Keith Sweat has two sons with Lisa Wu Hartwell, an entrepreneur/socialite on the Bravo series “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” but the boys will never be shown on the series because the singer refused to sign a waiver allowing them to be filmed.
Hartwell explains to E! Online: “He’s like, ‘Lisa, it’s nothing personal. I just really don’t know how they’re going to edit and if they’re going to make you look crazy. I just don’t want the kids to be, you know, overexposed or anything.'”
The budding reality star, however, isn’t buying it. “They asked their dad could they be involved, and he [said] no,” she tells E! “It could have been a Disney show and I don’t think he would have signed it.”
Sweat has 13-year-old Jordan and 11-year-old Justin with Hartwell, who appears on the show as if she only has one child, one-year-old E.J., her son with her current husband, NFL player Ed Hartwell.
Not only does Lisa have her own successful real-estate firm, but she also owns children’s clothing company Hart 2 Hart Baby and the jewelry line Wu Girls. Additionally, she’s an aspiring actress, painter and writer. She admits that her biggest reason for doing the show was to get her name out.
“It was great exposure,” Hartwell says.
She credits an old friend, fellow entrepreneur Tyler Perry, with inspiring her to follow her dreams. Years ago, after they collaborated on a couple of projects (Perry directed a play that she wrote), Hartwell says Perry called her one day to say he was giving up on show business because he was done with the struggling.
But after they chatted, Perry decided to keep going. “I use that story often when I’m trying to encourage others,” Hartwell said. “You have to stay passionate and just stay focused and not say, It’s not going to happen.”