Marlo Hampton said she’s not at all upset that Cynthia Bailey has gone on record stating that the two are not friends. In fact, she’s in total agreement.
“I don’t think of her as a friend either. The only reason we communicate is because of NeNe [Leakes],” said Marlo, who joins Cynthia and NeNe in the “talls” crew on this season’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
“We don’t have anything in common except we’re both tall and pretty,” said Marlo, who described her relationship with Cynthia as “cordial.”
Despite not being BFFs, Marlo admitted she was a bit taken aback when she watched Cynthia join in with Phaedra Parks, Kandi Burruss and Sheree Whitfield, also known as “the smalls,” when the four of them split from Marlo and NeNe to go on safari in South Africa.
“It did shock me that she was talking to them about me. When we were in Africa together, we did get along. We did talk,” said Marlo, who saw a different side of Cynthia when NeNe rejoined the foursome for lunch just minutes later.
“When NeNe came back around, it was, ‘Oh, I love Marlo.’ She’s a little two-faced here,” she said. In contrast, Marlo believes NeNe will always tell her what’s on her mind.
Though Marlo joined the five of the main cast members, minus Kim Zolciak, who was nursing a 2-month-old at the time, she’s not an official cast member and does not appear in the show’s opening credits. That was a bit of a surprise for some “RHOA” fans who’d seen photos of her rubbing elbows with the cast during taping; but Marlo knew she’d only be “a character.”
“I knew I wasn’t going to be a housewife,” said Marlo, who isn’t married. “I knew what my position was in the beginning.”
However, with Kim supposedly leaving “RHOA” for her own Bravo reality series, there does seem to be an opening. Marlo isn’t quite sure yet whether she’ll be replacing Kim.
“I gotta wait and see what God has planned,” she said.
Marlo talks about her program to help teen girls who are growing up in the foster care system like she did. Read it in the May 2012 issue of Sister 2 Sister.
—Tracy L. Scott