Although Claudia Jordan certainly seemed prepared for battle when a war of insults broke out between herself and castmate NeNe Leakes, the Real Housewives of Atlanta newcomer says she did not join the show to cause drama.
"I had no intentions of coming on the show and coming for NeNe so I could have this scene with her," Claudia told The Daily Dish when she sat down and spilled the tea on that infamous night in Puerto Rico.
Earlier this season on RHOA, cast member and singer Demetria McKinney invited all the ladies to watch her perform in Puerto Rico. It didn't take long for things to go south. On the first night in Puerto Rico, a tense group dinner culminated in a sparring match between NeNe and Claudia that was one of the most intense and entertaining in Housewives history, but Claudia maintains it wasn't that deep.
"I thought we kinda had fun with it. I don't like to argue but I am damn good at it when it happens," she tells the Dish. "I don't feel like I was going below the belt. It was like funny, surface stuff - your hair, your makeup, you can't say "bridesmaids" - stuff like that.
Claudia says that given her past difficulties with cast mates she doesn't think NeNe should be phased by the confrontation. "I feel like if anyone should be able to take it, it's her because she's dished it out to a lot of people over the years. You want to poke at someone, you got to be prepared for what might come back."
While we don't imagine these two giggling over cosmopolitans anytime soon, Claudia hopes that at very least, NeNe can respect her for standing up for herself. "I would think she would respect that. I'd think if you're the one running the show, and people back down to you all the time, it's probably boring -and then you see you've got a formidable opponent here."
Claudia believes fans of the show were ready to see NeNe get knocked down a peg, telling The Daily Dish, "The reactions from people on the streets are like, 'Oh my God, you read her,' and 'I'm so happy you said everything I wanted to say.' It's kinda like [Floyd] Mayweather," says Claudia, referencing the undefeated boxing champ. "Some people want to see him lose just because he always wins."