RHOA star Nene Leakes may have been exposed for having an affair with longtime friend Rodney White.
According to Page Six, while Nene, 53, and Gregg, 65, were having marital issues and fighting publicly, she was allegedly snuggling up to USDA director Rodney White. Gregg and Nene have been married for 22 years, with the exception of their brief divorce in 2011, and NeNe has known Rodney prior to her days on Bravo, Bossip reports. But, according to a Page Six source, Rodney and NeNe started getting closer and hanging out in 2017.
“People close to him have said that it’s all about the lifestyle,” the source said. “If it wasn’t for that, he wouldn’t give her the time of day … because he didn’t before when she was a nobody. He knew her before she became the NeNe Leakes that she is today and before the multiple surgeries to change her looks.”
The source told Page Six that they saw NeNe out having dinner with White at Bâoli in Miami in early January 2019 while Gregg was at home, at the time battling stage 3 colon cancer. On that same Miami trip, another source said NeNe was seen with a tall, handsome black man” in South Beach. “They were all over each other,” a source said. “They were touching each other, laughing, giggling, kissing, but it wasn’t like they were full-blown slobbering down. I don’t think she was trying to hide it.” Another witness said, “She was all over this guy. Kissing, cuddling, holding, sitting on his lap.”
Bossip reports that even NeNe’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” co-stars know about her secret boo. Rodney is reportedly from Maryland and works for the United States Department of Agriculture. One source said he hangs with NeNe mostly to ride her celebrity coattail. “He loves the limelight,” the source said. “He loves to have the red carpet rolled out. He feels like he’s a celebrity. He’s that type of person.” Rodney has kept a low profile by deleting his Instagram, but he did take a photo of himself at “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” on Nov. 24 when NeNe was a guest on the show. He also went with NeNe to her appearance on Good Morning America.
From cropping Rodney out of photos to getting caught in the background of videos with Rodney, sources say NeNe is flaunting her affair with the exec. Witnesses say NeNe even travels to Maryland for Rodney rather than for her boutique. However, there are some details that might confirm that Gregg and NeNe have worked out some sort of arrangement when it comes to stepping outside of their marriage. During an appearance on Angela Yee’s Lip Service podcast, NeNe mentioned that she enjoys herself outside of Gregg and that she would take Gregg back if he cheated.
“If Gregg wanted to go be with somebody right now, I would say go right on. Why am I going to try and keep him from doing something that he wants to do?” She added, “Then I have to make a choice myself — if I want to stay with him or not — and I probably would stay with him,” she added. “I do what I want anyway … I’m in New York, he’s in Georgia, so whatever he’s doing, I don’t need to know about it.” NeNe has also been honest about Gregg participating in infidelity, saying he, at one point, was FaceTiming a woman named Juanita Marshall. Nevertheless, sources say the Leakes have more of a business relationship.
“[NeNe and Gregg’s] relationship is pretty much a business relationship,” a source told Page Six. “NeNe has ideas, and Gregg can execute those ideas, and that’s the only reason why they are together.” Another source said, “When she remarried him, she did not put his name on that house that she owns, so he is not on the deed. He is not working, and she said out of her own mouth at the reunion that if she does not travel, Gregg does not eat.”
Sources believe NeNe has been longing for a younger man and sees her co-stars with men that are younger. “She knows deep down that [White] could never give her what she’s seeking — and that’s love, but she’s trying because all of the other ladies on the show have young men that look nice and they’re not Gregg,” the source said.