Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Peter Thomas is finally speaking out in his own defense after NeNe Leakes referred to him as a ‘bitch’ during an argument that aired on the show a few weeks ago.
In a new interview with UPTOWN magazine, Peter holds nothing back as he explains his feelings during and after the whole thing went down.
“In March, our viewers and fans witnessed Nene Leakes, someone I’ve supported, cheered for and considered a friend for a few years now, completely disrespect me on national television by recklessly saying I was “acting like a bitch.” Why? Simply because I thought my friend could have handled herself more professionally and with much more class at a specific charity event. Well guess what? I still think my friend was out of line in the way she acted. It was probably the most uncomfortable situation I’ve found myself in on the show thus far.”
Peter recounts his experience when NeNe’s husband Gregg approached him in Mexico:
“So imagine my surprise, my anger and my disappointment when my friend verbally attacked me in Mexico while Gregg and I were discussing what happened at the charity event. First of all, I never confronted Nene. I was talking to Cynthia and explaining to my wife that Nene’s behavior that night made me (and many others in attendance) uncomfortable and why I wanted to leave, when Nene approached me. She got in my face, not the other way around. So Gregg was completely wrong in his assessment of what actually happened. As a friend, I felt it necessary to explain to her my position and why I think she was wrong. Was she upset because I violated the “Nene Leakes Friends Agreement” and went rogue by questioning her actions and calling her out on her antics? Challenging Mrs. Leakes is apparently something you don’t do. I guess it’s obvious that I didn’t get that memo.”
He also addresses the numerous memes created as ‘bitch-gate’ unfolded on television.
Although funny, Peter says he’s upset they came from NeNe trying to emasculate him in front of the world.
“Her insults continued in her Housewives’ confessionals and spurred the creation of several memes and caricatures of me in drag, and in the cast lineup alongside the ladies holding my own peach (the signature logo for the Atlanta housewives franchise). Most were hilarious, and pretty damn creative I might add. Yet, these images were born from my friend’s harsh insult and attempt at emasculating me.”
He ends with some constructive criticism for his dear friend.
“Nene’s used to being loud, wild and obnoxious. That’s what’s made her famous I assume. But it’s also what’s making her unlikeable to so many. She’s gone from dancing on the pole in hood strip clubs to Dancing With The Stars on television screens worldwide, and that’s simply phenomenal. I am proud of the trajectory she is on. However, I am very disappointed in my friend’s inability to accept responsibility for her actions. And let me be clear, Nene won’t be great until she can admit when she is wrong.
Friends should be able to provide constructive criticism of one another, especially when it is coming from a very good place. Attacking each other only leads to hard feelings and hard falls.”
Now that we’ve heard from Peter, whose side are you on?