Apollo Nida, husband to ‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta’ Star Phaedra Parks, was sentenced to 8 years in prison on July 8 following for a $2.3 million money laundering scheme. Meanwhile, a source has revealed to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that Phaedra is devastated that their two sons, Ayden and Dylan, will grow up without a father.
While Apollo Nida, 35, certainly deserved to be punished for the $2.3 million money laundering scheme which landed him an eight-year prison sentence on July 8, we can’t help but feel sorry for his wife, Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks, 40, whose two sons now have to grow up without a father. A source has revealed Phaedra’s heartbreak and worry over this sad situation EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife.com.
“Phaedra saw this coming and she and Apollo have known for a long time now that he’d be sentenced. It’s not a surprise to her. The only thing she’s worried about is Ayden and Dylan growing up without their dad,” our insider revealed.
“She knows just how important it is for her children, and young black boys in general, to grow up with a father.
“It’s devastating to her that her two boys will miss their father during some of the most precious growing years of their lives.” Indeed, Dylan is just over a year old, and Ayden has yet to enter kindergarten. These are super important years that Apollo will be missing out on.
Phaedra Parks ‘Wants Nothing But The Best For Herself And Children’
Phaedra “wants nothing but the best of the best for herself and children, and the fact her husband is about to go away for a long time, leaves a bad taste in her mouth,” our insider continued. “She’s embarrassed but knowing her, she’ll be all right.”
Eight years is a long time, but it could have been longer — the maximum jail time for his offense is 30 years. However, his legal team pleaded him down to eight years because “Mr. Nida’s lengthy but early small-time criminal history is simply not in the same league as the ‘violent offenders, drug kingpins and perpetrators of far more serious offenses’ that Criminal History Category V was designed to address.”
So, HollywoodLifers, what do you think about this sad situation? Do you think that Apollo will still be able to properly bond with his sons upon his release, eight years from now? Let us know.
— Reporting by Eric Ray, Written by Amanda Mitchell