“The Talls” are a thing of the past!
The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Cynthia Bailey, 46, is opening up to In Touch for the first time about her shocking fallout with her former RHOA bestie, NeNe Leakes.
“She doesn’t deserve my friendship,” Cynthia tells the mag exclusively.
After NeNe implied Cynthia should be axed from the series next season on the April 13 episode of Watch What Happens Live, the former supermodel is revealing the truth behind their fizzled friendship.
Check out our full Q&A with the reality star below:
In Touch: Where did your beef with NeNe stem from?
Cynthia Bailey: She insulted my husband by calling him a “b--tch” or “acting like a b--ch” or however you want to put it—it all leads to “b--ch,” which is completely offensive and disrespectful and I would never, under any circumstance, speak to her husband that way.
IT: And it was hard to recover your friendship after that?
CB: I thought, honestly, that we would be able to get past it. But when I saw what she said about me on Watch What Happens Live, I was speechless. I know what I bring to the show. I was relevant before the show, I’m relevant on the show and guess what? I’ll be relevant after the show. I know for a fact that I bring the class and the balance and the grace to the show and I know people tune in specifically because of me and my husband. What she did is just despicable. I would never do that to her even if we were not friends.
IT: How does it feel to find conflict with one of your castmates, especially NeNe, who has been your best friend on the show?
CB: I always try to take the high road and I do make every effort to try to work through my issues with all of the girls. She can say whatever she wants to about me. At the end of the day, I just kind of feel sorry for her because she’s an unhappy person. I don’t think happy people try to attack others who aren’t really bothering them. I’m not bothering her. I’ve just moved on. We’re just not friends anymore and that’s it.
IT: Do you miss the friendship you once shared with NeNe?
CB: NeNe and I had great times together. When we were tight, I really enjoyed our friendship. And the fans loved it, too! So it’s really sad to see it disappear.
IT: NeNe has turned on friends before – did you feel safe from her ever turning on you?
CB: I think the world was shocked to see her really turn on me. I know all of the sides to NeNe’s personality so I know that she has that in her to turn on people. I just always thought we had that same respect for each other, but at the end of the day, she obviously didn’t respect me as much as I respect her, which is why I decided to just move on.
IT: Do you feel like your friendship is salvageable?
CB: I feel like the only way we would ever be friends again is if she truly apologizes to me and mean it and then I would be open to it, but I don’t owe her an apology. I haven’t done anything to her, so since she doesn’t apologize for anything and is never wrong about anything, that’s going to be a cold day in hell before that ever happens so I don’t foresee us being friends going forward. Don’t get me wrong, I wish her continued success. But I’m never going to step down to NeNe’s level. She is going to have to step up to mine if we’re ever going to be friends again.
TUNE IN! Part 2 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion airs Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo!