NeNe Leakes is looking back on her 25-year relationship with late husband Gregg Leakes and has since revealed his last moments.
“The last five days before his passing was really beautiful,” NeNe says. “All of his children were there. His best friends were there. Our closest friends were there. We all sat with him around the clock.”
“We talked a lot, and we made peace with what was happening,” NeNe adds.
Gregg, 66, died in their Atlanta home after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
While NeNe was hit with an overwhelming sense of loss, she found comfort in some of Gregg’s last words to her: “I’m not going to leave you. God is going to bless you.”
Adds NeNe: “He said he wanted me to move on with my life.”
In the past four years, NeNe has taken care of her husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, and once again when it returned in June after two years in remission.
“It was difficult,” says NeNe. “Gregg handled a lot of things in our life. There were some things I didn’t know — some of the simple things. I didn’t even know who the lawn guy was.”
“I was having to ask him questions like that,” Leakes adds.
“And he said to me, ‘If you go into my office and look on the wall, I left an envelope taped to the wall.’ And so I went and looked on the wall and there was a manila folder he had stuck to the wall that said, ‘Open this if anything ever happens to me.’ When I opened it up, he had a letter to Brentt (their 22-year-old son) and telling us certain things like, where we needed to pay stuff and who was the accounting person to talk to because we didn’t know anything. And I thought to myself when I looked through all the stuff that he had written and the things that he had left, that that took a lot of strength.”
“I told him I wouldn’t have chosen another husband other than him. I said, ‘I married you twice, crazy man,’ ” recalls NeNe, who married Gregg in 1997, divorced him in 2011, and remarried him in 2013.
And when the time came for Gregg to move on NeNe was there, holding his hand.
“He took a deep breath, and then he stopped,” says NeNe. “I thought I would be scared, but I just held him and kissed him. I keep thinking to myself he’s away on a trip and he’ll be right back,” she says. “I’m still waiting for him to come home.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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