Kenya Moore has been evicted from her Atlanta home after not paying her rent in full, and although the Real Housewives star has denied the charges her landlord has brought against her, the incident may prove rumors that claim the housewife is actually broke.
Kenya has been adamant in defending herself during the eviction scandal, in which her landlord said the housewife failed to pay $848 of her $3,999 rent. Unsurprisingly, the Atlanta Housewives star retaliated against what she described as her crazy landlord, insisting she has paid well over what she owes. "This is absolutely absurd. I've paid this woman nearly $52,000 in rent and she has a $6,000 security deposit of mine," Kenya argued. "I have paid her May rent and paid her June, and my lease is up in three weeks. So this whole thing is absolutely ridiculous," the housewife added.
Kenya went on to attribute her landlord's lawsuit and the drama that followed to jealousy, of course. The former Miss USA insinuated that her landlord was targeting her because of personal problems, arguing that her eviction stemmed from bitterness after a recent divorce. "I can't help if it I live a fabulous life and she can no longer afford to be in the house," Kenya said. While there are certainly two sides to every story, it seems that Kenya's eviction drama doesn't quite add up.
Many Real Housewives fans may have noticed that Kenya is only the latest Bravo star to suffer from money troubles. Viewers of the Housewives franchise have seen similar situations occur season after season, with the women living what appear to be lavish lifestyles, only to find themselves in debt - at times even to the point of bankruptcy. Moore's gig as Miss USA 1993 certainly afforded her some extra spending money, and it's no secret that Real Housewives are paid for starring on the show, so how is it that these pseudo-celebrities end up penniless?
Kenya and other wealthy women join Housewives shows hoping to give Bravo viewers a sneak peek into the lives of the rich and famous. What fans see on the Real Housewives shows, however, is often far from real, as cast members often drive borrowed cars, live in rented homes and wear jewelry on loan. Because housewives like Kenya have such an image of opulence to maintain, they often find themselves growing in deep debt despite the money the show earns them, in a televised example of what happens when 'keeping up with the Joneses' backfires.
Another housewife that fell victim to eviction was Lynne Curtin, who formerly starred on the Real Housewives of Orange County. Lynn's daughters were served with the eviction documents, which severely upset the housewife, along with the news that her husband never paid the $10,000 security deposit for the home they lived in. "You live in this little microcosm and it's not even real," Frank told the housewife, while admitting that he couldn't afford her extravagant lifestyle. Lynn's response? Retail therapy.