NeNe Leakes is a homebody who constantly prays, and considers her children her greatest teachers? There’s so much we still don’t know about the Real Housewives of Atlanta star. As we wait to watch part three of the explosive season 7 reunion tonight, NeNe opened up to ESSENCE about her side of her we rarely hear about.
Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual?
I consider myself spiritual. Someone recently asked me ‘What is the one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?’ and my husband said, ‘They would be surprised to know that my wife prays all the time.’ I’m not religious but I pray all the time. When I need to get a sense of myself I pray. I was brought up in church going to Sunday school and that’s what we did, pray. Every time I take off in an airplane, I pray for my family, I pray to put angels on the wings, I pray that my kids will be okay. When I land I thank Jesus for bringing me back home safe, child. Hallelujah!
Has there been a time recently when you felt that your faith was tested?
Whenever the cameras start rolling. They test me, child. I think our faith is tested whenever we go out into the world everyday. Working on a show like Housewives, I feel my faith tested because you work with people who may not have the same beliefs as you and they are willing to do things that you’re not willing to do. You feel like, ‘Listen, we don’t have to go that far. If you held back a little bit, we might be getting a little extra money, fool.’ I didn’t know they can go out here and hire people who would do this for a dollar and fifty cents.
Who do you consider your greatest teacher?
My aunt has been my greatest teacher. She’s 85 years old. She raised me. Also, my children. They’ve taught me a lot. I’ve learned to be kinder. I’m prone to listen to them, more than anyone else. They say, ‘Mom, you never listen.’ I may not listen to them then, but I can be riding in my car, and think, ‘I guess I could have listened.’
Source: Essence | Yolanda Sangweni