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Real Housewife Kim Zolciak: First Comes Pregnancy, Then Comes Embarrassment, Then Comes Engagement?

kim zolciakWe recently learned that Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak is pregnant. Congratulations followed, as did lovely pictures of the expecting mom and her baby-daddy, Kroy Biermann. Over the weekend, a slightly less jubilant piece of news was leaked to the media.

A photo surfaced showing Kim Zolciak taking a drag on a cigarette. The photo, taken and posted by TMZ.com,  was said to be from the November 7th game.  Kim Zolciak’s rep contacted TMZ to say that the picture was actually taken on October 5th, and that Kim did not know shew was pregnant at the time.

But Kim has claimed that she didn’t reveal her pregnancy until she was 3 months along, saying she denied pregnancy in October because “[I] wasn’t through my first trimester — you never know what could happen.”” And today (less than 48 hours after this publicity fumble)  Kim followed up with some more shiny, happy, socially acceptable news: She’s engaged!

Hmm.. Is it just me, or is all this timing a little fishy?

I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks Kim might have known she was pregnant, but maybe didn’t quit smoking until she announced it publicly. I’m not sure what to think about this, really. Should we really expect Kim Zolciak—or any of the Real Housewives—to be exemplary mothers? These people are selected for their entertainment value, and let’s face it, good behavior is really not all that entertaining. The kinds of things that make for good reality TV are not really the qualities you’d hope for in a parent: narcissism, performativity, extremes of behavior,  emotions on the sleeve, a flair for the dramatic.  Compared to a lot of the parenting related stuff we see on reality tv shows, I’m not even sure a pregnant cigarette is such a big deal. Still, I’m guessing Kim Zolciak will be making some different choices from now on. Like quitting smoking- or at least quitting smoking in public.

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