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NeNe Leakes accused of inappropriate relationship with close male friend

NeNe Leakes’ close relationship with a USDA director named Rodney White is elevating eyebrows inside social circles, sources inform Web page Six.

Sources allege that whereas NeNe and her husband, Gregg Leakes, had been preventing publicly, the “Actual Housewives of Atlanta” star was getting close to White.

NeNe, 53, and White, 54, have reportedly been “household mates” for years — previous to her discovering actuality TV stardom  — however a supply stated the pair started spending extra time collectively since late 2017 they usually have been noticed collectively a number of instances.

“Folks close to him have stated that it’s all concerning the way of life,” a supply stated. “If it wasn’t for that, he wouldn’t give her the time of day … as a result of he didn’t earlier than when she was a no person. He knew her earlier than she grew to become the NeNe Leakes that she is right this moment and earlier than the a number of surgical procedures to vary her appears.”

Greater than a 12 months after rumblings first started, a supply noticed NeNe and White having dinner at Bâoli in Miami in early January 2019. In the meantime, Gregg, 65, was battling stage Three colon most cancers in Atlanta.

Throughout that Miami journey, one other supply stated they noticed NeNe with a “tall, good-looking black man” at South Seashore hotspot E11EVEN, the place photographs are usually not allowed.

“They had been throughout one another,” a supply stated. “They had been touching one another, laughing, laughing, kissing, but it surely wasn’t like they had been full-blown slobbering down. I don’t suppose she was making an attempt to cover it.”

One other eyewitness added, “She was throughout this man. Kissing, cuddling, holding, sitting on his lap.”

The next month, NeNe shared on Instagram that she and Gregg had been the “latest American Most cancers Society Ambassadors.”

Apart from these sightings within the Sunshine State, the “Actual Housewives of Atlanta” fixture’s co-stars could have additionally been made conscious of White.

“Marlo [Thompson] is aware of who this man is. Cynthia [Bailey] is aware of who this man is. Eva [Marcille] has seen them collectively,” the supply alleged.

White is from Maryland and works in higher administration for the US Division of Agriculture, however a supply alleged that NeNe entices him with Hollywood perks whereas he continues to maintain firm with her.

“He loves the limelight,” the supply claims. “He likes to have the purple carpet rolled out. He seems like he’s a star. He’s that sort of individual.”

On Nov. 24, White posted a photograph of himself on the “Watch What Occurs Dwell with Andy Cohen” clubhouse, the identical day NeNe had a visitor look on the late-night speak present alongside Kelly Rowland.

Rodney White at the Bravo clubhouse
Rodney White on the Bravo clubhouseRodney White/ Instagram

He additionally shared on Instagram that he accompanied the truth star to her “Good Morning America” look in February 2019.

Based on a supply, NeNe not solely brings White to work features, but additionally to dinners and occasions with her movie star friends, together with on-again, off-again friend Wendy Williams.

A supply alleged {that a} picture NeNe shared on Oct. 6 of her hanging out with Williams, 55  — tagged #girlsniteout — was cropped as a result of White was additionally on the dinner desk.

On Oct. 5 — the day previous to NeNe’s put up — White shared a photograph of himself from Tao Downtown, a restaurant in New York with decor just like what’s seen in NeNe’s picture, though it seems he subsequently deleted the put up.

One month later, Williams shared she reunited with the “Actual Housewives” star in New York on Nov. 23. White posted a video from Philippe Chow in Manhattan on Nov. 24.

Within the video, a voice that feels like NeNe may be heard saying, “Thanks, child! Flip the f— up! Flip it up!” The voice then joked, “It caught my wig on hearth,” as dessert was being lit.

Williams didn’t return Web page Six’s request for remark.

Apart from Miami and New York, the pair have been seen mingling in Maryland, a supply tells us, the place NeNe opened Swagg Boutique.

On social media, White has shared a number of photographs of himself on the MGM Nationwide Harbor Resort and On line casino in Oxon Hill, Maryland, the place NeNe has her retailer — which Gregg manages.

In March, a supply completely advised us that NeNe “flaunts her relationship with [White] round overtly like they’re collectively.”

“She spends lots of time in Maryland not solely as a result of of this boutique, but additionally as a result of of [White],” the supply alleged.

