Cast Blog: #RHOA

The Apollo Situation Explained

Kenya would never flirt with another woman's husband.

REALITY TEA AND THE REAL ME

This has been a truly amazing week for me. During a weeklong press trip to NY I got to visit the vibrant and funny larger-than-life Andy Cohen as a guest of Watch What Happens Live! In case you missed it please visit Bravotv.com. It’s great to be able to reveal more of who I am outside of the RHOA and their short clips of me every week.

The highlight of the week was my appearance on the Wendy Williams show. It felt like I was hanging out with an old girlfriend. Wendy is tough but I LOVE her outspokenness, realness, and the sweetness underneath the hard shell. Hmmm… wonder why?

I got to set the record straight on the Cynthia Bailey Jet casting debacle and my undeserved mean girl moniker and why my visceral reaction to ignorance and blatant disrespect in regards to my journey to Miss USA and where and who I am today.

Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs8bielrsYg

I’m on my way to a much-deserved vacation… Thanks for all the love and support! I appreciate all of you who are giving me a chance to win your hearts over because “I’m already in yo’ head Anna Mae” – Ike Turner. NO MORE DRAMA MAMA

I love seeing Kim with her girls. They seem wise beyond their years and give mom Kim great advice. The family seems to be adjusting well to their new living situation.

LOOK BUT DON'T TOUCH

I’m obviously meeting with Apollo and Phaedra to discuss working on a workout video. I’m a very honest and vocal person and don’t consider complimenting Apollo on his physique flirting and certainly meant no harm or disrespect. Naturally, fitness and physique play a role in our potential upcoming venture. All present knew that it was not flirting. Phaedra had no issues with my compliments or jokes nor did my guy. And who flirts with their mate present if they were up to no good? Really, who does that? It was lighthearted and harmless people. It is still my opinion that Apollo is fine and Phaedra is a lucky woman but that is Phaedra’s husband. And I’m not interested in her husband or anyone else’s husband. Enough said.

ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A KINDERGARTENER?

I often play with my nieces who are 4-6 years old. They are so smart. So I asked them what is 2 times 2? They said 4. Right! I asked how many days are there in a year? 365! One even said 365 and 1/4. Right again! I can do this all day. But I really can’t laugh at a grown woman of 32 with this type of impediment. It’s actually very sad and hurts my heart to watch until I hear the constant jabs being taken at me. But it’s clear by her comments tonight about me is that the revisionist historian is back to her lies. If you keep needling anything it will eventually explode.


I do believe NeNe is a good judge of character and I wonder how she feels now knowing that she, Phaedra, and Kandi were thrown shade by her and lied on about attending her grandfather’s charity events just to take pictures and leave. The truth will come to light as it always does and one’s true intentions and personhood will be known. Hopefully NeNe and company will see for themselves.LADIES WHO LUNCH

I was happy to see Cynthia receive a well-deserved apology from Phaedra. Even though Miss Cynthia’s eyeball rolling was obvious and rude and she was not warm to me at the brunch, I was still polite to her nonetheless. I love getting to know the rest of the ladies like Phaedra, Kandi, and Kim who have welcomed me with open arms. Obviously, Cynthia is still holding a grudge and although NeNe said she won’t hold that against me, she isn’t exactly warm and fuzzy to me either at this point.

Since I don’t have a dog in this fight as the new girl, I just sit back and watch the show.

I’m officially on vacation. See you next week everyone.

#sips a piña colada on a sandy beach while getting a massage while hair blows in the wind.

Claudia: I Was Sick of the Ladies' Drama

Claudia Jordan explains why she wanted to help mediate.

Bravotv.com: How did you feel about your relationship with Phaedra after the lunch?
Claudia Jordan: I felt that even though she wasn't quite ready to share too much personal information specifically about her break up, she did open up to me and showed some real emotion, and that was a breakthrough in itself. Phaedra always appears to be in control of her emotions, so I was quite surprised when she started to tear up. At that point in the conversation she was talking about failure and recalling an incident where she didn't pass an exam and was doubting herself. I know that wasn't relationship related, but the fact that she was willing and able to open up to a newbie about something that was painful to her -- to me was still progress. I appreciated that conversation, and I think both participants in a deep convo like that can't help but to walk away feeling moved and also just more aware of what may make the other person tick. It was a positive experience.


