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Reality star pleads guilty to fraud and blames pressure of celebrity lifestyle

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Yesterday, Real Housewives of Atlanta's Apollo Nida entered a guilty plea related to felony charges of mail, wire, and bank fraud. He is the husband of housewife, Phaedra Parks a local attorney and Athens, Georgia native. Nida faces a fine of up to $1 million and up to 30 years in prison. His sentencing hearing is set for July 8 at 2 p.m.

While Nida took "responsibility for his actions" in court and expressed regrets, he also blamed the cult of celebrity for fueling the fire of his behavior. He noted that his wife's salary and the pressure to keep up with an affluent lifestyle lead him to bouts of depression and unhappiness - and later criminal actions to provide for his family as the leader in his relationship. Like Nida, many stars have shared the impact of Reality TV on their personal relationships and many marriages have ended as a result of staring on reality shows.

"It’s my fault at the end of the day,” he said.

Joe and Teresa Giudice of the Real Housewives of New Jersey plead guilty to fraud charges similar to Nida's last March. Their critics have stated that their actions were fueled by arrogance.

Spotlight may lead to narcissism

In a University of Southern California study measuring celebrities' narcissism levels; researchers found that celebrities were significantly more narcissistic than the average person; and that reality television stars were among the most narcissistic of all celebrities. Other studies have found that high-rates of narcissism lead to over-spending and the feeling of invincibility.

It is being reported that Phaedra Parks will return to Season 7 of the Bravo hit show, Real Housewives of Atlanta which will begin filming soon. It will be interesting to see how things are played out on the small screen considering her husband's dilemma.

Positive Thinking is Key

"Reality-television relationships are not reflections of what's real and important in your own personal affairs," said Jessica Mitchell, a local life coach. It's important to "learn the keys to true happiness and positive thinking!"

Positive thinking is not about staying inside a bubble and refusing to acknowledge the negative influences in your life. It’s about coming across a situation that evokes negative emotions, such as fear, anger or resentment, and reaching for a viable solution rather than getting overwhelmed by it.

Apollo chose to measure himself by the success of others and instead of remaining positive he opted for negative behavior. His poor decisions have brought consequences that have hurt his relationship with his wife and his children.



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