NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey’s friendship feud got here to an finish on Sunday’s Actual Housewives of Atlanta, as the 2 met and agreed to place their variations behind them and transfer ahead in peace — even toasting to “new beginnings.”
It was a very long time coming for the fact stars, who’ve been slamming each other within the press and on social media since their bond fell aside after final season’s finale.
Their separation had triggered a lot rigidity, they’d barely been in a position to be in the identical area collectively, although that may hopefully change now.
“There’s a sense of aid, as a result of we’ve got a lot historical past with each other,” Leakes, 52, advised audiences, after their speak. “We took one step, however I’m positive we are able to take two, we are able to take three. It might probably solely get higher. So I really feel prefer it was all price it.”
“It doesn’t matter what I’m going by with NeNe, we have been pals. I’m all the time going to have love for her and want her nicely,” mentioned Bailey, 52. “How do you simply cease loving any individual and caring about any individual, whether or not you have been pals or not?”
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So how did Leakes and Bailey get there?
It began when Leakes determined to ship Bailey some hors d’oeuvres to congratulate her on the opening of her latest enterprise, the Bailey Wine Cellar. In response, Bailey despatched Leakes a thanks be aware and an invite to have a glass of wine there and speak by their issues.
Each got here into the assembly with harm emotions, however a need to place the ache behind them.
“It actually sucks to be on this place with NeNe. I’m not involved about us being one of the best of pals once more, however I can’t stand strolling round figuring out that she hates me,” Bailey mentioned. “This has been a very long time coming for us to take a seat down and have a dialog. I really feel like we need to not less than have a mutual respect for one another.”
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However earlier than they may do this, Leakes needed to confront Bailey on why she had known as her “a poisonous pal,” one thing Leakes felt was unfair contemplating all she had achieved for Bailey.
“That is any individual I thought of to be a sister, and I felt she was out saying I used to be a poisonous pal,” mentioned Leakes. “‘Poisonous’ is heavy as a result of I assumed I used to be a great pal to Cynthia. So I assumed that was a stretch. I assumed the phrase was nasty.”
Bailey owned as much as the feedback, explaining that she understood the phrase was harsh however that she mentioned it out of frustration and retaliation.
“When you’re a pal, you might be an incredible pal,” she advised Leakes. “When issues go left, you then may be very closed, you’re very fast to close individuals off, just about shut individuals away. Once I made that assertion, you had mentioned one thing issues, I responded to some issues, we each had mentioned lots. Possibly poisonous was slightly robust, however I felt just like the final time that we have been collectively, I used to be attempting to clarify a state of affairs to you and I felt such as you have been utterly closed to listening to it. After which I truly noticed you saying issues about me that I didn’t like. … You’ve got mentioned I used to be weak and insecure, which isn’t true.”
That didn’t sit nicely with Leakes, who mentioned she felt she was justified calling Bailey “weak” after seeing detrimental interviews Bailey had given about her.
“You probably did that and you want to take duty to what you probably did,” Leakes mentioned. “You realize me nicely sufficient to know that I take my friendship very critically and I’d not be on the market purposefully doing one thing to any individual else.”
Bailey didn’t agree, telling Leakes, “Whenever you get mad at your pal, you’re the primary one to attempt to tear them down.”
How did Leakes reply to that? By digging into Bailey extra, claiming that the mannequin has a secret facet to her she hides from the general public. “You’ve got achieved stuff that you just don’t need individuals to assume that ,” Leakes alleged. “You need individuals to assume that it’s me, that’s the issue.”
Finally issues received so heated that Leakes walked out in tears.
“I believe you don’t perceive me, and the best way you’ve made me really feel,” she advised Bailey, who went after her. “This factor that you just mentioned, ‘I’m a poisonous pal,’ it was very hurtful to me. … I believe you needed individuals to assume I used to be this dangerous individual or this horrible pal and I need to be a great pal. I’m not attempting to be a foul pal. And I simply need you to know I’ve been harm by a whole lot of the issues.”
That second of vulnerability made Bailey understand that Leakes was “struggling to have an accountability or personal any of this.” So as an alternative, she took “the excessive street” and apologized.
“I do know that I harm you,” Bailey mentioned. “I’m sorry. … I do know I’ve mentioned some issues that weren’t good to say. Simply give me a hug please. NeNe, I’m sorry.”
“And I’m sorry. I actually am, I’m sorry,” Leakes mentioned as they hugged. “What I don’t need to do is harm you. I don’t need to harm you and that’s actual, I don’t need to harm you.”
Stated Bailey: “You might be that individual in my life that I simply by no means noticed coming. And life is admittedly too brief.”
“I obtain it,” Leakes mentioned. “And I’m glad you perceive how I really feel. I do perceive how you’re feeling. And I’m glad we had this dialog. I’m.”
The Actual Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays (eight p.m. ET) on Bravo.