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Kim: My 'Housewives' Would Whoop 'NJ'

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During the first season of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta,' buxom blonde Kim Zolciak found herself the center of controversy again and again. With rumors swirling surrounding her relationship with a suitor known only as 'Big Poppa,' her ability to sing, wearing a hair piece, her tumultuous relationship with fellow housewife Nene Leakes and her unabashed love for cigarettes, Kim spoke with PopEater to set the record straight and also talk some trash about the New Jersey 'Housewives.' Kim Lets Loose Below
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    Kim Zolciak of Bravo's the Real Housewives of Atlanta

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    Kim Zolciak and new housewife, Kandi Burruss, are seen during an episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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    Kim Zolciak spends quality time with her daughters Brielle and Ariana on an episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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    Kim Zolciak and fellow housewife Nene Leakes argue during the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion special on Bravo.

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    The Real Housewives of Atlanta visit Bravo's A-List Awards, pictured: Sheree Whitfield, NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak, and Lisa Wu Hartwell.

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On how she was represented in season 1: Every episode it wasn't me. I freaked out. Every episode I was like 'Oh my God, what did I do? What have I done? Oh my God.' It was rough. But I figured in the second season you couldn't make me look any worse, so I might as well do it.
On Big Poppa and her love life: I'm single. Watch and see, it gets pretty exciting.
On her musical influences (she's an aspiring singer): I'm across the board. I feel bad for Britney Spears, I look at her and I'm like they just tear up one side and down the other! Then the next month, she's doing so great, she's lost weight, she's a great mom all of a sudden. I kind of sympathize with her because I take a lot of that heat myself. Then you have like a Faith Hill who's respected worldwide, has a stable marriage. Madonna, she came out kind of?I don't wanna say almost trashy?she came out in a different manner and has evolved over the years, I have a lot of respect for her. I like all kinds of music, but I think that everybody kind of brings something different to the table.
On Michael Jackson's death: I literally was floored. My assistant worked for a lot of people out in California so I knew before it hit the press and I really thought she was messing with me, I didn't believe her. I wasn't into Michael Jackson, back in the day I was, but then when he did pass, I'm like everybody else, I bought all his songs. He was so super, super talented and it's pretty terrible. Although I can understand how it could happen. I understand the fame. My life changed in such a short period of time, I can't imagine what he dealt with. Sometimes, emotionally, it's taken its toll on me, never mind him who is far bigger worldwide.
On the controversy surrounding her hair piece and starting her own wig line: I got so much heat for wearing a hair piece, which is comical because all the girls on the show wear one. I took so much I heat, I was like, I'm gonna turn a negative into a positive. I'm gonna go ahead make it work. Actually, it was really difficult for me to talk about that last year. Now in just a year, I'm able to talk about it, explain my situation and why I ended up in that position and why I still do it today ... 'cause I don't really have to. It's turned into a business venture at this point.
Will fellow housewife Nene Leakes be rocking one of your hair pieces anytime soon? I would love to get a hold of her ass. But I don't have time for her.
Nene recently appeared on the Wendy Williams and said, 'People thought that we were best friends, we weren't. We were associates ... I'm not friends with any of the girls on the Housewives show.' That's funny; I don't know how Nene identifies a friend. But I don't just go out with acquaintances. When you hurt me and continuously lie to me, it does damage. Is Nene funny? Absolutely. I just have a different group of friends who I run with and if she cared about my daughters, then she probably wouldn't have behaved in the manner that she did in the past. That's not here nor there. I don't want to waste any kind of energy on her and what's she doing. I want her to be successful and rock on with herself.
On what's she's learned from appearing on 'Real Housewives': I like the show. I've learned more the last six months of my life than in 16 years! I think that at the end of the day, I have no regrets. Has it been difficult? I didn't expect our show to be this big. Nobody did, we didn't know what we were doing. I think we put Housewives on the map. I have no regrets.
On how the show has affected her daughters: I never sat back and thought 'How will my children feel if they saw me being portrayed like that?' I kind of was naive to what they can do in editing and what they can portray. I never looked at it that way ... until I saw the show myself. It's really hard ... They don't understand that. Why would somebody hurt your feelings? Why would my Mommy cry over something? They don't understand it. There's a lot of work that goes into being on a reality show with children.
On her habit of smoking cigarettes: I'm smoking right now. I love it. I'll quit in my own time. People ride me about it, get a grip! When I'm ready to quit, I will. I know it's not good for me, duh! I didn't get off the boat yesterday. It's one of those things, it's a battle I'm gonna have to fight hourly. It's like my vice, my only vice! When the time is right for me -- which I don't know if there will ever be a right time -- I'll put the cigarettes down.
On Twitter (@kimzolciak): I tried to cancel my Twitter account, I can't deal with it. I didn't know people could follow you without you knowing it. I got really bothered by that. Everybody seems to know where I'm at! If I'm doing a radio show or a photo shoot... I'm like how does everybody know? People I don't want to know where I'm at know where I'm at, I actually canceled my Twitter. My PR people were like 'Kim, that's really kind of stupid. Just don't write things that are important.' I'm a Facebook fan, I'm not a Twitter fan, I don't understand it.
On reading about herself online: People write 'Kim Zolciak sucks, Kim Zolciak is this.' It's like, really? Thank you for that comment, as least you're putting my name out there. I look at it like negative press is better than no press.
On Internet buzz about posing for Playboy: It's been a catch-22. There's been a contractual problem, so I don't know, we'll see what happens. But good luck to Heidi Montag.
On setting the record straight: Last year I was a little bit quiet. I didn't grow up in an aggressive atmosphere, I didn't have people yell at me and scream at me and behave in that manner. I was really caught off guard. This year I just got kind of tired of it. I tried to remain classy last year and at different points throughout this year, it just got really difficult.
Who would win in a 'Housewives' fight, New Jersey vs. Atlanta? The girls on my show are crazy! They would kick their ass in a heartbeat. They're like out of control, I don't doubt that. These girls on the show, oh my God! I'd just sit back and watch, probably take pictures.
On what to expect from season 2: A lot of drama. There's some stuff that I face that is incredibly difficult, that I feel very strongly about. Some stuff that I had gone through personally. At the end of the day, if somebody can watch the show and kind of relate to me as a person or somebody can realize being a single mom is ok. Last year was kind of an introduction and this year because we're on a lot longer, people may get to know my real side. The drama is there. It's gonna be there. You put five personalities together that are as strong as ours, you're gonna get a lot of chaos and drama. I think we all go through hard times and at the end of the day, we all come out smelling like a rose per se. Regardless of anything that's gone on, we all end up respecting each other.
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2009-07-23 13:25:14