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“I Would Have Been Fed Up Before The Jail Situation Ever Came”: Kandi Burruss Speaks On Whether Or Not Phaedra Should Divorce Apollo

September 16th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In a chat with The Breakfast Club alongside her husband Todd Tucker, Kandi Burruss spoke about married life and filming the new season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” During that conversation, she was asked about good friend Phaedra Parks, and whether or not they had spoken about what Parks should do about her marriage. With Apollo Nida currently behind bars and looking at eight full years away from his family, many assume that Parks will run for the hills. But Burruss says she wouldn’t have left Nida over his second stint in jail. In fact, she would have left a long time ago if she was Parks.

If She Advised Parks To File For Divorce:

No, I didn’t tell her to get a divorce. See, I’m cool with Phaedra, but Todd is cool with Apollo. So this conversation gets heated sometimes. He and I debate about the situation.

What She Thought About Nida’s Behavior Over The Years:

It’s a lot of stuff about that situation that you’re going to find out on the new season, so I can’t really tell you. I can’t, no, but it’s some things that will be surprising about that situation that’s going to come on the new season. So I can’t go too far about that. It’s some things that’s going to come back that you’ll see that you’re going to be like, ‘huh!?’

If She Would Leave Her Husband If He Went To Prison:

For me, if it were my husband or whatever, I wouldn’t leave him just because he was going to jail. I wouldn’t. But if it was about the other stuff that was going on that would be different. If he was just doing me wrong all the time, I would be like, ‘I don’t have time for this.’ There are certain things that could put any relationship in a bad position. But I would just say that I would have been fed up before the jail situation ever came…

I feel like, if she does do anything, I feel like she’s going to be judged just because people are like ‘Oh you’re supposed to stay down for your man.’ But nobody really thinks about whatever else may go on. I don’t think that’s fair.

You can check out Burruss’ full conversation, alongside Tucker (who is promoting “Hollywood Divas”) below. Her statements about Parks and Nida start around the 9:25 mark.

Report: Now That Apollo’s Gone Phaedra Feels Safe To File For Divorce

September 11th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Phaedra Feels Safe To File For Divorce

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In today’s “I could have told you that” news, a source told Radar Online that Phaedra Parks is in the process of divorcing Apollo.

The writing was certainly on the wall wasn’t it?

The two had been distant for some time now. Phaedra didn’t show up to his sentencing hearing; and in the months preceding his lock up, the two were rarely, if ever, together.

And then reportedly, things came to a head yesterday, when Apollo came storming into Phaedra’s house yelling, grabbing things and demanding she put money on his books. And all of this went down on the day he was supposed to be reporting to prison.

Hot. Mess.

So it’s really no surprise that she’s done with dude.

The only question is what took her so long?

Well, according to Radar Online’s source:

“Phaedra has been patiently waiting for Apollo to begin serving his prison sentence, and will have him served with divorce papers at the correctional facility in Kentucky. There was no way Phaedra was going to put her life on hold for the next decade, awaiting Apollo to be released. The marriage was a huge mistake, but did give her their beloved kids. There were serious trust issues with Apollo, and Phaedra suspects he has been unfaithful, and has been burning through money. Phaedra has always been the breadwinner, and she began to resent it.”

The source said Phaedra feared for her safety in the past which prevented her from filing sooner. And having Apollo behind bars for nearly a decade gave her a certain level of comfort.

A rep for Phaedra previously said that now she’s focused on making the best decisions for the couple’s two sons and restoring a sense of normalcy to all of their lives.

I wonder if normalcy means she’ll try to get out of her contract with Bravo and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”?

“Stay Tuned…” Apollo Sends Going Away Message To His Fans

September 11th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Yesterday, Apollo Nida was supposed to turn himself in at noon to begin serving his eight year prison sentence. But things didn’t exactly work out like that. Reports say Nida allegedly spent his last few hours at the strip club and then stormed over to Phaedra’s to argue and pack a bag. Bruh, you can’t take it with you.

Anyway, he eventually got his act together and surrendered.

But he sent a message to all of his fans before he went in.

“Well everyone, I have finally arrived at the penitentiary. I’m about to go asunder. Thank you for the support and prayer. Stay tuned and you’ll hear from me shortly.”

Yes, you read that correctly. Unfortunately, Apollo used the word asunder, which, just doesn’t make sense in this context.

I know Apollo was wrong but I still feel sorry for the guy. Eight years is a helluva long time to be away from your children.

