Inside Cynthia Bailey and NeNe Leakes’ rocky friendship

Season 11 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta dealt NeNe Leakes a rough deck of cards. Among the hardships she faced throughout the season was her husband, Gregg Leakes’, stage 3 colon cancer diagnosis in June 2018, which placed a strain on their marriage, as NeNe took on the role of Gregg’s caretaker. NeNe fortunately found she could count on her friendship with Cynthia Bailey to help get through the emotional period, and Gregg would thankfully announce he was cancer free by the following May.

Cynthia made several efforts during this time to show her support for Leakes family by being a listening ear. However, as she told The Daily Dish in January 2019, she realized NeNe isn’t one to want to be coddled: “I knew she just had to go through her little process, and me knowing her, I was just ready, just available for whenever she needed me to be there for her, because she’s not the kind of girl that wants to be saved.”

Still, Cynthia showered the couple with love by making visits and posting encouraging messages on social media. “Woke up grateful to see @greggleakes smiling & full of love & positivity,” she shared on Instagram shortly after Gregg’s diagnosis. “I came over to put a smile on your face, and it was you that ended up putting a big one on mine. Love always.” How sweet!

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