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Apollo Nida Says Spending $8,000 At The Strip Club Is The Same As Women Spending Thousands On Designer Bags
If you’ll recall, during this most recent season of Real Housewives of Atlanta, at the doomed lingerie party, Apollo Nida admitted that he spends thousands of dollars, in one night at that, when he goes to the strip club. While that sounds preposterous to the everyday person with bills, celebrities do it all the time. But then again, last time I checked, the men on RHOA don’t get paid to be on the show, and it’s not 100 percent clear what Nida does for his dollars.
In a recent interview with Sister 2 Sister‘s Jamie Foster Brown though, Nida wanted to set the record straight for everyone on how he makes his money, especially with those bank fraud and identity charges hanging over his head. He says that his workout videos and more are his bread and butter.
“Well, I make money from the videos. One of my monthly checks from the videos is $32,000 in sales. I mean, we make money. I purchase properties. I flip them. I bought my last house at $12,500; I sold it for $46,500. So just do the math.”
He also wanted to speak on his decision to spend so much of the money he makes at the strip club. He says it’s similar to women spending thousands on designer bags and clothes when they want to splurge.
“There’s no difference than $8,000 spent on a strip club versus $8,000 at a Versace store or $15,000 on a Hermès bag. So for NeNe [Leakes] to sit there and say, ‘You should’ve spent that $8,000 on your kids,’ well, you should’ve spent that $15,000 for that Hermès bag on your kids. It’s no difference. It’s what you wanted. It was your vice at that time. So I don’t feel like that was taken out of context because everybody has something that they like to do.”
He does say that nowadays, he spends more time at regular nightclubs instead of strip clubs, so thousands aren’t necessarily being spent on lapdances and such. Brown asked Nida if Phaedra Parks ever had an issue with his penchant for going out and being around women so much, and this is what he had to say:
“I mean, people talk all the time. But infidelity—I haven’t had any issues like that. It stopped. Even when we were married, I used to always party with women [because] all my friends were women. I guess that was an issue, so I no longer kick it with women.”
While I understand what Nida is trying to say about lapdances vs. luxury items, these things really aren’t on the same level. People should be able to spend their money however they feel, but spending thousands in one night on women you don’t know and don’t get anything tangible in return from (maybe…) is a lot different than buying something, that if well taken care of, can last a very long time (and be sold later if necessary). A night in the strip club is just that–one night…but good leather is forever!
You get what I’m saying.
Share your thoughts on Apollo’s comparison below and check out their interesting conversation, which was a video interview, over at Sister 2 Sister.
Divorce rumors surrounding reality TV couple Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida have been swirling for quite some time now. And while Apollo has gone on record on several occasions to refute these rumors, his wife, Phaedra, has remained mum. Well, until recently. Earlier this week the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” and while she did address the divorce rumors, she seemed to use very selective wording; which sort of leads us to believe that she may be plotting to throw in the towel once things are resolved with the bank fraud and identity theft charges are resolved.
“No, I have not filed for divorce. I am still very married,” the mother of two told Andy Cohen in response to lingering divorce rumors. “Check out the bling,” she added before flashing her sparkly wedding ring.
Though rumors about a divorce between the couple have been circulating well before news broke that Apollo could be heading back to prison, the recent charges only seemed to fuel the speculation.
“I will support him until this is resolved,” Phaedra said of the case.
When asked if all that is currently going on in their lives made things difficult for them as a couple, Phaedra responded:
“Of course it is. But we are where we are and we’ll support him. We are a family. He’s the father of my two beautiful kids and at the end of the day, I am a Southern belle and I believe in family and I will support him until this is resolved.”
While Phaedra has made it clear that she won’t be abandoning Apollo in his time of need, her words don’t seem to offer much security regarding what will happen once the bank fraud case is closed. But hey, maybe we’re reading too much into it.
What do you think?
