*Retired NFL player Bob Whitfield is opening up to Radar about his relationship with ex-wife, Sheree, who viewers have witnessed reunite and rekindle their friendship on this season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Bob says the two are taking it slow since they reconnected during their kids’ birthday parties last year.
The couple was married for seven years before calling it quits in 2007. Fans watched moments of their tumultuous relationship unfold on the reality show before Sheree departed the series, only to be shocked when she returned for season 8 and brought back her famous ex-husband, who tried to get back together with her.
“Bob and I are working on getting to know each other again. We both have grown a lot and are in a different space than we were when we were married. We are in the process of relearning each other. I can say that we are happy with how things are going and our children our happy. #LifeIsGood for #TheWhitfields,” Sheree wrote in her latest Bravo blog.
“Here’s the thing, the previous relationship was so damaged,” Bob told Radar. “Two adults, we wouldn’t dare to venture into a relationship, but we are exploring each other’s company, I will say.”
Sheree and Bob met in 1993, and per their divorce settlement, she received a $775,000 lump sum, over $1.1 million in marital property, a portion of her husband’s NFL retirement plans and $2,142 in child support; but no alimony was awarded. The Supreme Court of Georgia evicted her and her two children from their home, which was estimated to be around $2.6 million.
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Bob says the festivities at his kids’ birthday party created the type of mood that allowed him and Sheree to explore the good times they once shared.
“It started because of the birthday party,” he said. “It was kind of a festive occasion and it was a bowling alley party. So now drinks are involved, jokes are involved, different type of mood. So then it’s like, ‘Let’s try breakfast…’ take it easy and just go little bit by little.”
They started casually dating.
“It’s almost like you just take your time with it because we’ve been hanging around each other for a long time,” he explained. “So we know little ways about each other, so how to maneuver. It’s been pretty cool. Weain’t been playing bumper cars, smashing them up.”
Things got real during the cast trip to Jamaica, and the couple turned on the #turnup.
“Going to Jamaica was a challenge because you know I still act a fool getting in the sunshine and the water,” Bob said. “And I got mesmerized because I haven’t seen her up close like that… I couldn’t resist but grab her booty. It was like I got a flashback and I was like, ‘You’re better than I remember.’ Oh my gosh, it’s awesome.”
Since reconnecting with Sheree, Bob says he has stopped dating other people.
“I’ve been kind of low key,” he confessed. “It’s almost like that’s why it feels like an experiment to even me. I’m not saying I’m going to marry the girl next week. But I said, ‘Why couldn’t I build something of substance?’”
“I look at it like this, and I told her this, ‘We’ve still got those issues. S*** will flare up, but you just kind of like have to maneuver around each other,’” he continued. “It’s a delicate song and dance so everybody takes a chance to lead.”
Despite enjoying the bliss of romantic rediscovery, Whitfield says he can’t let his guard down because there’s always something there to remind him of their past.
“Having been around the person, you can in your mind think about, ‘Hey, it used to be good when it was good, but when it was bad, it was hella bad,’” he said. “So when you get to the person, you might be like, ‘S***, I need to have my knife in my back pocket just in case.’ “