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WATCH: Gregg Leakes Explains NeNe Leakes’ Abandonment Issues And Breakdown Over Her Mother In RHOA Reunion Clip

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May 11 2015, Updated 6:09 p.m. ET

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NeNe Leakes' supportive husband, Gregg Leakes, attempted to explain why his wife got so emotional over her mother during part three of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion show on Sunday night. Speaking to Andy Cohen backstage during the show’s taping, Gregg revealed some of the details of Leakes strained relationship with her mom and what likely pushed her to tears during the special.

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"Her mom had five children when she was young … she couldn't care for all of them … and she sent her and her brother to be raised by her aunt,” Gregg told Cohen.

He added that his wife “always wondered why she was the one to be sent away."

Leakes' reunion show meltdown came as her nemesis Kenya Moore, who also has been open about her own estrangement from her mother, attempted to explain to Leakes that they have more in common than she initially knew. “I think by hearing your story right now we have a lot more in common than you want to even admit,” Moore said. “You don’t have a relationship with your mother. You felt abandoned. We’re very strong women. I think we know that about each other.”

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But despite Moore’s attempt to connect with her castmate, Leakes struggled to move beyond the strong emotions she felt over the topic of her mother being brought up and eventually fled the stage in tears.

Watch Gregg explain why NeNe was so upset over talking about her mother in the clip above!

What did you think about NeNe’s breakdown during The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion show? Tweet us @OKMagazine or let us know in the comments section below.

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