Some fans of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” have been asking themselves when Marlo Hampton and Kenya Moore became best friends.
Their relationship seems to be at least partly to blame for putting a wedge between Marlo and former friend NeNe Leakes, and Marlo explained to Sister 2 Sister how it all started.
According to Marlo, NeNe is the one who introduced the ladies when she invited Marlo along with the “RHOA” cast to a vineyard. Marlo said she and Kenya hit it off.
“It was just good energy,” Marlo said about Kenya. “That’s when we met and I invited her to the BCBG fashion show. NeNe was coming with me originally, but she wasn’t getting into New York until the next day. While we were there at the vineyard, I said, ‘Kenya, I invited NeNe to come with me to the BCBG fashion show in New York, but if she can’t make it, can you come and join me…?’ NeNe wasn’t able to make it. I texted Kenya, and she met me there.”
Marlo said she intentionally invited Kenya in front of NeNe just to make sure her friend was fine with Kenya taking her place at the event.
Kenya and NeNe were cool at the time, so Marlo wasn’t expecting any drama. “It wasn’t like they were enemies; they talked. When I went to the fashion show, come to find out [it] was a problem,” recalled Marlo who explained that the fashion show was before the infamous Pillow Talk event that resulted in “bad blood” between Kenya and NeNe.
As “RHOA” viewers witnessed, things worsened when Kenya invited Marlo to participate in Cynthia’s Bailey’s Bailey Bowl on Team Twirl. Marlo confronted NeNe about not being invited on Team Rich, and things got out of hand.
Since then, the former friends have been exchanging salty messages via social media and blogs. Marlo said they last communicated days ago, and it wasn’t pleasant. “It ended with, ‘Don’t call me anymore. You’re blocked,’ from both of us.”
Though she seems to be putting on a brave front, Marlo admitted she’s hurt by what has transpired.
“I feel like I’ve been used; I really do. I was angry, but I’m hurt about it, too,” said Marlo who credits herself for helping upgrade NeNe’s fashion. “When you felt I wasn’t marching to your beat, it’s a problem.”
Marlo is still friends with Kenya, but she doesn’t consider the former Miss USA a bestie and doesn’t feel she did anything to betray her relationship with NeNe.
“I don’t feel I could have done anything different…I’m not a child. I can talk to who I want to talk to. I can be friends with who I want to be friends to as long as I’m loyal to you,” said Marlo. “As long as Kenya doesn’t know any of your personal business within your household or that you share with me or me talking about you to Kenya with anything personal, there should be no problem, no issue.”
Marlo wouldn’t comment on whether she’ll be popping up on the season 6 reunion show, assuming there will be one, but she said she does think it will answer some questions for fans and for her.
“I do definitely feel the fans do deserve to hear both sides. I would like to definitely sit down and talk to [NeNe]. They deserve to see what’s really going on. I wanna ask her myself. I’m confused. I really don’t understand,” she said.
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