There are certain rites of passage for every cast member of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise. And we’re about to see one of the new “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast members, model Cynthia Bailey, go through one of them: Her first huge “Real Housewives” feud.
In the last episode, we watched the beginning of the end for NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak’s friendship and in Sunday’s (Jan. 23) episode, Cynthia and the rest of the housewives will find themselves in the crossfire.
“I knew that NeNe was very apprehensive about going on the bus in the first place,” Cynthia tells Zap2it. “So, I didn’t have a good feeling about it and she didn’t have a good feeling about it. I had no idea how bad it was going to get, though. I thought maybe some light arguing, but I had no idea it was going to get that escalated.”
But, Cynthia was able to size up the situation instantly. “By the time they pulled up to the house where we were staying in Miami,” she recalls. “Just from the look on NeNe, Kim and Kandi’s face, I knew that basically the s**t had hit the fan.”
It sure did. NeNe and Kim are still not speaking – six months after the Miami trip, which Cynthia sums up saying it was “more fighting, more crying, strippers and lots of wine drinking, as usual.”
Yes, not all was lost. Despite the division in the house and Cynthia’s own reservations about her wedding after her then-fianc�, Peter, told her he had closed down his nightclub, the crew went through with her bachelorette party.
“That was one of the best parts of the whole weekend,” she tells us. “Even though the group was kind of divided at that point, we all managed to have a good time with the strippers, which, once again, is no real surprise to us. Drinking and strippers, anything that’s fun, we can usually come together.”
And by the way, the uniquely talented stripper Phaedra Parks mentioned a few episodes back wasn’t there – as far as Cynthia knows.
“I don’t think he was there,” she says. “And if he did, he didn’t display his specialty.”
Watch a preview from Sunday’s episode below:
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.