Atlanta Housewife NeNe Leakes may be living the good life now with her husband Gregg and two sons, but years ago it was a different story.
In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, NeNe reveals what life was like raising her oldest son Brice, now 19, as a young single mom and dealing with an abusive relationship.
"I wanted my son to have a father because I grew up without a father," she told RadarOnline.com at the book signing for her book Never Make the Same Mistake Twice at Eso Won Bookstore in LA's Leimert Park neighborhood September 10.
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"I continued to be in an abusive relationship because of that. But I want people to know that you can make it through that. I made it through, and I hope my book will inspire people."
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These days, NeNe is doing ok. In fact she's doing more than ok, and she knows it!
"Back in the day I didn't have money and I had to work to support my son. That was before I was independent...that was before I became a gold digger!" she joked. "Actually I just found a man with some gold."