Phaedra Parks Opens Up About Split With Apollo On ‘Ellen’ [Video]

Rucuss staffOctober 16, 2014

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks is finally opening up about her split from estranged husband Apollo Nida.

The reality star decided to give her side of the story after Nida claimed she was leaving him for an African man named ‘Chocolate.’ Parks sat down with Ellen to give details on why she filed for divorce after Nida began his eight-year prison sentence.

Parks told the talk show host that she had no idea that Nida was involved in any criminal activity. She also said that despite Nida’s criminal past she wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Phaedra Parks Ellen Degeneres

Check out excerpts from the interview below.

On if she knew about Nida’s shady lifestyle:

I really didn’t. I mean, I work. I just got my fifth college degree. And so I’m pretty much an overachiever. I have two very small children. I just stopped breast-feeding three months ago and so, I didn’t have any idea this was going on until he called me and he said, ‘Hey, you know, I’ve been arrested and I’m having this problem, but it’s not true.’ So I went out of my way to get him the best attorneys, the best investigators, and to do everything I could, because I’m an attorney myself and so I wanted him to have the best so that we could fight this together, but obviously it did not turn out like that.

On if Nida being on parole set off a red flag when they met:

Well, to be honest, he had been to prison and he was a changed person. So the person I married, I thought he was changed.

On how she’s helping her kids deal with the situation:

It is extremely hard. My heart aches for my two sons because they are the heart and soul of who I am. That’s the best thing we ever did together. I never wanted to do anything to diminish his character in public but we’ve had some times where he’s done things that weren’t so cool.

On whether she’s cheating:

I think it’s totally absurd to say that I cheated. They’re saying that I had an affair with a man from Africa named Chocolate. Now, everybody knows that I do like a Snicker bar every once in a while, but it’s definitely not a man from Africa that I’ve ever had an affair with. I mean, it’s just absurd. I think sometimes when people are hurting they do things to hurt other people. There’s been a lot of lashing out from Apollo because I think he’s in a place, a very angry place, and I think you hurt the people who are closest to you sometimes. It’s unfortunate.

Watch Parks’ interview below.


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