‘RHOA’ Star Cynthia Bailey On Nene Leakes’ Friendship With Marlo Hampton: ‘She’s a Side Chick’

Feuds and friendships in The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s circle embodied the overarching theme of season 12. But just because it’s almost over and the reunion is on hold, it doesn’t mean viewers aren’t interested in these ladies’ relationships off-camera.

They fuss on the show, and sometimes, the tensions brew outside of it. The drama between Kenya Moore and Nene Leakes reached a boiling point toward the end of the season, but Leakes was on the outs with several other women this time too.

Her friendships with Porsha Williams and Cynthia Bailey were shaky, but she did wind up making up with each of them. Marlo Hampton was “Team Nene” all the way this season, but Bailey shared her own thoughts on their dynamic.

'RHOA' cast member Cynthia Bailey
‘RHOA’ cast member Cynthia Bailey | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Hampton and Leakes go way back

As friends, Leakes and Hampton had a rough breakup back in season 6 of the series. The pair have been a dynamic duo since Hampton first arrived on RHOA back in 2011. Off-camera, they’re tight, and Hampton even appeared in Leakes’ spinoff show, I Dream of Nene.

Hampton has proudly discussed that she got along fine with everyone this season, and she’s cool with all the ladies. She and Moore may not be friends, but there are no issues. However, there are major problems between Moore and Leakes.

Bailey thinks she’s closer to Leakes than another friend

The events of episode 19 where Moore and Leakes had a nasty fight in Greece left viewers in shock and taking sides. Bailey was there and took her position, but she also spoke about the incident during the RHOA After Show.

When things escalated with Nene and Kenya, Bailey felt like she should have been the calming force, and not someone else – namely, Marlo Hampton.

On the After Show, Bailey explained the “Ruins Party” to Eva Marcille and what led to Leakes forming her face as if she was going to spit on Moore. It’s the moment that still has fans talking. Bailey said this about the fight and aftermath:

“Marlo was kind of like, you know, over there like hype-man. I even went over and sat by Nene because I really wanted to be that kind of positive reinforcement in that whole situation. Because I kinda feel like at the end of the day, with as much history as I’ve had with Nene, I’m Nene’s girl and Marlo’s like a side chick. I’m always gonna be like, hey, hey, hey, bring it back. Love, light, I’m gonna do all that.”

Ouch. Watch the look on Eva Marcille’s face when Bailey says that. It seems like they both agree on the statement.

Bailey and Leakes are friends again

Real Housewives of Atlanta fans may recall season 3 when Bailey gave Leakes a “friend contract” after they ironed out some of their issues.

In the years since then, the women have had their ebbs and flows where they were tight, stopped speaking, and made amends at various points in their friendship. It hasn’t always been consistent.

The two repaired a rift before their trip to Greece this season, but it’s unclear if Leakes feels she’s closer to Bailey than Hampton. The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion is postponed due to obvious reasons, but we believe Bailey’s “side chick” statement will definitely come up.