'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Raises the Off-Screen Drama
What's better than the on-screen drama is the behind-the-scenes conflicts that reality TV shows edit out.  Such is the case for BravoTV's The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which had enough camera-worthy scenes left on the cutting room floor.  The drama already began even before the series aired, which makes us question just what they don't let us see. 

Lisa Hu Hartwell, one of the women on the reality series, has revealed that she and her ex-husband, Keith Sweat, didn't agree on allowing their children on the series.  She wanted all three of her kids to be seen on the latest Real Housewives incarnation, but the RnB hitmaker Sweat got in the way.  Hartwell was hoping that she could share the experience with the kids, but Sweat didn't sign the waiver. 

Hartwell and Sweat have two sons together, the 13-year-old Jordan and 11-year-old Justin.  About her ex-husband, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star said, “He's like, 'Lisa, it's nothing personal.  I just really don't know how they're going to edit and if they're going to make you look crazy.  I just don't want the kids to be, you know, overexposed or anything.” 

She didn't believe him that easily.  “They asked their dad if could they be involved, and he [said] no," she explained.  "It could have been a Disney show and I don't think he would have signed it.” 

One other indication that the man didn't want to get involved was his refusal to answer an e-mail sent to his official website.  Sweat hasn't responded and his decision greatly affects the series. On Real Housewives of Atlanta, Hartwell appears as if she only has one child.  One-year-old E.J. is Hartwell's son with her current husband, NFL player Ed Hartwell.

Being a contestant on the series was simply a decision to boost her business.  “It was great exposure,” Hartwell exclaimed.  Already with a successful real-estate firm, she also owns a children's clothing company and a jewelry line.  This dreamer is also an aspiring actress, painter and writer.

Determined and enthusiastic, she declared, “You have to stay passionate and just stay focused and not say, ‘It's not going to happen.'” 

-Maria Gonzalez, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: E!Online
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