What happens to our Real Housewives after they've left a franchise? Each week, we're looking into the lives of past cast members after their exits. This week, former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Lisa Wu.
She admitted to living a "fast-paced life as a mother of three" when she joined Real Housewives of Atlanta for two seasons (she exited in 2009)—and original cast member Lisa Wu-Hartwell's life has been chock-full of drama since her exit.
Lisa, who was divorced from first husband Keith Sweat, with whom she has two older boys, had moved on with NFL player Ed Hartwell by the time RHOA premiered in 2008. On the show, we saw her as a successful businesswoman with a real estate firm as well as jewelry, baby and clothing lines.
A lot has changed: Those business are no longer active—and Lisa and Ed's marriage is now over. They split in 2011 and their divorce was finalized in 2012 (she's now just Lisa Wu).
But Lisa has stayed busy. In addition to raising her and Ed's 6-year-old son EJ, who's done some child modeling, she co-authored a book "about sisterhood," she told Essence, titled When The Cake Is Made in 2010. She's also been pursuing an acting career which so far has includes roles in Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, theater roles in Atlanta, plus a part in last year's Vince Vaughn comedy The Internship.
She's also the same old Lisa—a mom trying to balance it all. "I love facials, massages, yoga and meditation," Lisa recently told Mommmynoire. "And an occasional glass of wine when I really want to treat myself."
Lisa has stayed in touch with some of her old RHOA co-stars: She was a guest at NeNe Leakes' summer 2013 nuptials and appeared on Bravo's I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding, and is still buddies with Kandi Burruss, who shared a snapshot of the two of them in Atlanta in January.
Last July, RHOA's Porsha Williams stepped out to support Lisa—who revealed a stunning new short haircut—at the Atlanta launch of Chopard's jeweled luxury eyewear collection, for which Lisa is a brand ambassador.
At that party, Lisa told theGrio that she's been busy "doing movies" and would be returning to reality TV "very soon." We can't wait!
How do you think Lisa would fare with the Housewives on the current season of RHOA? Tell us in the comments.