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EXCLUSIVE: Cynthia Bailey Dishes on Turning 50, Online Dating & NeNe Leakes Coming Back to ‘Real Housewives’

by Brice Sander 11:56 AM PST, February 17, 2017
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Cynthia Bailey Dishes on Turning 50, Online Dating & NeNe Leakes Coming Back to ‘Real Housewives’

Cynthia Bailey is feeling fabulous at 50!

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star turns the big 5-0 this weekend, but first she chatted with ET’s Denny Directo at the An Unforgettable Evening Benefiting the Women’s Cancer Research Fund event in Los Angeles.

“It’s coming up on Sunday,” she gushes. “I don’t know [how I’m going to celebrate]. Eventually, I’m going to Thailand for a spiritual retreat. You know, I have lots of drama … Time to eat, pray, love! Feed some elephants.”

After splitting from husband Peter Thomas last year, the model-turned-reality star confesses she might finally be ready to dip back into the dating pool.

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“I'm looking forward to love,” Cynthia shares. “I'm looking forward to finding a new love. Not marriage -- but at this point, I am looking for love.”

Still, she admits the dating landscape is quite different from the one she left 10 years ago.

“Everything has changed!” she exclaims. “I have heard a lot of success stories with, you know, the Match.coms. Someone just told me about some kind of celebrity app that's going on now. So, I may or may not be getting on that. You know, I'm very busy, so I don't really meet people unless I'm hooked up [by] my friends. I'm dependent on my friends.”

Speaking of Cynthia’s friends, she teases “crazier and crazier” drama to come from the ladies of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

“If you can even believe it, there is more drama to come,” Cynthia says. “ It has been an amazing season ... we surprise even ourselves, and we're the people who are making the show.”

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A big surprise for fans of the show was Kim Zolciak Biermann popping up in the midseason trailer. The former Housewives star will appear in a future season nine episode at Sheree Whitfield’s housewarming party, where she gets in a screaming match with Kenya Moore. Cynthia says she’s perfectly OK with Kim making a comeback.

“You know, without the Kims, the NeNes and Sherees, all the other ladies that started the show, there would be no Cynthias and Phaedras and Kandis,” Cynthia notes. “So, I'm completely fine. If they can bring something to the table, let's go. I just want to keep the show No. 1.”

NeNe Leakes making a full-time return in season 10 might just help with that. There are rumors flying that the former Housewife will be back next season.

“I have heard that is a possibility,” Cynthia reveals. “I think she would be a great asset to come back to the show. I mean, when you think of Real Housewives of Atlanta, like, you think of NeNe, you know?”

The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo. For co-star Kandi Burruss’ thoughts on Kim and NeNe’s returns, check out our chat below.

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