What These Former Real Housewives Of Atlanta Stars Are Up To Today

There's shade — and then there's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" shade. The ladies of Atlanta may be sweet like the peaches they clutch, but these Housewives aren't afraid of a fight. The series was the third installment of the "Housewives" franchise, debuting in 2008 following the women of Orange County and New York City. Through the years, we've seen the ladies of Atlanta give us iconic moments like Shereé Whitfield's "Who Gon' Check Me Boo?" as well as Kenya Moore's "Gone With the Wind Fabulous." While the series has seen quite a few cast shake-ups since its debut, the drama always remains consistent.

Some cast members have bowed out after a single season, and others became a series fixture. Regardless of how much time they spent holding their peach, many past "RHOA" stars have continued to live their lives in the spotlight, moving on to successful careers with the help of their Bravo platform. Though the cameras may have stopped rolling for these former Atlanta Housewives, it doesn't mean their lives are any less dramatic off-screen. It's been over a decade since some of these television personalities graced our screens — so what are these former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" stars up to today? 

Kim Zolciak-Biermann had foreclosure struggles

Kim Zolciak-Biermann was once "Tardy For The Party," but fans might have assumed she was done partying when her mansion was in foreclosure. Law.com listed the Georgia abode in foreclosure due to outstanding late fees and defaulted payments. The estate the Biermanns had taken out a $1.65 million loan on was set to be sold to one lucky buyer at auction on March 7, 2023, but the couple was supposedly able to take back ownership of their home, and the house was later taken off the market. "She is telling everyone this is a misunderstanding and is being sorted out," a source told People in February 2023. "She's not moving." ET had previously learned from the law office of Brock & Scott, PLLC that the auction had been canceled.

It wasn't the first time Zolciak-Biermann and her husband Kroy Biermann faced controversy over their property. In 2014, the couple went through another foreclosure on the same estate for racking up fees totaling $10,567.67. The former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star was able to settle the fines in 2021. The "Don't Be Tardy For The Party" singer had a lot to say to her critics in 2022 when she took to her Instagram Stories while filming the interior of her home. "So, what are you going to do, haters, when I'm here for Christmas, and I'm here for my birthday, and I'm here for all those amazing dates?" she asked. "I'm here until I f***ing want to move out. 'Til I decide I don't want to live here anymore." Zolciak-Biermann currently resides in the home with her husband and their five children.

NeNe Leakes sued Bravo network

Bravo beware — because Miss NeNe Leakes is not afraid to prosecute. The former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star took her grievances against Bravo, NBCUniversal, and Andy Cohen to court in April 2022 when she accused the parties of discriminating on the basis of race. Leakes claimed that the network broke federal employment and anti-discrimination laws. The television personality's complaints revolve around what she believes to be past racist remarks made by her former friend and castmate Kim Zolciak-Biermann. 

Leakes alleged (via The Hollywood Reporter) that the parties "did not terminate their relationship with Zolciak-Biermann, nor take any other meaningful action to put an end to her racially-offensive behavior," during Zolciak-Biermann's time as a cast member. She also claimed that her frenemy used the n-word to refer to Leakes and other Black Housewives. Zolciak-Biermann has denied the claims, saying on an episode of OWN's "The Nightcap with Carlos King" (via People), "[NeNe] knows what she's saying is not true in regards to me." She continued, "That's ridiculous, and she knows it... You can't say things that aren't true and try to defame somebody."

Leakes ended up dropping the discrimination lawsuit in August 2022. Court documents revealed that she dismissed the suit without prejudice, meaning she is allowed to re-file her dispute at a later date if she decides to seek further action. In early 2023, Leakes said on "The Breakfast Club" about the "Real Housewives" empire, "These girls on these shows are just not stars. ... All of the stars that were on any of these franchises, they took them off. And everybody that's left is starless."  

Porsha Williams went on a book tour

Porsha Williams made her debut on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" amid Season 5 of the series. Williams is known in the Atlanta community as being the granddaughter of Hosea Williams, who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement alongside Martin Luther King Jr. 

The reality television star gave viewers nine seasons of shade-throwing antics before she decided to leave the franchise in 2021 to pursue other ventures. Williams added author to her list of accolades — after spending years as a host on the talk show "Dish Nation." The former "RHOA" personality published a memoir titled "The Pursuit of Porsha" following her departure from the series, giving readers a behind-the-scenes look into personal details that didn't make the final cut on the show. She went on a U.S. tour to promote the book and also had her own Bravo limited series, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Porsha's Family Matters."

The author isn't done gracing our television screens just yet. She reunited with her former co-star when she made a cameo in a film Kandi Burruss stars in. The MTV project, "Pretty Stoned," was set for April 2023. "Here's a first look at my new original movie #MTVPrettyStoned!" Williams wrote on Instagram. "Spark up with us April 19th at 8p ET/PT on @mtv! I'm so excited! So many great people are a part of this project. Can't wait for you to watch!"

