For "Real Housewives of Atlanta" power couple Peter Thomas and Cynthia Bailey a successful relationship doesn't have to be perfect. Like anything else in this world, it just takes hard work and patience.
In the couple's new memoir, Carry-On Baggage: Our Nonstop Flight they look to help guide other couples through turbulent times that come with any significant relationships. Cynthia Bailey was very clear when she pointed out that the book was not a relationship advice book.
"We're not trying to tell people how to have a great relationship," noted Bailey. "We're just telling our story. How we met, how we got together, how we wound up on "RHOA," just our whole story," she added.
The couple famously got married on the show, in one of the more uncomfortable wedding scenes to ever be televised. With Carry-On Baggage. Peter and Cynthia hope to clear the air and dispel people's pre-conceived notions of them.
"We got married on the show and I think our marriage was very misunderstood," remembered Cynthia, adding, "(The book) was an opportunity for us to just tell our story and set the record straight."
As a businessman, Peter Thomas knows what it's like to go through highs and lows. Peter notes some of the similarities between cultivating a great relationship and a successful business. "You have to know exactly what you want and then you have to go after it," said Peter. "I pretty much handle my relationship the same way I handle my business which is, you gotta walk towards it cause if you don't you're never gonna achieve it," he added.
A good relationship is never easy. Add to that the stress of being followed around by cameras all day, having your personal moments aired out, and putting your reputation in the hands of bloodthirsty editors, and you've got the life of a reality TV couple. Peter and Cynthia discussed the duality of living in the real life Truman Show.
"When we do something we have to think about "How's this gonna be for our real life and what are people gonna think about it on the show?"" Lamented Cynthia. She continued, "We're living double lives in a way and after a while they almost become one."
Peter added, "When you have that kind of exposure and people have that kind of access to you it's definitely tough. If you have a fragile marriage in any way I doubt that you would make it on reality TV."
Peter and Cynthia have been through a lot together but they always have each other's back. There might not be one perfect formula for any relationship, but like Peter himself said "love and support are a damn good foundation."
Carry-On Baggage: Our Nonstop Flight will be available in stores and online later this month.