Recently, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars Cynthia Bailey and her husband, Peter Thomas, came by the V103 studio to chat. We talked about the show, the Kenya Moore situation, the dynamic between the duo and Leon, the father to Cynthia’s daughter, Noelle, and the financial issue that they made public. Below are a few excerpts.
On the dynamic between Cynthia, Peter & Leon, Noelle’s father:
Peter: You see that’s one of the things that out the gate when you’re signing on for that particular package you know that there’s certain things that you must deal with if you want no contentions. So to me, Leon is a real cool cat, that’s his daughter, he can have all rights all the time because that’s his daughter so I fall back all day long when it comes to me.”
I have to fall back because they’re talking about their daughter. You know they make that little girl so as long as they still in the lane with the daughter I’m fine with it. Not if it gets out of that lane which Leon is not that type of cat so I don’t think it would ever get out of that lane.”
Cynthia: I’m actually glad that you brought this up because we’ve gotten a lot of response about this whole Leon stand with us when he comes Noelle. This is my position on it. I took Leon’s child out of NYC. We were all living there in NYC. So once I made that decision I never wanted to make it inconvenient for him to see her as much as he wants to because she gets to live with me all the time. So when he’s in town if he’s at a hotel then fine you know I pack Noelle up and she goes to the hotel. If he has a rent a car, fine then they roll like that. But I’m happy to you know let him stay in our house, pick him up at the airport. He can use my car. You know I feel like we kind of signed on…you know we have a daughter together so I feel like I’m not trying to inconvenience him because I took his kid away from him.”
On not hiding the fact they were going through a financial crisis:
Cynthia: Well I feel like we didn’t really have an option. I definitely am not the type of person who’s just going to act like I’m ballin’ out, if I’m not. That was our reality and it was our first time being on tv. We didn’t know any other way to do it except tell you guys what was really going on. A lot of people loved us for it and a lot of people hated us for it. Unfortunately people always want to know what’s real and they watch the show for a lot of different reasons. A lot of people want to see, oh my God, you know they think I wake up with my wig on, my weave on, walking around in Louboutins all day and a robe and I look all fabulous and nice.”
I mean I gotta get up, take my baby to school. I gotta clean up, I gotta cook. I can’t look like that all the time. I don’t have this real fantasy life and I can’t speak for the other ladies but I know I don’t and I don’t want to show that. I want to show Cynthia. When I pull it together, don’t get it twisted now, of course I do look fabulous, but there’s the other side that you’re going to see at Kroger that’s going to be looking crazy.”
On the Kenya Moore situation:
Cynthia: Well, Kenya is someone who…we actually have a lot of mutual friends in common and I invited her into my establishment- The Bailey Institute School Of Fashion- and she was very disrespectful so from that point it has just escalated and escalated and I feel like you know just as grown women, when you come into a new group you owe everybody a shot, you know a fair chance and that’s what I felt I was giving her by even inviting her into my space, so when you go and disrespect…I would never go to your place and try to take it over and just be mean spirited for no reason. Constructive criticism is great if it’s coming from the right place, but I’m not in the business of trying to embarrass people who come to my school or humiliate them.”
On the show, “RHOA:”
Peter: If you do watch the show and see how we operate you know we don’t go out and pretend to be fabulous when we’re not. We’re going to give you 100% of who we are when the camera comes around because it’s a reality show and we’re not liars. Like you said, leased life. We’re not going to go and lease some fabulous house and pretend that we’re living there. We’re not going to do that. That’s not our characters.”
Cynthia: I think what I really want to put out into the world is for me this show is not about bashing any of these women. That is not my intention. Kenya included. You show respect, you get respect. You show disrespect, then that’s what you’re going to get back and that’s what’s happening with Kenya and I. I respect a hustle, I get it. I think she’s a smart, attractive woman and all of that. You know, whether or not we’re going to be able to friends, you’ll have to wait to see.”
You can listen to the full interview below:
These two were a lovely couple and it was great chatting with them. Be sure to keep an eye out for their book, titled Baggage Claim, set to hit shelves early next year. In it they talk about how getting married in your 40′s can work, even with baggage.