As if Porsha Stewart's divorce saga wasn't stressful enough for the Real Housewives of Atlanta star, she was facing a messy return to the Bravo reality TV show overshadowed by her co-star NeNe Leakes remarks that Porsha should stay home.
NeNe Leakes, 45, told her fellow Real Housewives during the Season 5 reunion that she believed it was time to replace one of them. "I think we need to replace one of the Housewives on the show," Leakes said.
Watch a clip of NeNe and Porsha at the Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 5 reunion special:
It was Porsha Stewart she had in mind, as she revealed to Andy Cohen later on Watch What Happens Live. But since then, NeNe has changed her tune.
"Yes, I did feel that Porsha at that time needed to leave the show because there was something -- I'm a good judge of character," Leakes told Cohen in a preview of RHOA. "I've been blessed, child, I've been given a gift -- and I kept feeling like Porsha and Kordell were not being real enough."
Well, she was kind of right, wasn't she? It turned out at least one of them had divorce on the brain. Kordell Stewart blindsided Porsha with a divorce filing shortly after the reunion special.
Maybe Porsha Stewart's divorce made NeNe Leakes feel a little more sympathy for her Real Housewives co-star, because it seems she's changed her mind about wanting to have Porsha removed from the show.
Leakes had another talk with Andy Cohen in a preview of Real Housewives of Atlanta, revealing a change of heart.
"My opinion has changed. She should come right on back. Porsha has a big personality, she's has a lot to say," Leakes told Cohen. "Porsha should come back and be Porsha. [Kordell] was stopping that. I want her to grow and live her dream."
Amid Porsha and Kordell Stewart's divorce drama, Porsha has made it clear that NeNe Leakes has been a very supportive friend.
Watch Porsha dish on her divorce with NeNe at her side in the clip below:
"NeNe and [Real Housewives co-star] Phaedra have just been amazing to me," Porsha recently told HollywoodLife. "You know, after they heard about [the divorce from Kordell Stewart], everybody reached out. So I was thankful for that. That was nice to see everybody come together for the sisterhood in support of me. So that was nice. But those two ladies are ladies that I talk to."
It's nice to know Porsha Stewart has support during her difficult divorce from Kordell. The split has been messy from the moment it made the news -- which happened to be the moment Porsha herself found out about it. Porsha has said that she was "blindsided" when Kordell filed for divorce, and that she got the news from her sister, who read about it on Twitter.
"She said, 'Have you heard?'" Porsha recalled. "And I'm like, 'Heard what?' So I went to Twitter and the first thing I see is, 'Kordell divorcing Porsha,'" she said. "And I'm like this is just a crazy joke ... I found out from Twitter."
Kordell's divorce documents dealt another blow, stating that Porsha was entitled to no money from the divorce and that there would be no division of assets. He later accused Porsha of partying hard late into the night and coming home reeking of alcohol, adding that her bad habits were causing her to neglect her duties to her stepson.
Porsha fired back, demanding exclusive use of the Atlanta mansion she shared with Kordell. The reality TV star admitted that there was no prenuptial agreement, which means things are bound to get even uglier in divorce court.
Though it may seem shocking, Porsha and Kordell are still living together in the Atlanta mansion. Given the fact that the house seems to be a major point of contention in the divorce, it's likely that the cohabitation is actually a standoff. If Porsha wants to keep the house, she's wise to stay put: abandoning the mansion could work against her in divorce proceedings.
At any rate, Porsha certainly isn't living with Kordell in the spirit of reconciliation. Porsha told HollwoodLife that she had no space in her mind for making up with her soon-to-be ex-husband.
"I really don't have the space in my mind to consider that right now. I'm in the middle of a divorce, so reconciliation is not on the top of my list," she said. "That's not something I'm thinking about."