“I Have Never Committed Any Crime”: Phaedra Parks On Angela Stanton’s Claims That She’s A Criminal Mastermind
We told you in the past about Angela Stanton. She is a former colleague of Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida (I guess you could call her that), and she went to jail for fraud. She also claims that after her first stint in jail, she got involved in racketeering with Apollo and Phaedra, which is what Nida went to jail for, and served even more time for that. When she was released, seeing Parks shining on the show (and mad because she claims that Parks refused to represent her as her lawyer when she was facing jail), Stanton decided to write a tell-all book called Lies of a Real House Wife: Tell The Truth and Shame The Devil, which was to reveal that Parks was involved in just as much dirt as Stanton and Nida. But Parks has been proactive from the moment she heard about the book in an effort to shut all that down. She filed a massive $30 million defamation lawsuit, and Stanton, while commenting on Nida’s recent fraud arrest, said she lost her royalties and more because of the suit:
“Although tragic, the news of Apollo’s arrest has been vindicating for me. Since I published my book, Phaedra Parks has used her wealth and influence in an attempt to silence me. She filed lawsuits against my publisher, and threatened them with years of expensive litigation if they did not cease publication of my book. As a result, I lost nearly all the royalties I was owed. Ms. Parks used her influence in the media to discredit my story and smear my name, casting me as a delusional liar on the pages of popular blogs. After going to prison and losing everything, my story was all I had left, and she took that from me.”
Stanton has been the only one to speak on that lawsuit, but Phaedra Parks is now speaking up. According to Radar Online, on March 31, Parks filed an affidavit in Georgia as part of the suit in response to Stanton’s request for a summary judgment (Parks wants that judgment denied), stating that everything Stanton has said about her has been false.
Parks says that she never did any dirty deeds with Stanton, saying that she “has no knowledge of or connection with any ‘bank fraud scheme” and “was never involved in any criminal enterprise with [Stanton].”
Parks says that as Stanton wrote her book and made the damning allegations about her, Stanton knew she was out here telling lies, saying: “the allegations made by the Defendant in her Book and referenced in the Plaintiff’s Complaint are false” and Stanton “knew the statements she made about the plaintiff were false when she made them.”
And the most important statements came when Parks let it be known that she’s never been in trouble with the law and never has and never will be involved in any crimes:
“I have never been arrested for a crime or charged with any crime. I have never been questioned by any law enforcement agency about any possible involvement in a crime. I have never been involved in any criminal schemes with Defendant Stanton or anyone else. I have never committed any crime other than routine traffic violations.”
But just a couple of months ago, Stanton talked to the Daily Mail and stood by her statements on Parks:
“I have admitted I did wrong. I served my time and even gave birth to a daughter while I was chained to a prison bed. I am not trying to make out I am something I am not. I just want the truth to get out there so people can see Parks for what she really is.”
There you have it. Parks has defended herself in the court documents (which you can see via Radar) and says she’s clean. But who do you think is lying in this?
Things have been pretty crazy since it was revealed on last season’s reunion special that “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore and a very married Apollo Nida were exchanging inappropriate text messages behind his wife’s back. However, Phaedra feels that with the current season coming to a close, folks should probably give the whole textgate scandal a rest—especially considering that she says it happened nearly two years ago!
“It obviously is a television show, so it’s for entertainment and you don’t always get to see the full gamut of what truly goes on,” the “Secrets of the Southern Belle” author explained during an appearance on “Good Day Atlanta”. “Textgate happened in 2012. It’s 2014 and they are still trying to run that storyline.”
The mother of two, who seems to generally manage to stay calm, cool and collected, also hinted that Bravo producers continue to revisit the scandal because fellow RHoA star Kenya Moore doesn’t have much else going on in her life.
“Some of us on the show don’t have a lot going on outside of the show. Fortunately, I have several jobs, many careers and many degrees. So unlike some of the other ladies, my life is very full. So I don’t have to talk about something from two years ago constantly and obsess with foolery because I actually have things that I have going on.”
The reality star also discussed her etiquette book “Secrets of the Southern Belle” and what inspired her to write it.
“I think being a lady is definitely a lost art. But of course, being on my show, we see very bad behavior. With social media, all of the Twitter trolls and just people being mean, it seems more fashionable for ladies to be mean more so than nice. So I just thought it was refreshing to talk about being a lady and going back to some of the core values we used to really admire.”
Watch Phaedra’s full interview on the next page. Are you over hearing about textgate as well?
Yesterday we told you about charity event organizer Chase DeCarlo of Dio Bambini, a Chicago organization dedicated to helping battered women and children. DeCarlo came forward stating that he was trying to book Apollo Nida for one of the charity’s events, but was a bit reluctant because he feared that Apollo would scam him out of the $2,000 that he requested in order to make an appearance at the event. The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star is now speaking out about DeCarlo’s claims and he insists that the whole story isn’t being told.
