“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey dropped a bomb during the Essence Music Festival that had everyone snapping their necks in her direction.
In an interview with E!, Bailey revealed that she no longer wanted to be married to her husband Peter Thomas.
“I want to take some time for myself. I think the time apart has been good for him as well. It wasn’t like I had to do it right this second but the more we got used to not being together and living together, the easier this divorce is going to be.
I don’t want it to be an ugly divorce because I still love Peter. I just don’t want to be married to Peter anymore.” Bailey continued,
“It’s as simple as that. I still root for him. I want him to win. I still love and support him. We are just not going to be married anymore.”
When he found out that Bailey put him on full blast with her announcement, an angry Thomas ranted to to UPTOWN and says he places the blame for the turmoil on their “individual ambitions.”
Peter also maintains that he was never unfaithful to Bailey and that divorce was never an option for him, but he would’ve preferred if they made a joint public statement about the ultimate demise of their marriage instead of Bailey announcing it to the world during Essence Festival weekend.
“On July 24th, Cynthia Bailey and I will be married six years, and for our entire marriage we have been a part of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Bravo TV’s most successful reality show. As a result, Cynthia and I have shared almost every aspect of our lives with the millions of RHOA fans. Viewers had a front row seat at our wedding, and watched as we worked to blend our families, personalities, and business ventures. Most of the highs and too many of the lows in our relationship have been on display for public consumption and condemnation since we joined the cast in 2010. I say ‘we’ because Cynthia and I came as a package deal. We were in this together. And until July 5th, I thought we were in agreement about our separation until I was flooded with calls, text messages, direct messages, and emails from my closest friends and family members. They were concerned about my well-being after reading news stories and blog posts where my wife says, ‘We are just not going to be married anymore.’
“We have discussed divorce. It wasn’t something that I wanted. But it is something that I believe she thinks she needs. And honestly, I wish we could have made the public announcement jointly.
“I love Cynthia. I have never cheated on her. She knows this. I have never taken money from Cynthia. She knows this. I have never done anything, but love and defend my wife. She knows this too.
“While the show is not the single contributing factor to the turmoil in our relationship, RHOA had a lot to do with it. Reality TV can be a blessing and a curse, as it provides tremendous opportunities, but it also puts one hell of a strain on a relationship, especially if the foundation is not solid. Our individual ambitions were also part of our relationship’s demise.
“When we got married, divorce was never an option, at least not for me. I am not sure where our relationship went left for her, or perhaps it was never really there. I’ve always been here for Cynthia, even though she is fiercely independent. I want her to be happy. I want her to win, and I am happy she has seemingly found peace.
In the meantime, I will continue to distract myself by growing and expanding my businesses. Charlotte, North Carolina has been great to Peter Thomas and I am so appreciative to the Queen City for all their support. Bar One Atlanta will be opening before the end of 2016.