What does Marlo Hampton actually do for a living? Throughout the many seasons of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Marlo, who is good friends with NeNe Leakes, has always shown up dressed in expensive designer clothing and giving the impression that she lives a very luxurious lifestyle. Yet viewers have never been shown exactly what Marlo does for a job. On Sunday night, NeNe, during her appearance on Andy Cohen’s talk show Watch What Happens Live, answered a viewer’s question about how Marlo makes money. As Reality Tea reported, NeNe, in her answer, even denied that Marlo does “what people think she’s doing,” a clear reference to the rampant speculation that Marlo’s a high-priced escort.
“What exactly does Marlo do for a living? Can you be specific?” a viewer asked NeNe.
NeNe didn’t get specific but did say that Marlo’s “in the fashion game.”
“You’ve got to ask Marlo what she does for a living, but she’s in the fashion game. She will talk to you about it when you ask her.”
NeNe then added that Marlo isn’t doing what viewers think. NeNe called such speculation “crap.”
“She’s not doing what people think she’s doing though. People always say that crap.”
Marlo Hampton was first introduced to The Real Housewives of Atlanta viewers as a fashionista who is good friends with NeNe Leakes. Marlo, while she wasn’t featured as a starring housewife, frequently appeared on the show alongside NeNe. Marlo even took part in NeNe’s re-marriage ceremony to Gregg Leakes as a bridesmaid and thus appeared on NeNe’s wedding spin-off, I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding. Yet several seasons later, on season 6, Marlo and NeNe had a falling out after Marlo felt as if NeNe was being too jealous of her burgeoning friendship with Kenya Moore, who at that time was one of NeNe’s biggest enemies.
At the beginning of the current season, NeNe explained that she and Marlo were friends again. According to NeNe, they simply forgave one another and resumed their friendship after running into one another one day after years of no contact. In one early episode, NeNe credited Marlo with helping her learn how to dress properly and organize her closest. NeNe repeatedly said that she learned from the best and that she was giving Marlo her due credit.
Marlo then joined NeNe and the other housewives when they went to San Francisco. During a visit to a winery in Napa Valley, Marlo very enthusiastically ate some grapes off a grape bunch held out by the winery’s owner. The housewives joked that the winery owner, an older white man who seemed rich, was just Marlo’s type. Marlo’s act of eating the grapes so mimicked fellatio that the women laughed hysterically. Kandi Burruss, however, grimaced. In her confessional interview, Kandi quipped that people now know how Marlo affords her very expensive clothes.
For years, there has been speculation by viewers on social media and blogs that Marlo affords her lifestyle via rich men. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, NeNe’s co-star Sheree Whitfield last month re-tweeted a viewer’s tweet that stated that Marlo has “had a few sugar daddies.”
Yet Marlo Hampton does have a business. A few weeks ago, Marlo appeared on the talk show Sister Circle, where she talked about her fashion business. She revealed that she started fashion lifestyle brand named after her mother and grandmother and that the first two product categories she’s coming out with are jewelry and sunglasses. Marlo, who wore earrings from her brand, also talked about frequently being on The Real Housewives of Atlanta alongside NeNe Leakes but not being featured as a starring housewife. Marlo pointedly said that while she has never been a starring housewife on the show, she gets paid for her appearances nevertheless.
“Well the peach, I definitely don’t have a peach but I’ve always had a check…it’s a title.”