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Former ‘Real Housewives’ Lisa Wu Hartwell separates from husband

Lisa Wu Hartwell rehearses "Stripped" with Dorsey Levens, who plays a former NFL player struggling to adjust to life after the fame and fortune. Hartwell plays Brooklyn, the resentful wife. This was shot at Whole World Theatre on July 23, four days before the play's debut at the Ferst Center. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Lisa Wu Hartwell rehearses "Stripped" with Dorsey Levens, who plays a former NFL player struggling to adjust to life after the fame and fortune. Hartwell plays Brooklyn, the resentful wife. This was shot at Whole World Theatre on July 23, four days before the play's debut at the Ferst Center. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Lisa Wu Hartwell, formerly a cast member of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” has separated from her husband and former NFL player Ed Hartwell, she Tweeted over the weekend. She deleted the Tweet (@1LisaWu) at about 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Sadly.We r seperated but wld NEVER b over money. That is so far frm the truth. Wish ppl cld respect ppl’s privacy during times like these

Her publicist Jonell Whitt, in an email, said Hartwell didn’t want to talk about it.

The couple married in 2005 and have a three-year-old son Ed Jr. Wu was previously married to R&B star Keith Sweat and also has two sons with him. (Sweat declined to appear on the show or allow the kids to be on air either.)

Hartwell’s Tweet references financial issues. Hartwell filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in 2007, and the couple lost their home to foreclosure in 2009.

Hartwell was on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” for the first two seasons in 2008 and 2009 but in 2010, said she quit because the show wanted to delve into storylines she wasn’t comfortable with. Plus, she wanted to pursue a serious acting career.

In a case of art imitating life, Hartwell last month had a starring role in a play called “Stripped” at the Ferst Center on the Georgia Tech campus. She played the wife of a former NFL player struggling to adjust to life after fame and fortune fades away. In the play, she is on the verge of divorcing him but at the end, the couple attempts to reconcile.

When I interviewed her last month, she did not talk about her marital issues but then again, I didn’t ask. Ed actually shows up in the play but only on video. He played a football player who had died so he’s in flashback videos.

Ed played for the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons as a linebacker from 2001 to 2006. He also ran a recording studio for a time. He played for the Las Vegas Locomotives in the United Football League last year and as of June, 2011, was still on the roster.

Why did Lisa Wu Hartwell even tweet this? Someone had gone on Ed Hartwell’s Facebook page and the public portion at the time said he was separated. (He has since deleted that.) The fan asked StraightFromtheA.com to confirm. The blogger Tweeted Hartwell, who then responded above. Mediatakeout.com claimed to be the first to break the story on Saturday but  StraightFromtheA did. (There’s a reason why she calls that other site “Mediafakeout.”) StraightFromtheA had seen Hartwell last Thursday at a party and noticed she was not wearing her ring.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

97 comments Add your comment

Wayne stuck in AL

August 22nd, 2011
3:37 pm

Mr Fernwell

August 22nd, 2011
4:44 pm

This is news?

Stonethrower

August 22nd, 2011
4:51 pm

Shocked!………………………Not!

Marcus Bachmann

August 22nd, 2011
4:55 pm

OMG, have you seen the body and juicy behind on Ed Hartwell!!!! Lord have mercy. I would leave my wife Michele for one night alone with him. Yummy!

Lady K

August 22nd, 2011
4:55 pm

She looks foolish.

BigboomNY

August 22nd, 2011
4:56 pm

And this is news why?

Marcus Bachmann

August 22nd, 2011
4:56 pm

That Dorsey Levens ain’t so bad either. That Lisa Wu is a lucky girl. Not quite as lucky as my wonderful wife Michele.

NeNe

August 22nd, 2011
4:57 pm

Don’t be dissing my gurl Lisa nah…she gon be a’ight!

Liz Lemon

August 22nd, 2011
4:58 pm

And why should I care?

bamabelle2000

August 22nd, 2011
4:59 pm

Yeah this is about money lol

Rodney Ho

August 22nd, 2011
5:00 pm

@Liz Lemon No reason why you should care unless you followed “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Mass Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
5:00 pm

That is what happens when an ex-NFL player isn’t making money anymore. She needs to find a new player to keep her in the lap of luxury.

Martin

August 22nd, 2011
5:01 pm

Life imitates Art….like my boy Martin would say “Get a Steppin….”

