Shereé Whitfield on the Atlanta Squad's Ups and Downs: "I Think Friendships Go Through Things"

The #RHOA pal is keeping an optomistic outlook on the status of the group.

As we've seen, friendships (and friendship contracts) come and go on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Shereé Whitfield has lived through some of her own ups and downs during her time on the series, but she's learned to settle feuds with her former frenemies instead of continuing to kick up the drama. It's a cycle — and some of the current friendships on RHOA are feeling the heat. Yes, even a twosome as tight as Phaedra Parks and Porsha Williams don't always see eye-to-eye, but Shereé doesn't think that the trouble will last for long.

"You have to be able to know how to be a good friend to have a good friend," Shereé told The Daily Dish. "So I definitely know that you have to be able to trust somebody, so if you don't completely trust somebody then you guys can't really move forward in that capacity because you don't really think this person has your back 100 percent. Phaedra and Porsha, probably, I think friendships go through things — they'll be OK."

Shereé owes this philosophy on navigating the group to her decision to step away from it for a while. "Being away and coming back, you realize what's important and what's not important," she said. "You're not always going to agree with everybody or some of the things that they do, but I've learned how to pick my battles. And backstabbing is just something I've never been a part of and I don't want to be a part of it."

While Shereé hasn't been immune to getting caught up in the tenser moments this season, she hopes that she can serve a different purpose for the group. "I want to say that I'm kind of facilitating something for these girls — like a conversation that needs to be had. They're talking about each other behind each others' backs and I'm kind of the voice of truth. So instead of being messy — some people say it's messy — I think it's just holding them accountable for their words. 'You guys, get together, talk about it. We don't all need to be there, but you guys need to have this conversation.'"

Sometimes those conversations can get spicy, as you'll see on the next episode of RHOA, preview below.

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