In the trailer for the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, it is revealed that Sheree Whitfield has a boyfriend… and he is currently in prison. But we have learned that Sheree wanted to keep her prison romance a secret from Bravo and the cameras.
“Sheree feels blindsided over the discussion of the particulars of her romance with prisoner Tyrone Gilliams,” an insider reveals. “She has known Tyrone for decades and knew that Nene Leakes had knowledge of Tyrone and his criminal past.”
“However, the discussions between the cast and inclusion of it as part of the show caught her by surprise,” a source told RadarOnline.
“When cast members Kandi Burruss and Nene Leakes approached her about the rumors, she got defensive because she wasn’t comfortable going on record talking about their relationship,” the insider explained. “Sheree is skeptical because she doesn’t want the push back that former RHOA star Phaedra Parks got for being romantically linked to a felon.”
“Additionally, in the trailer they edited audio of the federal correctional facility greeting over footage of her taking a phone call making her feel like the producers have some back door plot to exploit her relationship for ratings,” the insider shared.
Sheree has previously denied that she was engaged to Gilliams and insisted that they were just “friends” in December when Andy Cohen asked her about the rumors. But, NeNe insisted in the trailer that Sheree was dating the “con artist” and the video featured a scene of Whitfield talking to an inmate on the phone.
Gilliams, 50, is currently serving a 10-year sentence at Yazoo City Low FCI for stealing more than $5 million from investors. He will be released on November 14, 2022, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Check this photo of the two below:
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