Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida are reportedly separated and headed for divorce. The Real Housewives of Atlanta reality stars definitely used the platform to catapult them to fame. The questionable part is the fortune that was acquired by the two as husband and wife. Reality television has a way of turning unknowns to sought after celebrities over night, celebrities with flailing careers suddenly become relevant again, and more importantly, it has a way of digging skeletons out of some very deep, dark closets. Phaedra Parks (attorney, funeral home director, and author) and husband Apollo Nida have many raising an eyebrow at their suspect behavior on and off camera. As Apollo Nida approaches his April court date to make a plea deal for fraud and identity theft, many are wondering if his wife set him up.
Back in January of 2014, Nida was indicted on federal charges for stealing Delta employee retirement checks, stealing unclaimed money, and setting up fake companies to steal identities. Nida is no stranger to the “perp walk” as he has served time in federal prison from 2004 to 2009 for auto title theft. Nida and Parks were acquainted while he was serving time. But according to Angela Stanton, author of Lies of A Real Housewife, who was interviewed by the Atlanta radio show Kiss 104.1 met the attorney when she was only 19 years old and claims Parks taught her how to run check and auto title scams and says that Parks was the mastermind behind the entire operation that landed Stanton in prison for two years. The interview goes on to report Stanton agreed not to implicate Parks during her trial expecting Parks to help her which she never did. Parks is currently suing Stanton for defamation while Nida’s case is under investigation by the FBI and Stanton is alleged receiving death threats. In the interview, Stanton comes off very convincing explaining how Parks allegedly instructed her on what to do while keeping her own hands clean. Stanton sparked many to question if Nida had the knowledge alone to construct such a blueprint that made reportedly over $3 million. It is unclear when Nida and Parks wed, but there are now speculations if the marriage was to assure that Nida could never testify against his wife.
Though Parks has not been indicted in any charges, reportedly several of Nida’s companies has Parks’s name listed as a co-owner. Nida’s alleged partner in crime (Gayle St. Julien) was arrested back in September of 2013 later agreeing to record Nida explaining in detail their operation. How Stanton and St. Julien were caught and arrested remains unknown. The Real Housewives of Atlanta started filming its current season before St. Julien was picked up by authorities in September. As the sixth season of Real Housewives of Atlanta unfolds exposing Nida’s betrayal to Parks with Bravo cameras capturing his intense attraction and desire for co-star former Miss USA Kenya Moore causing embarrassment to his wife, many fans are wondering if Parks truly is a mastermind and possibly had Nida arrested…keeping her hands clean. Parks went on a slander campaign to the Bethenny and Arsenio Hall talk show to viciously assassinate Moore’s character by explaining to the public that Moore allegedly propositioned her husband. Moore has denied ever having any meetings or inappropriate exchange of words with Nida on or off camera and has been on a mission to clear her name from Parks’s attacks and Nida’s lies. Parks defamation of Moore’s character, without any proof or evidence to present, heated up social media stirring up a harsh, unjust guilty verdict brought down by much of the public onto the beautiful former pageant winner Kenya Moore.
According to BET, Parks and Nida are reported to be heading for divorce. Nida’s behavior in his marriage is being viewed by most to be extremely suspect. Whether Parks was the mastermind behind the criminal activity or not, many of her fans are rallying strong behind the reality star believing this woman, a child of a preacher, was a victim of an adulterer and ex-con. Others, however, question the motives of the attorney wondering if Apollo Nida, Angela Stanton, Gayle St. Julien, and the list goes on are the victims of a real Machiavellian. Much of the public finds it hard to believe that the attorney was clueless to her husband’s alleged $3 million fraud and identity theft operation.
As many viewers try to decide whether to watch dramatic reality happening Sunday night on the Bravo hit television show The Real Housewives of Atlanta between Parks and Nida or the cold reality taking place in the courtroom in April between Parks and Nida, it is safe to conclude that fame and fortune are coming at a price to Phaedra Parks. Having a marriage tested before millions of viewers would not be the ideal for most. Watching a husband betray and embarrass his wife before millions of viewers is enough to push any wife to the edge. Though Parks comes off as calm, cool, and collected on the show as if nothing ruffles her feathers, Nida’s lust for her arch-enemy Kenya Moore has possibly caused Parks to hide in the dark to tend to her wound. It is what Parks does in the dark that possibly has many concerned. The public may never know if Phaedra Parks set up her husband to be arrested or not, but as the saying goes and stands true, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
Editorial by Meleika Gardner