COBB COUNTY, GA. (THECOUNT) — Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes has revealed her husband Gregg is “transitioning to the other side.”
The former Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) alum recently shared an emotional update about her husband’s health condition while at her Atlanta lounge, The Linnethia.
“I hope you guys are enjoying the lounge tonight,” Leakes started her speech. “Please, I’m asking everybody in this lounge. I had no idea that I was going to walk in here and make this announcement. But I want to say this to you. I want to be at peace. When you see me and you see my son, give us a lot of love, okay? My husband is transitioning to the other side. I’m not in the mood to say, ‘Happy Birthday’ to you. You don’t know what we’re dealing with right now.”
She adds, “This is our business so when people approach us and say, ‘you’re rude,’ because you don’t want to say ‘happy birthday,’ my husband is at home dying. So, please give us some respect. Give us some love, okay? You see my son right here, he’s hurting, I’m hurting. We walked in here because we have to walk in here ‘cause we have this business but my husband is losing his life at this very moment.”
Nene and Gregg Leakes married in 1997 after dating for years. In 2011, the couple filed for divorce. However, they rekindled their love and married in an on-air ceremony in 2013.
During Nene’s time on Real Housewives, she talked about her husband’s health struggles. She appeared on the show from season 1 to season 7, appearing on Bravo as part of the original cast. She returned to the show for seasons 10 through 12.
Last year, Blackenterprise reported that Leakes was leaving the RHOA.
“Thank you to all of you guys that have been showing me a lot of love and support as of late. I feel you, I hear you. I have been on an extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation. There has been a lot of emotion flying on both sides,” she said in the video. “It has been hard, and I have made the very hard and difficult decision to not be a part of Real Housewives of Atlanta season 13.”
“It wasn’t an easy decision for me,” she continued. “It was hard. I started on The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2008. We took off like a rocket. I mean, we took off. You could have never told me that I would start on this little show and it still be going strong 13, 14 years later. And it is. I’m just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for Black ensemble reality shows to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much, reality TV.”
Since stepping away from the reality TV show, Nene has been devoting time to her family and business ventures. She’s the owner of Swagg Boutique Online. She’s also the spokesperson Color Mane Wigs. But the majority of her time has been spent managing her husband’s deteriorating health.
Three years ago, Gregg Leakes was diagnosed with stage colon cancer. He received treatment and was on the road to recovery. In June, Nene informed her fans that the cancer returned. She asked her community of supporters to “pray for Gregg”. Unfortunately, Gregg is fighting for his life.