An emotional Cynthia Bailey made the tough decision to begin divorce proceedings from husband Peter Thomas on the Real Housewives of Atlanta premiere. And on Sunday’s episode, the 48-year-old supermodel and her estranged husband come face to face for an emotional meeting.
In an exclusive sneak peek at the episode, Thomas tells Bailey that a hospital visit recently made him realize that she could no longer be his emergency contact. It’s a revelation that brings Bailey to tears.
“Just because we’re going through a divorce [doesn’t] mean I don’t care what happens to you,” she tells her ex, 56. “You’ve been my friend for eight years. You’ve been that person that I call.”
Like she had revealed to her lawyer previously, Bailey tells Thomas she wants their marriage to end peacefully.
“People say when you get divorced you can’t be friends and it’s going to be all this nasty stuff, like we’re gonna hate each other. And I don’t hate you. I don’t want to hate you,” she says. “I still want to be friends with you.”
Bailey even mentions her 17-year-old daughter Noelle Robinson, telling Thomas, “[I] still want you to have a relationship with Noelle — she’s know you since you were 8 years old. You’ve been like a second dad to her.”
“I love you, I respect you. I just can’t be married to you — that’s it,” she confesses.
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She brings up a conversation the two had in their early days of dating. “When I first met you, we had that conversation about if we’re ever not happy, are you the kind of person to just settle to just be in something?” she said. “And you told me no.”
It’s a conversation that appears to give Thomas the motivation to move forward. “I do want to see you happy,” he tells her — before calling her lawyer, Daniel Meachum, and agreeing to sign off off on whatever he sends.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.