Cynthia Bailey And Peter Thomas Spill On Marital Drama And New Book, ‘Carry-On Baggage’

August 6, 2013  |  

Real Housewives of Atlanta power couple, Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas, recently appeared on a segment for Fox Atlanta, where they discussed their upcoming relationships book, Carry-On Baggage: Our Nonstop Flight, which is scheduled to hit shelves September 5th. They also spoke candidly about common challenges that are presented when couples tie the knot after 40. Check out some of their interview highlights below.

Cynthia on what inspired the book:

“Peter and I got married on the show and it was a little bumpy, to say the least. It was borderline disaster. Our marriage is very misunderstood and so we thought this would be a great opportunity to really set the record straight and really show the struggle of being married a little later in life.”

Peter on the development of their solid relationship:

“We knew each other for over a 20-year period and we got together six years ago, going on six years. It’s not easy when you’re starting over and you’re over a certain age. So the whole theme, ‘Carry-On Baggage,’ I have a whole lot going on in my life, as she does. It’s just us coming together and trying to make it work. It’s just a challenge all by itself.

On the challenges faced by post-40 newlyweds:

Cynthia: “It’s hard. Communication is everything. We never pretend to be perfect. We so are not. It’s a day-to-day process.”

Peter: “And even though you wanna do things together at the same time, you have to think, everyone gets together to stay together, but it doesn’t happen. You know, you don’t want to put yourself in a situation where you have to start all over again. When you’re at that age, you have to think me, but us at the same time, so it’s a struggle.”

On couples mistakenly trying to change each other:

Cynthia: “We see things very differently. We were very independent and grown when we got together. There’s no changing this man and there’s certainly no changing me. So that’s a start, you just gotta accept people for who they are. I didn’t marry Peter and try to change him. I knew what I was signing up for and I think he knew the same. Once you realize that, I think it’s half the battle.”

Peter: “I think marriage is also like a business. It’s like two different people coming together with their business philosophies and trying to make it work.

Check page two for footage from their interview. Did you get married after 40? Were you faced with some of the challenges Cynthia and Peter discussed?

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