<p><span></span><em>The Real Housewives of Atlanta'</em>s Phaedra Parks is firing back after her co-stars slammed her for marrying an ex-convict.</p>
"It's easy to criticize when you don't know someone," Phaedra tells Life & Style. "He's my soul mate." The successful lawyer married Apollo Nida on Nov. 1, 2009, six months after he was released from jail -- he served almost five years for racketeering. "I know his character," says Phaedra about the man she's known since 1995.
"I knew he truly loved me for who I was and not for anything else. I respect him for the person I know he is -- and not for who the judge thought he was." The pair welcomed their first child, a son, over the summer. His birth will air on Housewives on Nov. 21.
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