AceShowbiz - NeNe Leakes has been called out by her son Bryson Bryant's baby mama after his recent arrest. Contrary to her claims that she's already tried her best to help him, his ex Symone Davis says that the reality TV star is "full of s**t."
According to Symone, whose son Blaze was declared Bryson's biological child by Gwinnett County's superior court in 2020, NeNe and "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" were partly to blame for Bryson's drug addiction issues. She claims that the show "changed" the former Bravolebrity, which in turn affected her relationship with her oldest son.
"I know the show didn't specifically affect him but it did change his mother," Symone says to Radar Online. On how the show "changed" Nene, Symone alleges that Bryson always said that "the money changed his mom."
Symone further says that Brentt Leakes, Bryson's younger brother, was shown the love and affection that "Bryce always wanted" and "never got." Symone believes that "RHOA" "ruined" Bryson's relationship with his mother, which was a bond he always wanted.
Symone also calls NeNe "a bully" for refusing to acknowledge Blaze as her grandchild despite the court's paternity ruling, revealing that the "Glee" alum has never met Blaze. "She is a bully," Symone states, adding that she has sent photos and videos of Blaze to NeNe, "but [NeNe] doesn't respond."
Despite their issues, Symone would allow NeNe to build a relationship with Blaze, but they'd need to have an adult conversation to make that happen. "It would be nice for his grandmother to step up," she shares her hope.
"We'd have to be on a level ground. She doesn't have to like me, but she has to respect me," she explains her condition. She believes that in the long run NeNe is the one missing out, reasoning, "As a mother, it dawns on me because she doesn't know him. She's missing out on an amazing kid."
Prior to this, NeNe addressed her son's drug possession arrest on Carlos King's "Reality with the King" podcast. "He needs rehabilitation," she said in a preview of the episode. "He needs a lot of counseling. Like many families out there, I have family members that are struggling with drugs and certain addictions. He has an addiction. He's been struggling with it for years. He's been in rehab for a couple of times and he still has come back out and relapsed."
"As a mom just to watch it, my hands are tied," the 55-year-old explained. "[There's] not much that I can do. For people who have had children or family members that have been on drugs, they know that they have to be ready. They have to simply be ready."
The former Bravo personality went on claiming, "I've spent so much money on trying to get Bryson where he needs to be. But every time I've sent him off is because I said, 'You are getting your a** up and we are sending you off.' But I learned through counseling myself that he has to say, 'I'm ready to go,' not me making him go. So until Bryson is ready to make a change, [there's] nothing I [can] do."
NeNe continued to elaborate, "He is  years old, he's an adult. He has three children - three beautiful children - who I adore. He has a wife. As a mother, I would never wash my hands of my child, right? But, I'm kind of numb to it because it's been happening for so many years. I'm just really kind of numb to the situation." She, however, noted that she "spoke to him on the phone, I think he's doing OK."
Bryson was arrested on July 3 at around 1 A.M. at a home in Lawrenceville, Georgia for felony possession of Fentanyl, a Schedule II-controlled substance. In addition to the drug charge, he was hit with a misdemeanor "loitering/prowling" charge. He was accused of giving false information to police, including pretending to be his younger brother Brentt and giving officers an address to a home that NeNe sold off years ago.
Bryson was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail at around 2:36 A.M. and his bond was set at $5,900. He was released at 12:20 P.M.