Road Scholar

August 22nd, 2011
5:01 pm

How was the play? Any good? The acting?

Otherwise, who cares!

tina

August 22nd, 2011
5:06 pm

@Marcus….either that was a bad joke or you got a serious problem.

Marcus Bachmann

August 22nd, 2011
5:06 pm

@ Road Scholar.. the play was good. It would have been better if Dorsey Levens would have had a nude scene. Other than that, it was good. My wife Michele and I enjoyed it.

Chaz

August 22nd, 2011
5:09 pm

Wishes people would respect her privacy? You have got to be kidding, that show is a complete joke, it sure doesn’t represent the REAL housewives of Atlanta, I don’t feel sorry for her or anyone on that garbage program!!! Acting like teenagers, worse than that, grade schoolers!!

P-Dawg

August 22nd, 2011
5:09 pm

Never seen the show but she is beautiful. Now with that said…………..its about the money. Money is the number 1 reason for most divorces so why would this be any different. I am not the smartest man in America but I don’t think ex-NFL players make nearly as much as current NFL players. I wish them the best.

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August 22nd, 2011
5:09 pm

Wuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

popculturesucks

August 22nd, 2011
5:09 pm

It seems that these reality shows wreak havoc on relationships; unless they weren’t healthy to begin with which is unfortunately probably the case.

not shocked

August 22nd, 2011
5:16 pm

I’m so not shocked. I saw that chick at a private high profile party on a week night at 3AM… It doesn’t matter if she has so much money she doesn’t have a job to go to the next day, no husband wants his wife at a party like *that*. As soon as I spotted her I knew something wasn’t quite right with that marriage!

Pebblebeach

August 22nd, 2011
5:17 pm

When the checks stop coming, the lady starts a moving…she can say what she likes, we all know its about the money……just watch and see whose arm she starts hanging off….she is kinda cute I might add, not sure what she has to offer except for that cute little frame…maybe in her mind that’s enough…and in some circles it may just be…wish them both well as who am I to judge…

Cutty

August 22nd, 2011
5:18 pm

She should pick men on the upside of their careers instead of the downside. Surely, this was about money, bills, dividends, since neither of them were bringing in very many greenbacks.

killat

August 22nd, 2011
5:19 pm

If you don’t care why the f*&k are you posting?

PM

August 22nd, 2011
5:20 pm

yeah, she tweeted it and then said she doesn’t want to talk about it. These freaks are sickening.

Gimme a break

August 22nd, 2011
5:21 pm

“Respect your privacy?” You gave that up when you decided to pose as a RHOA. And filed bankruptcy yet still has a “publicist?’ If you want privacy, why do you have a publicist?

Tweaky

August 22nd, 2011
5:22 pm

He filed a Chapter 7 himself earlier this year.

The Ghost of Mike Vick's Dogs

August 22nd, 2011
5:26 pm

How can she complain about privacy when she exposed her life for money on a reality show? They only knew each other for a few months before they were married. Boy he’s dumb.

I wonder how much of his money he would have had he not married her, and isn’t she old enough to be his mom if she has kids with Keith Sweat??

Laughable

August 22nd, 2011
5:26 pm

I could see this coming a mile away! Too bad guys like Ed is full of hubris with the “it won’t happen to me” attitude. High maintenance women like Lisa, who has no way of providing that lifestyle for herself, is only there during the good times. Now with three kids by millionaires, she should be okay for the foreseeable future. Sad but true…

And by the way, the play was really good.

Fan Man at Bowe / Holyfield Fight

August 22nd, 2011
5:27 pm

A Sista will always leave when the money dries up. ALWAYS!. Men need to stay with Snow Bunnies and Exotic Females.

Adam

August 22nd, 2011
5:36 pm

Is anyone in the market for a 40 year old beautiful used up woman with 3 kids? I would put up with her for a couple of nights but that is about it.

Laughable

August 22nd, 2011
5:40 pm

I am willing to bet there’s another fool out there ready to sponsor this young, or not so young lady. A fool and his money…

Tired of Sista's getting the heat

August 22nd, 2011
5:52 pm

@ Fan Man you do not know what you are speaking of. I have been with my mate for 27 years and married to him for 19 years, I have gone through everything with him and I am still by his side even when he was not employed, you can stay with the snow bunnies and exotic females, but be careful out there son.