Cynthia Bailey moved back to Atlanta after her breakup

Model and former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Cynthia Bailey strutted onto the scene in 2010 for the show's third season. She announced her exit in 2021, thanking the Bravo network and her castmates for over a decade of memories. The runway beauty had her fair share of ups and downs during her time with the franchise, including the end of her marriage to Peter Thomas, her rocky friendship with NeNe Leakes, and balancing being a mother to her daughter Noelle. 

Following her split from Thomas, Bailey found love with Mike Hill after the two met each other through the talk show "Steve Harvey." They began dating in 2018 and went on to tie the knot in 2020. Their marriage was short-lived, however, as the model revealed that she felt they were no longer getting on as friends. "This is not my first rodeo. I think friendship just has to be there in a marriage," Bailey said on "Two T's in a Pod with Teddi Mellencamp and Tamra Judge." "Like, love is great, but friendship has to be there. I truly want to be with my best friend."

While the former "RHOA" star was in Los Angeles a lot due to her ex-husband's career, Bailey has now made an Atlanta comeback. She announced she was back living in her lakeside Georgia mansion in fall 2022. "This is my happy. This is my peace," she said in a Bravo clip of her estate.

Eva Marcille landed a starring role

After first appearing as a "friend" in Season 10 of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," Eva Marcille was promoted to full-time cast member in Season 11 and stuck around for two seasons. The actor revealed in 2020 that she would be cutting ties with the franchise to explore other work. "...I believe that what I hope to accomplish for the culture and community will be better served by focusing on other opportunities. I look forward to serving my community on 'The Rickey Smiley Morning Show' and finding ways to be a voice during this transformational time in our country for people of color," she said in a statement to Us Weekly. Her decision to leave the series came in the midst of highly publicized protests that took hold all across the nation to fight police brutality against Black people.

Since her departure, she played the character Marilyn "Madam" DeVille in the BET+ show "All The Queen's Men." Her character is the owner and manager of a male strip club. Marcille told Today that she couldn't have been prouder to step into the role of a powerful entrepreneur in a cutthroat world. "I love it because it's a woman and a lot of times you see like, Tony Soprano. You see these men playing these roles, but the truth is that no one does it better than a woman," said Marcille. Though she's diving back into film, the actor is not done with her Housewives drama. The former "RHOA" star returned for Season 2 of "The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip," which aired in 2022.

Phaedra Parks is still practicing law

Phaedra Parks is a woman who knows how to lay down the law — literally. She cemented her status as a high-profile attorney when she represented Bobby Brown. Viewers first got a glimpse of the former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star when she joined the cast in 2010 for Season 3. She lasted until Season 9, when she was fired for a nasty rumor she reportedly started. As per TMZ, sources close to production refused to continue working with the attorney after she spread a story that her castmate Kandi Burruss and Burruss' husband Todd Tucker wanted to drug and sexually assault cast member Porsha Williams. Parks' rumor severed her friendship with Burruss, who revealed she wasn't interested in starring alongside Parks again.

Since her abrupt exit, Parks has been keeping herself busy with legal matters. "Everything is going great. I mean, the law firm, of course, I've been a lawyer now for, oh what, 23, 24 years? There's always a need for the law," she said on Bravo's "The Daily Dish." Fans did get to see Parks make a return to reality television, however, when she debuted on Peacock's "Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: Ex-Wives Club" in 2022. She also made a cameo appearance during Season 1 of "The Real Housewives of Dubai" due to her close friendship with Housewife Caroline Brooks.

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Lisa Wu is an actor and producer

Lisa Wu was one of the original cast members of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" from its inception in 2008. Before she was a television personality, Wu made a name for herself as a dancer and rapper in her group "9tene." Her life with her then-husband, former Atlanta Falcons player Edgerton "Ed" Hartwell, and their child EJ was featured on the show for the sole season she appeared. 

Wu spoke with Vibe in 2010 about why she moved on from the Bravo franchise. "The first season of 'Real Housewives' was very organic. What you see is what you got and that's exactly how it happened," Wu said. She explained that as the show went on and grew in popularity, everything changed. "Sometimes people want to turn you into a character of your former self and I'm just not willing to perform or create something that isn't there," she added.

With the drama of the "Housewives" franchise in the past, Wu has starred in several TV shows and movies, including a film she executive produced, "London Mitchell's Christmas" — in which her son, Justin Sweat, also starred. She even collaborated with current cast member Kandi Burruss' husband Todd Tucker after she joined the cast of his show "Hollywood Divas" in 2014. Though she isn't clutching any peaches on a regular basis, Wu returned to "RHOA" in a cameo appearance during Season 10 at a party for her friend and former co-star NeNe Leakes. On Instagram, Wu captioned a throwback photo of herself and other OG Housewives, "Hey ladies we will always [be] connected."

