The reality star, who is currently married to Gregg Leakes, allegedly started talking to Rodney during a rocky period with her husband. The outlet reports NeNe and Rodney have been “family friends” years before she appeared on “RHOA.”
A source told Page Six the two have been hanging out more since late 2017 and have been spotted together several times around town.
The source said, “People close to him have said that it’s all about the lifestyle. If it wasn’t for that, he wouldn’t give her the time of day … because he didn’t before when she was a nobody. He knew her before she became the NeNe Leakes that she is today and before the multiple surgeries to change her looks.”
In January 2019, a source spotted the two hanging out in Miami. One person said, “They were all over each other. They were touching each other, laughing, giggling, kissing, but it wasn’t like they were full-blown slobbering down. I don’t think she was trying to hide it.” Back in November, Rodney posted a photo at the “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” studio, the same day NeNe appeared as a guest.
The source claims NeNe’s costars, Marlo, Cynthia, and Eva know of her relationship with the man.
NeNe recently spoke out in favor of open marriages saying, “If Gregg wanted to go be with somebody right now, I would say go right on. Why am I going to try and keep him from doing something that he wants to do?”
“Then I have to make a choice myself — if I want to stay with him or not — and I probably would stay with him. I do what I want anyway … I’m in New York, he’s in Georgia, so whatever he’s doing, I don’t need to know about it.”
NeNe has been married to Gregg since 1997. They divorced in 2011 before remarrying in 2013. The reality star has yet to comment on Page Six’s report.