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Real Housewives of Atlanta star Apollo Nida opens up

Apollo and his wife Phaedra Parks attend a Cirque de Solei performance in Atlanta
Apollo and his wife Phaedra Parks attend a Cirque de Solei performance in Atlanta
Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Cirque du Solei

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Apollo Nida is mostly known as Mr. Phaedra Parks. We don't know a lot about him other than his criminal history and his revolving list of careers. Now Apollo is ready to open up and let us get to know him.

In season 6 Apollo seemed open to letting his guard down and being himself. He argued with Phaedra about decorating their new Buckhead home. Apollo announced that he spent $8,000 in one night at a strip and then spent several minutes justifying his spending habits. At NeNe Leakes' pillow talk party Apollo physically attacked Kenya Moore's friend Brandon without being provoked. While the group was in Mexico Kenya Moore had a sit down with Apollo to clear the air. The conversation brought out Apollo's true colors. He didn't answer any of Kenya's questions. He grinned like a Cheshire cat while putting everything back on her.

Apollo recently did an interview with Sister2Sister . He talked quite a bit about his rough childhood. Apollo's mom was a caucasian woman who's family disowned her. They didn't approve of her being in a relationship with a black man. He tells the magazine "She was kind of pushed out. So she turned to the streets. And the streets will eat you up." Apollo was raised by his mom and he says he grew up in the streets until he moved in with his great aunt at age 10. His father was not in his life until he became an adult. Apollo said started hustling to make money at a very young age.

Also per the Sister2Sister article Apollo didn't have a lot of structure in his life. He did well when he lived with his great aunt but didn't have structure again until he married Phaedra. They married soon after he was released from prison (he served 6 years for racketeering). Apollo said "It might’ve been the wrong thing to do, considering all things. But for me it was structure. For her, she knew that she could trust me. I’ve always lived on my own. For me, I was like, “Okay, if I get married, then I can’t just run and be sneaking. I can’t go to L.A. and not come home. You have to report back to somebody. So then when you drop the kid in the bucket, it’s even more. Now you definitely have to be accountable. So that’s what I was creating."

Anticipation for part 3 of the season 6 reunion is high. In a preview clip we see Apollo once again accusing Kenya of shady dealings. The problem is the more he protests his innocence the more guilty he appears.

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