When Cynthia Bailey announced her departure from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” after appearing on the show for 11 seasons, she wrote on Instagram, “It’s time to move on to my next chapter.”
But while she shifted her focus from reality TV to acting in projects like Lifetime thriller Cruel Instruction and Tubi film The Stepmother, Bailey later told Page Six that her career wasn’t her only concern. After the collapse of her marriage to Peter Thomas on RHOA, she came to realize that the world of reality TV isn’t always the healthiest environment for a relationship. “I’m very protective of my second marriage because I really want it to work and I want to do whatever I can to protect it,” she said of her decision to leave the Bravo series. But that was after Bailey and her second husband, Mike Hill, decided to have their 2020 wedding filmed for the show. As noted by The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Bailey even hired her own videographers because Bravo didn’t want any of her crew members to potentially expose them to COVID-19.
Fast forward to now, and it seems that leaving her life as Bravo-Lebrity wasn’t a guarantee that the former model would remain happily married. In an Oct. 12 Instagram post, Bailey and Hill announced they were divorcing after two years of marriage. But fans won’t be able to see Bailey looking for love anytime soon in “RHOA.”
Cynthia Bailey wants to focus on her acting career
In addition to wanting to keep her marriage intact, Cynthia Bailey told E! News that she decided to leave The Real Housewives of Atlanta after receiving an offer to return as a “girlfriend” rather than a lead. And why take on a minor role when you can be a leading lady?
Ahead of BravoCon, which Bailey is attending, the Celebrity Big Brother alumna revealed she has no plans to return to reality TV now that she’s single. “I’m really 100% happy and focused on my acting career,” she told People. However, she added that she has nothing but love for Bravo and doesn’t rule out a return to RHOA in the future. “I don’t know how I’m going to feel a year from now, you know,” she explained. Bailey also reassured fans that she’s in a good place right now, saying that she and Mike Hill have remained friendly after deciding to part ways. “God willing, I will find love again,” she said.
Don’t expect Bailey to fall in love on screen in her latest venture, though — the AllBlk anthology series Terror Lake Drive isn’t a romantic comedy, but it’s spooky-season-worthy. Another project she has in the pipeline is the BET Plus film Blossom. While discussing her acting career in July, Bailey told Parlé, “I have to get another job now! I need to replace those housewife checks!”