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Exclusive: NeNe Leakes Talks New HSN Clothing Line, Cynthia & Marlo, Wendy Williams & Why She Keeps Coming Back To RHOA
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.
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.
Over the weekend rumors started to swirl that Phaedra Parks wouldn’t be coming back for the next season of “Real Housewives Of Atlanta.” And while that would make sense considering all of the drama that’s currently brewing in her household right now, it doesn’t seem to be the case.
According to TMZ, not only is Phaedra scheduled to participate in the upcoming season, she’s been shooting for a month now. A source told TMZ that the rumors of her taking a leave of absence from the show are just not true.
And she’s not the only one. Her husband Apollo Nida will also appear on the show until he has to begin serving his eight year prison sentence for fraud. Though I did hear some tea that Phaedra refused to film with Apollo. Apparently, she was driving to a restaurant to do a scene and when she learned that Apollo was there, she said she wasn’t coming. But that’s all hearsay at this point.
Naturally, the cameras want to capture some of the drama associated with Apollo’s sentence and the stress and strain it’s caused in the Nida/Parks marriage.
The rumors that Phaedra was quitting may have surfaced because a source confirmed that Phaedra may skip some filming to take care of family business but that’s far from leaving the show altogether.
I wish I could say I was surprised. But honestly, this is the most interesting thing that’s ever happened to Phaedra and Apollo.
Apollo Turning To God In Wake Of 8-Year Prison Sentence: ‘I Had Definitely Fallen Off My Spirituality A Lot’
He may not have his wife in his corner for his 8-year prison stint, but he’ll have God. “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Apollo Nida appears to have turned his attention back to his faith after learning that he’ll probably be spending the better portion of the next 8 years in prison.
“I was captivated by a lot of things,” Apollo said during his recent chat with Be100 Radio. “I had definitely fallen off my spirituality a lot. When I came home for those six years, I lost myself, who I was as a person.”
Apparently being sent back to prison served as some sort of wake-up call for the father of two, who says he’s going to be making some major changes once his sentence begins.
“Once you forgive yourself, then let it go. He said He’d make that enemy your footstool,” Apollo expressed. “I’m supposed to go in there, recreate myself the way that I did the first time, but this time don’t lose myself. Stay true to myself.”
“I wanna stay prayed up, stay spiritual, and I kinda drifted away from that and became just a product of my environment and the world,” he continued.
“I think the message for me is, ‘Apollo, go sit down. Get back in the Word. Get spiritually rooted and then come out and rock the world.”
Although plenty of folks have been getting on Apollo for all of sudden wanting to reconnect with the Lord now that he’s in trouble, his personal relationship with God is his own business. Hopefully, he learns his lesson this time.
Apollo Nida To Enter Rehab To Trim Time Off His Sentence Even Though He’s Not Currently Addicted To Anything…
As Apollo Nida prepares to face a maximum of eight years in prison for bank fraud, it appears that he’s doing everything in his power to cut as much time off of his sentence as he can. Even if that means going through drug treatment counseling that he doesn’t necessarily need.
According to TMZ, Nida was arrested in the past for DUI, and court documents show that he has agreed to take part in a 500-hour drug rehabilitation program while he does his sentence, a program reportedly described as “intense.” Nida hasn’t found himself in any trouble because of drugs or alcohol since his DUI arrest, but because inmates usually are offered early release after finishing up such a program, it seems that he’s seeking rehab to get out of jail as soon as he can.
While Nida hopes to get out of jail early to return to his sons, he isn’t optimistic about returning home to Phaedra Parks. In a recent radio interview, he said that their marriage probably won’t make it, especially since Parks wasn’t there to support him at his lowest point:
“My wife didn’t even f—ing show up for my sentencing. I’m still kind of salty about that.”
I’m very hesitant to speak on other people’s marital problems. Marriage is very easy to discuss when you’re not married. Everyone seems to have the answers and easy solutions to what married people need to do, but when you’re in a marriage, the lines are muddied by the waters of love, expectation, family and the such. But with all of that said… really Apollo?!
Last week we posted an article addressing how his life has been since his sentencing. As most people hypothesized, he addressed that his marriage to Phaedra might indeed be on the outs.
“I doubt [that my marriage will survive this],” the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” said during a recent interview with B100 Radio. “My wife didn’t even f—ing show up for my sentencing. I’m still kind of salty about that.”
Okay, now I was already feeling a level of disgust when he did that pathetic photo with the caption: “Who will ride with me?” But this is just too much for my sense of reality. Are you kidding me, dude?!
Now let’s be real, there’s always a level of deception in relationships, especially when you’re first dating. Chris Rock expressed this in his Bigger and Blacker stand-up comedy special. He explained that when you’re first meeting someone, you’re meeting their representatives. That’s true. Everyone’s on their best behavior, and it extends when the relationship begins to become serious. Men will adamantly tell you how they will always love you, protect you, be romantic, and offer you a never wavering shoulder of support. Women will do the same thing. They’ll cook for you, clean up after you, and will sing (or if you’re like me and don’t have great singing abilities, but have mastered the art of “talk-singing”) Kelly Rowland’s verse on “Cater 2 U,” expressing their desire of always being appealing to you, domestically, physically, and emotionally.
