Last week on Real Housewives of Atlanta we learned that Phaedra was trying her best to keep away from Apollo Nida. She refused to be alone with him, using her mama and children as a full-body shield. This week we can expect this dance to continue, as Apollo tracks her down at their son’s dental appointment to try for another confrontation. Despite Phaedra trying to avoid him, Apollo was getting a lot of screen time as cameras followed him for his sentencing. This week Kenya will also film with Apollo to finish up the “did they or didn’t they cheat” story arc that has been playing out since Kenya joined the show.
Thankfully for Phaedra Apollo entered prison and is serving out his eight year term. She’s told tabloids that he’s “blowing up her phone” but she won’t take any collect calls because every penny must be saved for THE CHILDREN. That’s cold – to not let him talk to her kids, but she probably is worried that he’ll try to incriminate her in his legal mess if he does get her on the phone.
NeNe was the WWHL guest after the show and took that opportunity to slam her former BFF Cynthia Bailey. She used her blog to throw shade at her castmates, blogging:
“As far as Phaedra and Apollo, it’s always sad to see a family end no matter who’s right or wrong. I’m glad I can say I was a rock for Phaedra during this time and never judged her. This definitely should be an eye opener for her as well, because it’s always the ones you never thought would support you that do and the ones you thought would be there during rough times that always seem to magically disappear. “
Phaedra didn’t really blog for Bravo, but the posted a Q & A with Phaedra in lieu of a blog. Asked about how hard it was to deal with the legal situation, she wrote:
“Words cannot express the turmoil this situation has caused our family, and I can’t even begin to articulate how hard it has been. When you face a situation like this, you can choose to either break down or stay strong; I chose to stay strong because I have two young children that need a parent to give them stability and keep the ship sailing. I’ve been criticized for not being at Apollo’s hearing, but the truth is I had been there for him in so many ways for such a long time. By the time all of this went down, it was apparent the marriage was over and my focus needed to be exclusively on the wellbeing of our children. I don’t think there’s a parent out there who wouldn’t agree.”
I’m not sure if I agree or don’t agree – I’ve never been in that situation, and he was a felon when she married him – so this wasn’t exactly a surprise. But that said, he treated her like crap.
Asked if any of her cast mates had reached out, she conspicuously left out Kandi’s name – and responded:
“NeNe and Porsha have been extremely supportive of me and very attentive throughout this entire ordeal, and for that I am extremely grateful. Unfortunately, some of the others decided to use my personal crisis as an opportunity to further their own interests and talk to the media to get press for themselves. The lack of compassion was, at times, shocking.”
Kandi also blogged in the Q & A style (perhaps this is a new thing to get them to blog??) Asked about how hard it was to be friends with both Phaedra and Apollo during this mess, she replied:
“It’s very hard. Phaedra is always assuming I’m siding with Apollo, which isn’t true. Todd and Apollo became pretty good friends, so I would say he takes Apollo’s side a lot. Todd and I have serious debates over their issues. Sometimes I get to the point where I’m like, “Listen Todd, we shouldn’t be arguing about their problems.” It’s crazy really… At the end of the day Phaedra is my girl. I’m always going to be honest with her about what I think. Sometimes we have a difference of opinion, but it’s not because I’m taking anyone’s side against her. Never that! It always sucks when two people that you really like are going through something as crazy as this. I’ve always heard that when a married couple goes through a divorce the people close to them end up going through the divorce with them. I never understood what that meant before, but I do now.”
Kenya did a regular blog, and lamented about Porsha’s lack of remorse or apology over their altercation at the reunion. Andy Cohen also talked about it quite a bit in his book. At the time he felt Porsha was to blame and sent her home. Many people disagreed with him, and he couldn’t figure out how people would see things so differently. I tend to agree with Kenya – a physical assault is not an acceptable response to a verbal assault. But Kenya really does push buttons looking for a response.
Kenya also issued a challenge to NeNe to live up to her end of the deal that they both donate to a charity of Kenya’s choice.
“During the last reunion, NeNe promised to make a $20,000 charitable donation to the charity of my choice “when I wrote the check.” I chose the Detroit Public Schools Foundation because education leads to success. Detroit is bankrupt and the inequities that befall poor students should not exist. One significant way to instill confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, and your future is through a solid educational foundation. I was poor but attended the best magnet schools in Detroit because I was smart. The city of Detroit is bankrupt, therefore, the schools are not being properly funded. Despite our differences, NeNe made a promise to donate $20,000 if I made my donation. Certified funds from my personal bank account were donated to honor this great cause and the DPSF has received my $20,000. I beg NeNe to be a woman of her word and send her donation.”
NeNe has chosen to ignore Kenya.
And finally Cynthia. She says she did reach out to Phaedra via text. She’s close – but not besties – with Kenya – but they are fine with each other. She and NeNe didn’t communicate between the reunion and filming the next season. Mostly she talked about Peter.
It looks like it’s going to be a great season. Let’s Chat!