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What NeNe Leakes' Life Was Like Before She Became A Real Housewife

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In 2015, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes opened up about her difficult life, emotionally recounting how her parents neglected her and she’d been lied to, cheated on, and abused in her relationships. Leakes has come a long way, and here’s more on her rise to stardom.

NeNe Leakes was born in Queens, New York, and her family later relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. As a young girl, Leakes participated in theater and dreamed of becoming an actress, and she is glad that her dream has now been realized, even though she never imagined it would be through reality TV.
NeNe went on to work as a dancer, and is proud of her past, stating that she felt “powerful in front of those men […] [they] weren't there to make me feel bad about myself […] They were there to make me feel good." NeNe even met her future husband, Gregg, during this time.

NeNe became a breakout star on “RHOA,” and showed her bold personality during her audition. Leakes said that she got buzzed to calm her nerves before meeting with her casting director: “I was drinking and when she rang the doorbell and I opened it, I said ‘Helloooo and welcome, honey.’”

From a difficult childhood, to becoming a dancer and single mom, to achieving reality TV stardom, NeNe has come a long way. She fulfilled her childhood dream, and she’s now worth an estimated $14 million.