Lisa Wu Is Still Friends With Some of Her Former ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Co-Stars

30 Apr

LifeandStylemag.com:

Can you believe it’s been nearly 10 years since Lisa Wu left Real Housewives of Atlanta? The 47-year-old mother of three — Justin Sweat, Jordan Sweat, Edgerton Hartwell, Jr. — disassociated from the series in 2009, citing that she parted “amicably” due to “creative differences” with the Real Housewives producers. But thanks to Bravo running a marathon of the first few seasons recently, Lisa Wu has entered fans’ minds once again, and everyone is wondering what Lisa has been up to since she left the show.

Lisa’s departure wasn’t without its scandalous rumors (as Housewives departures nearly always are). Wet Paint reported that Lisa decided not to return in Season 3 because she wasn’t happy with how much producers were attempting to “script” her storyline.

So what’s up with Lisa these days? According to the former reality star’s Instagram bio, a lot. She lists “a lil’ bit of acting, producing, writing…and brokering to sell [you] a house in between,” her account promises. She also lists a website on her Instagram — however, the link leads to a defunct page.

During Lisa’s seasons of RHOA, fans saw the mom running multiple businesses — jewelry, a baby clothing line, and an adult clothing line — as well as a real estate company on the side. Now, each of those businesses has unfortunately dissolved, though Lisa still dabbles in real estate. At the time of the series, Lisa was also married to NFL player Ed Hartwell, but that marriage has since ended. The former couple split up back in 2011, and their divorce was finalized in 2012.

But don’t think that Lisa’s leaving RHOA has affected her relationships with the girls from the show. Lisa is still tight with bestie NeNe Leaks, Kandi Burruss, and Porsha Williams. In fact, Lisa was present for NeNe Leaks’ 2013 nuptials, even making a brief re-appearance on Bravo for I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding. Other than those brief appearancs, Lisa has also been busy with other projects. In 2010, Lisa co-authored a book When the Cake Was Made. She’s also made acting appearances in The Internship and Meet the Browns.

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Kim Zolciak-Biermann Claims ‘RHOA’ Racism Comments Were Edited Out of Context

27 Apr

People.com:

Kim Zolciak-Biermann wants to set the record straight.

The reality TV star, who recently wrapped a return to The Real Housewives of Atlanta, released a lengthy statement about comments she made during the three-part reunion show. After the reunion wrapped, Kim, her husband Kroy Biermann, reunion host and Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen and several others were in the bathroom for a candid conversation.

During the aired portions, Kim said, “This whole racism thing in this day and age is bulls—t. Everyone one of those motherf—kers on that couch owes this world a f—kin’ apology for this racism s—t. They already tried to claim that s—t long ago, Sheree [Whitfield], as you know. Nobody really bought into it because social media wasn’t there and racism wasn’t all that f—king real. And you know it.”

In her statement, released by publicist Jack Ketsoyan, Kim said the comments were edited out of context.

“During the last RHOA Reunion episode, I made a comment that confused and offended people. I sincerely apologize. Edited out of context, I understand why my remark angered people.

“Racism is a sad reality in the United States. It has been prevalent throughout our country’s history. Let me be very clear, I do NOT support, tolerate or put up with any form of racism, hate or other discrimination. My love for ALL people runs deep—I am open to all and always have been,” Kim said.

“I was heartbroken when I watched the last few minutes of the episode and saw how my words were taken out of context. My comment that seemingly ‘racism didn’t exist 10 years ago’ was made as part of a larger, emotional 45-minute conversation about how, sadly, social media has become a hub for hate. Immediately following my confusing comment, I also said that ‘it’s not as real as it is now’ referring to the power of social media. But those remarks didn’t make the show.

“I believe that social media has made a centuries-old issue more real. Before social media, the public simply observed the news. Now, the public actively participates and has an opportunity to take action—in real time,” she continued.

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Pregnant Kenya Moore Talks Impending Motherhood After IVF

26 Apr

People.com:

Kenya Moore did not expect to reveal her pregnancy on The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion.

“It’s not anything that I planned or even meant to say,” the first time mom-to-be, who is expecting a baby with husband Marc Daly before the end of the year, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“It was the first thing [host Andy Cohen] asked me, and I was really thrown off guard. The reunion usually goes on for 16 hours, so I figured it might come up. But not that soon. I felt stuck!”

Of course, it’s understandable that Moore — who conceived through in vitro fertilization — would want to share the good news. After all, she’s been wanting to start a family for a long time.

“I’ve waited 47 years for this moment,” says Moore. “I didn’t really want to announce it too soon because I feel it’s very early on in our pregnancy. But I have suffered so much in my life when it comes to wanting a family around me. So this is the day I’ve been waiting for my entire life. It’s a dream come true.”

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