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Phaedra Parks Confirms Decision To Divorce Apollo Nida + Denies Cheating

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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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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs

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If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.

 

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