Everything You Need To Know About Phaedra and Apollo's Divorce
Phaedra is the latest Housewive with a divorce on her hands. After five years of marriage, Phaedra has filed for divorce from her husband Apollo, who has just started an eight-year prison sentence.
On camera, we’ve seen Phaedra and Apollo struggle with their marriage, including heated arguments over his relationship with Housewife Kenya Moore. Plenty has gone down since the last reunion that’s sure to play out on this season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
As we get ready for the premiere of season seven, we decided to take a look back through the struggles Apollo and Phaedra have been through in the past year.
Here’s a timeline of timeline the events that led to their divorce.
On January 25, Apollo was charged with a host of crimes, including fraud and identity theft. The case involves the Secret Service's Counterfeit and U.S. Treasury Check Squad. According to prosecutors, Apollo created fake businesses to gain access to databases he used to collect identities and money, including retirement checks.
Apollo was spotted with another woman in South Carolina on Valentine’s Day weekend. When news broke about it, he said she was his friend’s sister and denied that he cheated on Phaedra.
Apollo pled guilty to multiple fraud charges including mail, wire and bank fraud. According to the charges, he laundered $2.3 million dollars and stole more than 50 people’s identities.
The charges carried a potential 30-year sentence, but Apollo got leniency for cooperating with investigators and allegedly sharing information about other the activities of other criminals.
He was also ordered to pay back $1.9 million to the victims of his crimes, including JP Morgan Chase, Delta Airlines and the IRS.
Oddly, later that month the rapper T.I. got caught up in the story. After Apollo tweeted about other celebs cooperating with investigators –namely T.I. – the rapper confronted him in a parking lot in Atlanta, telling Apollo their cases were different and to stop talking about him.
Years after Apollo’s original stint in prison, his past is still coming back to haunt Phaedra. Since 2012, she has been in a legal battle with Angela Stanton, who wrote a book called Lies of a Real Housewife that claims Phaedra was the ringleader behind the original fraud scheme that landed Apollo – and Stanton – in prison.
Up until late June Phaedra had been fairly successful in discrediting the book, settling out of court with the publisher, which no longer carries Angela’s book, and Vibe Magazine, which published an excerpt of it. Because Angela counter-sued, a judge ordered Phaedra to sit for an interview and answer questions about the case.
Apollo’s sentence was issued – he received eight years. Phaedra was nowhere to be seen.
Meanwhile, reports stated that Phaedra is planning on protecting her Housewives title as best she can and will continue filming RHOA, despite having to miss shooting days because of Apollo.
In mid-July, Apollo gave a candid interview to STFU Comedy, speaking about everything from his relationships with cast members like Peter and Kenya to his troubled marriage.
When asked if his relationship would make it through he sentencing, he replied bluntly, "I doubt it. My wife didn't even show up for my f*cking sentencing. I'm still salty about that."
He did, however, speak more positively about his children. “At the end of the day I am remorseful. I love my kids,” he said. “Coming from a non-father, non-mother background, I feel the most sad that I let my little man down.”
Phaedra met with a lawyer for an evidence discovery hearing for Angela Stanton’s defamation case against her, but reportedly refused to say what she knew about Apollo’s criminal activity.
In early September, it was also reported that Apollo is working on a tell-all book he’s already shot the cover for.
Then, in the days leading up to Apollo reporting to prison, gossip sites reported he’d been on a drinking binge and hanging out at strip clubs while Phaedra was busy with a book tour and their kids, signalling the marriage was in rough shape.
On September 10, the day Apollo was due in prison, he made a pit stop at Phaedra’s home. According to TMZ, Apollo demanded Phaedra put money in an account he could access from prison, but she refused. The site claims she also said she wouldn’t bring their kids to visit him, which caused him to flip out.
Per TMZ, he shouted, "What the f*** is the matter with you," adding, "I don't give a f*** about the police, call them, I dare you."
Expect to see this on the upcoming season of RHOA – the cameras were rolling.
Last week, Phaedra made her first TV appearance since the divorce news broke. In an interview on Ellen, she said she had no knowledge of Apollo's crimes.
Phaedra said she was in the dark until Apollo called her to tell her about the charges. At that point, he told her he was innocent and she helped him get a good lawyer, before
"I didn't have any idea any of this was going on," she said, adding she was deceived by him."He can be quite charming. He could probably sell an ocean front property in Arizona if he wanted to."
She confirmed that she is getting a divorce, saying, "Marriage is between two people. Once you make the decision to move on, you really have to move on. I want this to be amicable...I want to heal from this situation."
Phaedra also touched on rumours about her cheating, reporting with a man named "Chocolate" from Africa. "Everybody knows I do love a Snickers bar every now and then, but there's never been a man from Africa I had an affair with," she said.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 7 premieres Sunday, November 30 at 9pm ET!
Russ Martin is a writer who lives in Toronto. By day, he writes about ads and social media. By night, he covers pop culture for publications like MSN, The Grid, Dose.ca and the Daily Dot. Russ watches the Real Housewives like straight guys watch sports. Pass the dip and fast-forward to the fights, please