It has been months since RHOA star Phaedra Parks’ estranged husband Apollo Nida has reported prison. In Apollo’s absence, Phaedra has had to become both a mother and father to their two children. Phaedra is finally opening about her life without Apollo and how she has gotten through the tough times.
Phaedra reveals that her divorce and Apollo going to jail are the death of a dream, but she’s trying to handle it with grace.“Like many women I had this ideal picture of the American dream and I thought I was actually living it,” she told Steve Harvey on his talk show Monday. “This was like death of a dream because I thought that I had married someone that I thought I was going to fill this incredible life with. I’ve got two beautiful kids and this pretty much ended it all very abruptly. I think that people go through things all the time and they handle it differently and I think I’ve handled it the best way that I knew how. I’ve tried to handle it in a way that my sons could be proud of me, but also hopefully I could show to other women when you have very hard situations you can still be a lady and maintain a sense of dignity.”
As for support, Phaedra dished that only some of her RHOA co-stars have been supportive.“To answer that, they really haven’t been,” she said. “Well, I can’t say all of them haven’t been. Porsha and NeNe have been very supportive, but they have been through similar situations. Not like mine, no prison or anything like that, but they’ve had situations in their marriages and relationships that were very difficult that played out in public.”
“And so NeNe, you know, she has been the person who has called me every day, sent me texts just to make sure I was OK and just really been very supportive,” she said. “You know, we’re not the best of friends, but she has been a wonderful friend throughout this ordeal.”
Phaedra also reveals that it doesn’t matter if the cameras are rolling or not, she and her family are still being judged.“It’s extremely tough because, of course, when you’re on TV people judge you and they think actually know you,” she said. “And like I always tell people reality isn’t always real. You see a portion of our lives, a very small snippet, and you don’t know the entire story…This is real life. I’m a mother. I have feelings like everyone else. I have these two great boys that I’m trying to raise into healthy strong men. This is not what I signed up for.”
Phaedra made no mention of her BFF Kandi being there to help, perhaps the two are really on the outs at this point. Maybe Phaedra just needs to walk away from reality TV at this point and focus on her career and kids. I doubt that will happen, but it’s just a thought.
Do you think Phaedra has handled her split from Apollo and his jail sentence well? Do you think Kandi and Phaedra aren’t friends anymore? Should Phaedra quit reality TV?