'RHOA' Fight of the Night: NeNe Breaks Down Over Strained Relationship with Gregg
“I feel like we’re going back the same way we came,” NeNe blubbers. “We gonna be breaking up.”
NeNe Leakes has had a difficult time dealing with husband Gregg Leakes’ cancer battle, and much of it has been documented on this season of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."
Sunday’s episode had NeNe in tears on multiple occasions, and we couldn’t help but feel for her. Being a caretaker is sometimes a thankless job. Plus, we’re not used to seeing her so vulnerable.
The ladies were wrapping up their Tokyo trip when Cynthia Bailey dropped by NeNe’s room to chat. NeNe had just gotten off the phone with Gregg and told Cynthia she hadn’t really spoken to him a whole lot since being away.
"I get that he’s overwhelmed and he’s scared, but I am overwhelmed, too," NeNe said with tears in her eyes. "It’s a lot for me. I don’t ever get this emotional about things, but this is making me emotional. It really is because Gregg and me — we been tight for a long time. It just sucks. I’m so serious, I never get this upset about stuff."
"The fact that him and me barely talk — I feel like we’re going back the same way we came," she blubbered. "We gonna be breaking up. It’s really hard. I have to be way out here by myself, and I can’t talk to him."
Cynthia tried her best to comfort her friend.
"I hate when people say stuff like that, Cynthia," NeNe interrupted. "Like, ‘You’re so strong. You got this.’ I still have feelings! I hate that word. I have feelings."
Cynthia agreed NeNe was only "human" but said she just had to "keep going."
"Yeah, but I’m tired," NeNe replied. "I’m tired. I’m tired of trying to put on a face for everybody, and nobody is trying to take care of me."
The moment was heartbreaking, but the tears didn’t end there. The next day, Eva Marcille was hanging out in NeNe’s room when the ladies heard a knock on the door. It was the concierge with a massive bouquet of flowers.
Upon opening the note, NeNe dropped her head and started sobbing. She literally couldn’t speak. Eva asked NeNe’s permission to read the note aloud.
Mrs. NeNe Leakes,
You are for me. When you are in pain, I hurt, too. Forgive me, my errors, and let me drown you in my love.
Hurt no more, for I feel the pain I inflicted on you.
Let me back in your heart so that I can touch it and mend our love as we continue to grow with each other.
I love you so much,
Your husband, friend and biggest supporter.
By this point, Eva was in tears, too. NeNe asked if she could be left alone, so Eva gave her her space.
Also important to note: Kandi Burruss ended up giving Porsha Williams the apology she had been looking for — but not necessarily expecting. During the ladies’ last dinner in Tokyo, Kandi teared up as she asked Porsha for forgiveness for having judged Dennis and her relationship with him. Kandi said she remembered how people spoke poorly about Todd in the beginning and felt bad for doing that to Porsha. The two ended up hugging it out and agreed to move forward with a friendship.
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Bravo.
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