We’re sure when he comes back, we’ll be hearing from him…

His friend Peter Thomas sent his friend a farewell message.

“My homeboy @apollonida03 is about to leave us for a min, I need him to know that everyone don’t always get it right, life is a working progress, I will be around for you my brother when you come back home, ONE LOVE. God willing.” 

Working progress?

It’s ok, his heart was in the right place.

Anyway, best wishes to Apollo.

Report: Phaedra And Apollo’s Marriage At Its Breaking Point, Fighting Almost Gets Physical

September 10th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier today, we told you that Apollo Nida did not receive his wish of spending his last days as a free man with his sons, Ayden and Dylan. We found it quite odd that it was impossible for him to make a way to see his children before going to jail for the next 8 years, but a recent TMZ report may offer insight into why.

According to sources, Phaedra has been telling friends the Apollo successfully abandoned his family and has been doing nothing but partying and drinking for the past two months. She reportedly went on to share that things have been so bad between them that she feared he would hit her. The two supposedly haven’t spoken to one another in about a week.

Apollo declined to comment on the report, but those close to him say that he’s extremely angry with his wife. Phaedra also declined to comment on the reports, but she did say that the case and Apollo’s sentencing placed a “tremendous strain” on their family and that she’s working to bring some level of normalcy back to their lives.

Apollo Nida To Report To Prison Today: ‘My Kids Are Going To Have Christmas Without Their Dad’

September 10th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Apollo Nida is scheduled to begin his 8-year prison stint today. But before turning himself in, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star spoke with Forbes’ Kelly Richmond Pope and Dr. April Harris-Britt.

“I have two major regrets,” he revealed. “The first is not being true to myself. When I came out of prison the first time, I told myself that I never wanted to be in this situation again. I had numerous talks with myself. I knew how to stay out of trouble but I lost focus. I didn’t stay true and I found myself quickly caught up in the same lifestyle I left six years prior. When I came home from prison, I wanted to be different. I wanted to live an honest life. I really did. I should have stuck to my guns.”

“My second regret,” he continued, “is letting my boys down. Now, my kids are going to have Christmas without their dad because of my decisions. Although I let them down, I will never stop loving them.”

What he does not have regrets about, however, is appearing on RHoA.

“When I look back on my five years on the show, I don’t regret being on the show. At the time, I thought I was supporting my wife and her role on the show. Now that I look back on where I am now and where I came from, I wish I had taken a step back and truly figured out how to determine a storyline without causing any controversy.”

As for what he’ll miss the most once behind bars, Apollo had this to say:

“First and foremost, I will miss my sons the most. Ayden and Dylan mean the world to me. I grew up without a father so leaving my boys is extremely difficult.”

Strangely, although he’d hoped to spend his last days on the outside with his children, he was unable to. It was not made clear why, but perhaps we’ll know more when season 8 of RHOA airs.

Apollo Nida Reportedly Racing To Finish Tell-All Book Before Heading To Prison Next Week

September 5th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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In just five days, Apollo Nida is scheduled to a begin a very long prison sentence—8 years to be exact. And according to reports, he has been quite busy in the weeks leading up to the big day. Sources tell TMZ that the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star has been racing to finish writing a tell-all book about his life.

Apollo has reportedly gathered a team of writers who have been assisting him in getting his story on paper in a hurry. The book is said to highlight his life, childhood and the events leading up to his run-ins with the law. So far, it’s unclear if his wife and co-star, Phaedra Parks, will have a major presence in the memoir. However, our guess is that he’ll probably have to acknowledge her in some fashion considering how long they’ve been together. Sources add that Apollo already had a photo shoot for the book cover.

It will be interesting to see what direction he takes this book in. One on hand, it could be a very straight-to-the-point memoir about his life and upbringing. On the other, it could turn out to be a more scandalous book filled with secrets about his estranged wife and alleged partner in crime. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see how this all pans out though.

Would you be interested in reading Apollo’s autobiography?

Will Phaedra Be There? Apollo Nida Must Report To Federal Prison To Start 8-Year Sentence On September 10

August 28th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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On September 10, at noon, RHOA husband Apollo Nida must report to federal prison to begin serving an eight-year sentence.

According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, Nida will travel to Lexington, Kentucky to surrender himself at the FMC Lexington Prison. Nida could have faced up to 30 years in prison for bank fraud and identity theft, but was sentenced to just eight. Since then, things have been difficult for him, as he was hit with a $1.9 million lien in restitution and as a penalty over his involvement in a massive fraud ring.

