Phaedra Parks will soon make her return to The Real Housewives of Atlanta for it’s eighth season. Phaedra’s marital issues with husband Apollo Nida played a huge rule this past season as she struggled with the idea of allowing her children to visit Apollo in jail. Phaedra is now opening up on what she feels her purpose in life is and how the reality show is not of great personal importance.
Phaedra appears on the cover of Rolling Out along with giving a sit down interview. Find out what Phaedra has to say:
You’re on a show where you can get pulled into situations and it’s not always about “speaking life.” How do you deal with that?
I’m on a show where they speak death all the time. But the way I have conducted myself has set me apart because I really try to think before I speak. I try not to say things that I can’t come back from. I’m always very careful, and just because you’re thinking something doesn’t mean that you should say it. But there’ve been a lot of times where I wanted to rip somebody’s wig off.
And that’s often what the public wants, right?
?Oh definitely. And a lot of times people will say, “You’re not a role model.” But when you’re on a platform like “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” where millions of people around the world watch you, you have a duty to conduct yourself in a way that you edify the whole race. If my children are watching this show 10 years from now, I don’t ever want there to be a moment where they’re disappointed or embarrassed, because at the end of the day, you are your children’s role model.
You always seem to be thinking two or three steps ahead. Have you ever considered that maybe you overthink things?
?No. I think anyone that’s smart is always thinking forward. The smart person is always thinking about the next phase of their life. At the end of the day, my legacy won’t be that I was on a reality show. I want my legacy to be that I’ve made a change for many people, opened doors for women, that I was a great mother juggling a family and a career. Not that I was a fool on a reality show. There’s no honor in that.
Do you ever find yourself wanting to distance yourself from people who want that to be their legacy?
?I don’t think people who have that goal have anything in common with me. I’ve built my life on things that are more solid. Fame is fleeting. Wealth is what’s real. Who cares about being famous? Making strides that will go into history is what’s important to me.
Thoughts on what Phaedra had to say??