Eye Roll

August 22nd, 2011
5:57 pm

Professional athletes need a finance guru as soon as they sign a contract and put on a strict monly allowance. They should be forbidden to have sex or should be sterilized if they wish to do so. No marriage without an iron-clad prenuptual ageement. The NFL, MLB, NBA, etal are doing these rags to riches athletes a huge disservice from the onset of their “career”.

FYI you TWIT (Lisa Wu) – if you want your life to remain private, don’t be a porn star on a reality TV show and don’t tweet the demise of your financial union on Twitter. Where there is smoke (bankruptcy, foreclosure) … there is fire (divorce).

There are at least 5 gold diggers for every wealthy man. The odds were never in favor of you or your money, Mr Ed! :(

truthpaste

August 22nd, 2011
5:57 pm

Twitter is Skynet. It will be the death of us all, that’s why I don’t do it.

Hooe

August 22nd, 2011
6:02 pm

What da F**K that go’s on to show she’s all bout da MONEY HONEY

Tiger Woods

August 22nd, 2011
6:02 pm

Hopefully my trainwreck of a private life and career will serve as an example in the future for all black male professional athletes.

Marcus Bachmann

August 22nd, 2011
6:04 pm

Hey, my wife Michele is out on the campaign trail. Anyone know how I can get in contact with either Ed Hartwell or with Dorsey Levens? I am a big fan of both. Would LOVE to hang with both of them together. Nothing wrong with a nice threesome while the wifey is away. Tee hee!

YAWN

August 22nd, 2011
6:09 pm

Biggest problem for these NFL guys..they think the money is going to last forever, they have little to NO REAL education and believe every IDIOT who promised them an “amazing buisness opportunity”…sadly too many of them end up broke and full of life time injuries..and yes…I agree with many…no $ in your life..say goodbye to your wife!

TRUTH

August 22nd, 2011
6:13 pm

@Marcus,Hee”flappin’”larious!!! But Lisa can get it! (My bad, done been got by Keith Sweat and Ed Hartwell…whose next?

nypeach

August 22nd, 2011
6:15 pm

fanman, please stop generalizing. my cousin’s husband lost his job almost two years ago and she is nowhere near leaving. matter of fact, their marriage is stronger than ever because they are weathering the storm together as a team. We are no different than other women; we just want to be loved and respected.

Debby22

August 22nd, 2011
6:20 pm

It was definitely about the money. I could tell by the look in her eyes when he lost his job, she was ready to leave then. She is a Liar. She is about to get her a New Man with some New Money.

not surprised

August 22nd, 2011
6:22 pm

I saw Ed on Stone Mountain a few months back with another woman. He was with her and a little boy. They started up the hill prior to my group and when we saw them again they were resting midway on a rock. I said WHEW this is killer, she said girl sit down next to me and I did so I could get a good look. My nosey butt almost said where is Lisa…lololol

Fan Man's Accountant

August 22nd, 2011
6:23 pm

@ Tired of Sista’s AND nypeach

With all do respect, I highly doubt that either situation you speak of involves the demise of the BIG BUCKS.

Debby22

August 22nd, 2011
6:24 pm

@ Marcus don’t lie. Just do your thing. Tell your wife if she doesn’t know already u don’t want a commitment. U want to be a ho with those big fine sexy football men. I can dig it. Just go do u and let your wife out of the marriage. Life is short. So go do u and be Happy.

Phucker Jenkins

August 22nd, 2011
6:35 pm

People don’t respect your privacy because once you become a reality tv personality you forfeit that privledge! Who couldn’t see this one coming?

The Ghost of Mike Vick's Dogs

August 22nd, 2011
6:37 pm

5 bucks she’ll try to get in good with Dorsey Levens. Get a job lady and help to take care of your children!!!

Measha

August 22nd, 2011
6:53 pm

@ Marcus..I feel sorry that your wife Michelle doesn’t see you for the jerk you are!

I am LEGEND

August 22nd, 2011
7:07 pm

Maybe she can get Kroy Bierman now that Kim milked him dry.

OJ

August 22nd, 2011
7:10 pm

Here is a thought. If you wanted ppl to respect your privacy why would you tweet. Don’t put anything on social media that you dont want commented on or talked about. That makes no sense but those Un-Real Housewives really never make any sense.