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‘RHOA’ star Cynthia Bailey on NeNe Leakes: ‘I want her to respect me’

Cynthia Bailey attends the New Yorkers For Children's 11th Anniversary A Fool's Fete Spring Dance at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on April 21, 2014 in New York City.
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During the part 2 of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion special on Sunday night, ex-friends NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey sounded off on their past friendship. The feud between the two women took center stage when Bailey revealed that the two haven’t really talked and how she felt she has been loyal to Leakes and didn’t real the same respect in return.

After the cast discussed the Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore brawl and Mama Joyce made her appearance, Bailey admitted that old wounds were re-opened after she watched shows from the season, in particular, a show in which Leakes called her husband, Peter Thomas, a b***h. That was the point in the season where the friendship between Bailey and Leakes began to be challenged. It was an ordeal that the two women couldn’t overcome as Bailey admitted that the friendship was over saying, “I have been extremely loyal, to the point where people think I live up NeNe’s a**.”

The comment sparked a back and fourth debate between the two women. Naturally, Leakes felt she was wronged by Bailey and replied to her former friend by saying, “I have been an equally good friend to you.” Leakes then shrugged off her style of friendship as being different than Bailey’s, perhaps referencing her sudden loyalty to Moore.

It became apparent, however, that Cynthia Bailey was truly saddened by her failed friendship and feud with NeNe Leakes. At one point during the reunion show she said, “I want her to respect me.” As the show ended she admitted that she loves and misses her former friend but they have just “come to the end of the road” with their friendship.

But that sadness turned to anger when Bailey was a guest on “Watch What Happens Live” with host Andy Cohen. After Cohen showed clips of Leakes saying Cynthia added nothing to the show, the former model brought out her claws and struck back at the “Dancing with the Stars” contestant.

Bailey responded in the interview, “I want people to know I was a very loyal friend to NeNe. However, I’m actually glad that she did that. It validated that she was never my friend she is actually my worst enemy. For her to go on national television and say such things it’s just unheard of. We’re not talking anymore, so hat just means now all of the sudden I shouldn’t be on the show because you (NeNe) think I shouldn’t be on the show? NeNe doesn’t control my destiny. God controls my destiny. I was relevant before the show, I’m relevant on the show and I will be relevant after the show.”

She then brought up “respect” again and NeNe not being able to take accountability for what she does. As it appears that the two will never be friends again, Cynthia Bailey certainly made it clear on the reunion show and on “WWHL” that she is definitely very relevant.

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