Bravotv.com: Why did you decide to try and help mediate the ladies' issues?
CJ: Because quite frankly I was sick of it. I think I was in a unique position, because I'm new to the group and any "beef" I've had with the ladies has been surface issues. Nothing earth shattering. I am not as emotionally attached as some of the others. Plus I am in a good place with the majority of the ladies, and I think I'm a pretty fair person, so I think it worked. I do think the silly issues that I have had with a couple of the ladies have mainly come as a result of my prior friendship with Kenya. And that's unfortunate. Especially in this group where former enemies are now close. I figured if some of the others can turn that around, then any problems that stemmed from my affiliation with Kenya should be able to be fixed. The older we get and the more time we spend on this earth, the more people we will have interactions with, and some of them won't be pleasant. To write someone off because they are friends with someone you didn't gel with is just silly. I arrived on the scene knowing the prior issues that Kenya had with a few of the ladies, and I was able to push past that. I even tried to reach out to one at work and at lunch knowing she had a physical altercation with Kenya. And of course I knew about the long standing issue between Kenya and Phaedra, but I think I more than stepped up to the plate and showed how open minded I could be by giving Phaedra the best room as well as meeting with her and having a genuine conversation with no ulterior motive. I was sincere. With that being said, I wouldn't expect anyone to do anything that I wasn't willing to do. So if I can do it -- and be open -- then why can't everyone else? I've seen a few girls apologize repeatedly for things they may or may have not been actually guilty of just for the benefit of the group, while others refuse. I know it's tough to do as long as you still hold a grudge, but what do grudges get us? They get us wrinkles, anxiety, and uncomfortable dinners. And who wants that? Now I am far from perfect, and I clearly still have some work to do my damn self. I know I definitely feel the need to prove my point and to show why I moved the way I moved. And that is something I am trying to work on. But right now I am happy to try to help the others in the group, and if I can assist in the smallest of ways, that's a success and I can walk away feeling good about that. Hey, baby steps are better than no steps at all!


Bravotv.com: Did you feel like the vibe changed for the better after everyone talked through their issues at dinner?
CJ: Ab-so-freaking-lutely! It was smooth sailing after that, and it felt like a great weight was lifted off of our shoulders. After the dinner I even got a visit in my villa from Kandi and Porsha and we sat around and talked. I thought, "Finally! A real moment of coolness!" My thing is this -- when new folks are coming together, there are going to be growing pains. You might do something I do not approve of and vice versa. We might have a big blow up and think that we hate each other for a moment. But more often than not, these are just surface issues. Nothing deep. Plus I think because we have this platform, sometimes folks put ten on twenty and do a little extra than they may do in their normal day to day to have their "moment" and show their ass. So I try to take that into consideration. It's just not normal to argue on this level all the time. But that dinner was a lot of things -- we had shade, frustration, glass breaking, arguments, interruptions, patience, understanding, and finally some hope at the end when Phaedra and Kenya agreed to have a private conversation to see if they could make some progress. I think some things are best to bring up in front of everyone and some conversations work better if it's just between the two ladies involved. I guess the trick here is learning when to do what so that no one's feelings are hurt and no one feels blindsided. Again, none of us are perfect, and there is no handbook to all of this. We are all a work in progress and learning each other as we go. But for now things are feeling pretty good and hopeful! Let's pray that these good vibes continue!

Thanks again to all the wonderful viewers who have been awesome! I was hosting an event in Dallas, Texas this past weekend at a place called Marquee, and the love I got was overwhelming. From the flight attendants, to fellow passengers on the plane, to all the folks that showed up to hang out and meet me. Nothing but wonderful vibes and love from supporters of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. I was overwhelmed! I appreciate you all accepting me and taking me in to the family! And I must give a shout out to the fabulous RuPaul and the beautiful Regina King who were both guests this past Sunday on Watch Watch Happens Live and both had such great things to say about me. I truly am humbled and am very flattered!


Please check me out on Twitter and Instagram @claudiajordan and my website www.TheRealClaudiaJordan.com.

Also to our fans in Florida -- I will be hosting an all-white party Friday April 3 in Orlando, Florida at Club EMBER. Flyer below. So put on your best all-white outfit and come join me! 

 

 

Thanks,
Claudia J xoxo

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