The following is an interview conducted by Atlanta's Sunday Paper (http://www.sundaypaper.com/) with our home girl, Kim Zolciak. It ran in last Sunday's paper. Check it out. I really appreciate her candor and honest, heartfelt answers. You go girlfriend!
"Q What would you say is people’s biggest misconception about you from the show?
A That I’m a gold-digger, and that I’m not a friend. I think they saw me bouncing from NeNe [Leakes] to Sheree [Whitfield]. NeNe and I have reconciled, we’ve talked about everything, we’re great friends, so maybe in the second season they may see me and NeNe back together. I think they see a different image of my real character.
What's going on with your music?
I’m working with a bunch of new people, which is very exciting but very, very stressful. I kind of knew Dallas Austin a little bit before I started to work with him, so it was a little easier. Now I’m working with all-new people and hopefully, I think we’re going to end up recording [during the] second season, and I think it’ll probably be out in the fall. Summertime, fall, when the season airs. I’ll be able to record on the show and then release it beforehand.
Any names we might know, people you’re working with?You’ll definitely know who I’m working with. But my contract’s a little tight right now so we’re negotiating that and when that contract’s signed and over and done with, then I’ll definitely blast who I’m working with.
How has your life changed because of the show?My life has completely changed in a very short period of time. My relationship has suffered, you know with Big Poppa. It’s been very difficult. You go from having a private life to all of a sudden, it’s all over. And especially with him being a mystery, or a secret, people have really tried to snap a photo or tried to get him and me together. My children have had a really hard time with people in school, they go to a very strict private school. You can’t even go to the grocery store, you know? Which is flattering, because without my fans I wouldn’t ever be where I’m at today. But there’s no more going to the grocery store, in and out. Even McDonald’s drive-thrus, you know? People recognize you, they want a picture. But all in all, it’s been a great experience.
Can you give us a preview of Season Two?I think Season Two’s going to be a lot different. I think we all learned from Season One, the mistakes that we made or we didn’t take it very seriously at times. And I think that when you’re presenting an image to America or you’re doing a reality show you’re going to get tore up, up one side and down the other. I think we’re all going to make changes. A new residence for some. Big Poppa may make an appearance, which is pretty exciting. And I have a big cover shoot that will be on the show. Very big.Can you talk about that yet?I can’t talk about it, but it’ll be huge. It is huge. It’s very exciting. It’s something I’ve wanted to do my whole life. You say on the show people don’t necessarily see your true character. Was I playing a character? No. All the footage you saw was in essence accurate. However, we filmed for a good four or five months, 12 hours a day, five days a week, and they take all these hours and combine them into seven one-hour episodes. So ultimately they take the worst parts, or the parts that are going to get controversy or what have you, and release that. So they created a character for me. I can’t sing, I’ve got a mystery sugar daddy, I drink, I smoke like crazy, I’m not a good friend—they created a character.
Anything you want to clear up for our readers?I never drink and drive. Ever. I mean, I have two little girls to live for, and the footage that they showed of that … And I can definitely sing. I think the footage they showed of Dallas and me was horrendous. We were in the studio for many hours that day, and they should have shown me giving it my all and not just really in essence speaking and getting comfortable with the equipment initially. But I’m ready to come back and show them who I am.
Are you still in touch with Dallas Austin?You know, Dallas spoke out about me on his MySpace page, which was pretty rough. I’m still not sure where that came from. Dallas has always been great to my girls, and I respect him. I’m not really sure. I didn’t reach out to him, and I haven’t, just because it’s been so stressful for me. But the only thing I can come up with is, I was pretty humiliated with the footage, too. And Dallas working with the people that he’s worked with in the past, and seeing that footage, it’s like they made a joke out of Dallas and I. And he was frustrated or humiliated by it. And I think, maybe that’s where the anger came from. I’m not sure why this all went on."