10 Things You Didn’t Know About NeNe Leakes
NeNe Leakes is one of the most well known reality stars from Bravo’s popular series known as the Real Housewives because she managed to take her small reality TV stardom and turn it into a full blown celebrity status. She starred on The Real Housewives of Atlanta for nearly 8-years, held a recurring role on Glee and a series regular role on The New Normal. More recently she’s moved onto hosting gigs on Fashion Police and appearing as a regular panelist on To Tell the Truth. This former Housewife is on a fast rise to fame and it doesn’t look like she’s slowing down anytime soon! Since she took her role on RHOA, her life has been an open book, but there are a few things fans don’t know about her! Here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about NeNe Leakes!
NeNe Leakes was born in Queens, New York on December 13, 1967. She was given the name Linnethia Monique Johnson and was born into a family of five children. Her mother had all her kids at a young age and couldn’t provide for them all, so she sent NeNe and her brother to live with her aunt in Georgia when she was only 4-years-old. The majority of her siblings stayed with her mother in New York. Leakes has said on The Real Housewives of Atlanta that it has always bothered her that her mother gave her up, especially because she never knew why.
9. Her Biggest Regret
NeNe Leakes doesn’t regret much of what she does because, according to her, she’s usually in the right, but she did admit to one thing that she deeply regrets from her time on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Fans were heartbroken for her when she found out that the man she thought was her father wasn’t her biological father on camera. In season 1 she was told that Curtis was not actually her biological father, so she decided to pursue a paternity test to find out if it was true, which it was. “I still consider him my dad. I don’t think he considers me his daughter anymore, because that guy was my dad’s friend. And he revealed in a clip that he had slept with my mom and that was really hurtful to my dad. My dad never got over that,” she said in an interview with Andy Cohen. “I regret ever going on that search, because that really hurt my dad. To this day, our relationship has never been the same. Once he heard that he never had a relationship with me or my children again.”