Cynthia: I Never Referred to Kenya as My Best Friend

Cynthia Bailey clears up all the BFF drama. What was going through your mind during the argument between Kenya and Kim?
Cynthia Bailey: At the beginning of the meeting I was hopeful that the three of us could figure out a way to work together on "THE 'MERCIAL." I didn’t realize how bad the tension had gotten between Kenya and Kim until I sat down with them one-on-one. As business women, both of these ladies have strengths that I admire and value. We all watched Kim grow up in the industry, and I love Kenya's creativity, which would make them (in my mind) a dynamic duo. Obviously, that vision never came to fruition. I felt like Kenya brought personal issues she was having with Kim to the meeting and was feeling "some type of way" about me not giving her another opportunity to pitch her concept. I assume this is why the conversation took a quick left. When I worked on "Life Twirls On," it was business and I was professional. I was surprised that she did not show me the same professionalism for my project. At the end of the day, whether she decided to be involved or not, I would have welcomed her support. Were you nervous about inviting NeNe Leakes and Gregg on the trip?
CB: No, I was not nervous about inviting NeNe and Gregg. Although we have not been friends for a couple of years, when they came to our home for drinks, it felt just like old times. Peter and I were delighted to put the past behind us and move forward. How did you feel about the BFF drama?
CB: I think the BFF drama was blown way out of proportion. There are other friendships in the group besides me and Kenya or me and NeNe. However, no one seems to really focus on them or question whether or not they are besties. I love Kenya and my relationship with her, but to my knowledge I have never referred to her as my best friend. We have become very close friends over the past couple of years, and I look forward to many more.

NeNe and I recently rekindled our friendship. This meant a lot to me, because when I joined the group almost six years ago, she was the first one I connected with. There was no denying our connection. Jokingly, a Friend Contract was issued and signed shortly after. The rest is history. I am grateful for the friendship I have developed with Kenya, and I am also very excited to have my good ol’ girlfriend NeNe back in my life. Besties, BFFs, or however you choose to label us, I feel blessed to call both of these women my friends.

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