NeNe Leakes Contemplates Open Marriage Amid Emotional Struggles After Losing Husband Gregg
NeNe Leakes, the cherished alum of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, recently opened up about her contemplation of an open marriage in the future.
During an emotional moment on her YouTube series, “Pillow Talk with Nene,” NeNe revealed her vulnerability and the loneliness she has been feeling since the death of her husband, Gregg Leakes, two years prior.
NeNe, 55, shared candid thoughts about the idea of having a life partner, even if it meant not being entirely in love. She voiced a consideration, suggesting, “Maybe I should just marry whether I’m 100% happy with the person or not,” emphasizing the desire for a lifetime partner over romantic satisfaction. She pondered an arrangement where mutual support during hard or medical times was the foundational agreement of the partnership, allowing freedom for both parties to see other people.
However, in a reflection of self-awareness and personal boundaries, NeNe, concluded that an open relationship doesn’t align with who she is at the core. Expressing a desire for genuine love and support, she said:
“I really would want to be with somebody that really loves me and really…wanted to be there for me.”
This emotional introspection was triggered during a visit to the doctor’s office, where she was overwhelmed with emotion at the absence of an emergency contact, a role previously held by her late husband. Gregg Leakes passed away at 66, after a challenging battle with colon cancer, leaving NeNe navigating life’s uncertainties alone.
Their love story had been a rollercoaster of emotions, marked by marriage in 1997, divorce in 2011, and a rekindling of their relationship with a second marriage in 2013. Together, they shared a 24-year-old son, Brentt.
Following Gregg’s passing, NeNe entered a relationship with Nyonisela Sioh. The beginnings of their relationship were tumultuous, marred by legal and emotional disputes emanating from allegations by Sioh’s ex-wife. Despite the difficulties, NeNe has continually sought companionship and support, emphasizing the value of having someone present through life’s challenging moments.
In a candid revelation during part 1 of her interview with former Real Housewives of Atlanta producer Carlos King on his “Reality with the King” podcast, NeNe Leakes disclosed the current status of her relationship with boyfriend Nyonisela Sioh.
“Today, we are taking a break. We’ve been taking a break,” Leakes confirmed in Tuesday’s episode. Speaking openly about the relationship’s challenges, she elaborated, “It’s … things I’m not happy with, things he’s not happy with. It’s just not working at the moment,” even adding, with a touch of humor, “He is single so if any of the ladies out there want to holla at him, go right ahead.”
Navigating through loss, legal battles, and the quest for genuine companionship, NeNe Leakes has openly shared her journey, offering a candid look into the emotional realities of life, love, and the quest for meaningful connections.
Her openness illuminates the complexities of relationships in the public eye, echoing the universal desire for love and companionship.
Avigail is an Entertainment blogger at All About The Tea, who specializes in The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of Potomac. Avigail has a background in marketing. She’s a Brooklynite living in the Bahamas, with a passion for travel, writing, reality TV watching, pop culture and spoken word.