Linnethia “NeNe” Leakes is still feeling the sting of her husband Gregg’s passing. For some time, Gregg had been battling colon cancer which went into remission in 2019. However, over the summer it was announced that cancer had returned and on September 1, he succumbed to the disease at the age of 66. In a recent interview, NeNe Leakes is sharing that she’s still grieving from the loss and misses him every day.
NeNe and Gregg Leakes first married in 1997 before divorcing in 2010. But with love, the heart wants what it wants. The couple would reconnect once again in 2013 and once again become Mr. and Mrs. Leakes. But five years later, colon cancer began to attack Gregg’s body, therefore testing both their strength and faith. Now two months after Gregg’s untimely passing, NeNe is sharing what she misses the most about her deceased husband.
Speaking with The Real, Leakes shares with the hosts that there is not a day that goes by that she does not think about or miss her husband. “I miss his touch,” a reflective NeNe Leakes says to the co-hosts. “I miss being able to go to Gregg for advice.” NeNe shares that the family would usually look to Gregg as their “problem solver”. Now that she’s gone, the option and ability to simply place a phone call to him for his advice is no longer there, which she misses.
NeNe also speaks on what the future looks like for herself now that Gregg is gone. Host Loni Love asks NeNe Leakes what her journey is going to look like moving forward and what it is that Gregg would have wanted for her. “I know what Gregg would want for me because we talked about it,” a smiling NeNe Leakes reveals. Above all, she says that Gregg Leakes wanted his wife to be happy. She also expressed that he would want her to “continue on” in her career and daily life. But Gregg also had another request. “He wanted me to love his children.”
“You know we have Gregg’s children from his previous marriage,” she said. Both NeNe and Gregg have had children prior to their marriage. Together, they share one biological son together, Brentt Leakes. For Gregg, he had four sons and one daughter before meeting NeNe. Daryl, Damian, Dexter, Denton, and Katrina join Brentt along with Bryson Bryant, whom NeNe had before meeting Gregg. “He wanted us all to stay in each other’s lives,” she stated.
In keeping her word to Gregg, NeNe shared that the family has been keeping in constant contact. “We text each other every week. And we weren’t doing this, you know, when Gregg was living,” NeNe Leakes confessed. “We were a blended family, but he wanted us to be closer, because there was room for us to get closer. So, he wanted me to love his children, all of his children, and keep them all in my life. And he wanted me to be happy. And we’ve been working on that.”