DeShawn Snow is a real estate agent

It's no question that part of the job description of being a Housewife is to be dramatic, but what happens when your storyline falls short? DeShawn Snow was one of the Season 1 members of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta," but producers cut her after that. "[One of the producers] called and said that I was 'too human for a circus show' and that because the show did so well, they are about to pump up the drama and they didn't think that I would fit in," Snow told Essence

Snow may not be everybody's cup of reality tea — but the Southerner has made a name for herself off-screen. Since leaving the show, she's embarked on a new career. Snow's "RHOA" platform earned her a book deal, and she's now a successful children's book author. The former reality star has a series titled "Lil Shawnee," involving the adventures of a young girl navigating life and relationships in her elementary school years.

Unfortunately, when the cameras stopped rolling, the drama in Snow's life was just beginning. In 2012, she and her ex-husband, former NBA player Eric Snow, divorced. But Snow turned her breakup into motivation. "Since I've been on the show, I've been doing a lot of reflecting, a lot of writing, a lot of healing," she told AttaGirl in 2012. These days, DeShawn Snow is a proud mom of three and a real estate agent; she's been in the field since 2004.

Claudia Jordan is a talk show host

Claudia Jordan became an Atlanta housewife when she joined the cast for Season 7, bowing out after one season but returning as a "friend" of the cast in Season 8. Though she has since relocated to Dallas, she admitted on "Watch What Happens Live" in 2023 that she still keeps in touch with some of her former co-stars. "I still speak to Cynthia [Bailey] all the time. Kenya [Moore]. Kandi [Burruss] sometimes. Demetria [McKinney] as well," she told Andy Cohen.

She might not be throwing shade on the franchise, but she's dishing out plenty of gossip on her talk show series "Cocktails with the Queens." Jordan hosts the show on Fox Soul alongside Vivica A. Fox, Syleena Johnson, and LisaRaye McCoy, where the ladies give fans the latest tea on all things celebrity news. The former "RHOA" star took to Instagram to announce her special guest, "SWV & XSCAPE: The Queens of R&B" cast member LaTocha Scott-Bivens, in 2023. She even co-hosts "The Undressing Room," a podcast presented by Macy's.

Jordan's life hasn't slowed down since she left the "Housewives" franchise, and she's also taken on acting roles. "Just a little behind the scenes of a lil something something we working on! #AlliWantIsYou," she wrote in an Instagram post of her behind the camera. When she's not busy spilling the tea on her talk show or taking on acting jobs, the former "RHOA" is traveling to luxurious destinations. Jordan posted photos from her Aruba getaway where she celebrated her birthday in spring 2023.

Kim Fields is starring in a Netflix series

Kim Fields was one of several one-season wonders on the "Real Housewives of Atlanta." The star is no stranger to the limelight and has spent decades working as an actor in series such as "Living Single" and "The Facts of Life." Fields joined "RHOA" for Season 8 and hardly shied away from controversy. She earned plenty of camera time for her infamous fights with Kenya Moore but decided to walk away after her debut season, and she has no regrets about leaving the franchise. "It was a Brett Favre with the Jets kind of moment," Kim revealed on "The Breakfast Club," adding, "So, you know, for me, I did what I had set out to do." The time commitment of reality TV was also difficult while raising a family.

Fields has since graced our screens in many ways. She competed on "Dancing With The Stars" in 2016, and she's playing the character Regina Upshaw in the Netflix series "The Upshaws," which launched in 2021. Fields has also been a television director since the '90s and owns a production company. "It was so liberating because it was a different way of being in control of my career. I'm never one to wait around on anybody to do anything," she said on "Today" about her directorial work.

After over 45 years working in the entertainment industry, Fields shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. She caught up with her former co-star Janet Jackson, with whom she worked on the sitcom "Good Times" in the late '70s. "[A]s if no time has passed," the actor wrote in an Instagram post.

Shamari DeVoe has reappeared on reality TV

Not all reality television stars are happy with how they appear on-screen, especially when they're subjected to a producer's edit. Shamari DeVoe was less than pleased with the way she was portrayed on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" after she debuted on Season 11 in 2019. In an interview with The Jasmine Brand, DeVoe claimed that producers gave her an unfair cut. "There's a lot in editing, so they make you look like something that you're not. So there was a scene that I did during ['RHOA'] that was about couples and learning different tools and skills to keep your relationship going. And they cut that whole scene out," the former Housewife admitted. DeVoe added that the production team encouraged her to drink while she was filming, so that's all audiences saw. While she has harsh words for the producers, DeVoe admitted the same isn't true about her castmates: "But I love all of the ladies on the show, and I love them and I wish them well."

Since filming the show, DeVoe went back to reality television in 2021. The former "RHOA" star appeared on "BET Presents: The Encore" to brush up on her vocal abilities (the singer was apart of the music group Blaque). She then joined "VH1 Couples Retreat" in 2022 with her husband, New Edition singer Ronnie DeVoe. The pair met at an afterparty for the awards special "MTV Icon: Janet Jackson." They got married in 2006 and are the proud parents of twin boys.