Meet NeNe Leakes‘ granddaughter Bri’asia Bryant!
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, 44, opens up to In Touch about being called “Grandma” — and her shock when she discovered that her 22-year-old son, Bryson, was secretly expecting a baby with his girlfriend, Ashley Hill, 21.
“I only found out about everything because I ran into Ashley when she was more than six months along,” the reality TV star tells the mag. “I said, ‘You look pregnant.’ And she said, ‘Hasn’t Bryson told you?’ But he hadn’t because he knew that I wouldn’t approve of him having a child so young.”
She adds: “I didn’t feel like he was ready for such a big responsibility. I was his age when I had him, so I know how tough it is. I didn’t want him to make the same mistakes that I did. I needed to let it sink in.”
However, once baby Bri’asia Bryant was born in mid-June, NeNe was in full-on Grandma mode. “I always wanted to have a girl,” she says, “and now I have one! She’s just adorable.”
And it sounds like the young parents won’t have any financial worries.
“I paid for everything in the nursery: the clothing, the diapers. I don’t want her to feel strapped,” she says. And NeNe adds she’s gone completely “crazy” buying gifts for the baby, including “little dresses, sparkly headbands, and Gucci shoes … We just love her,” the proud Grandma gushes.
Although at first she was not thrilled about being called “Grandma,” the 44-year-old reality star has now embraces the name. “Forty is the new 30. I’m a sassy, fashion-forward Grandma!”