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Cynthia Bailey resides the housewife life and loving it. Not solely is she a thriving businesswoman however she can be a newlywed. She tied the knot with Mike Hill simply 4 months in the past and she or he remains to be floating on cloud 9. Whereas she remains to be within the honeymoon section in her romantic life, there may be by no means a scarcity of drama on the subject of her sisterhood together with her Actual Housewives of Atlanta castmates. She has been a focus of season 13, with all the women coming collectively to plan her engagement get together and bachelorette get together to make the times main as much as her marriage ceremony tremendous particular. The bachelorette get together become a scandal, deemed “Strippergate,” and have become the speak of the city earlier than the season even premiered. Final week, we obtained to see what occurred within the dungeon and on this week’s episode, the women must return house and clarify what occurred to their vital others, which was cringeworthy for Bailey. I obtained to talk together with her about about this season, how Hill reacted to “Strippergate,” if Kenya Moore broke woman code by exposing what occurred when the cameras have been shut off at Bailey’s bachelorette get together and rather more. Have a look under.
MadameNoire: How has The Bailey Wine Cellar, The Bailey Room and modeling faculty been doing because the pandemic began?
Cynthia Bailey: When the pandemic first hit it was actually powerful as a result of we needed to shut all the best way down. Nonetheless I used to be in a position to push via and maintain my staff intact. Sadly, a number of small Black companies weren’t as lucky. I made a decision to make use of my platform to assist help different Black companies which can be nonetheless struggling to remain afloat. I additionally determined to make use of my platform to rejoice the entrepreneurs that have been created in the course of the pandemic. Lots of people needed to assume outdoors of the field when the pandemic hit as a result of lots of people misplaced their jobs. I began doing a Black-owned enterprise pop-up store that I plan on doing for the remainder of the yr. It’s one thing that I undoubtedly wish to do at the least three to 4 instances a yr to help small Black enterprise. We’re not doing in addition to we’d have been doing with out the pandemic however we needed to reinvent ourselves and recreate how we have been doing enterprise.
MN: That’s superior. Now, I do know you and Mike have been bi-coastal earlier than. Are you each dwelling in a single place now?
CB: We’ve got each been in a position to work at home so he was really spending extra time in Atlanta. When he’s not right here, then I am going to [Los Angeles]. We’re nonetheless sort of going forwards and backwards however we spend extra time in Atlanta as a result of Atlanta is a bit more open. I can’t speak about it an excessive amount of proper now however I’ll let you recognize that he did simply begin a brand new job that can just about put him in Atlanta. Just about I simply instructed you chile [laughs]. We simply don’t when that’s going to occur however let’s simply say when it does open again up, his new job that he simply obtained, the studio is definitely in Atlanta, Georgia.
That’s nice as a result of I do know you don’t wish to go away Lake Bailey.
He doesn’t wish to go away his house both. You gotta bear in mind me and Mike are each a sure age and we like having our personal stuff. Ideally, we wish to get one thing collectively however we like having a spot in L.A and a spot in Atlanta as nicely. We’re not mad at [the idea of] having a 3rd house as nicely, like a pleasant trip house someplace.
MN: How is the married life with Mike Hill completely different from earlier than? Particularly with being within the midst of a pandemic and having to be extra remoted.
CB: You recognize, it’s been nice. We’re about 4 months in now. I’ve recognized Mike for 3 years now. For me, there’s a distinction between being a girlfriend, a fiancée and a spouse. As a spouse, you’re undoubtedly extra invested. We even really feel extra like a staff and simply having one another’s again. If you turn out to be a spouse you turn out to be one, or at the least that’s the way it ought to be. What’s his is yours and what’s yours is his. It feels good to– you recognize should you had requested me earlier than I met Mike if I’d be married once more, you recognize, for a very long time I simply didn’t assume that was within the playing cards for me anymore. I did the one factor and I did it very nicely. The “50 Cynt” period was a complete second for me. But it surely feels good to have any person to only have my again, that I can lean on, go on holidays with…It feels good to have any person to take pleasure in life with. One factor 2020 taught us is that we will’t take life with no consideration.
I feel what folks actually love about seeing us collectively is that it offers them hope. I wished to search out love once more however I didn’t know I used to be going to really feel like I actually have my fortunately ever after. It’s simply hitting a little bit completely different than it did earlier than. I’ve been married earlier than. He’s been via two marriages. It’s simply very nice to search out the individual that you’re really really appropriate with and who is actually your finest good friend. We’re not good however we’re really good for one another. I discovered my glad and that’s every thing!
MN: Final week, what might be thought-about to be probably the most anticipated episode of the season aired. How did it really feel to look at it for the primary time because it occurred?
