Phaedra Parks hired a divorce attorney with the intent to officially end her marriage from inmate Apollo Nida on Oct. 10, and on Oct. 15, she went on ‘The Ellen Show’ to come clean about her split.
Ellen DeGeneres sat down with Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Pheadra Parks to clear up the crazy allegations surrounding her marriage to Apollo Nida who is currently serving an eight-year jail sentence for bank fraud and identity theft. Phaedra tells all about his arrest, filing for divorce, and no — she didn’t forget about Mr. Chocolate!
Phaedra Parks On ‘The Ellen Show’: Why She’s Divorcing Husband Apollo Nida — Interview
Phaedra Parks’ husband Apollo Nida was sentenced to jail for bank fraud and identity theft, finally surrendering to his eight-year sentence on Sept. 11, 2014.
On Oct. 15, the RHOA star sat down on The Ellen Show to tell Ellen all about Apollo’s arrest, and confirmed that she has “made that decision” to divorce her criminal hubby, even with two young boys to care after.
“It is extremely hard,” Phaedra admitted. “I mean 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. We have these great kids. 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. Weren’t so nice.”
Phaedra detailed Apollo’s arrest, explaining that she was not aware of his crimes, while they were married, even though he was on parole when they first met.
“I didn’t have any idea this was going on until he called me and he said I’ve been arrested and I’m having this problem, but it’s not true,” Phaedra, who is an attorney herself, told Ellen. “So I went out of my way to get him the best attorneys the best investigators and to do anything I could…so we could fight this together, but obviously it did not turn out like that.”
She adds that even though he had a troubled past when she fell in love with him, she thought he was changed for the better. “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.”
Phaedra Parks Addresses ‘Mr. Chocolate’ Cheating Allegations
On a lighter note — well, kind of — Ellen grilled Phaedra about those “Mr. Chocolate” rumors!
If you don’t know who that is, you’re not crazy, because apparently he doesn’t exist, but WATCH this RHOA Season 7 trailer to better understand. Basically, Phaedra was accused by her fellow Housewives and Apollo of having an affair with a mysterious man, named Mr. Chocolate.
“I think it’s totally absurd to think that I cheated,” Phaedra said. “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. It’s just absurd.”
Ellen, as confused as the rest of us, asks, “Do you know a man named chocolate?”
Phaedra’s response? “I don’t. I do know Mr. Goodbar though!”
We love Phaedra’s sense of humor, even during one of the darkest times of her life. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Did you like the way Phaedra dealt with the cheating rumors or do you think she needs to take this entire situation more seriously?
— Elizabeth Wagmeister