Season 10 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta premiered on Sunday, Nov. 5, and, TBH, we couldn’t be more thankful to have Kandi Burruss and our other favorite Georgia peaches back on our small screens. Though Phaedra Parks is no longer part of the cast — due to a very big lie she told involving her ex-BFF Kandi, 41, and her one-time bestie Porsha Williams — her name came up quite a bit on Sunday night’s episode.
While fans are curious about what Phaedra’s been up to since she left the hit Bravo reality series (you can learn more about about that here), viewers are also curious about the Secrets of a Southern Belle author’s ex-husband, Apollo Nida — and if he is still serving jail time. Well, the answer is yes.
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Apollo reported to New Jersey’s Fort Dix Correctional Institution in September 2014 to serve an eight-year sentence for fraud. Though he is reportedly moving to a different jail in Pennsylvania, fellow Real Housewives husband Joe Giudice (who is married to RHONJ’s Teresa Giudice) also served time at Fort Dix. In fact, Apollo, 38, and Joe, 45, became prison pals during their time together in the slammer.
“They met up, so it was nice. I don't know if they're in the same area, but they definitely met,” Teresa, 45, revealed during a July 2016 interview with Amy Phillips’ Reality Checked radio show. “So Joe said he was a really cool guy.”
In March 2016, Phaedra, 44, who called it quits with Apollo after nearly five years of marriage, offered a bit of advice to Teresa, days before Joe was set to start his 41-month sentence for fraud. "My advice is always just to [be] prayerful and to just know that you're not alone," the mom-of-two — who shares sons Ayden, 7, and Dylan, 4, with Apollo — told the Daily Dish. "My husband nor her husband are the first husbands to go to prison, they won't be the last. And you know the most important thing are her children, those beautiful daughters that they have together. And this too shall pass.”
Keep scrolling to relive the most shocking Real Housewives legal scandals of all time!
Both Joe and Teresa plead guilty to fraud charges in 2014. While Joe is still in jail, Teresa finished her own 11-month sentence in December 2015. They were charged for conspiring to defraud lenders and illegally obtaining mortgages and other loans, along with allegedly hiding assets and income during a bankruptcy case.
In her second memoir, Standing Strong, Tre — who shares daughters Gia, 16, Gabriella, 12, Milania, 11, and Audriana, 8, with Joe — opened up about how the couple's brushes with the law had a negative impact on her life. “I used to lead a charmed life. Joe made plenty of money to support our family and then some,” she wrote. “I was happy and relaxed. Until Joe f---ed up. And he f---ed up bad. Now I’m a single mother. I handle everything. All of it. And I support my entire family financially, which is a big weight on my shoulders on top of everything else.”
Kim, who starred on RHOBH as a full-time ‘wife for five seasons from 2010 to 2015, was arrested in October 2015 after she was caught stealing more than $600 in merchandise at a Target in California's San Fernando Valley. The incident came just months after the recovering alcoholic was charged with resisting arrest, public intoxication, and battery on a peace officer, all of which stemmed from a drunken night at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Kandi sued Kim Zolciak in March 2013 for profits made from the sale of the 2009 pop masterpiece that is “Tardy for the Party.” The song, which was co-written by Kandi, became a hit on iTunes and sold more than 100,000 copies. However, the Xscape songstress claimed that the track was sold "without [the] plaintiffs' authorization, license or consent.”
Kim, 39, responded by filing legal documents of her own, accusing Kandi of filing the lawsuit in an effort to get press for her now-canceled show The Kandi Show. According to court papers obtained by The Wrap, a judge found that Kandi couldn’t prove copyright infringement, and the case was eventually dismissed.
Bethenny Frankel’s ex-husband Jason Hoppy was arrested this past January after the RHONY personality claimed that he threatened to “destroy” her after showing up at their seven-year-old daughter Bryn’s school. Bethenny, 47, was granted a temporary restraining order against Jason, also 47, and he was charged with one count of harassment in the second degree, one count of aggravated harassment in the second degree, and one count of stalking in the fourth degree.
Back in June, Jason was hit with two additional stalking charges; he was was arraigned on one count of stalking in the third degree and one count of stalking in the fourth degree. On Oct. 23, the former spouses finally reached a resolution when Jason agreed to a plea deal involving a family adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.
In 2013, Heather Thomson — who appeared on RHONY for three seasons from 2012 to 2015 — accused Spanx founder Sara Blakely of copying the design for her shapewear line Yummie Tummie's three-panel camisoles. In response to a cease and desist letter sent by Heather, 46, Sara, also 46, sent a declaratory of judgment. Both women threatened to file lawsuits against one another, but their girdle war was eventually settled out of court.
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