Sunday night’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta showed Phaedra Parks, usually calm and collected, breaking down and crying over the demise of her marriage to Apollo Nida. In her latest BravoTV.com blog post, Phaedra talked about the emotional scenes that she had with attorney Ronne Kaplan and minister and author Sarah Jakes.
In response to the question of whether it was hard to talk to her mentor and attorney about divorcing Apollo, Phaedra said that it wasn’t hard talking to Ronne because of their close relationship, but did admit that “ending a marriage is not an easy thing to talk about.”
“It is never hard to talk with a friend and colleague, who has mentored you for well over a decade. Ronne Kaplan like myself is a mother, who endured and survived a difficult first marriage…Ronne is one of the best family lawyers in the country with a specialty focusing on high asset cases, so I knew she was not only well versed regarding my situation, but she also loves me like a daughter. Ending a marriage is not an easy thing to talk about, but she helped me focus on what was most important and gave me sound advice. It was incredibly helpful to have her put things in perspective for me and tell me what I needed to hear, not what I wanted to hear.”
As for Sarah Jakes, Phaedra explained why she chose to confide in her instead of one of her co-stars. Phaedra sought out Sarah’s advice because they, as she does with Ronne, share similar experiences. In her blog, Phaedra also called some of her co-stars “mean girls.” It’s likely that Phaedra was referring to Kenya Moore, Cynthia Bailey, Claudia Jordan, and Demetria McKinney, the women with whom she has had conflict with this past season, with her “mean girls” comment.
“This situation has been very overwhelming to me and being surrounded by mean girls has not made it any easier. During one of my most difficult nights, I prayed and asked God to send me someone who knew HIM but could understand me, and I received a call from Sarah within 24 hours. I knew God had answered my prayer, because Sarah and I are both preachers’ children…she understood my plight as a Christian, wife, mother, and business woman. Sarah went through a difficult situation and could relate to what I was experiencing. Because I knew God sent her, I trusted her, I already respected her, and she made me feel safe.”
Prior to the airing of the episode, Phaedra posted a tribute to Sarah on her Instagram page.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Phaedra Parks admitted on Sunday night’s episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta that her life with Apollo Nida, who at that point was already in prison, was “madness” every day, that they constantly fought, and that he perhaps conned her. She said that with him away, she now now finally has peace.
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