Emotions were running high during part three of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion on Sunday, leading one housewife to walk off the stage in tears. With the help of doctor Jeff Gardere, who you may recall from earlier in Season 7, star NeNe Leakes was able to put her guard down and have a major breakthrough with her co-stars on the Bravo special.
Host Andy Cohen brought Dr. Jeff out to talk about the infamous therapy session that took place earlier this season. While discussing the disastrous sit-down, NeNe was unable to contain her feelings. The discussion quickly shifted to her past, at which time the 47-year-old exited the stage.
“I don’t have anything to say. I can’t,” she said while walking away. “I can’t talk about my mom.”
The actress managed to share her unfortunate story before walking off. She revealed to her co-stars that her difficult past has caused her to struggle with abandonment issues. NeNe said a majority of her issues stemmed from her mother giving her up at a young age as well as unhealthy past relationships with men.
“My mother didn’t raise me… My father never claimed me,” she shared. “I have been lied to, I have been cheated on, I have been in an abusive relationship."
The shocking revelation helped the rest of the women, who have all had their differences with NeNe at one point or another, to better understand where her tough exterior comes from. "RHOA" stars Cynthia Bailey and Kenya Moore, both of which have exchanged words with NeNe this season, did their best to uplift their fellow housewife. Cynthia called her former best friend “blessed” and “talented,” while Kenya reminded her that she’s struggled with similar issues.
“We have a lot more in common than you even want to admit,” she said just before NeNe walked off stage. Porsha Williams, Phaedra Parks, Cynthia, and Dr. Jeff comforted her as she walked off sobbing.
During the episode's premiere, NeNe took to Twitter to tell fans how much she appreciated the women’s support. In the tweet she linked to her website where she thanked them for calming her down and not judging her.
So Thankful for Porsha & Phaedra... http://t.co/xHCDWimBgZ
— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) May 11, 2015