“Not only am I facing legal troubles, but to have something like this [happen]?” Nida told Radar Online. “I get attacked for doing good things.”
The father of two went on to say that he only requested $2,000 for the event to cover his travel expenses, as the event is set to take place in Chicago.
“I’m not going to go to a charity event in Chicago for free,” he said before adding that his $2,000 request was “very generous.”
As for DeCarlo’s fears that the reality star would take the money and run, Nida says the contract contained a clause that the money will be refunded if he’s a no-show, so those claims are bogus.
“There’s a clause that says if I don’t show it’s refunded,” he explained.
As some have previously speculated, the fitness entrepreneur feels DeCarlo is simply using him to attract publicity for the event.
“Don’t lure me in just because you’re trying to get publicity,” he said. “I do not call people and say, ‘Hey do you want to pay me to go to a function?’”
“You do not pull out some ploy like this … Yo do not throw children out there like, ‘Come do this, do that.’ That’s really not cool.”
Nida also posted a YouTube video responding to the allegations.
“For someone to do this to me, it’s completely erratic behavior,” he says in the video. “Right now there are circumstances going on that you all know about. I have a lot of people who are supporting. And there’s a lot of haters who aren’t. For you to try to mess up a brand, Apollo Fitness, Apollo Nida is a brand. The blog site didn’t contact the individual, the individual contacted the blog site to say, ‘Hey, here’s what I think. Here’s Apollo’s contract.’”
Watch the full video below. Thoughts?
Apollo Nida has been receiving his fair share of negative attention lately. And it doesn’t appear that this trend will be letting up anytime soon.
According to Radar Online, promoter Chase DeCarlo is speaking out against the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star after he tried to book him for a charity event. Chase, who is in the process of organizing an event for Dio Bambini, an organization for battered women and children, says that he was hoping to book Apollo and his RHoA co-star Kandi Burruss for the event. While Chase says that Kandi agreed to do the event for free, Apollo wasn’t going for it.
“At first I thought he would do it for free,” Chase said. “His people were saying he wouldn’t mind appearing.”
However, he soon realized that Apollo wanted to be compensated for his time spent at the event.
“We’re trying to get Kandi to come too, and she said she would come for free,” he said.
“At first [Apollo] was like, ‘Ok, I’ll do it for $2,000.’” Then, Chase said he was able to bargain him down to “about $1,200. It’s still a lot, but we’re still in discussion. He just sent me a contract for $2,000!”
Apollo still hasn’t been officially booked for the event .
“I’m still talking with my people to see if it’s worth it getting Apollo to come at all. We have people with a better background willing to do it for free, so I don’t know.”
Chase adds that he has growing concerns as Apollo’s next court date is Apr. 25, just one week before the May 2nd event.
“I’m really, really leery that his court date is before the event,” said Chase. “It makes sense why he’s pressuring me and wanting me to book him.”
“His people told me that I have to pay him everything up front and then they’ll send me a photograph to print on a flyer. I spoke to different celebrities, and he’s the only one who really wants to be paid before the event even happens.”
“I feel like I’m trying to book Beyonce!” he joked.
If Apollo is that much of a headache to book and he has such a sketchy reputation, we gotta ask why Chase wants to book him so bad in the first place.
“It Makes Me Look Like A Damn A**hole”: Apollo Nida Continues To Blast RHOA And Bravo For Bad Editing
We told you yesterday that Apollo Nida responded to criticism of him and his desert-dry birthday speech for wife Phaedra Parks on Twitter by letting people know that his speech was edited down to make him look bad: “It was really good but they edited it & that something I can’t control” I know all I heard from what was supposed to be a beautiful moment was “let’s move forward,” and other sites claim he said, “Thank you for having my children and goodnight.”
Well, in an interview with Jamie Foster Brown of Sister 2 Sister, he elaborated on his issues with the editing and said that his speech to Phaedra for her birthday was actually quite moving. However, Nida says that Bravo’s attempts to make him look like an “a**hole” pushed them to cut down most of what he had to say.
“My speech, it was whole-hearted. I really do admire my wife.”