CB: Mortified [laughs]. I used to be there and clearly we had a good time. The women have been so supportive and at all times come via for me. I used to be actually shocked. I had no concept they have been planning this factor. Identical to I used to be shocked on the engagement get together after I thought Joe Biden was gonna be there![laughs] I’m nonetheless lowkey in my emotions about that! However I’m simply in an awesome place in my life so when the women come collectively and switch all the best way up to ensure I’ve a very good time then that’s love. That’s what love is all about. Now, s*** did get uncontrolled! I needed to faucet out after some time! But it surely was nice.
MN: It regarded like a number of enjoyable. You look terrified whereas within the Dungeon! What was it like for you?
CB: I’ve been to Kandi’s Dungeon tour earlier than. I used to be the primary one which participated however I didn’t do a lot chile. I simply sat in a chair and obtained a lap dance and that was sufficient for me. However with that being mentioned, I wasn’t prepared [the night of the bachelorette party] however I needed to prepare proper fast! But it surely was enjoyable! You’ll get your life subsequent week when I’ve to come back house and clarify to Mike what occurred.
MN: How did Mike react to the Strippergate drama? Did he watch the Strippergate episode?
CB: I attempted to inform him as a lot as I may inform him however there was a lot occurring I couldn’t even bear in mind all of the stuff that had occurred. When he watched it he thought it was an awesome episode however he was in his emotions a little bit bit. I didn’t do an excessive amount of however I wanted to see the receipts as a result of I wasn’t satisfied that Bolo’s stuff wasn’t actual. Possibly I leaned on that a little bit an excessive amount of for Mike’s comfortability. Mike is all concerning the guidelines. He had a bachelor get together however he obtained to look at mine. I don’t know what occurred at his. I by no means wish to be disrespectful or inappropriate. However I wished to have enjoyable. Kandi went via lots to make that get together occur. I by no means wish to disrespect my husband or make him really feel uncomfortable. However we’ve talked and as husband and spouse you need to resolve what the boundaries are and what the foundations are. What’s inappropriate? I by no means had a bachelorette get together earlier than. All I do know is the events I’ve see on TV and the bachelorette does probably the most!
MN: On a scale of 1 to 10 on the “in my emotions” scale, how upset was Mike?
CB: It was between a few good 7 to 10. We undoubtedly needed to have a dialog. We didn’t agree on some issues and we needed to have extra dialog. Then we needed to let the dialog marinate. Then we needed to come again to the dialog and now we’re the place we have to be.
MN: I noticed that Latoya Ali was upset and felt that Kenya was taking an evening that was enjoyable and turning it into one thing detrimental by questioning who was doing what. Kandi even talked about it being woman code to not say something. What did you assume?
CB: It’s tea. Anytime we’re in a gaggle and one thing occurs we’re going to speak about. Lowkey, every thing Kenya was asking the followers wished to know too! By that dialog occurring it made the episode extra attention-grabbing. If we’d have simply wrapped it up and hadn’t gotten into all of that it wouldn’t have been all that juicy to me as a fan trying on the present. I by no means wish to decide anyone. These are all grown a** girls. They do what they wish to do and who they wish to do. I’m effective with it. I’m by no means going to be in a spot of judgment for them. However should you’re going to do it in the home and we’re throughout you higher consider we can be speaking about it the following day.
MN: It appears such as you have been profitable in serving to Marlo & Kenya bury the hatchet. Why was this so essential to you? How did their new-found friendship have an effect on the remainder of the season?
CB: Oh, nicely you’re simply going to attend and see! I really feel like Marlo has at all times wished to be buddies with Kenya. They have been buddies earlier than. I actually consider that in a number of methods they’ve lots in frequent particularly with the entire mother factor. Marlo grew up in foster care and Kenya didn’t develop up together with her mother. So I at all times felt like they may come collectively on the truth that they didn’t have that. I can’t relate to that…I simply felt prefer it went on too lengthy. It had gotten too petty, too poisonous. For me, they didn’t must be finest buddies nevertheless it was similar to can we exist at a spot of respect at this level and transfer on. I can’t sit by for too lengthy and watch that sort of stuff. If you do, it’s nearly such as you’re condoning it in a approach. I simply tried to step in and do one thing.
MN: Lastly, you show that age is only a quantity since you clearly don’t age. What do you do to take care of your well being and youth?
CB: Nicely, you recognize I’ve a glam squad that retains me collectively as a result of Lord is aware of I don’t get up like this. I simply maintain myself when it comes to my very own self-care. I simply turned 54 -years-old. If I need some fillers or some botox once in a while I’m gonna go get it! I get massages. I attempt to do issues that feed my spirit. Quite a lot of it’s peace. These cheekbones have been useful at retaining every thing collectively.
Actual Housewives of Atlanta airs each Sunday on Bravo 8:00 p.m ET.