Bravotv.com: What's the status of Moore Manor today?
Kenya Moore: Moore Manor is moving fast! All my building framing, plumbing and electrical, and HVAC has been completed. Sheetrock is going up now. Every day the house is transforming, and it’s all very exciting! I am so anxious to move in that I pick up a tool and get to work myself sometimes. Just call me Builder Bobb!
Bravotv.com: Were you surprised by Cynthia's reaction to the story about your mom?
KM: I was surprised. But Cynthia reacted in a way I’ve always wanted my family to react to a child being abused in front of them. I have always wanted them to get mad, get angry, and intervene. However, the dysfunction just continued, and I have always carried the brunt of the pain on my shoulders.
Bravotv.com: What was going through your mind during your argument with Aunt Lori?
KM: I have always considered my aunt to be the most compassionate member of my mother’s family. However, when it comes to my treatment from them, rarely has she or anyone else said or done anything that is sensible, rational, or logical. It’s disturbing, because they all seem crazy to me. I never would have dreamed that she would take that stance and place blame on me for knocking on my mother’s door. I had every right to knock on her door or even knock it down to get answers.
My mother’s family constantly attacks me for wanting closure, but they never attacked my mother when she would relentlessly mistreat me in their presence. Often times they have made me feel like they resent the fact that I was even born, treating me as an inconvenience rather than an innocent child. This behavior causes family dysfunction -- not speaking up and sweeping things under the rug, and the outcome is generations of dysfunction.
The beautiful thing is that I know I am not alone. I have read so many of your stories and each one breaks my heart over and over. The best thing about being in this fight is that I am not alone. Thank you for your stories, your experiences and your life. Please be encouraged to be strong and continue to be brave. No one gets to tell us when we can move on. No one gets to tell us that we should not want closure. No one gets to dictate how and when we should speak up for ourselves.
Thank you for your kindness. God bless all of you who have been abandoned or have ever felt alone. My birthday is this Sunday, and I feel like I have been reborn. I finally feel at peace and am excited. I wish my mother nothing but peace. I hope that whatever demons she has will be expelled and I will continue to pray for her and her family.
I’m looking forward to my birthday and I’m giving everyone 45% off of all #KenyaMooreHairCare in honor of my 45th birthday! Coupon code is “HappyBirthday”. Go to KenyaMooreHair.com to order now.
Also if you missed the first few chapters of my memoir “Invisible” please click here to read.
Happy Born Day to me!