Kim Zolciak-Biermann Weighs In on Shereé Whitfield's Convict Beau: 'I Just Want Shereé Happy'

Shereé Whitfield's boyfriend Tyrone Gilliams is currently serving out a prison sentence for an alleged white collar crime

Despite what the rest of the Real Housewives of Atlanta may think, Kim Zolciak-Biermann is happy for Shereé Whitfield‘s relationship with Tyrone Gilliams, who is currently serving out a prison sentence for an alleged white collar crime.

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Sunday, a callerasked the 39-year-old reality star to weigh in on Whitfield’s boyfriend‚ and Zolciak-Biermann had nothing but support for her costar.

“Well, I look at it this way: Shereé’s a very closed-off person after all the stuff that she’s been through — and I’ve been friends with Shereé almost 15 years, so I know, prior to all the madness, kind of what she went through with her ex-husband,” she said. “So for Shereé to be able to open up and trust somebody, I think it honestly took somebody that she could connect with just more emotionally than somebody always trying to sexually approach her.”

Zolciak-Biermann even revealed that she did an appearance with Gilliams several years ago and said he was a “really nice guy.”

“I just want Shereé happy, and she seems to be happy because she’s gradually gotten to know somebody,” she added. “For me, I don’t pass any judgement.”

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In an episode of the Bravo reality series that aired earlier this month, Whitfield revealed to her RHOA castmates that she’s been dating Gilliams.

“I feel like he gets me,” Whitfield, 47, gushed as the group touched down in San Francisco for a girls trip. “We’ve been talking on the phone.”

Longtime friends Whitfield and Gilliams had lost contact for about four years before reconnecting and beginning their romantic relationship. They then dated for approximately eight months before his prison sentence — which Whitfield said her boyfriend hid from her until he went in.

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Soon after, they reconnected and have been going strong since.

“You know what, honestly, I’ve gotten to know this man on a much deeper level,” she told PEOPLE Now in November. “Probably deeper than I’ve ever known anyone. We have nothing but time to talk and get to know each other.”

“He’s a good guy and, you know, he supports me. I can talk to him about anything. He’s my best friend,” she continued. “He just got caught up in the wrong craziness, and hopefully he’ll be back soon.”

News of the relationship took some of the ladies by surprise on Sunday’s RHOA, though no one was more shocked than NeNe Leakes.

“You love Tyrone?” she screamed, calling him a “con artist.”

That’s because the last time Gilliams popped up on the hit Bravo show, he was the catalyst for one of the most iconic arguments in Housewives history as Leakes and Whitfield clashed over booking rates for paid appearances Gilliams was setting up.

Although Leakes appeared supportive of Whitfield to her face, behind her back, it looks like another story.

“You know, she was definitely very shocked, but she says she doesn’t have a problem with it,” Whitfield told PEOPLE Now. “She says she’s fine, but then, you know, you really watch to watch to see, because I don’t know, I get mixed signals. She tells me that she’s fine with it, and maybe she’s telling the other girls something else.”

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