The Real Housewives of Atlanta
star Phaedra Parks sat down with Ellen DeGeneres
on Wednesday for a candid conversation about her split
from her incarcerated, estranged husband Apollo Nida.
Phaedra denied having any previous knowledge or suspicion about Apollo's fraudulent dealings that put him in prison, explaining that her attention was directed elsewhere.
"I work. I just got my fifth college degree, so I'm an overachiever," said Phaedra. "I have two small children. I just stopped breast feeding three months ago, so I didn't have any idea that any of this was going on until he called me and said, 'Hey, I've been arrested and I'm having this problem, but it's not true.'"
As an attorney herself, Phaedra says that she went out of her way to get Apollo the best attorneys. Despite their best efforts, Apollo wound up being sentenced to eight years in prison for bank fraud and identity theft.
Seeing as how Apollo was on parole when he first Phaedra, Ellen wondered if that should've been looked at as a red flag.
"To be honest, he had been to prison, but he was a changed person," said Phaedra. "The person I married I thought was changed."
Perhaps the hardest part of the situation is being left alone to care for the couple's two children Ayden (4) and Dylan (1).
"My heart aches for my two sons, because they are the heart and soul of who I am," said Phaedra. "That's the best thing we ever did together."
In the middle of all the family drama, Apollo accused Phaedra of having an affair with a man named Chocolate, but Phaedra shot down the allegation as "totally absurd."
"I think sometimes when people are hurting, they do things to hurt other people," said Phaedra. "There's been a lot of lashing out from Apollo because I think he's in a very angry place."