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Taking One for the RHOA Team

Ever-punctual Cynthia explains why she was late to NeNe's dinner.

By Cynthia Bailey

Hello everyone and welcome back to another drama filled episode of RHOA! I'm in NYC working all week, so I am going to try to make this short and sweet. Wish me luck! LOL!

Let’s go! In my opinion, ALL the ladies were excited to go on the girls’ trip to LA to visit NeNe. We all flew from Atlanta to LA (Phaedra and Kenya were on different flights) like one big happy family. After we landed, we went to the gorgeous house that NeNe laid out for us and settled in. It was an early flight, and we were all tired and hungry! By the time we got there (with the time difference), it had already been a long day. There were some snack foods at the house, but no real food-food! We did not have a lot of time before our 9pm dinner, so I got my snack on, jumped in the shower, and started to get dressed.

Now what you guys don't know is that I make every effort to always be on time whether it is a business meeting or just meeting up with a friend for coffee. I am known in this group for my punctuality, and if I am running late, I always call. Mostly everyone is always late, period! I find myself slacking as well now, because I'm always first to everything and have to wait for everyone else to arrive. This does gets frustrating, because it's not like I can come, do my thing, and leave! Regardless of how on time I am, I still have to wait for everybody else. Anyway, I had been communicating with NeNe since we landed, and I knew she was a little stressed trying to get the dinner party together for us because of her work schedule. At one point, I actually thought about offering to come a little early to help her out. I also considered catching a taxi to her house or having her pick me up once I was dressed so that I would not be late.

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I decided to do neither, and I will tell you why. Since NeNe has been in LA working on The New Normal, I have been spending more time with the other ladies. I have been getting to know them better, and I am building my own relationship with each of them. Of course we have had our ups and downs, however, lately the ladies have been graciously supportive of me personally (my vow renewal) as well as my business efforts such the Kids Fashion Show and the Miss Renaissance Pageant. I have hosted the girls in my home for different gatherings, and everyone seemed to genuinely have a good time together. The purpose of the girls’ trip was to visit NeNe, however, I spent most of my time with the other ladies between traveling with them and staying in the house together. As a matter of fact, the only time I saw NeNe in LA was with the girls. I felt that if I left the ladies to go help NeNe out, there would some verbal backlash. Some of the ladies feel (or used to) that I change towards them when NeNe is around.  I knew that if I left them (for whatever reason), it may have come off like I was "changing it up on them," so I could go hang out with NeNe. Now, I know this sounds real "high school" but because of past experience, I have become very aware of how I am with everyone with or without NeNe. Maybe I was being paranoid, but at the time it just didn't seem worth it to separate from everyone. So I stayed behind with the girls, and we were all late. Very late!  By the time we finally made it to NeNe's house, my only goal was to stand united with them. We came together and we got put out together! Once it was clear that we would not be dining with the Leakes because of our tardiness, I gladly got my butt right back in the car with everybody else and happily rolled right on out to FAT BURGER!  I had my burger with all the trimmings, a side of fries, and washed it all down with a nice cold Coca Cola! It was delicious! I know I said that I would keep it short, but long story LONG, I took one for the team, but at least no one can say that I didn't stick with the team.

As always I love and appreciate you guys! Please continue to tune in to RHOA on Sundays at 8/7c on Bravo. Sunday night’s Vegas baby!

Atlanta Goes Vegas!


Cynthia Bailey

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