ShereÃ© Whitfield is sharing a hopeful update about her good pal Kim Zolciak as she navigates a messy divorce from estranged husband Kroy Biermann.
âSheâs dealing with a lot. She has a lot of kids and is just really trying to be strong for the kids,â the âReal Housewives of Atlantaâ star, 53, says of her former castmate on an upcoming episode of Page Sixâs âVirtual Reali-Teaâ podcast.
âBut at the same time, youâre going through so much. And I was there with her,â she continues, acknowledging her own public divorce from Bob Whitfield in 2007.
âIâve done it before. Itâs not fun and itâs not easy.â
Biermann, 37, filed for divorce from Zolciak on May 5 after 11 years of marriage.
They share six kids: Kroy Jagger, 11, Kash, 10, and 9-year-old twins Kane and Kaia, plus Zolciakâs eldest daughters, Brielle, 26, and Ariana Biermann, 21, whom the former athlete adopted as minors.
A source told Page Six at the time that Zolciak wanted to divorce Kroy âmonthsâ prior, but he beat her to the courthouse.
ShereÃ© â who served as a bridesmaid to Zolciak in her Nov. 11, 2011, televised wedding to the retired NFL player â tells us that she never thought the pair would part ways.
âI didnât see it coming. I absolutely did not see it coming. I imagined Kim and Kroy old and grandkids and never breaking up,â she explains.
âI donât think anyone saw that coming. They just seemed like the perfect couple, so I have talked to her and I know sheâs going through it. Itâs a tough time, especially when itâs so much and being public. Itâs hard.â
News of Zolciak and Kroyâs separation came on May 8, mere hours after TMZ reported that they owe the IRS more than $1 million.
Insiders previously told Page Six that tension had been mounting for some time as the duo â who previously fronted their own Bravo reality show, âDonât Be Tardyâ â allegedly dealt with more financial hardships behind closed doors.
In the wake of their breakup, Kroy has accused Zolciak of having a âgambling problemâ and âspending substantial time and marital fundsâ on her alleged hobby.
Kroy also alleged in a police report that she punched him in the back of the head during a heated altercation last month. However, he did not have visible injuries and declined medical attention. He declined to press charges.
Zolciak subsequently shared a cryptic post about manipulative people with âtoxicâ qualities.
âManipulation is when they blame you for your reaction to their toxic behavior,â the quote, which she posted to her Instagram Stories on May 24, read, âbut never discuss their disrespect that triggered you.â
Adding to their present discord, Zolciak and Kroy have each requested sole legal and physical custody of their children.
On Friday, the âTardy for the Partyâ singer seemingly relayed to fans that sheâs ready to move on by dropping âBiermannâ from her Instagram handle.
Still, ShereÃ© teases that it may not be over for Zolciak and Kroy.
âJust because you filed â because we â¦ saw the love they had for each other â that doesnât mean that itâs over,â she explains. âI donât know if theyâve had counseling. I donât know how far theyâve gone. I just donât want to see it over for them two.â
ShereÃ© â who is currently romantically attached to âLove & Marriage: Hunstvilleâ hunk Martell Holt â adds, âI think sometimes you can work through it.â
As Zolciakâs divorce rages on in the public eye, âRHOAâ viewers are anticipating her upcoming cameo in Season 15. She left the hit Bravo reality show after five consecutive seasons in 2012.
âWe always have a good time,â ShereÃ© teases. âI canât say too much, but youâll see fun Kim!â
In the midst of filming her unscripted family series from 2012 until 2020, Zolciak returned as a âfriend of the Housewivesâ in âAtlantaâ Season 10 â during which she memorably sparred with mainstays NeNe Leakes and Kandi Burruss.
According to ShereÃ©, itâs time for Zolciak to reclaim her pitch. âWe all know Kim Zolciak is good TV,â she asserts.
âThe Real Housewives of Atlantaâ airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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