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Nene Leakes from The Real Housewives of Atlanta shared concerns she has for her children after Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed while going for a jog in February.

 Son Brentt Leakes, Nene Leakes, son Bryson Bryant from 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta'
Son Brentt Leakes, Nene Leakes, son Bryson Bryant | Wilford Harewood/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Leakes has two sons, one in his early twenties and one who turned 30. “As a mother of two black boys that could have been one of my boys, and I feel really horrible for her (Ahmaud Arbery’s mother)…it hurt me to look at it (the video),” she said on Channel Q’s The Morning Beat.  

She regrets ever watching the video, “Why did I do it,” she wondered. “I couldn’t sleep for the rest of the night. I thought it was awful.”

Leakes says she was ‘undone’ by the video

Leakes added, “It hurt me to look at it and he’s not even my child. I was just undone by it. It is awful. Now, this is not happening in Atlanta, Georgia, this is on the outside.” The shooting took place in Brunswick, Georgia.

She added that these senseless shootings are simply unreal. “I don’t understand how one wouldn’t get it,” she exclaimed. “It doesn’t have anything to do with race to me. All you need to do is be a human with a heart. And just know that doing something such as that, is unreal. It’s not right.”

“It doesn’t matter about the color [and] it could have happened to anybody. It just is not right.” She adds, “It could have been a black guy shooting a white boy. That’s just wrong. And if you have any kind of heart, this is what I would say. If you know what’s right, and you want to live right. I just want to live right, I don’t care what color you are. If I like you I like you. And I don’t have that kind of hate in my heart. You have to have a lot of hate in your heart to look at that and be OK with it.”

Leakes also addressed her relationship with Cynthia Bailey

Leakes also discussed the reunion and her relationship with Cynthia Bailey. She thinks Bailey’s personality came out more this season because in the past she as portrayed as being more demure. But, “Cynthia is a tough girl. I feel like she does a lot of things sneaky and underhanded. Even at the reunion, there were a lot of things that Kenya was saying to me (that)I knew came from Cynthia’s mouth.”


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“Cynthia is not an angel,” she insisted. “She’s been in a fight with Porsha before, she’s just not an angel. Also, I think our friendship started to go downhill, honestly, and I’m not lying, this is the God honest truth, I’ve said it a million times, I don’t know why.

She added, “I have been a great friend to Cynthia, she’s been a great friend to me. I was truly hurt by the dissolve of our relationship and that was real…I really thought of her as my sister.”