How are the kids?
Kim: Baby Kash opens the first episode. It’s so precious, and wait until you see KJ because he is two now, which is crazy, and he’s talking up a storm. And you get to see my girls—Brielle getting her license. I have yet to let her take her car and drive. I’m a nervous wreck. I make every excuse under the book. The only reason I let her get her license is because I remember when I was 16 and getting my license, and I was so excited. I made her wait another month. She drives with Kroy, not me. I’d say, "I’m pregnant, we can’t drive!" And then I had the baby, and I said, "I can drive the baby, but you can’t drive the baby and I." Now she’s like, "Mom. Seriously, it’s time." Nobody ever told me how hard it would be to let your daughter go at 16—to let her drive. And Atlanta's traffic and the highways? It makes me nauseous. It’s not so much her, I tell her, it’s everybody else. People don’t pay attention.
Will the drama with your parents come up on the show?
Kim: I have some drama with my parents, unfortunately, that comes up in the middle of filming, which is just so terrible. I always tell people that I’ve shared so much of my life in front of America—having babies, getting married, getting into arguments and screaming matches, and everything that’s been going on—but this part of my life is so painful. I never really thought it would be me. I think what my family begins to realize is that you’ve got to be very careful. My kids are obviously in the public eye, and they have social media. Back in the day, even six years ago with Housewives, something comes out, OK. My daughters didn’t have Twitter, so I could guard them. But now the stuff hits the press in 10 seconds. With my mom bashing me, it put my family in a bad place. And Brielle—people in school say stuff to her.
How do you handle the haters?
Kim: That’s the thing about people that I don’t understand. If people spend as much time doing something positive as they spend on the negative stuff, can you imagine what a better place this world would be? It takes so long to sit there and have that negative, nasty thought. I guess it’s the way the world is at this point. I get a little feisty [with mean commenters], and Kroy’s like, "Who cares?" We really work because he’s so calm, and I’m popping off all the time. When I was dating, people said, "You need somebody who is calm." And I was like, "Ah, but they’re so boring!" But he can be feisty if you mess with me or the kiddos. He’s got a few choice words for some of our neighbors. Don’t mess with the family.
You and NeNe are friends again. How did that happen?
Kim: I think time does heal all wounds. I’m one of the most forgiving people you’ll meet in your whole life. I don’t let sh-t weigh me down. That’s not me. I forgave NeNe in my mind, but we never really had the chance or took the time to talk or communicate. What happened in the beginning of season one, and the seasons thereafter, was a lot of he-said, she-said, and then you have production in the middle of it. There’s so much chaos going on. NeNe and I are the kind of people that if Sheree said something, for example, to NeNe, like "Kim said THIS about you," She’d be like, "OK, f-ck her," and she wouldn't respond to me, and we'd stop talking. That happened a lot. Then, when you’re forced to be in a situation or a room with somebody, it was even worse. Finally, at the reunion we just were able to talk about things. I gave her a hug, then we texted back and forth, and then shortly thereafter we talked. We just basically let the past be the past and moved on. She always wanted to be in Hollywood; I always wanted my own show and more kids, so it’s like I have everything I can dream of and so does she. Even at the reunion, I knew deep down she was really happy for me because I’m really happy for her too. I was friends with her years before RHOA. I think sometimes when you are just your average Joe, and all of a sudden this show blows up, you’re thrown into the spotlight and caught off guard. You’ve got to come back down and realize who the people were in your life prior to this. She says too that it’s hard to find good friends in this business. I don’t know, maybe we’ll do our own show together one day.
That would be amazing.
Kim: Her husband and I have always gotten along nice. NeNe and I could’ve gotten into a fight, and he’d still be like, "Hey, Kim!" I still want to ask her though, "What have I ever done to you?" I think someday we’ll have a conversation on who said what. And she is hysterical. My stomach really hurts when I’m around her.
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