NeNe Calls Eviction Reports ‘Huge Misunderstanding’

12/04/2008 at 12:00 AM EST

NeNe Calls Eviction Reports ‘Huge Misunderstanding’
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NeNe Leakes is setting the record straight.

The star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta says she and her family were not evicted from their home, contrary to recent reports, and that they moved voluntarily.

"The recent rumors alleging that my family faced an eviction are a huge misunderstanding and grossly inaccurate," Leakes, 41, says in a statement released by Bravo. "I am truly blessed to enjoy a wonderful life and lifestyle. We have indeed moved to another home, but we did so on our own free will."

Atlanta's most outspoken Housewife goes on to acknowledge the reality that many Americans are facing financial difficulties but differentiates herself and her family. "Unfortunately, there are many families who are facing real foreclosures and real evictions," she says. "I know where we live and how we live, and for those blessings I am humbly thankful.

"Everybody knows that I like to be honest, real and upfront. If something was wrong, I would tell you!" Leakes adds.

A report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution suggested that Leakes and her husband Gregory were served an eviction notice for their five-bedroom home in Duluth, Ga., on Sept. 24 for owing $6,240 in past due rent. At the time, Leakes e-mailed the newspaper about the situation, saying, "It's none of your business."

In her new statement, Leakes remains upbeat and thanks fans for their support.

"Thank you for your well wishes," she says. "However, please know that my family continues to be abundantly blessed, and that Miss NeNe has not skipped a beat!" -- Brian OrloffVirginia Sherwood/Bravo

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