And it seems that his relationship with Phaedra Parks is on thin ice. She’s already back filming “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (the ladies are currently filming in Puerto Rico) and the two haven’t been seen together since the reunion show. Some women escort their partners to the facility when it’s time to surrender, but we doubt that Parks will take the trip.  Nida felt some type of way about his wife not even being present for his sentencing:

“I doubt [that my marriage will survive this]. My wife didn’t even fu**ing show up for my sentencing. I’m still kind of salty about that.”

But Nida says that he is sorry about hurting his family and others. Specifically, he’s sad that he won’t be around for his sons (though he often only mentions Aiden and not Dylan):

“I’m still human. At the end of the day, I am remorseful. Coming from a non-father, non-mother background, I feel most sad and disappointed that I let my little man down. But at the end of the day, it is what it is. You must go and pay and contribute to the piper and do what you gotta do and come on back and be graceful about it.”

 

 

Report: Feds Hit Apollo Nida With $1.9 Million Lien To Pay Back His Fraud Victims

August 22nd, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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As if things couldn’t get any worse for Apollo Nida. Now the convicted money launderer has a federal lien against him.

The federal government wanted the  $1.9 Million that the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast mate owes as part of his criminal conviction. According to an exclusive from theJasmineBRAND.com, he’s been served with a lien for the restitution. Nida, husband of  RHOA star Phaedra Parks was ordered to pay a total of $1,948,314.85 in restitution and as a penalty over charges he played a part in a massive fraud ring. The money is to pay back the victims of his crime.

We aren’t sure how he will pay back this huge amount of money. Networth2013.com estimates the personal trainer’s net worth to be around $250,000.

He did have some good news last month. He may get time cut from his sentence after he agreed to a 500-hour “intense” drug treatment program during his eight-year sentence. “Law enforcement sources connected to the case tell us Apollo only got into the program because he has a prior DUI — and we’re told his real motivation is lowering his sentence. Inmates who successfully complete the program typically get early releases,” reports TMZ.

Nida, who was arrested in January, pleaded guilty in May to charges in a fraud scheme in which he stole millions of dollars from at least 50 people over four years. As part of his sentence, Nida, 35, must serve five years under parole supervision after he completes his eight years in a federal prison,” reports CNN.

According to federal prosecutors, Nida formed two fake collection agencies to collect personal data that he then in turn used to steal victims’ identities. He used the information to get fraudulent auto loans in the names of his victims.

According to Special Agent Alexandre Herrera in a sworn affidavit, Nida “knowingly and willfully (did) execute and attempt to execute a scheme to defraud federally insured financial institutions by depositing stolen and fraudulently obtained checks and fraudulently obtained auto loan proceeds into bank accounts opened in the stolen identities of real persons, and conspire with others to do so, and knowingly convert to his use and the use of others stolen and fraudulently obtained United States Treasury Checks.”

In addition to the fake auto loan checks, he also stole U.S. Treasury checks, “retirement checks issued to Delta Airlines employees, and checks in the names of real people that were owed unclaimed property from various state and federal government agencies.”

Nida has been in prison before. He previously served five years in a federal prison for auto title fraud before he married to Parks in 2009. There are questions about whether Phaedra is going to stick with her hubby.

When A Woman’s Fed Up: 15 Celebrities Who Were Smart Enough To Leave Their Men

August 1st, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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With the drama between Apollo Nida and estranged wife Phaedra Parks, MadameNoire complied a list of 15 celebrities who left their men for cheating, lies and schemes. These ladies were fed up with it all and decided to move on with their lives.

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Phaedra Parks

Apollo Nida was upset with Parks for not showing up at his sentencing. “She didn’t even turn up for the f****** sentencing,” he said. But when a woman’s fed up, she’s gone. And that’s exactly what happened. It doesn’t seem like their marriage will be able to last the eight years he’ll spend in prison for identity theft and fraud. But regardless of what advice Parks gets, she seems to have made up her mind that their marriage is done. She’s busy trying to take care of herself and two sons with her book, Secrets of the Southern Belle.

