More Details On Real Housewife NeNe Leakes’ Stripper Past

During last season’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion show, when Andy Cohen asked NeNe Leakes if she was a stripper in the past, she played coy and said, “Yes. I strip for my husband.” But she’s totally come clean in her memoir, Never Make the Same Mistake Twice. She was a stripper, in an upscale Atlanta club. She danced using the stage name Silk and says, “I could make $500 off one guy just by turning him on.” NeNe doesn’t regret her decision to gyrate on a pole for money. Read on for some other choice quotes from her book. On your reaction to the fact that she took it all off (before you had a chance to have one):

“Yes, I was a stripper—let the judgments ensue. I am not ashamed. What difference does it make…Is the sun going to stop shining? Is my past taking food out of your mouth?”

On why she took this gig:

“My son was in private school, his father wasn’t chipping in for ­pull-ups or food, I had no job and no money coming in, the rent was past due, and the super told me and my roommate that our condo owner was about to put us out. It was about survival.”

On how it actually made her feel good:

“[I stripped] for the sake of my son, and to restore my confidence in myself…These men were obviously there to see what I had, and I quickly realized that those men weren’t there to make me feel bad about myself.”

[NY Daily News]