‘My milkshake brings young guys to the yard!’
NW! TALKSTO Welcome to Cougar
For th eh past f few seasons now, Real Housewives of atlanta star Cynthia Bailey has been mostly living the quiet life – married to Peter Thomas, raising her teenage daughter Noelle and trying to stay clear of the drama and weavepulling on her hit reality show.
But things have changed! She’s turned 50, settled into her new home at Lake Bailey as a single woman, her daughter is all grown up and off on adventures of her own, she’s dipping her toes in the dating pool – and she’s also finding herself in the middle of all the drama! Look out!
“It doesn’t help when my two besties on the show are the villains!” Cynthia says, laughing about her friendship with Nene Leakes and Kenya Moore.
But it’s not just Nene and Kenya y dragging her into the dramz.
Cynthia’s Cynthia managed to hunt it down herself! But with who?
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You’ve had your ups and downs with Nene in the past, but you’re best buddies again!
Nene has always been one of my best friends. We had a bit of a falling out, but we got over it – she’s so much fun to be around.
So are you preparing another friendship contract after you burnt the existing one?
[Laughs] No! There will be no friendship contracts between us ever again! The friendship contract is dead!
Kim Zolciak-biermann’s also back this season... how do you feel about her return?
Look, Kim is one of the original Housewives, and I think it’s always great when someone from the original cast returns.
OK, we get it, you’re being polite! How do you do that by the way? You’re always dodging the arguments!
[Laughs] [La Kenya and Nene are always getting themselves into trouble. Now listen, I don’t always agree with what they’re saying, but you’ve just gotta let them go.
You never want to just get in there?
[Laughs] I consider myself love and light on the show. But there was a bit of a situation with the new girl Eva [Marcille] that I had to insert myself into. Now I’ve known Eva for years from my modelling and we have a lot of friends in common, but when she arrived on the show, Eva started getting a little bit messy. I had to sort that out right away. You’ll see!
We can’t wait! Now what’s this about you dating men half your age?
Turning 50 has been a rebirth for me! I’m being super selfish and greedy with Cynthia for the first time in a long time. Then the whole cougar thing happened! I’m positioning myself to meet guys around my age – and young guys are coming for me! What can I do?
No complaints, though, right?
It’s not like I act, look or feel 50 – I just am! But my milkshake is apparently bringing some of the young ones to the yard! If I get too excited, Noelle’s like, ‘Mum, you’re acting too thirsty!’
How does Peter feel about you dating? He reckons you two will get back together...
I was like, “Uh, excuse me? I don’t think so...” I was pretty surprised when he said that. Unless he knows something I don’t know, we’re done. I didn’t wake up overnight and decide to get a divorce! Kenya is now married, but not everyone is taking the news too well... I did not know she was getting married and I was definitely a little pissed off about that. But I am so rooting for them, 100 per cent. I’ve been telling them to have another wedding – one that I can not only go to, but can actually be a part of in some way. I have to be a bridesmaid or something!
You went to New York Housewife Luann du Lesseps wedding, right?
I sure did, yeah!
Would you ever jump ship and join RHONY?
Oh, I lived in New York for years – it’s my second home! If I could, I’d probably choose New York or Beverly Hills! They should bring us all together! I’m going to have to talk to Andy Cohen about that! The Real Housewives Of Atlanta airs at 1.35pm (encore at 8.30pm) Mondays on Arena