I’ve been sitting on so much EXCLUSIVE RHOA tea this week because my exclusive sources are finally coming through with so much information. So let me sort through it all in some sort of cohesive way because different information came from different sources and I need to weave everything together. Let’s start with the three women I know of who are testing. Then we will get into what is going on with each of the housewives so far, and pop some popcorn because it is juicy.
Leilani is a friend of Sheree Whitfield’s. She is a realtor and has two kids. She was filmed at Sheree’s son Kairo’s birthday party recently. She was also at a made for TV birthday party for Porsha over the weekend. Of the three women, she has done the least amount of testing. I think she will be an FOH or just be around in a few scenes. I don’t see her having a peach when Sheree doesn’t even have one yet. I’m not sure if she was at Kenya’s housewarming. This one probably has more dues to pay.
Maryam Aytac and she is the owner of three Mediterranean restaurants called Café Istanbul. She filmed with Porsha, Phaedra and Shamea at birthday party for a makeup artist held at Café Istanbul 3. She has filmed with Phaedra and Porsha on other occasions as recently as today (Saturday) but we will get to that later. I like her from what I see, she could bring something different to the show with her Iranian heritage. I may be just hoping for a little bit of Asa from Shahs of Sunset added to the show. We need a calm, zen person.
Lena Chenier, the longtime fiancée of Robert Lavelle “R.L.” Huggar who was the lead singer in the band NEXT back in the day is the frontrunner at the moment. She has spent three seasons trying to get on this show. She and RL have been engaged for years and she wants to get married on the show. She and RL are both pretty vocal about their religious beliefs. I expected her to come on with Phaedra because of that, but she is actually going to be #TeamKandi because of their music industry friends they have in common. I am as sure as anyone can be that she makes the show this season as at least an FOH. She has done a lot of filming it would be hard to erase her because of that. She is also at least a social acquaintance of Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas had some sort of relationship with RL . Out of these three Lena is the most likely to grab a peach and get a Wedding by Bravo.
At the reunion last season, Nene, Cynthia, Kandi, Kenya and Sheree all seemed allied to try to get Porsha off the show because of her multiple physical altercations. Things have changed a bit. I’ll save the big reason why for later in this post. In the meantime, I sounds like Porsha had to do anger management again to get to return. She’s got a peach and the other ladies seem to be just dealing with it. Except for Kenya.
Kenya had a housewarming and did not invite Porsha. She is not interested in filming with her let alone having her in her home. Production sent Porsha anyway. Kenya did not let her stay. That will be made into a big deal. It’s really not. Kenya just doesn’t want to be around Porsha any more than she has to be. I don’t blame her.
On Saturday, July 16, Porsha filmed another birthday party. He birthday is June 22 and she turned 35. She had a million different parties that she threw for herself. This one is for the cameras. There was a lot of the usual twerking involved. It was described as a pool party but not everyone brought a swim suit and most people had no interest in getting in the pool. Cynthia and her sister Malorie, Kandi, Sheree, Maryam, Shamea, Lena and Leilani were all there.
Kenya was filming out of state. You can expect to see Matt back this season. Despite what other sites are reporting, the drama between Matt and Kenya is absolutely real. I know someone who has actually witnessed it. Kenya has trust issues and something that happened in Mexico triggered her and caused a serious problem in that relationship. It seems like they will be trying to work those issues out to repair their relationship.
Phaedra was not at the on-camera party but went to several of Porsha’s real parties around her actual birthday. That seems weird to me because Phaedra doesn’t have anything going on. Phaedra has been filming at her house and Porsha has been over at her house to film (Porsha’s brother was there too but he seemed to just wait outside). My most recent reports from Phaedra’s neighborhood were about the staging of the scenes. Those sources text me and it’s often very unclear what they are seeing. Apparently production was reshooting scenes several times. They neglect to mention what the scene actually is. If I had to guess I would go with pulling in or out of the driveway as they would have no idea about inside filming. The neighbors’ reaction was that it was all fake whatever it was. And of course there was this. I am thinking that Cinderella coach was part of one of the many Porsha birthday events. I’ve also heard that Phaedra has some new man filming with her as a love interest. He just showed up recently and seems like just someone for her to film with. I also don’t believe she is in the process of divorcing Apollo.
Kandi and Todd’s new restaurant will be their big storyline. It is almost ready to open last I heard. Kandi has been filming at her house with the new baby and Mama Joyce. Speaking of Mama Joyce, Sheree has a new hairstyle and I have mistaken her for Mama Joyce on several occasions since I saw it. Her story line will once again be Chateau Sheree. She seems to have had a falling out with Kenya since the housewarming. Apparently, Kenya renovating her house from the ground up and living in her dream home has chapped Sheree’s hide in some way. It takes a lot of money to complete a house, Sheree.
Cynthia has purchased a new house on the lake, hopefully we will be seeing a lot of it once she is fully moved in. It seems another housewarming party will be in order.
Guess who hasn’t filmed at all in the first five weeks of filming. Did you guess Nene Leakes? Nene doesn’t have a contract yet. I was initially told that Nene would be filming around her other obligations. I took that to mean that she would film as long as she didn’t have another gig. Apparently, it means she is going to gallivant around doing these one hour “not comedy” tours for a few months before she hammers out a RHOA contract. It’s unclear whether any of those will be filmed. Nene is the one with the most other opportunities. She has several other sources of income going at the moment with her game shows, her HSN line, her t-shirts, her emojis,tour etc. She’s done the best of this group when it comes to setting herself up with other job possibilities when this is over. On the other hand, she is a bit like Sonja, Jill of all Trades Mistresses of none while others are focused on a single product line. I expect her to turn up for the second half of filming or at least pop in for the season trips.
So, do you see now why it took me so long to get this post together? I had so many things to tell you about!