We reported about this before.
Nene Leakes’ close relationship with a USDA director named Rodney White is allegedly raising eyebrows within social circles, according to Page Six.
Sources allege that while Nene and her husband, Gregg Leakes, had been fighting recently, the Real Housewives Of Atlanta star was getting close to Rodney.
Nene, 53, and White, 54, have reportedly been “family friends” for years prior to her RHOA but a source said the couple started spending more time together since late 2017 and they have been spotted together several times.
“People close to him have said that it’s all about the lifestyle. 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,” a source said.
More than a year after the rumors first began, Nene and Rodney were spotted having dinner at Bâoli in Miami in early January 2019. Meanwhile, Gregg, 65, was battling stage 3 colon cancer in Atlanta.
During that Miami trip, another source said they saw Nene with a “tall, handsome black man” at South Beach hotspot E11EVEN, where photos are not allowed.
“They were all over each other. 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,” the source said.
Another eyewitness added, “She was all over this guy. Kissing, cuddling, holding, sitting on his lap.“
The following month, Nene shared on Instagram that she and Gregg were the newest American Cancer Society Ambassadors.
“Marlo [Thompson] knows who this man is. Cynthia [Bailey] knows who this man is. Eva [Marcille] has seen them together,” the source alleged.
Rodney is from Maryland and works in upper management for the United States Department of Agriculture, but a source alleged that Nene entices him with Hollywood perks while he continues to keep her company.
“He loves the limelight. He loves to have the red carpet rolled out. He feels like he’s a celebrity. He’s that type of person,” the source claims.
On the 24th November, Rodney posted a photo of himself at the Watch What Happens Live backdrop, the same day Nene had a guest appearance on the late-night talk show alongside Kelly Rowland.
He also shared on Instagram that he accompanied the reality star to her Good Morning America, appearance in February 2019.
According to a source, Nene not only brings Rodney to work functions, but also to dinners and events with her celebrity pals, including on-again, off-again friend Wendy Williams.
A source alleged that a photo Nene shared on the 6th October of her hanging out with Wendy Williams, 55, tagged #girlsniteout was cropped because Rodney was also at the dinner table.
On the 5th October the day prior to Nene’s post Rodney shared a photo of himself from Tao Downtown, a restaurant in New York with similar decor to what’s seen in Nene’s photo, although it appears he subsequently deleted the post.
One month later, Wendy shared she reunited with Nene in New York on the 23rd November. Rodney posted a video from Philippe Chow in Manhattan on the 24th November.
In the video, a voice that sounds like Nene can be heard saying, “Thank you, baby! Turn the f— up! Turn it up!” The voice then joked, “It caught my wig on fire,” as dessert was being lit.
Williams, 55, did not return Page Six’s request for comment.Aside from Miami and New York, the pair have also been seen mingling in Maryland, a source tells us, where Nene opened Swagg Boutique.
On social media, Rodney has shared several photos of himself at the MGM National Harbor Resort and Casino in Oxon Hill, Maryland, where NeNe has her store, which Gregg manages.
In March, a source claimed that Nene “flaunts her relationship with [White] around openly like they’re together. She spends a lot of time in Maryland not only because of this boutique, but also because of [White].”
Nene once commented with several heart-eye emojis under a now-deleted picture of Rodney outside of MGM.
Recently, Nene has spoken publicly in favor of open marriages on Angela Yee’s Lip Service podcast in March
“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? Then I have to make a choice myself if I want to stay with him or not and I probably would stay with him. 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 then later said: “No, it is not [open]. I think the reason why people think that is, first of all, they see there is an age difference between Gregg and I. Now they think that since he has gotten older, ‘Are they doing anything in the bedroom?’ Well, the answer to that question is we’re doing a lot in the bedroom. I am a flirt and my husband knows that. I like to flirt, I like men, but I’m not sleeping with these men, and my husband is very much okay with that.” she told “Extra” on the 10th April.
Because of Nene’s frequent sightings with Rodney, without Gregg present sources have speculated whether Nene and Rodney have more than just a friendship.
Publicly, Nene and Gregg claim to have a loving marriage, but they have also been transparent about their struggles.
They first married in 1997, but divorced in 2011 before remarrying in 2013.
In April 2019, Nene admitted the pair were once again considering divorce. They had just come off a difficult period in which Nene struggled to take care of Gregg while he battled stage 3 colon cancer.
“It would be easy to make a decision about divorcing Gregg if he didn’t have cancer. I don’t want to live my life unhappy. The reward might not be necessarily be that we are husband and wife at the end,” Nene said in April 2019.
Gregg added, “the reward might be that we are best friends at the end.”
Gregg was later accused of texting and FaceTiming with a woman named Juanita Marshall, who worked as a manager at Swagg Boutique, last year.
In March, Nene openly talked about the allegations on the “Lip Service” podcast, saying she went “insane” when she confronted Gregg and subsequently fired Juanita.
Juanita says, “I left willingly because at the time it was just out of hand. It was too much drama for me, so I decided not to stay. I walked away from the position.”
Sources speculate Gregg and Nene have a marital arrangement because of their finances.
“[NeNe and Gregg’s] relationship is pretty much a business relationship. Nene has ideas, and Gregg can execute those ideas, and that’s the only reason why they are together,” a source said.
Another source added, “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.”
Page Six obtained property records for NeNe’s current home in Georgia that confirms Gregg’s name is not on the deed.
And the “RHOA” star did say on the Season 11 reunion, “I am a provider, if I didn’t travel Gregg wouldn’t be eating while he was sick.”
“So that means that she is taking care of him,” the source said, adding that they believe Gregg is aware of Nene’s “closeness” with White. “I think he is OK with it.”
A separate source alleged that part of the reason Nene won’t end her friendship with White a 6-foot-3 government worker who is nearly a decade younger than her husband is because she is envious of what the other “Real Housewives” have.
Who the hell is this source???
“She knows deep down that Rodney 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.
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Source: Page Six