Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida’s marriage has been on the rocks for quite some time.
Their marital problems got even worse back in January when Apollo was indicted for fraud. Then, of course, there were rumors circulating about them both having affairs since they reportedly weren’t living together.
On Wednesday, Oct. 15, the high-powered attorney appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where she spoke candidly about her eventful year.
She and Ellen began their discussion with Apollo’s conviction. When asked if she was aware of her husband’s fraudulent actions, of course the 40-year-old reality star made it clear she had no idea what he was doing.
She also recounted how she found out he’d been arrested.
“Did you have anything in the back of your mind that he was doing anything?” Ellen asked. “This was for fraud right? Did you have any idea?”
“I really didn’t,” Phaedra insisted. “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. So, I didn’t have any idea this was going on until he called me and he said, ‘Hey, I’ve been arrested and I’m having this problem, but it’s not true,'” she explained.
Although Apollo has expressed his disdain about the lack of support he’s received from his wife during this difficult time in his life, the Secrets of the Southern Bell author says otherwise.
“So I went out of my way to get him the best attorneys, the best investigators, and to do anything I could, because I’m an attorney myself and so I wanted him to have the best. So we could fight this together, but obviously it did not turn out like that.”
Ellen went on to probe even more. The 56-year-old comedienne pointed out the fact that Phaedra met Apollo when he was on parole.
“So, there was a flag right? Or no?” Ellen asked. “Well, um…,” Phaedra said nervously. “Well, to be honest, he had been to prison and he was a changed person,” she explained. “So the person I married, I thought he was changed.”
Later in the discussion they chatted about all of the cheating allegations. Apparently, Apollo hasn’t been the only one accused of cheating. Phaedra has also been rumored to be having an affair with a man named “Chocolate.”
However, she clarified that she’s never cheated on her husband.
“I mean…I think it’s totally absurd to think that I cheated,” she admitted. “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,” she said.
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