In an interview set to air on Wednesday, The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Phaedra Parks opens up to Ellen DeGeneres about her troubled marriage to reality star and now jailbird, Apollo Nida.
During her chat with the talkshow host, the 41-year-old was candid about Nida’s legal troubles and admitted that she had no idea what was going on. Apollo began his eight year sentence last month in a Kentucky prison after being convicted of fraud.
“I work. I just got my fifth college degree. I am pretty much an over achiever. I have two very small children, I just stopped breast feeding three months ago,” she said during her first television appearance since Nida’s sentencing. “I didn’t have any idea that any of this was going on until he called me and said ‘hey, I’ve been arrested, I’m having this problem, but it’s not true.'”
She continued, “I went out of my way to get him the best attorneys, the best investigators and to do everything I could because I’m an attorney myself and I wanted him to have the best so that we could fight this together, but obviously it did not turn out like that.”
Ellen then questioned Parks about marrying a man who was on parole when they first met. “He had been to prison but he was a changed person,” Phaedra explained. “The person I married I thought he was changed.”
She added, “My heart aches for my two sons because they are the heart and soul of who I am and that’s the best thing we ever did together. We have great kids and I never wanted to do anything to diminish his character in public. But we’ve had some times where he’s done things that weren’t so cool, weren’t so nice.”
Phaedra confirmed to Ellen that she is indeed preparing to divorce Nida. “I have made that decision [to divorce him.]”
In the trailer for the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, it’s suggested the Phaedra cheated on Apollo with a man named Chocolate. And of course, the mother of two denied the allegations when DeGeneres asked her about it.
“I think it’s totally absurd to think that I cheated … Everybody knows I do love a snicker bar every once in a while, but it’s definitely not a man from Africa that I ever had an affair with. I think sometimes when people are hurting they do things to hurt other people and there’s been a lot of lashing out from Apollo. I think he’s in an angry place.”
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