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'RHOA' Phaedra Parks admits struggling with raising sons with Apollo Nida

TV personality Phaedra Parks attends the Bravo Upfront 2012 at Center 548 on April 4, 2012 in New York City.
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It isn't that often that "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks admits any struggles in her personal life. Even after her husband, Apollo Nida, was sentenced to eight years in prison in early July, Phaedra has stayed silent on the whole affair. Her Instagram and Twitter accounts show a confident and happy woman who is busy with her book tour, attending other professional events, and having fun with girl friends. However, on Thursday, August 14, Phaedra finally admitted that she's going through some tough times.

Phaedra was actually in St. Louis recently to sign copies of her book "Secrets of a Southern Belle." Meeting her fans and promoting her book weren't the only things that she did. She also met Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, and attended a rally in support of the family. Michael Brown is the 18-year-old black man who was recently shot dead by police in Ferguson, located in St. Louis county, resulting in days of violent protests and riots over police brutality.

Phaedra wrote on Instagram that although she and Lesley come from different places and backgrounds, they are both black women and mothers who love their sons deeply. "Unfortunately, she is planning her son's funeral while I struggle to make sure my sons never know her son's fate," she concluded. Photos show Phaedra standing next to Lesley and comforting another tearful woman.

Phaedra's post seems to indicate that while she may not be struggling financially with raising her two young sons, she's struggling emotionally. It has been reported before that Phaedra is devastated that her two sons will grow up without a father. A source told Hollywood Life that Phaedra knows how important it is for children, especially young black boys, to grow up with their fathers around. Apollo himself has expressed regret over not being there for his sons, just as as his own father wasn't around.

It'll be interesting to see whether Phaedra Parks will show more vulnerability on the next season of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," which is currently in production, and how her scenes with Apollo Nida will play out. Producers of the show have likely done what they can to get her to open up about her personal drama, something she has been reluctant to do in seasons past.

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