By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc, originally filed Wednesday, June 1, 2016
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Cynthia Bailey announced that she is now officially separated from her husband Peter Thomas.
"Peter and I are separated. He lives in Charlotte, and I live in Atlanta," Cynthia told Bravo's website "The Daily Dish." "I am definitely taking some time to myself to figure out how I want to move forward. I don't want to rush into anything, so I think this time apart is good for us,"
This doesn't necessarily mean divorce but that could happen down the road.
The couple met before she joined the show in 2010 but the marriage happened that first season for her at the Fernbank Museum under tense circumstances. In many ways, we watched many of the couple's ups and downs on the show itself as Peter struggled with the dissolution of a downtown lounge and the opening of another (Bar One in Grant Park.)
After Bar One closed in Grant Park in 2014, he focused on a new business in Charlotte Sports One. While Cynthia built her own modeling agency and other side businesses, the two drifted apart.
Over the years, they seemed to have communication issues.
Last season, while Peter was in Charlotte, video leaked of him supposedly flirting with another woman. He denied anything was amiss.
Peter from day one always expressed love for Cynthia. She expressed doubts last season.
They seemed to work things out and by the end of season eight after a trip to Jamaica, they appeared to be closer. But that was short lived. By the time the reunion taped in March, they were living apart. And that hasn't changed.
"Whether or not we decide to stay married or not, that's something that we have to decide soon," Cynthia told the Dish. "But right now, I'm enjoying the time apart, taking time for myself."