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Nene Leakes Says that Stripper Money Lead to an Addiction

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Nene Leakes is now one of the biggest reality TV stars in the world, but it wasn’t always this way.  Leakes started off by earning her money on the pole, and we’re not talking about the North Pole.

Leakes was a stripper and a pretty good one too.  During an interview with E!’s Giuliana Rancic, Leakes speaks candidly about her life before her life, and how stripping was a great way to pay the bills.  Her nickname was “Silk,” and she says that she did the job when she was 23-years old for approximately three years.

She also says that it was her need to pay the bills that helped the single mom find a way to make a way.

“I remember going home and having something like $1,000 and thinking ‘I made $1,000 in one night. Baby we are doing this tomorrow night.  It became an addiction. I thought I made pretty good money. It was a great hustle.”

Leakes says that it was meeting her husband Greg that led her to stop stripping for a living. But she says that despite leaving the stripper game, she doesn’t regret the decision at all.

“I feel like strength comes from within. And…experience makes you strong. And I’ve been through so many things in my life and those things have taught me. I’m one of those girls, every experience, I learned from my experience.”

Leakes isn’t 23-years old anymore, and is in fact twice that age.  At the age of 46, she still looks good and is either loved or hated by viewers, depending on how you feel about reality tv.  Her battle with Star Jones on “The Apprentice” was classic, with Leakes cussing and screaming at Star, while Star simply chose not to respond.

When asked about her spat with Nene, Star’s answer was simple.

“When confronted with a situation, you can either engage or elevate,” she said.

What do you think about Nene?  Good for the world or bad?