It’s not until you begin to get really comfortable, that you begin to let the façade fall and your true colors show. Especially if you introduce children into the mix (“You want me to cater to you? Change this child’s diaper, do that and then we’ll talk.”) Within a relationship you learn to either be a better version of yourself, due to wanting to keep the person in your life, or you just embrace your faults and hope the other person will accept them as well.
However, there’s something to say about men who want full acceptance of their flaws and expect their partner to mindlessly go along with the foolishness. Now, I’m not talking about all men, just the constant victim, the I want a ride or die chick, but will quickly drop a woman if she does the same thing that I do type of dudes.
I’ve seen men who have abused their wives and girlfriends only to get mad at her when she finally leaves, but blast her on Facebook to get back at her. Get back at her for what?! You were the one doing the dirt!
Which leads me back to the Apollo, who’s-gonna-ride-for-my-crap situation. Now, I’m not going to ever pretend like I knew what their marriage was like. But I do know that it probably wasn’t easy on Phaedra to have to constantly defend the character of her husband when he was released from prison the first time. When other people took any opportunity to bash him (and we have the entire third season or “Real Housewives of Atlanta” as proof of that), she defended him because she loved him. She was riding with you then. After “text-gate” with those inappropriate texts with Kenya Moore, she still rode for you. When you played her oh-so bogusly on episodes of last season’s RHOA and she stood there quietly, knowing that her silence would be broadcast to millions, she rode for you. Granted, we didn’t see her fall out, which I’m pretty sure happened when the cameras were gone, but she took a slide so you could look like a man. She rode with you.
But let me ask you something, when were you riding for her? Were you riding for her when you and your “right hand b—h” were defrauding innocent people? Were you riding for her when you so callously put your foot down in an attempt to prove that you’re a man, while also stomping her reputation?
It just bothers me when I see these men who demand women to be by their side, constantly, even in the face of not just their wrong doing, but sometimes in the face of infidelity. (And if I hear another man say: “But that’s just what men do, women can’t do what men do,” I’m going to vomit… all over your faces.) But the crazy thing about it is, if the shoe was on the other foot, would men stay? If a woman cheated on her husband or boyfriend, how many men would unabashedly leave, citing crap about their pride? But you expect women to just be empty shells of thoughtless obedience?
Men, respect needs to come from both ends. You can’t behave dirty and not expect to deal with some uncomfortable consequences. It’s like blaming a mirror for not liking your reflection. The mirror didn’t make you look this way, it’s only showing you how you look. Don’t question the mirror’s loyalty to you for not reflecting what you wanted to see.
You want people to ride for you, then ride for them as well. If not, catch a bus or something.
Well, it turns out the rumors are true. Apollo Nida recently confirmed that his marriage is definitely in trouble and probably won’t survive his 8-year prison stint.
“I doubt [that my marriage will survive this],” the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star said during a recent interview with B100 Radio. “My wife didn’t even f—ing show up for my sentencing. I’m still kind of salty about that.”
As for how the sentencing has impacted his family life, Apollo says:
“It’s hell—hell on wheels. I’ve asked God to forgive me and I’ve forgiven myself. I had to move on [...] I just really had to bite down. I was going through so much. It doesn’t make you less of a man to cry and shed tears. I’ve just really been upset at just how I was raised and that I could possibly be taking my son through the same thing. But by the grace of God, he’s still young and we have many years ahead of us. For me, I just can’t make the same mistakes.”
He went on to sort of imply that there were other people involved in his fraud scheme who simply haven’t been caught.
“It’s all on me. A lot of people could be held accountable. But at the end of the day, it’s all on me. It’s over now. I’m gonna pay back the $1.9 million and keep it going. By the grace of God I was able to get that down. I think it was like 14 before.”
Interestingly, he also expressed remorse for the crimes he committed and having to leave his children.
“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.”
It sucks that their marriage has fallen apart, especially since there are children involved. But maybe this is all for the best.
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In this week’s new print issue of In Touch Weekly, a source close to Phaedra Parks says that the Real Housewives of Atlanta star doesn’t plan to stick around to watch Apollo Nida go through another stint in jail. Nida did five years for racketeering from 2004 to 2009, and soon after he was released, he wed Parks in November 2009. From there, they had little Ayden, 3, and baby Dylan, 1, and all seemed good. But then their communication issues started popping up on the show (remember when he left her sitting outside of their hotel room in Mexico after she caught him and Kenya being Chatty Cathys?), he was having inappropriate interactions with Kenya Moore, and of course, he got involved in more illegal schemes that would come back to haunt him.
Now a source says that Parks “wants to leave him” and has wanted to for a while.
“If they never started a family, she would have filed for divorce long ago. But this is going to push Phaedra to act quickly.”
