In 2012, Kenya Moore joined “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which was then in its fifth season. And from that point, it wasn’t long before Moore became a fan favorite with the heavy dose of drama she brought to the show. There was her feud with Phaedra Parks over a business deal gone awry, and her epic fight with Porsha Williams that ended with the latter being arrested and posted $2,000 bail, according to TMZ. Also of note was Moore’s friendship and eventual falling out with OG housewife Nene Leakes, who she once described as a bully with hardly any friends.
Of course, the show’s fans live for all the drama, but Moore thinks she was too quick to be labeled a villain. “I think I just got hooked into this villain role really early on, and I just couldn’t ever get out of it,” she told Entertainment Tonight in 2022. “I kind of leaned into it in my own way, and then it was just like this: ‘Okay, that’s old because now I’m really not who I am and I hate that I’m even perceived that way. But while viewers know Kenya for the on-screen drama amid the Housewives franchise, many may not know that her paths crossed with Jay-Z a few years ago.
Kenya Moore and Jay-Z go way back
Per Cheatsheet, Kenya Moore met Jay-Z in the late ’90s when Jermaine Dupri was filming the video for his song “Money Ain’t a Thang” with Jay-Z. The outlet also reports that Dupri once shared the process of creating the music video, revealing that they were particularly careful to have models in it. Moore was cast as the “Love Interest” character in the video. In 2013, the reality star seemingly took a trip down memory lane back to the set of the music video when she shared a picture of herself in a car with Jay-Z.
Moore began her career as a teenage beauty queen and model, working sometimes as a video vixen, sometimes as an actress. Speaking of her modeling journey, Moore told OTSM, “I started my career as a professional model when I was 14… I believe the world is my stage and my background makes me very comfortable in front of the camera. Along with the numerous acting credits under her belt, Moore also appeared in two major ’90s music videos – Na’s “Street Dreams” and 2Pac’s “Temptations,” per IMDb.
Kenya Moore has debunked dating rumours
When fans learned that Kenya Moore used to hang out with Jay-Z, rumors swirled that the two might have done more than just shoot a music video together. However, Moore was quick to debunk the rumours. “Sorry…but NO, I’ve never dated Jay-Z,” she tweeted at the time. “Just working on the video. He and @jermainedupri were true gentlemen.”
The reality star maintained her stance during an interview with The Grio, where she once again put the rumors to rest. “I did a video with Jay Z, it was before Beyoncé, and Jay Z is a very nice guy,” Moore said. “I was his girlfriend in a video and that’s all I’ll say about it. Of course, Jay Z isn’t the only famous person Moore has been linked to throughout her career. According to Page Six, the reality star reportedly once dated boxing legend Mike Tyson and rapper Ludacris.
These days, however, Moore is no less concerned about the rumors — she’s focused on her relationship with husband Marc Daly. The couple tied the knot in 2017 and while they’ve been through some tough times, Moore and Daly seem determined to make things work. “We’re in a really good place right now,” Moore revealed recently. “Our relationship has really taken a turn.”