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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”?

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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Source: Splash News

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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 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.”

 

 

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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Image Source: Twitter.com

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.

She Ain’t Going Nowhere: Reports Claim Phaedra Has Been Filming RHOA For A Month Now

July 29th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Reports Claim Phaedra Has Been Filming RHOA For A Month Now

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.

Why Phaedra Shouldn’t Ride For Apollo Anymore

July 21st, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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Apollo Nida Speaks Out After Guilty Plea

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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.

Apollo Nida Says Marriage Is Probably Over: ‘My Wife Didn’t F—ing Show Up For My Sentencing’

July 18th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Apollo Nida Caught Cheating

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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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