He told Brown that out of the many things he said in honor of Phaedra, it included that she is “the most magnificent mother that a child could have” and that he’s “really blessed that she is in [his] life.”
“When you’re looking at the edited version, it’s totally different than what the real thing is. Man, do you know I gave her a long speech? I gave her a 15 minute speech. That’s what the TV show does. It makes me look like a damn a**hole.”
I guess whoever is behind the editing is doing a great job, because that man is portrayed as a fella with no redeeming and lovable qualities. But that’s what happens when folks get on reality TV. Even NeNe Leakes recently said in an interview with Essence that she felt Bravo was making her look the fool this season:
“I feel like these networks and production companies—I’m just keeping it real—I just feel like they build you up to tear you down. I feel like they’ve done whatever they could do to try to not show me in the best light. There are so many things that happen on the show and they… I don’t even want to talk about editing, because I feel like so many people cry wolf on editing. I’m just saying that they’ve done whatever they could to try and diminish anything that I’ve done and I’m okay with it because I know about reality TV. Every season there has to be a villain, there has to be somebody that straddles the fence, and there has to be a little s**t stirrer. All of those things make the show. They decide who’s going to be the villain this season or who’s going to be this person or that person. We don’t have any control over that.”
With all that said, what do you make of their complaints?
Apollo Nida Says Bravo Edited Out Most Of His Speech For Phaedra’s Birthday To Make Him, Marriage, Look Bad
Are things between Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida not as bad as they seem on Real Housewives of Atlanta? According to Nida, they might not be.
On Sunday night’s episode, after pissing Phaedra all the way off by being seen making up with Kenya Moore when his wife explicitly said she didn’t want him around her, Apollo tried to fix things by throwing Phaedra a surprise early birthday party. While it was a cute gesture, when it was time for speeches, the one it appeared that Nida gave was quite dry. It was all about moving forward and there really were no ‘It’s my baby’s birthday and I’m so happy!’ moments. Those on Twitter dragged Apollo and his speech, but according to him, his speech for his wife was nice and heartfelt–it was just edited heavily to make him look sorry.
A viewer of the show hit him up through his Twitter handle and said, “@apollonida03 that birthday speak sucks!!! #RHOA” “Speak” of course was supposed to be “speech.”
He responded by saying this:
He also snapped at a Twitter user after last week’s episode where we got to hear his full exchange with Kenya Moore, right before Phaedra confronted them. The individual went a little too hard, saying that Apollo shouldn’t be allowed to go on anymore fancy trips or dinners with the cast until he learns how to be act and is a good husband:
Yikes! While I can believe that the producers of RHOA would edit scenes like that to play up the storyline they want to go with (i.e., Apollo and Phaedra’s relationship is on the rocks), there has been a lot of other evidence through Nida’s behavior that shows the couple are going through a rocky moment. From leaving her outside their hotel room without a key to get in, to copping an attitude with her more than once in front of everyone at their son Dylan’s christening party, and the whole inappropriate text message exchange with Kenya, that all happened, so is Bravo to blame for that too?
“You Need To Stop Trying To Be A B***h”: Kenya And Phaedra Go At It, And Gregg & NeNe Check Peter; RHOA Ep. 19
Was Sunday’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta crazy or what? In a terrible idea to do a part two to couple’s night, Phaedra and Kenya bumped heads, and Peter and Gregg almost came to blows! Let’s talk about a very interesting episode.
Apollo Nida’s court trial has been pushed back again. And judging by the looks of things, there may not be a trial at all. According to the folks over at Radar Online, the troubled “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star is very close to striking a plea deal in relation to the bank fraud and identity theft charges filed against him.
“They are still in the process of investigating additional facts and negotiating a resolution,” court documents explain, and “have made substantial progress toward a resolution of this case.”
As a result, the court has granted his defense team yet another extension. The new extension is to offer “sufficient time to consult with his counsel, investigate all facts material to resolving this matter, and continue said discussions with the government.” If a deal is not reached by the time the latest extension expires, the trial will possibly begin Apr. 25.
If you recall, on Feb. 14 Apollo’s original court date was postponed until Mar. 25. He was arrested at the start of this year after an alleged accomplice accused him of being the mastermind behind an identity theft and bank fraud operation.