Kenya Moore’s friend Brandon DeShazer responds to report she faked her dog’s death

Kenya Moore and her dog Velvet Yorkie

Last night’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta featured an emotional scene in which Kenya Moore revealed to cast mates Kandi Burruss and Cynthia Bailey that her dog of seven years, a little Yorkie named Velvet (with Kenya above), had died after being viciously attacked by a neighbor’s dog. Though it’s been more than five months since the emotional scene was filmed, Kenya is obviously still struggling with it because she tweeted prior to last night’s show, “#Teamtwirl I can’t tweet tonight as I’m not strong enough yet 2 watch the upcoming episodes or talk about them. I thank u 4 your love #RHOA”

Imagine the shock earlier today when gossip site Media Takeout posted a story alleging that Kenya’s dog wasn’t dead at all, and was, in fact, alive and well living on the west coast with Kenya’s pal Brandon DeShazer!

The site had a reader from Los Angeles who tipped them off. “Kenya’s BFF Brandon showed up with a LITTLE YORKIE about six months ago,” the site says of the reader’s claim. “And that Yorkie looked SURPRISINGLY SIMILAR to Kenya’s dog. We’re told that TO THIS DAY . . . Brandon still as [sic] that dog.”

As evidence supporting their Velvetgate claims, Media Takeout mentioned a photo posted by Brandon on instagram a few months ago (long after the emotional scene was filmed) that included little Velvet riding with another dog. Brandon captioned the photo, “Duke and Velvet! Road dogs! #family #cousins #smiling”

Kenya Moore has yet to return to Twitter since her tweet prior to the show last night, but Brandon has not been quiet in the least!

He then reposted the photo of Velvet and Duke and tweeted, “Throwback pick from MARCH 2013. Check THOSE receipts before you go posting vile and insensitive stories.”

And then:

Brandon then posted this photo message on instagram along with the caption, “This is what you call RECEIPTS. Very hurt.”

We did what Brandon suggested and sure enough, the photo was there. Here is his March 23, 2013 tweet:

As of the time of this post the Media Takeout article is still up and unchanged.

Here’s a Velvet tribute video put together by Bravo with Kenya Moore talking about the “puppy love of her life” as well as some unseen footage of little Velvet being little Velvet — including a hilarious seen with the seemingly puppy-averse NeNe Leakes:

Kenya Moore's dog Velvet

R.I.P. Velvet.

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  • Ashley

    Why would she lie? I’m not a Kenya fan, but come on. You can see in the episode that that’s a real moment. She may “act”, but she’s no Oscar winner.

    • JustSayin

      I’m with you, if Kenya could act that well, she’d be an A-list actress by now.

    • rodni nelan

      totally agree, that was pure unbridled grief and it was so hard to watch that, this happens more than people think because larger dogs see little tiny dogs like this as prey

  • mb

    Mediatakeout? Who believes anything from Mediatakeout?

  • Doglover

    I feel horrible for Kenya and I can’t believe people will be so insensitive for a little attention and reaction. I couldn’t imagine going through that!! Sick f*cks.

  • mjk98

    My heart is broken for kenya I too have my maxi and the thought of losing my furbaby would tear me apart I totally feel kenyas pain god bless velvet and kenya

  • rodni nelan

    bless her heart, this really humanizes Kenya. I am so glad she had Velvet and that unconditional love. People forget that the pain that Kenya has endured with a mother that rejected her and continues to not acknowledge her existence, and a father who is clearly a narcissistic personality disorder, can seriously warp a person and make them feel deficient. Not only did Kenya survive but she has thrived in life. She is just way overly defensive when she feels threatened, which given her past is understandable. I think her presence on this show is going to help a huge amount of people with less than sane or just flat out crazy parents, to show that a person does not have to let their past define their future. I wish Bravo would get her aunt to join the cast, she is my hero for being a stand-in mom and constant supporter of Kenya, that woman deserves major respect.

  • Shaw Sway

    We all know that reality shows have been known to manufacture plots for storylines purposes. Kenya Moore also is a drama queen and big liar but I don’t think anyone would lie about the death of their pet.