Exclusive: NeNe Leakes Talks New HSN Clothing Line, Cynthia & Marlo, Wendy Williams & Why She Keeps Coming Back To RHOA

July 30th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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NeNe Leakes Talks New HSN Clothing Line

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NeNe Leakes doesn’t really need any introduction around these parts does she? At least once a week something she’s said, done or something that involves her, in one way or another, is featured here on MN. We’re always talking about NeNe and have been since she joined the cast of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” with her one of kind brand of “keepin’ it real.” In honor of her launching her new clothing line with HSN, we got a chance to speak to Ms. Leakes about everything from her new business venture with HSN, the end of her friendships with Marlo and Cynthia, the issues she has with Wendy Williams, why she can’t leave RHOA even if she wanted to and whether or not we’ll see her on Broadway. Just like the NeNe we see on television, Ms. Leakes in real life had plenty to say when we spoke to her on the phone and I ended the conversation remembering just how she became the one-to-watch reality star that she is today. See what she had to say.

What inspired the clothing line?

I wanted women of all ages, all shapes, all sizes to feel comfortable and confident in the clothes that they’re wearing. My motto was, for every woman to walk into her closet, walk out of her closet and own it. I just want them to own it. I would go out like that. I would have women that would approach me and say things like, ‘Hey NeNe where do you buy your clothes?’ First thing they would say, ‘You’ve lost so much weight.’ And I would say ‘No I haven’t.’ You watch me on television and I know television sometimes makes people look much larger but I’m not plus size. But people thought I was plus size from watching me on television and I would say, you know I need to come out with a line of  clothing that makes women feel good, affordable luxury. I’m able to walk through the store and obviously buy things that are very expensive but there was a time in my life when I couldn’t afford things either. So we came out with a line with good fabrics, things that really felt good, things that wash good, things that dry cleaned well, things that didn’t tear. And then clothes for larger, curvier girls. We can tap into a market that nobody is really tapping into right now and that’s what I did.

 

What made you chose to partner with HSN?

We took meetings with a lot of different people. And HSN actually felt right. When they walked into the room we totally clicked. And you need to really work with people who really understand and get you. They even took a little bit of a chance too. There’s a reason why people aren’t going into market for the curvier girls. They felt like it was a little scary to kind of go up to sizes that were so large but I felt very adamant about us clothing the curvier girl. And I felt like the curvier woman or girl would want to come out and purchase this line if we made things that weren’t frumpy, if we only made things that were stylish. I felt like a lot of their issues were they couldn’t find things that were stylish in the market.

I’m a beginner in the fashion industry so I wanted to be able to learn my craft. One thing I hate is doing things that I don’t have the full knowledge of. I feel like I can turn it all the way out if I have full knowledge of how the game works.

 

NeNe Leakes Talks New HSN Clothing Line

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Did you get into reality TV to use it as a platform? 

You know when I first started I didn’t really know what the whole reality tv world was about. I had watched “Flavor of Love” and the two brothers [from "I Love New York."] The Osbournes and “The Real World” but I really didn’t know that much about reality shows. I was acting at the time. I was going back and forth from Atlanta to Los Angeles to be a part of  pilot season. And when I got approached by these producers to do the housewives of Atlanta I wasn’t thinking about anything other than maybe this could help my acting career. So I didn’t really go into the show with a plan. Once I got on the show and saw what the show was, I was like ‘Oh ok, I’m about ready to turn this into a business. We really need to start working on our dreams.’ And just from that– I didn’t even know how I was going to work on my dream actually.

I met this man, whose my manager now, Steven Grossman, he would say ‘I see all of these things for you. I watch you and I feel like you can do this, that or the other.’ And I thought, ‘Ok, so he wants some money.’ So I let the meeting go and went a whole other year and he would always try to send me a message like I still want to work with you and I was like ‘Ok…no!’ Until one day, I sat back and thought I just really learned the game after doing the show a couple of seasons.

I really was able to work on the show and saw that there were so many girls on the show who wanted to be popular. It was so weird to me because honestly… honestly I never wanted to be popular. I never thought about that. I always thought, I want to damn eat and I want some damn money. When other girls on the show were thinking about how popular they were, I felt like I was always popular. I was popular in high school. It was never that serous to me. These girls wanted rich boyfriends but they never wanted to do anything. They just wanted to date a popular guy. So I learned real quick. I thought, hey I’m married. All I can do right now is try to figure out how we can eat. It just popped in my mind to start working, you got to do other things outside of this show. So I reached back out to Steven and I said let’s give this a try. And it just worked for us. It just worked in my favor that people wanted to meet with me.