Marlo Hampton is finally a full-time peach holder on The Real Housewives of Atlanta and has no plans on giving it up. She joined the cast as a friend to the show a decade ago and became notorious for her expensive style and verbal spats with her co-stars in which she’s been accused of hitting below the belt. But now that she’s on the show full-time, Hampton promises that viewers will see the full picture of who Marlo is.
Following the season premiere of Season 14, Shadow and Act Unscripted spoke with Hampton about the episode and everything they can expect this season from her and beyond.
Hampton debuts her designer showroom this season with a gallery-inspired event. The fashionista has shot down rumors for years that she was an escort and earned her money through her relationships with wealthy men. But Hampton previously owned a high-end boutique in Atlanta
After 10 years of being grilled about how she makes her money, Hampton says she couldn’t wait to showcase her work. “I’m so eager to put that rest,” she told us about constantly having to hear questions about her income and lavish lifestyle. Her showroom is named Le’ Archive.
“I owned the boutique many moons ago. I was one of the first women of color to have boutiques back then. It was me and Bow Wow’s mom back then. We had two boutiques in Atlanta, but not together. But we were like some moons ago. The fashion thing has always been a part of me. It’s embarrassing and it’s just disrespectful [for people to keep asking how I maintain my lifestyle]. How many times do I have to tell you? I’m on an amazing platform.”
On her major fallout with Kandi Burruss and whether she’s afraid things will be reignited once the season is played back
Burruss has been open about her unexpected rift with Hampton this season. She even admits that she’s nervous to see it play out on camera but says they have reconciled and are in a better place. Hampton agrees.
“It’s so funny because I was like, ‘Oh, my, it’s going to be so bad [watching it back]’ because [during the argument] you’re in the moment and then you have to relive it again [when it airs],” Hampton explained. “But I think she’ll get over it. We both said some awful things to each other. We made up and it’s going well and now we’re OK.”
Hampton was granted custody of her two nephews three years ago. This season, she introduces viewers to her life as a full-time parental figure and also puts her relationship with her mother on display
The fashionista’s longtime estranged relationship with her mother has been known to viewers since she started on the show in Season 4. But this season, fans will actually see her mother and how she is navigating things as she raises her two nephews.
“I do have permanent custody of my nephews, but hopefully they will reunite with their mother when she’s at her best. As far as showing my mother [on the show], I did it because it’s my reality,” she said firmly. “Once you see where I come from, that’s going to be like, ‘OK, I really like you.’
Watch the full interview above.