by Bruna Nessif | Wed., Oct. 2, 2013 5:36 PM
NeNe Leakes has been down this road before, but now, a lot more people are watching.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star recently celebrated the premiere of her spinoff series I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding, which follows her journey down the aisle again to her once-ex-husband Gregg Leakes.
But don't let the name fool you. This show is about much more than the lavish ceremony and the stress that comes along with planning it—it's about making their union work.
"People never knew that Gregg had five children—he's been married before for almost 20 years; we've never talked about that," she told Entertainment Weekly during an interview. "In I Dream of NeNe, we get into that, we talk about the children and how it was difficult for us to blend our families."
NeNe continued, "There are people out here who can really relate to that, because that's real. So we do all that. This is not just about a wedding, this is about a marriage, because Gregg and I are not children. I've been there once before, and it was to Gregg.
"We're talking about a marriage, longevity, how we make this marriage last forever. A lot of people who are married for the first time or they're young couples, their focus is on the wedding, how beautiful the wedding is going to be. We're focused on our marriage, our children, our future."
The outspoken reality star also dished on how Gregg got her attention back when they first met (hint: It almost didn't work).
"Honestly, I have a shy side. I don't really like guys who come off suave, and 'laying it on thick.' I thought he 'laid it on thick,' and I hated that stuff," she said.
"It wasn't like he wasn't not going to let me fall for him. He kept on pursuing me like, 'NeNe, NeNe, NeNe,' and I was like, 'Lord, I'mma need to pay this man about five seconds of my time, because he drives me crazy.' Gregg has a great sense of humor, and he's smart, so those are the things that really won me over."
I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. only on Bravo.
(E! and Bravo are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)