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NeNe Leakes Says She Would Visit Teresa Giudice in Jail, Gave Her Advice

There is some serious sisterhood between the Real Housewives. Atlanta’s NeNe Leakes stopped by Watch What Happens Live! on Sunday, Nov. 9, and dished to host Andy Cohen about her relationship with a colleague who’s having one of the worst years of her life. 

Leakes, 46, spoke about Real Housewives of New Jersey‘s Teresa Giudice, and the friendship that they share as Giudice prepares to serve her 15-month prison sentence.

“Teresa and I have had lots of conversations,” Leakes told Cohen, 46. “We’ve talked a lot. She called me for some help with some other things and I helped her out.”

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Leakes, who is currently starring in the Broadway production of Cinderella, became close with Giudice, 42, at Bravo events and has stayed by her side through her ongoing legal problems.

“She even said she’s gonna come see the show — I mean, we’ve talked,” Leakes explained. “I feel bad for her, as well, I really do. I feel like when Teresa calls me, she knows that she’s going to get real, true advice. She’s just asking me for help with what I think about certain things.”

Giudice is in for a hard few years as she serves her time, and her husband Joe Giudice subsequently reports for a 41-month term. After being charged with fraud, couple also owes a total of $414,000 in restitution.  

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nene leakes and teresa giudice
Nene Leakes and Teresa Giudice

“I don’t really want to put her business out there, but I want to be able to say this,” Leakes continued. “Teresa, the day she got sentenced, I did not call her and I did not text her. I said to her when I spoke to her, ‘I know so many people are texting you and calling you and I didn’t wanna be that person. I wanna talk to you cause you know I would talk to you very real, and we would just have a very real conversation.’ So we did! We had a very real conversation and she’s called me several times.” 

The Celebrity Apprentice alum went on to add that she hopes to see Giudice in person before she heads to prison in Connecticut, and even while she is serving her term. 

“I’d love to hang out and have a drink before she goes,” Leakes said. “I would even visit her, I really would.”

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She went on to discuss her thoughts on another jail-bound star, costar Phaedra Parks‘ estranged husband Apollo Nida. Leakes said she feels for the feuding couple, whose imploding marriage was revealed on Sunday’s season premiere

“It’s just really sad,” she remarked. “It really is… All I can really do is pray for them cause I know how it is to be publicly divorced and be publicly going through something. It’s tough. People judge you… sometimes people only see one side they don’t get to see the other side of it.”

“I feel bad for her,” Leakes added. “I must say, I like Apollo, so I feel bad for him too… I try and talk to Phaedra and give her the truest advice I can give her. I tell her what I’ve gone through. I’ve never gone through that before  actually, someone going off to prison, but I know that must be hard for her. The things that I say to her is just, ‘Live your life and just be true to who you are.’ That’s really all you can do in a situation like this.”

Watch the reality star dish about Giudice in the video above. 

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