The season eight inaugural episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta was a rough one for star Cynthia Bailey as she dealt with video proof of what looked like her husband Peter being unfaithful. While Peter’s video was the hot topic during the episode, there’s more to the story than what we witnessed. After episode one, Cynthia took to her Bravo blog to discuss her confrontation with Peter and their relationship. See what Cynthia had to say below!
Cynthia reveals that it was very tough dealing with Peter’s video publicly. “It was extremely difficult dealing with the video of Peter. No woman (or man for that matter) expects (or hopes) to see her or his spouse appear to be cheating or having an indiscretion in a video. Especially one that has gone viral! How would one prepare for this? I was confused, shocked, hurt, and humiliated at the same time. Then I just became pissed at Peter for his recklessness, in consideration, and carelessness. Of course, I let Peter have it. I was furious! Peter and I are in the public eye, so in addition to dealing with this personally, I had to deal with it publicly as well. I had to dig deep, and ask myself a lot of heavy questions about my relationship and whether or not it would survive.”
As for her statement that she isn’t attracted to Peter with his clothes off, Cynthia clarifies her previous remarks. “When Peter and I first met, I was attracted to everything about him. However, his confidence really stood out. He was handsome, successful, funny, smart, and sexy. He owned all of it. I have always been more attracted to my husband’s mind than his body. When my sister Malorie asked me if I was still attracted to Peter with his clothes off, she was referring to him physically, not sexually. My honest answer was no. For me, physical attraction and sexual attraction are two different subjects, and one has nothing to do with the other.”
Cynthia goes on to say, “At the time of Malorie’s visit, the video had just come out, we were dealing with the stress of other martial issues, and Peter had packed on some unwanted pounds. Is it possible to be sexually attracted to someone and not be physically attracted to them? Physical attraction is important in any marriage or relationship, but it is only one of many factors that will keep a healthy relationship together. I think men hold women to a much higher standard when it comes to physical attraction. Most women love from more of an emotional and spiritual connection that usually goes beyond the physical. This is an issue that a lot of women can relate to but are not comfortable talking about out loud.”
While Peter may not have liked her launch party ensemble, which consisted of white bikini and embellished cover-up, Cynthia says she was trying to take the focus off her personal life and give people something else to talk about. “I thought that since I was debuting my sunglasses, it would be fun to wear something that tied into a summer beach feeling. Also, this was my first big public outing with the girls since the video had gone viral, and I knew it was still the talk of the town. It was important for me to stand strong, be true to myself, and put all of my energy into my eyewear launch party, and not make it about my personal life. I think my outfit was a successful and fabulous distraction.”
Thoughts on Cynthia’s blog post? Do you think Cynthia is still attracted and in love with Peter? Does Peter owe Cynthia a huge apology for the video? Do you think Peter cheated?