Kenya Moore thinks The Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Marlo Hampton is much like her ex-husband Marc Daly due to all the low blows she takes when engaged in a feud. Marlo is enjoying her first season as a peach holder after appearing on the show as a friend since Season 4. Now that Marlo is full-time, she appears more comfortable with calling out her co-stars for minor offenses. Kenya and Marlo have been frenemies for years but they’re often able to work out their differences. But this time around, Kenya is finding it difficult to bypass Marlo’s digs at her personal traumas.
Producers did a good editing job after Marlo claimed she doesn’t talk about people’s mothers and husbands when shade-throwing. A montage of throwback clips showed Marlo doing exactly what she claimed she doesn’t do. Past Kenya vs. Marlo moments showed the new peach holder shading Kenya for her strained relationship with her estranged mother, her pregnancy with daughter Brooklyn Daly, and her latest dig at Kenya’s divorce with Marc. Kenya has been transparent about the pain she feels over her mother not raising her and refusing to have a relationship with her, as well as her emotional split from Marc after years of hoping for a happy marriage.
Kenya recently explained why Marlo’s ability to go so low below reminds her of her ex-husband. “I think what it is is that Marlo behaves the same way that my husband used to behave,” Kenya shared on the RHOA After Show. “They pretend that they like you and that they care about you. But the moment they get angry, they try to destroy you with their words.” Marlo expressed her regret with her words but claims it was only because Kenya knows how to “poke” and push her to a breaking point. Their responses highlight how different Kenya and Marlo view their cause in the drama.
Fans got an inside look into Kenya and Marc’s strained marriage. The cast mocked Kenya during her marriage for turning into “Ken” and appearing more submissive whenever Marc was around. Kenya worked hard to please her ex-husband but he continued to show signs of not being happy in the marriage. At one point, Marc stormed off set complaining about Kenya while wearing his microphone. Marc made the first move to end the two-year marriage in September 2019, just one year after welcoming their daughter. Season 12 saw Kenya fighting to repair the marriage and avoid getting a divorce. But by Season 13, Kenya was an emotional wreck coming to the realization that Marc wanted to end the marriage.
In August 2021, Kenya officially filed for divorce from Marc. The former couple has battled it out over their daughter appearing on the show while finalizing the proceedings. Marlo throwing the divorce in Kenya’s face by telling her she can’t keep a man was an ultimate low blow and dig at Kenya’s ego. As Kenya continues to heal from her split, she expects The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast to be more sympathetic about her situation. But Marlo makes it clear that she doesn’t follow a rule book when you get under her skin.