LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Did NeNe Leakes know Phaedra Parks in High School? In previous RHOA seasons, NeNe Leakes said she did not know Phaedra Parks in high schoo. Last Sunday, and again broadcasted tonight, NeNe Leakes will respond to claims of whether she knew Phaeda in high school.
NeNe tells news that it is simple. Phaedra was several grades lower than her, and hence she did not hang out with Phaedra. “What is Phaedra’s problem? Why is she saying she’s so glad I finally acknowledge that I know her? Please show me where in this episode I acknowledge that I knew her back in my Athens days. I’m still waiting. You haven’t found it yet? It doesn’t exist”, NeNe fumes in her BravoTV statement this week.
NeNe says that Phaedra was not around her in high school. “Chuck, Phaedra, and I are all from Athens, Georgia. Did I know Phaedra when I was in high school, NO! I say clearly on this episode that I am the class of ‘85. Chuck says he’s the class of ‘88 and the innocent Phaedra is the class of ‘89. Think about high school!” She adds “It’s generally 9th grade through 12th grade. When I was a senior in high school that means Chuck was a freshman, right? Phaedra would have been in 8th grade at that time, right? I left Athens at 18-years-old. I have lived in Atlanta longer than I have lived anywhere.”
NeNe does not appreciate being called a liar. She tells news that she didn’t know much about Phaedra except her face. “I didn’t even know Chuck. I knew of Chuck by face just like Phaedra only because he was best friends with a friend of mine’s brother. I knew of Phaedra by her face and unusual name because she went to school with my cousin. What senior hangs out with an 8th grader?”
And yet, the real key to the RHOA angle was the Dairy Queen? “Being from a small town, after football games and parties we would hang out at The Dairy Queen. I don’t ever recall hanging there with Phaedra. The Dairy Queen was a hangout spot for years and I’m sure she was there like all Athens kids, but we were hanging there at different times in our childhood.” She adds “I grew up on Dearing and Billups Street in Athens. We played kick ball, baseball, hop scotch, etc. I don’t ever recall seeing Phaedra. My Aunt raised me and I asked her if I was forgetting something. I asked her if she knew Phaedra’s family, her mother, or her father, and my aunt who has raised me since I was 3-years-old said no.”
Chuck Smith, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks