Real Housewives of Atlanta star Pheadra Parks is known for her Southern-Bell charm and her calm attitude when there’s tension and recently she opened up to Rolling Out magazine about what it is like getting caught up in the drama of a reality TV show.
â€œThe way Iâ€™ve conducted myself has set me apart because I really try to think before I speak,â€ she says. â€œI try not to say things that I canâ€™t come back from. Iâ€™m always very careful, and just because youâ€™re thinking something doesnâ€™t mean that you should say it. But thereâ€™ve been a lot of times where I wanted to rip somebodyâ€™s wig off.â€ Phaedra’s children, Ayden and Dylan, also play a role in her decisions. “If my children are watching this show 10 years from now, I donâ€™t ever want there to be a moment where theyâ€™re disappointed or embarrassed, because at the end of the day, you are your childrenâ€™s role model.”
And as she has experienced her difficult times in the public eye-recenty with her husband Apollo Nida who is now serving an 8-year prison sentence, Parks hopes to be a role model to others going through a similar feeling.
“In this past year, people have seen how Iâ€™ve dealt with my husband being incarcerated, and I became a single mom in front of the world,” she explains. “But I think that on the flip side, people saw me as a pregnant woman, going to school and getting my degree. I had both of my children on the show. And I was still able to come out of all of that unscathed.”
“People have seen me at the best and at the worst of times. Theyâ€™ve seen me in heated situations where I handled myself respectably,” she continues. “I can speak to the students because I know what itâ€™s like to stay up all night studying. I know what itâ€™s like to be pregnant and go to school. I can speak to the person who is in a marriage with issues; Iâ€™ve been that person. Iâ€™ve been in many adverse situations where Iâ€™ve succeeded and didnâ€™t compromise my morals. I think a lot of these things resonate with people because these are things that we all deal with. Tests build testimonies. As long as youâ€™re questioning, ‘God, why am I here?’ and not accepting defeat, thatâ€™s when you know you have the option to get out.”
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