Newly Engaged Cynthia Bailey Kept Her Ring From Marriage To Peter Thomas Because “I Earned It”

November 13, 2019  |  

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Cynthia Bailey’s love life has been quite colorful — and filled with bling. She has been proposed to a few times, including by Russell Simmons, which she turned down, and former troubled NBA player Jayson Williams, who proposed to her publicly during a halftime show, leaving her speechless. She changed her mind on the proposal and actually returned the engagement ring. She’s currently engaged to marry sportscaster Mike Hill next year.

Despite all those engagements, the 52-year-old has only been married once, to Peter Thomas, and the 2010 nuptials played out on Real Housewives of Atlanta (to the chagrin of her family). Things didn’t work out, with the couple separating in 2016 and finalizing their divorce in 2017. While appearing on Watch What Happens Live on Sunday, Bailey was asked if Thomas had contacted her to congratulate her on the news of her engagement to Hill. She said, “No, he has not.”

During Sunday’s episode of RHOA, Porsha Williams stated that when she and Dennis McKinley called it quits after he cheated on her, he actually asked her for the engagement ring back. When a caller asked Bailey if she kept her own ring when her marriage came to an end, she laughed, saying she most definitely kept it.

“I did. I did keep the ring,” she said. “I earned the ring [laughs]. I mean…[laughs]”

Bailey certainly dealt with a lot with her ex-husband, from videos coming out of him inappropriately mixing and mingling with other women, to accusations that he was messing with staff members at his bar in Atlanta and money issues.

However, he said around the time that Bailey filed for divorce that he had never done her wrong.

“I love Cynthia. I have never cheated on her. She knows this,” he said. “I have never taken any money from Cynthia. She knows this. I have never done anything, but love and defend my wife. She knows this too.”

He recently shared his opinion on RHOA as a whole, saying it never did anything but show him in a less than positive light during his marriage to Bailey.

“This housewife shit wasn’t easy, everyday[ sic] was challenging because you never know how one minute while you’re taping can make the world look at you when they see it, it was NEVER in the best interest of Bravo to show men in a positive light, look at these people reality, I am glad that I landed on my feet after all that was given,” he wrote on Instagram. “Play the game, don’t let the game play you.”

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