Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks is calling it quits on her marriage to imprisoned husband Apollo Nida.
“Phaedra has retained an attorney with the intent of amicably ending her marriage,” Steve Honig, the reality star’s representative, told TheWrap.
Parks’ intent to divorce her husband of five years arrives as Nida started an eight-year prison sentence at a minimum-security federal prison in Lexington, Ky. last month after pleading guilty to charges of bank fraud and identity theft. According to court papers, Nida defrauded millions of dollars from at least 50 people over four years by stealing their identities. He’ll also have to pay $2 million in restitution.
This is the second imprisonment for Nida, who previously served six years in prison from 2003 to 2009 for car theft charges.
Before Nida turned himself in, the couple fought over finances. Honig said Nida was at the couple’s home and “there was an incident,” though he wouldn’t elaborate. According to news reports, the fight started after Parks wouldn’t deposit money into her husband’s prison account.
“Phaedra is very relieved this fiasco is finally coming to a close,” Honig told TheWrap at the time. “She is putting all of her energy into ensuring the well-being of her two children and making decisions that are in their best interests. This situation has put a tremendous strain on Phaedra and her family, and she is working hard to bring back a sense of normalcy to everyone’s lives.”
As TheWrap previously reported, Bravo’s cameras are rolling during the drama between Parks and Nida, and it will be a storyline on the show’s seventh season starting Nov. 9.
E! Online first reported the divorce between Parks and Nida.
Nida isn’t the only star in legal hot water. “Real Housewives of New Jersey’s” Teresa Giudice and husband, Joe, were sentenced to 14 months and 41 months, respectively, for mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, making false statements on loan applications and failure to file tax returns. They’ll also have to pay more than $1.5 million in combined fines.