NeNe as soon as commented with a number of heart-eye emojis beneath a now-deleted image of White outdoors of MGM.

Rodney White
Rodney WhiteRodney White/ Instagram

Lately, NeNe has spoken publicly in favor of open marriages.

“If Gregg needed to go be with any individual proper now, I’d say go proper on,” she advised the “Lip Service” podcast in March. “Why am I going to try to maintain him from doing one thing that he needs to do?”

“Then I’ve to choose myself — if I wish to keep with him or not — and I most likely would keep with him,” she added. “I do what I need anyway … I’m in New York, he’s in Georgia, so no matter he’s doing, I don’t must find out about it.”

The Bravo staple later appeared to backtrack, although, insisting that she and Gregg are usually not courting different individuals.

“No, it’s not [open],” she advised “Further” on April 10. “I believe the explanation why individuals suppose that’s, first of all, they see there’s an age distinction between Gregg and I … Now they suppose that since he has gotten older, ‘Are they doing something within the bed room?’ Effectively, the reply to that query is we’re doing lots within the bed room.”

She added, “I’m a flirt and my husband is aware of that. I wish to flirt, I like males, however I’m not sleeping with these males, and my husband may be very a lot okay with that.”

Nonetheless, as a result of of NeNe’s frequent sightings with White — with out Gregg current — sources have speculated whether or not NeNe and White have greater than only a friendship.

Rodney White
Rodney WhiteRodney White/ Instagram

Publicly, NeNe and Gregg declare to have a loving marriage, however they’ve additionally been clear about their struggles.

They first married in 1997, however divorced in 2011 earlier than remarrying in 2013.

In April 2019, NeNe admitted the pair had been as soon as once more contemplating divorce. They’d simply come off a tough interval wherein NeNe struggled to take care of Gregg whereas he battled his most cancers.

“It will be straightforward to decide about divorcing Gregg if he didn’t have most cancers,” NeNe stated on the time. “I don’t wish to stay my life sad.”

“The reward may not be essentially be that we’re husband and spouse on the finish,” Gregg added. “The reward is perhaps that we’re finest mates on the finish.”

NeNe and Gregg Leakes
NeNe and Gregg LeakesAnnette Brown/Bravo

Nonetheless, Gregg’s habits has additionally raised eyebrows. He was accused of texting and FaceTiming with a lady named Juanita Marshall, who labored as a supervisor at Swagg Boutique, final 12 months.

In March, NeNe overtly talked concerning the allegations on the “Lip Service” podcast, saying she went “insane” when she confronted Gregg and subsequently let go of Marshall.

Nonetheless, Marshall completely advised us, “I left willingly as a result of on the time it was simply out of hand. It was an excessive amount of drama for me, so I made a decision to not keep. I walked away from the place.”

Juanita Marshall
Juanita Marshall, the lady whom Gregg Leakes was allegedly textingLinkedIn

Sources speculate Gregg and NeNe have a marital association as a result of of their funds.

“[NeNe and Gregg’s] relationship is just about a enterprise relationship,” a supply advised us. “NeNe has concepts, and Gregg can execute these concepts, and that’s the one motive why they’re collectively.”

One other supply added, “When she remarried him, she didn’t put his title on that home that she owns, so he’s not on the deed. He’s not working, and she or he stated out of her personal mouth on the reunion that if she doesn’t journey, Gregg doesn’t eat.”

Web page Six obtained property information for NeNe’s present dwelling in Georgia that confirms Gregg’s title isn’t on the deed.

And the “RHOA” star did say on the Season 11 reunion, “I’m a supplier, if I didn’t journey, Gregg wouldn’t be consuming whereas he was sick.”

“In order that implies that she is taking care of him,” the supply stated, including that they imagine Gregg is conscious of NeNe’s closeness with White. “I believe he’s OK with it.”

A separate supply alleged that half of the explanation NeNe received’t finish her friendship with White — a 6-foot-Three authorities employee who is sort of a decade youthful than her husband — is as a result of she is envious of what the opposite “Actual Housewives” have.

“She is aware of deep down that [White] may by no means give her what she’s looking for — and that’s love, however she’s making an attempt as a result of all of the opposite women on the present have younger males that look good they usually’re not Gregg,” the supply stated.

NeNe, White and Gregg didn’t return a number of requests for remark.

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