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Kenya Moore Releases Snippet of Upcoming Memoir Chronicling Her Painful Childhood

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“We just have to be open because there’s not a lot of eligible bachelors, that are Black, for us to choose from anymore,” Moore told Hello Beautiful. “If you take away the ones that are gay, in jail, this is a real issue. Statistics show why we don’t have the choices. You take the ones that are gay, in jail, don’t have a job, the ones that are already married and the ones that are dating and marrying outside our race, what do you have left?” [Hello Beautiful]
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Kenya Moore wasn’t always living her glam Hotlanta life.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star recently released the first 42 pages of her upcoming memoir, Invisible, in which she painfully described the rejection that she experienced from her birth mother, reports Madame Noire.

“There it was again, the sweet melody quality of her voice,” Moore wrote, describing a phone call between she and her mother that took place when she was 4. “It was mild and soothing. When she spoke, she did not yell or scream. Instead, she released the words in a steady, easy manner: ‘I am not your mother. You can never call me your mother, and you can’t come over here anymore.’”

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Moore goes on to describe her upbringing with her grandmother—“I clearly understand that I owe my life to [my grandmother]. I could have been in a home being abused. Instead, God looked out for me and gave me a family and love”—but she was never able to shake the sense of abandonment that stemmed from her mother who refused to claim her.

“I would infrequently visit the Moores [my mother’s family] against my mother’s wishes, often to see my favorite cousin Tamica, who was becoming a big sister to me,” Moore wrote. “Everyone in the Moore house treated me normally except for my mother.”

Click here to read more about Moore’s heartbreaking childhood.