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In an interview with ESSENCE.com, NeNe Leakes, star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and the NBC series, The New Normal, was asked about the allegations of abuse Evelyn Lozada leveled at her soon to be ex-husband, Chad Johnson. NeNe says she thought to reach out to Evelyn, but wasn’t sure if it was appropriate.

Still, she offered a bit of advice to the Basketball Wives star:

ESSENCE.com: You talked about having a troubled past with domestic violence. What are your thoughts on Evelyn Lozada and Chad Johnson?

LEAKES: I wanted to reach out to her, but I didn’t. I feel like when people are going through something I’m confused about whether I should say something or not, because so many people are saying stuff to them. I don’t talk to Evelyn regularly, but I do know her, we do text if we need something from another. The only advice I would have for Evelyn is to be quiet. I wouldn’t say anything else. To me, it makes matters worse and I would be quiet and try to it handle privately.

TMZ has reported that Chad Johnson has been officially charged with battery, so maybe Ev will take NeNe’s advice and quiet up. Or you know, not. That spinoff to replace the lost spinoff isn’t gonna appear out of thin air.

Anyway, given the concept of The New Normal, not surprisingly NeNe was quizzed on her thoughts about marriage equality:

ESSENCE.com: What are your thoughts on gay marriage?

LEAKES: I’m for all kinds of gay rights. I’m almost like a gay man myself. I think people should marry who ever they want to marry. That’s going back to living the life you want to live. There are people who never want to be married. My dad never married in his life. He never wanted that kind of commitment. I think it’s whatever works for you and it worked for him. If you want to be married, be married. I think you should do whatever you want to do as long as you’re not breaking the law or doing anything illegal.

You can read the Q&A in full over at ESSENCE.com.

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