AceShowbiz - Cynthia Bailey has reacted to NeNe Leakes' diss over her absence at the memorial services of NeNe's husband Gregg Leakes. During her appearance on E! News' "Daily Pop" on Thursday, October 28, Cynthia set the record straight regarding the issue lies between her and her former "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" co-star.
"Let me just say this first: I know that NeNe is still mourning the loss of her husband," Cynthia said. "And you can't tell people how to mourn."
She went on to add, "However, I do think that-you know, speaking for myself-I came with the best of intentions. I was not able to make it to Gregg's celebration but it was my mission in life to make sure I connected with NeNe once I went back to Atlanta. And I did."
Cynthia admitted to feel taken aback by NeNe's comments, saying, "When we did connect, for me, it was even better than if I had gone to the celebration because I got to spend some real time with her one on one."
She recalled, "We laughed, we drank, we smoked hookah, we danced. I was like, this is the way it was supposed to be, because I felt like I had at least reconnected with my old friend on just a respectful level. And that's why I was there."
The model then shared, "I'm very clear that we're not friends any longer. But in the spirit of the beloved Gregg Leakes, I wanted to go and sit with my old friend."
Cynthia's comments came after NeNe called her out for not attending Gregg's memorial. "She didn't even come to the repast," NeNe said during an appearance on the Atlanta-based radio station V-103. "She did come, like, a week later after everything was done. She came by my lounge."
In the interview, NeNe also criticized the entire "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast, who jointly sent her flowers after the passing of her husband. "Actually I was surprised because the first set of flowers I got was a bouquet from, like, all the Housewives, like they went in together," NeNe said. "I'm like, 'Why do y'all need to go in together and buy some damn flowers? If all y'all work...you can spend your own $200."
Of the matter, Cynthia explained that she and other Housewives thought that "it would be more impactful" to send flowers as a group. "Everybody was going to send flowers. We don't have a problem sending flowers," she said on "Daily Pop". "That was not even the point, and it really is almost embarrassing to even address the whole flowers situation, but since she put it out there I'm going to go ahead and address it."
"We actually thought that it would be more impactful, you know, as a group to say, 'Hey, we actually took time to actually come together and try to figure out this whole flower situation,' because anyone can call 1-800-Flowers and send flowers. So, I thought she would be like, 'Oh my god, they went and figured this out,' " she added.
She continued, "And be clear, the people that did send those flowers, none of us were in a great place with her. But we still wanted to do something because it wasn't about her. It was about Gregg. It was out of respect for Gregg."