Actress NeNe Leakes has had her world turned upside down since the death of her husband Gregg Leakes after a long battle with colon cancer. Gregg's health had been in dire conditions in recent weeks, and on Wednesday, the family confirmed his passing.
Friends and colleagues of NeNe have reached out to her, sending their prayers, love, and support, but the former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star will need her family the most.
A picture of Nene Leakes smiling broadly at an event | Photo: Getty Images
NeNe's life with Gregg was an open book. The couple had a series of ups and downs in their marriage that saw them divorce once and remarry a few years later. From all indications, the pair built a solid family for themselves.
What most fans do not know is that both NeNe and Gregg have children from other relationships but share their son Brentt together. However, the late 66-year-old who already had five kids from a previous relationship, adopted NeNe's eldest son, Bryson Rashard Bryant.
NeNe Leakes and Gregg Leakes attend the 5th annual Women Making History Brunch at Montage Beverly Hills on September 17, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images
During her early days on "RHOA," NeNe was parenting her teenage boys. Just like her co-stars, motherhood was a major theme of the show and proved to be the only common ground for the wives.
NeNe's struggle with her eldest son, Bryson, was a major part of the show at the time. The author struggled to help her embattled son with his problems which became complicated after more brushes with the law.
Hopefully, the Leakes get all the love and support needed to pull through their loss.
A few years ago, Bryson, who had a lengthy arrest history, was arrested after presenting a false name to officers during a raid at a local restaurant. The moment proved to be a major low for the famous Leakes family.
Bryson had previously been arrested for shoplifting and driving with a suspended license. At one other time, he was picked up for violating his probation after testing positive for drug use.
NeNe and Bryson's relationship had been affected by his many troubles, and at one point, she reportedly threw him out of her house as she could no longer deal with his many concerns.
Despite staying off the spotlight, Bryson, who fathered a daughter named Bri'Asia, seems to have picked up his life. His Instagram bio describes him as a music producer, manager, and family man.
Unlike other celebrity kids, Bryson keeps his Instagram simple and shares pictures of himself and his family. In one of his posts, Bryson paid tribute to his mother, while in another, he called her the best mom in the world while wishing her a happy mother's day.
Like his mom, Brentt's life has been turned around following his father's death, and it has been bitter to swallow for the youngster. A few days before Gregg's death, Brentt shared a touching post.