Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Gizelle Bryant Talks How Her Marriage to Megachurch Pastor Husband Crumbled After He Cheated


Networker supreme Gizelle is one of six African American women who make up the cast of the latest Real Housewives installment, set in the wealthy Maryland enclave of Potomac, just outside Washington, D.C. 

The glamorous former model is newly single and 'ready to flaunt that independence and make a name for herself,' according to a teaser on the Bravo website. 

Gizelle's fresh start comes after her split from flash televangelist Jamal Bryant, 44, the founder of the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, who last year briefly ran for Congress and delivered a eulogy at the funeral of Freddie Gray. 

The pair enjoyed seven years of 'marital bliss' and have three children together - Grace, now aged 11, and twins Angel and Adore, both nine. But in an exclusive interview with Daily Mail Online, Gizelle says she had no hesitation in pulling the plug on her fairy tale marriage after it emerged her husband was cheating on her. 

'There was infidelity. I found out about it and he told me about it,' she said. 'I decided I was not going to continue to stay in a relationship in which there was not a major commitment. 

'I'm an old-fashioned girl and if you're going to commit, commit. But at this point in time it's so water under the bridge.' 

Gizelle grew up in D.C. and her father Curtis Graves served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1967 to 1973 and was a high-ranking official at NASA for three decades.

One of three siblings, she graduated from prestigious Hampton University, a private historically black university located in Hampton, Virginia, in 1992 with a marketing degree before joining the NAACP as an events planner.

It was there that she met and began dating her future husband Jamal, a pastor's son, motivational speaker and rising star on the evangelical circuit. The pair were wed in 2002. 

The Bentley-driving preacher and his First Lady enjoyed an enviable lifestyle, most recently residing together in a $1.5 million waterfront condo in Baltimore's upscale Canton neighborhood.

However their relationship began to falter after rumors of Rev. Bryant's adultery began circulating among the church's 10,000-strong congregation. 

The Duke graduate already had two out-of-wedlock children from before his marriage including a daughter, Topaz, with an Atlanta woman named Crystal Madison. 
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