With the new season of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" set to premiere on November 2 only after NeNe Leakes shows off her extravagant wedding on the Bravo spinoff, "I Dream Of NeNe." The reality star opens up about her relationship with he bridesmaids and who really is the boss of the popular Housewife brand.
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the reality star explained why her bridesmaids won't get along and why Kenya Moore can't tell her what to do:
What was the change from when Marlo and Diana were on with you on Housewives to now?
NeNe: When Marlo and I worked on Real Housewives, she was just appearing here and there. When we worked on I Dream of Nene, I could see her business sense, and it just wasn't attractive. Diana is a good girlfriend of mine, we've been friends for a very long time. It was very hard for her to see me befriend other girls. She became super-protective, a security guard, a gate keeper, just everything you can think of. That is her nature. What I would say to her is "I'm in the business to meet other women, and if I choose to go out on a dinner date with another girlfriend, what's your problem?" So that was crazy. They're definitely bridesmaid-zillas. They forgot that the word bridesmaid ends in "maid." Just wear what I ask you to wear, just do that.
Do you feel Diana was right in how she dealt with Marlo, being that she felt that Marlo was nothing more than an opportunist?
NeNe: I feel like Diana's intentions in protecting me were, well, it's just the way that she went about it, that was the problem.
Who was the person with the least drama you had to deal with?
NeNe: My girlfriend Mashella Hampton, she was the very least drama. Cynthia Bailey as well. She was one of the easier bridesmaids.
Season 6 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is premiering Nov. 3. What can we expect?
NeNe: A lot of drama. That's what it is all the time. People trying to beef up their storylines. Trust me, I happen to be one of the very real ones. I don't play a character when I come on to Real Housewives. I play NeNe, and there are girls who play characters. I am just who I am: I am NeNe Leakes.
I saw you got into it with Kenya Moore in the sneak peek. What's the deal with you two?
NeNe: I can't say what that's about, because the show hasn't aired yet, but I'm the boss. I've been here since day one. I'll be damned if anyone comes over here and tells me what to do.