The source says that she wanted to make her family work for her sons, but she can’t deal with Nida’s never-ending legal issues.
If Phaedra does head for the exit, this wouldn’t be a major shocker. For one, she wasn’t present at Nida’s sentencing, and we really haven’t seen the couple together (as in the same room) since Nida was telling Kenya Moore to get ready to put money on his “books” if he was sentenced to do more jail time at the RHOA reunion months ago.
After the sentencing, Kandi Burruss said that her friend was distracting herself with work:
“Phaedra’s doing great. She’s basically working. That’s how I deal with things too; when I have a lot going on, I just put more into work.
I know that she’s promoting her book and doing the book tour and stuff like that and she’s not really trying to focus as much on what’s happening.”
Nida posted a cryptic message days after his sentencing, asking “Who will ride with me??” And even though Parks said she would stand by him until his trial had concluded, it’s unclear what her next move will be. But someone who thinks she should stay is Gayla St. Julien, Nida’s alleged co-conspirator who is serving time for her role in all that bank fraud. In an interview with us from behind bars, she said that if Parks knowingly benefited in any way from the money Nida made illegally, she shouldn’t abandon him now:
“There were benefits that had been reaped and so if you go into a marriage and you know what a person is involved in, and you say ‘Okay, I can deal with it,’ and you take the diamonds, you take the trips, you take the bikes, you take the whatevers–then you take the time too.”
But we’ll have to wait and see what happens…
As part of his probation, this is how restitution will go:
The defendant shall pay any financial penalty that is imposed by this judgment, and that remains unpaid at the commencement of the term of supervised release. The defendant shall make restitution payments from any wages he may earn in prison in accordance with the Bureau of Prisons Financial Responsibility Program. Any portion of restitution that is not paid in full at the time of the defendant’s release from imprisonment shall become a condition of supervision and be paid at the monthly rate of not less than $150.00 plus 25% of gross income in excess of $2300.00 per month.
The lesson here is that not only do you reap what you sow, but you for sure have to pay back what you owe too…
When it was first announced that Apollo Nida had been sentenced to eight years in prison, most folks knew that if no other RHoA cast member would offer comment on this matter, Kenya Moore would certainly have something to say. And like clockwork, Kenya offered a reaction to the sentencing via her Twitter page.
“You can’t kick someone while they are down even if they fell trying to trip you. Offer them a hand instead.”
“You don’t have to lie, cheat or steal to be relevant at the expense of others. The real losers are innocent children. May God bless them.”
While her reaction was pretty mild in comparison to previous comments that she has made in regard to Apollo’s inevitable prison stay, it still contained undeniable hints of “I told you so.” Now, she’s taking things a step further. On Twitter, the former pageant queen recently revealed to fans that she has plans to reach out to her archenemy and co-star, Phaedra Parks.
@MsNicoleBarrett yes I have to wish her well
— KENYA MOORE (@KenyaMoore) July 8, 2014
Kenya also brushed off questions about whether or not she would use Apollo’s sentencing to taunt Phaedra next season.
@reauxsocrazy come on that’s silly
— KENYA MOORE (@KenyaMoore) July 8, 2014
Considering that she reached out to Porsha after learning of her shocking divorce—despite their beef—it’s certainly not far fetched that she would reach out to Phaedra. But we’re not convinced that she won’t be using this situation to hit Phae Phae below the belt next season. Y’all remember how she did Porsha last season?
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For some time now, rumors have been circulating that Phaedra is on the brink of leaving her husband, Apollo Nida. And now that he has officially been sentenced to 8 years in prison, the subtle signs that a divorce may be coming have become difficult to simply ignore and sweep under the rug. For one, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star was visibly absent from Apollo’s sentencing hearing a couple of days ago.
Shortly following the sentencing, co-star Kandi Burruss was asked about her friend and Kandi expressed that Phaedra was doing “great” in the wake of the sentencing.
“Phaedra’s doing great. She’s basically working. That’s how I deal with things too; when I have a lot going on, I just put more into work,” Kandi said. “I know that she’s promoting her book and doing the book tour and stuff like that and she’s not really trying to focus as much on what’s happening.”
Since the sentencing, Apollo also took to Twitter and posed an interesting question.
I got a question ??? Who will ride with me?? Thanks
; APOLLO NIDA RHOA (@apollonida03) July 10, 2014
We’re kind of wondering the same thing. Since news leaked regarding the charges being brought against him, the million dollar question has been whether or not Phaedra will stick with him through another stay in the slammer. Sadly, this seems to be a question that Apollo may not know the answer to either.
“I think that we have lost sight of the true picture, which is that we did take an oath to God and we did build a family and a brand. Whatever has come of this reality fiasco, we have had two beautiful children, and at the end of the day, I only wish her the best,” Apollo said back in April. “I can’t say if it [our marriage] is going to last. But I hope that it does…I definitely love her. I’ve grown to love her more.”
This is such a tough predicament to be in.