A “blindsided” Peter Thomas has responded to Cynthia Bailey’s divorce announcement. The “RHOA” star recently dropped a bomb at Essence Festival, when she revealed she’s ready to file for divorce after six years of marriage to Thomas. Now, the Bar One owner has responded via UPTOWN magazine, placing blame on living their life under a microscope: “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.”
Thomas and his “fiercely independent” wife tied the knot (on camera) in 2010, giving fans a front row seat on their big day. Over the years, their union has been plagued by rumors of infidelity on Thomas’ part, financial woes and a struggle for power.
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