Real Housewives of Atlanta NeNe Leakes Evolved From Criminal Past?

Real Housewives of Atlanta
Real Housewives of Atlanta NeNe Leakes and her cast mates stay in the news. One of the highest rated Bravo reality shows comes with a cast with skeletons. While no adult walking the planet has a squeaky clean past, the cast of many reality shows still seem to shock and amaze viewers. When reality television first began with MTV’s Real World back in 1992, the creators Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray wanted to capture young adults living under one roof on their own struggling with growing pains and getting jobs. None of the cast members were old enough to have deep closets filled with skeletons yet. However, the Real Housewives franchise has full-grown women and men who have truly lived. NeNe Leakes, one of the original cast members of Real Housewives of Atlanta, has reportedly evolved from her criminal past.

Leakes, 46, is known for her finger-snapping, sharp-tongued one-liners that shuts everybody down in their tracks. A mother to two sons, a new grandmother, and a sought-after reality celebrity, Leakes has managed to use the Housewives platform to catapult her to new levels earning $1 million per season. The highest-paid housewife on Bravo and possibly anywhere, Leakes can remember days that were not so glamorous. She revealed to fans that she was a single-mother in her younger days and felt she had to become an exotic dancer to take care of her son. Fans were forgiving of her past because she went on to marry Greg Leakes and settle down to a beautiful, quiet life in the suburbs of Atlanta where she became an actual housewife.

Fans watched NeNe Leakes transform from season to season as her popularity grew and took on a life of its own. She was cast on the hit show Glee and then later also cast on the New Normal. Leakes’ life was upgraded with a home in Los Angeles, California, as well as Atlanta, Georgia. She wears high-end shoes, designer labels, and drives nice cars. Bravo fans were happy for the once-struggling mother who had escaped an abusive relationship. Viewers thought they knew all there was to know about the Real Housewives of Atlanta star as cameras followed her every move. When Leakes landed a spot on the hit show Dancing With The Stars, more of who Leakes used to be surfaced out of nowhere. Fans were shocked and stunned, raising eyebrows and wondering if the budding actress has left her criminal past.

Talk-show host Wendy Williams’ infamous Hot Topics exposed several old mug shots of Leakes to the world. Many fans were outraged that Williams would dig in Leakes past for dirt she had allegedly done over 20 years ago. Others, however, were not at all shocked that Leakes was arrested for robbery, bad checks, and probation violation. With her quick temper and imposing figure she used to intimidate fellow cast mates, it was not a stretch to imagine her in a jail cell wearing orange and fighting with other inmates.

It was reported that Leakes had tried to have her criminal record expunged, but being in the spotlight has its downfalls. She has come a long way from allegedly wearing an orange jumpsuit or swinging around a pole in a thong struggling to feed her son. NeNe Leakes took a hard time and turned her life into a dream. She proudly yells from the mountaintop that she is “very rich,” possibly making those who are actually wealthy quite nervous around her, as the wealthy tend not to tell the party how much money they have.

While many believe she still carries the same mentality and attitude from her underworld days to the Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe Leakes has, indeed, evolved from her criminal past into a business savvy, successful woman. As friendly and as hilarious as she comes across to associates, no one in Hollywood has yet to cross the reality star, because it is evident “you can take the girl out of the hood, but you can’t take the hood out of the girl…ever.”

Opinion by Meleika Gardner

International Business

9 Responses to "Real Housewives of Atlanta NeNe Leakes Evolved From Criminal Past?"

  1. Darla Hill   June 30, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Nene Leaks has a very shady background and clawed her way to “show biz” and never cared who she hurt to get there,All you Nene fans? Water seeks it’s own level. haha

  2. Shocker1   April 26, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Really the source is Wendy Williams, the talk show host,
    she needs rating, and would probably sell her sole to get
    them. Let’s all remember what talk shows are,
    nothing but talk and they need something and someone
    to talk about.

  3. Tiffany Taylor   April 4, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Really!!??? This is jealousy and hatred on a obvious level. He that has a squeaky clean past throw the first stone! Please!! I really wish Wendy Williams would learn how to use her unsolicited talent to snoop for a more positive cause. Gossip is just that and its all ugly. I appreciate a woman like NeNe Leaks, its apparent that people are intimidated by very blunt and honest people. Not to mention a hard worker/hustler that can work at changing their lives for the better while helping others do the same. I think this article is a personal vendetta against Mrs Leaks because of her on going success and the best way that NENE LEAKS could and should handle this is by keep getting Rich!…..
    Do NeNe! WERK!

  4. pete2211   April 3, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    You believe all those fake stories about her being rich–maybe you should do some real reporting that is factual.

  5. sandy   April 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Nene sometimes comes off like a bully. However my wish for her is to continue to grow and let your children be proud of who she has become. Last week she call Todd and Kandi ignorant and I want to tell her that she was ignorant to state that women in their forties are not menopausal……child please! as she often says, leave the subject of science alone……….and in this case I think you were trying to look big and aggressive and I am sure you have no other training past high school……..however you came off silly…since their are cases where this happens…… are not medically trained……….don’t let your pay check get to your head give respect and the others will respect you.

  6. stacy   April 3, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Its nice to know that everyone is perfect and that no one has done anything bad in their past. What a hypocritical world we live in! If u dont like someone, dont watch what they do and then sit in judgement!

  7. Jeneen   April 3, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Ms. Kimberly Buck every saint has a past and every sinner has a future so killvit with the extra. Wendy Williams was a crackhead but look at her now. It sickens me that people want to discuss Mrs. Gregg Leakes past, she has arrived and has moved on from her past, so u and anyone else who has negative things to say can just leave this wife mother grandmother and rising star alone and allow her to continue to evolve.

  8. Tonetare Bear   April 3, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Typical Wendy Williams. Ugh! She disgusts me!

  9. Kimberly Buck   April 2, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    This Nene is one discusting old looking joke if you have ever had someone steal from you then you would understand why the site of her is sickening. Every time you look up her ignorant face is there stating her opinion as if anyone really cares what she thinks. I just would just not like to see her face ever! I can’t even enjoy Dancing with the stars because the entire show she is in the background with that ugly hair and those big teeth in the camera all night!

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