Kenya Moore is keeping it real on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, letting her relationship struggles with boyfriend Matt Jordan play out on the all-new season.
“We definitely go through a very turbulent time in our relationship,” she tells ET. “He’s 16 years my junior, so it presents a whole set of problems that I’ve never encountered before.”
“I think that what you’ll see is me being in love,” Kenya continues, “and having a great man in my life, but the man is a 29-year-old who still has issues with expressing himself in a positive way, fighting fair when you do get into arguments, and just dealing with a woman who’s so much more seasoned and experienced than you, and also successful.”
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The season nine trailer previews some explosive moments between Kenya and Matt. He chases her up the stairs screaming at one point, leaving Kenya in tears. In another scene, Kandi Burruss claims Matt smashed the windows in Kenya’s garage.
“It took a turn,” Kenya says. “Some of the behavior was unacceptable, and again, I’m a woman trying to figure things out. What is the cause of this? You know, a woman put in a situation where she doesn’t feel comfortable. I think it will all unfold on the show, and then you can make up your mind whether you want to root for us to stay together or apart.”
Kenya calls all of this “a setback,” and confesses she’s put having children via in vitro fertilization on hold because of it. She told ET earlier this year she would attempt to get pregnant between filming season eight and season nine.
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“I’m actually really just scared to go through the process,” she shares. “I can’t tell you it will be in the next month, or six months, but it will happen ... I would obviously want to have a baby with someone I’m in love with, and when some of that behavior showed up … in the relationship, I just felt like I needed to take a pause and really reevaluate whether or not I want to continue to go down that road with my current partner.”
The 45-year-old admits there are other factors at play, too.
“Being the age that I am, failure you know, there’s a high probability of miscarriages,” she says. “[Plus], sharing it with the world, opening yourself up and being vulnerable to something that means everything to me, it’s scary.”
For now, the reality star is focused on her business ventures. She’s readying a nationwide retail launch for her haircare line, and toying with the idea of getting into house-flipping. Kenya says renovating her own home, known as “Moore Manor” on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, gave her the idea.
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“You might catch me on another Bravo show flipping properties!” she teases.
Viewers will get to see Kenya put the finishing touches on Moore Manor when The Real Housewives of Atlanta returns for season nine on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo. The star promises the all-new episodes will be “shocking, evocative and salacious.”
ET also caught up with Atlanta star Phaedra Parks ahead of the premiere. Check out the video below to learn about all she has going on this season.