Now that Shereé Whitfield has finally moved into her long-awaited dream house, Chateau Shereé, and claimed her spot holding a peach again on The Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA), the divorced mother is also revealing her dark past of domestic abuse and seeking healing on the show.
On the second episode, Shereé meets with a life coach to discuss being physically, mentally and emotionally abused by her ex-husband Bob Whitfield, and wanting to let go of the baggage she’s been holding onto. As Shereé shares stories of her abusive past, she becomes emotionally distraught and even sheds a few tears.
Shereé’s life coach encourages her to discuss it with her kids so she can finally face the pain from her past and doesn’t keep hiding from what happened. He also gives her a homework assignment to meet with friends and practice by pretending they are her kids. Shereé invites three friends over fellow RHOA cast-mate, Kandi Burruss’s guest house to do the assignment —although she admits it’s draining to discuss her past, she feels better afterwards.
In the last season of RHOA, we first learned that Shereé’s ex-husband Bob used to abuse her during an episode when the cast took a group trip to Maui, Hawaii. During a car ride, Shereé made a comment about Bob choking her and Bob denied it. Right after the denial, Bob made crass and insensitive remarks about the encounter, which unfortunately confirmed the abuse not only in front of Kenya Moore and Phaedra Parks (who were also in the car), but also in front of the cameras and the rest of fans watching the heartbreaking episode.
Before the incident, Shereé had actually been working on rebuilding and possibly rekindling her relationship with Bob. After old wounds and memories were brought back to light, Shereé realized that she and her ex-husband were much better apart then together.
During this season, we hope that Shereé is finally able to let go of the baggage of her abusive past and receives the healing she deserves.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs on Bravo on Sundays at 8pm ET.