Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Kenya Moore wants you to get the record straight about her split from husband Marc Daly.
Kenya talks to People mag saying that the two haven’t filed for divorce yet and she’s hopeful they can find a way back together, but only if she and her estranged spouse can work through their issues.
Kenya says, “I didn’t get married to quit. I love my husband. I don’t doubt that he loves me. Let me be clear, I took my vows seriously. I believe in for better and for worse and I believe in trying it all before you walk away, especially when we do have a child and we are a family.”
Unfortunately, she “doesn’t get the sense that Marc feels the same way.”
Kenya on Marc’s feelings:
“I am hopeful, and have always wanted to work on our relationship. But I just don’t know if that’s even a possibility at this point, honestly. Marc doesn’t seem to be there. I’d feel more comfortable calling it quits if I knew I’d tried everything and it still didn’t work. And we definitely didn’t do everything we could have done to save our relationship.”
Back in September, Kenya, 48, and Marc, 49, surprised no one when they announced that they were going to separate after two years of marriage.
Just days earlier, the couple had appeared on The Tamron Hall Show as they sat alongside their daughter Brooklyn, with Kenya calling Marc, “the love of my life” as he recounted how he supported her through her long IVF process.
On announcing their split days after Tamron:
“I think a lot of people were rooting for me, rooting for us, and rooting for our beautiful family.So for something to come out of the blue, I know it really hurt and confused a lot of people who were on our side.”
On reports that Marc has a secret family:
“I can tell you I’ve heard a lot of rumors about secret families. I can tell you that’s completely made up; there’s zero truth to that. In terms of infidelity, I’ve had no proof of that. That’s not our issue.”
So what’s the problem?
“The distance had really been taking a toll on us. Initially when we had the baby, it was great. He was there for every single doctor’s appointment, every ultrasound, every scare, we were 90 percent together. He was a very supportive husband during that time.”
After Brooklyn’s birth, that became harder.
“Marc opened up two new businesses and is opening up another. It was frustrating for me that he kept opening businesses in New York, but listen I want him to be successful and that’s how he feeds his family. So I couldn’t be selfish. But if you’re living in two different places, you have to be together during the times you are in the same place; either you’re both in NY and you’re both in Atlanta. And when we’d be in the same place, we weren’t always in the same place. So with the businesses, the distance, and the baby, it just became hard for us to figure it all out.”
Why didn’t the couple move together:
“A lot of couples do and they do it successfully. New York and Atlanta, it gave us a full life. There’s no other city like New York in the world; I loved our life there. And Marc, he loves Atlanta. He has his own friends here, and it’s a family environment where there’s a home and a yard for kids to play, without the daily anxiety of living in a big city. It was the best of both worlds.”
The real problem was communication:
“We communicate in very different ways,. I’m seen as tough on the show because I take up for myself but in my relationships at home, I am the opposite. I’m not a fighter. I don’t want to fight at home. I want to be able to talk; I want to be able to rationally discuss things. And I get to the point where, I’ll withdraw if it seems too combative or not healthy. If the communication were better and more open and honest, I think we could solve our problems.
Kenya wants counseling, Marc isn’t open to it yet:
“Counseling could be a big proponent in flushing out issues a couple may have. Then after a considerable amount of time and effort, you can make the decision whether you can come to a common ground and you can still work on the relationship or not. And I never got that opportunity. I’m not saying that opportunity may not exist in the future. But I just don’t have a complete sense of if that’s something that he’s still willing to do.”
Kenya and Marc haven’t seen each other since the day before they released their separation statements, she says things between them have been “pretty civil” during the time they’ve been apart and that sees Brooklyn.
“He had a great time with her. And he FaceTimes her every day. He’s a great dad to her. I’ll always want Marc to be in Brooklyn’s life. Brooklyn is a special girl. She’s vibrant and just makes people happy. Having her is a blessing.”
Kenya ends the interview with: “Look, all this, it’s definitely tough because when I’m with her, I think about what I thought was my fairytale happy ending. I thought Marc was my forever love — that I had met this handsome, smart, funny, successful man who was single and who fell for me as fast as I fell for him and who would be there by my side forever. I thought this was the one and that with Brooklyn, I finally got the family that I wanted. I just don’t know what to say about all that now.”
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