Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey, Shereé Whitfield, Kenya Moore, and Porsha Williams returned for the premiere of the ninth season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta on Sunday.RELATED: Why ‘RHOA’ star Cynthia Bailey will never marry again
And while a war was brewing between Whitfield and Moore over the completion of their homes (Château Shereee and Moore Manor, respectively) — Bailey was making the tough decision to begin divorce proceedings with husband Peter Thomas.
The couple’s marriage struggles have been no secret to audiences on the Bravo series. Since tying the knot in season 3 (January 2011), the have weathered cheating scandals, squabbles with Bailey’s pals and sexual lulls.
Last season, Thomas told Bailey: “We can’t continue like this. Somebody needs an escape route.”
And it seems like she’s found that escape route since. “Peter and I have been living apart for about 5 months now,” the 48-year-old model confessed to fans on Sunday’s premiere. “The last time we saw each other, I expressed my unhappiness in this marriage and my intentions to move forward in a different direction.”
“Peter and I never painted a picture that our marriage was perfect,” she continued. “My breaking point was last year. I just felt like, you know, this is it. There’s not going to be real change.”
Meeting with a divorce lawyer, Bailey discussed what steps she would have to do in order to “get through this with as much integrity and love as possible.” She explained there was no infidelity or desertion between the two — and that they had a prenup. She said that she would not be seeking alimony, but wanted to make sure she kept the house, which is in her name.