after attacking Kenya.
Cynthia explained not thinking that Porsha was under attack and that her violent response wasn’t the appropriate response.
While watching the show, Porsha then tweeted, “@CynthiaBailey10 is weak. It wasn’t a threat?? Why were you covering your ears and protecting yourself during her rants #Weak #RHOAReunion”
The drama just never ends, huh?
Watch Cynthia’s appearance on WWHL below.