Cast Blog: #RHOA

The Hotness

Sheree Whitfield weighs in on why NeNe wasn't on her party guest list.

I enjoyed watching the first episode, especially the day at the spa with my kids. My children are my life. Before being a designer and diva fashionista, I am a mother of three. I'm a loving and supportive mom and I work very hard to make sure my kids' future and education is secured, which is my reason for launching "She by Sheree." I am extremely fashion conscious and I have been passionate about fashion ever since I was a child.

Now the HOTNESS... I had a blast putting together my birthday party and commanding the attention of all the guests. My birthday party a.k.a. "The Fashion Extravaganza" was, by far, one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences for me this year. Planning a birthday party for myself is something I have never done. I must admit, it was more work than I ever imagined.

At the party, lot of things didn't go as planned or as smoothly as they should have. I like order and structure. I'm a perfectionist and I expect nothing less from my staff. The unfortunate incident with the guest list was a big no no. The publicist made a huge error, but tried to rectify the situation immediately. Apparently NeNe wasn't having it and made a huge scene outside my house! (Can you imagine how many texts and calls I got the next morning about the girl screaming and cursing in my driveway?) I hate that things happened the way that they did. However, after watching the premiere, NeNe didn't appear to have the best intentions or a genuine reason for coming to my party. Her only focus and goal was to try to outdo, upstage, or outshine me - the birthday girl! Who does that?

Anywho, it was quite impressive to see the other housewives put forth all of the time and effort in preparing for my big day. I am so touched. Everyone looked awesome. They are true rock stars.

I had a great time and I really enjoyed spending the evening with the people that I care about. There was so much positive energy in the air. I laughed and I cried, and despite it all, it turned out to be a beautiful night.



"I do my best at being me"

Phaedra: I Do What's Best for My Children

Phaedra Parks responds to criticism over not bringing her children to see Apollo. Did you ever get to see NeNe perform in Cinderella?
Phaedra Parks: I most certainly did see NeNe on Broadway, and she was absolutely fantastic, as you would expect. Her performance was dazzling and I was particularly impressed with how she made the role her own. It can be difficult to portray such a well-known character, let alone add your own style and flair to such an established role. One of the best parts of watching NeNe on stage was seeing her so happy; she was enjoying every minute of it and was absolutely glowing. I’m looking forward to seeing whatever is next for my friend. You’re getting some criticism for not taking the kids to see Apollo; why haven’t you taken them?
PP: Despite the fact that I’m on a reality show, there are some things in my life that are off-limits. People who watch the show only get one slice of the entire Phaedra pie, and it’s unfair to make judgments about someone, or a situation, without having all the information. The one thing I will say is that every single decision I make is based on one thing: the well-being of my two boys. It’s easy for people to ask why she did that or why she isn’t doing this, but the simple truth is unless you are in that situation yourself, you really can’t make that judgment. I do my best to make smart decisions after carefully considering all options and consulting with experts and others who advise me. I know in my heart that everything I do is based on what is best for my children.

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