Kenya Moore is thriving as a single mom.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star was in the thick of her divorce from husband Marc Daly when filming season 1 of the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip in April. During episode 3 of RHUGT, Kenya became emotional about her split but now months later the reality TV star says she’s thriving and is enjoying being single.
“What’s liberating is to be able to live through it and come out better for it. I’m excited for this new chapter and this new life,” she tells Page Six.
“I felt lost in my marriage,” she recalled. “I lost myself, I lost my voice and I lost a lot of my confidence and self-esteem because of everything that was happening with the relationship.”
Kenya officially filed for divorce in August but her marriage to Marc was over long before she put in the paperwork to dissolve their union. The couple shares daughter Brooklyn, 3.
The turning point for Kenya was realizing that she and her daughter “deserved better.”
“The light at the end of the tunnel … was feeling that I’ll be OK, that I was over being in a toxic relationship and [realizing] that the choices I was making were not right for my daughter — because her mommy has to be happy first and then she will be happy,” she explained. “So, to stay in a relationship that’s not good does not mean that it’s the best for the children. It’s not.”
The reality TV star says she made multiple attempts to make her marriage work even reconciling after a prior split. They split for good in January 2021.
“I was very patient,” she said. “And, again, I made decisions that I wouldn’t necessarily make [today] to keep the relationship there.”
Now, with the end of her marriage in sight, Kenya says she’s living her “best life” and can’t wait for fans to see “happy, divorce-free Kenya” on season 14 of RHOA.
“[I’m] someone that’s starting my path over … and just doing things the way I want to do them, living life with reckless abandon,” she said. “I’m just getting back into it, honey. I’m getting my groove back. I’m the Kenya that came in Season 5, but now [it’s] 10 years later and my life has changed so much and now you’re getting a brand new Kenya. I’m having so much fun.”
Kenya is even looking forward to getting back into the dating pool; revealing her ideal partner.
“I’m taking the calls and getting the people calling me wanting to set me up,” she said. “I’m just trying to figure out what I want to do, but I definitely think they’ll see a little bit of that this season, for sure. Instead of ‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back,’ it’ll be, ‘How Kenya Got Her Groove Back.’”
She is looking for a man who is “funny, kind, sweet, thoughtful, protective and successful.” She jokes that an older version of her DWTS partner Brandon Armstrong would be ideal.
“He would be the prototype but older,” she said, before noting, “We’re always going to be close. He’s family now.”
Meanwhile, Kenya is focusing on co-parenting with Marc. In June, Kenya was awarded primary custody of Brooklyn and was granted permission to allow her to appear on RHOA.
“It’s still a work in progress but I’m hopeful that we will be able to get to a point where it’s very smooth and [there’s] definitely no issues with it,” she said. “We’re still working that roadmap out right now. But so far, so good.”
Season 14 of RHOA will likely premiere on Bravo in early Spring 2022.