- Marlo Hampton has been promoted from “friend” to full-time housewife on “RHOA” this season.
- The gig will allow her to clear up persistent “rumors” about her occupation.
- “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star told Insider viewers “deserve” to learn more about her.
Marlo Hampton spent a decade as a friend of the show before becoming a full-time cast member on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” She told Insider why she accepted the offer to be a permanent peach holder ahead of the season 14 premiere.
“I feel that you deserve it,” she said of the show’s viewers. “For 10 years I’ve had people rooting for me, supporting me, texting, DMing, ‘You need a peach, you need a peach.'”
Each housewives franchise (with the exception of New Jersey) features a signature item the cast clutches in the introductory clips played at the beginning of episodes. The Beverly hills wives balance diamond tiaras, Salt Lake City presents snowflakes, and New york grips giant red apples. Atlanta offers up juicy Georgia peaches. Hampton has managed to be featured in over one hundred episodes and become a fan favorite without one.
Though Hampton is a fan favorite, she’s also been plagued by rumors about her past and profession. She began appearing on the series in season four and has been taunted by other housewives about not having a peach. Former housewife Kim Zolciak even publicly declared in 2012 that she did not think Hampton deserved one due to what she considered to be defaults in Hampton’s “character.”
But Hampton told Insider she does not have any “skeletons” in her closet. “The worst of the worst that has happened to me, I share with the world and they know it. And it’s only up from here,” she added.
Peaches come with perks, but they also bring pressure. Full-time housewives are required to share more of their lives than those making guest appearances. Hampton felt “comfortable” with the added exposure because it allowed her to set the record straight regarding “what people say about me.”
“I needed people to come into my world and really see who Marlo is. So to me, it’s just so amazing and important that I’m able to share all of me, all of Marlo, to the world,” she said. “At first it was awful. And then I have two nephews growing up, hearing the rumors, hearing the awful things.”
Hampton, a former foster child who speaks openly about how the system impacted her, is currently raising her two nephews Michael, 14 and William, 13. She has dubbed herself their “muntie,” a combination of “mom” and “auntie.”
“Mike and Will wake up with me every day. They see my work ethic,” she added. “I want to expand the showroom, I’m making a lot of deals and just connecting. The fashion world loves me.”
Hampton’s fellow housewives often speculate about how she earns her money and remain dissatisfied when she offers answers about her entrepreneurial endeavors (including a designer showroom called The Archive and a wig line called HER). Those questions continue into the new season, even now that Hampton is a full-time cast member.
“People still do not know what you do,” Kandi Burruss told her in the season 14 premiere, which aired on Sunday, May 1. Hampton shot back that was “a lie.”
Viewers will recall that other “RHOA” stars have consistently implied that Hampton’s extravagant lifestyle is the result of trading her time, and sex, to wealthy men in exchange for luxury goods and services due to her vague assertion that she got her money from “God “in the season four episode” Law by Shereé. “
“It hurts me that you keep saying I’m a prostitute, a whore,” Hampton told Moore during the season 10 reunion, challenging Moore to provide evidence of the claims. “Where, where are the receiptsshouted Hampton.
Hampton confirmed that a man had gifted her a home and a home for her mother on “Watch What Happens Live” in 2018, further stoking rumors, but maintains that she is working to keep herself draped in Dior and Fendi. During the season 11 reunionformer housewife Shamari Devoe said she would only listen to Hampton about “gold digging or shopping.”
For her part, Hampton believes the rumors continue despite the show chronicling her efforts to start and grow businesses in recent seasons because they’re more thrilling. The season 14 premiere features cast members Moore and Burruss speculating about how Hampton is financing her businesses after being invited to a launch party.
“It’s more exciting to make up a story,” said Hampton. “People are bored. They’re lonely. They wish they were me. They’re jealous. So they just make up an artificial fake story and they’re happy with it.”
“If that makes them happy, let them continue to make up the fake stories, like the fake designers they wear,” she added.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” airs Sundays on Bravo at 8 pm ET.