‘Real Housewives’ Star Now Lead In Divorce Soap Opera

ATLANTA (CN) – The jailed husband of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks filed for divorce in Fulton County, Georgia, despite published reports his wife formally divorced him a month ago.

In a complaint filed in Fulton County Superior Court Dec. 1, Apollo Nida, who is currently serving an eight-year jail  term for bank fraud and identity theft, said he is divorcing Parks because their “marriage is irretrievably broken” and they “can no longer live together as Husband and Wife and there no hope of reconciliation.”

The couple was married in November 2009 and separated in June 2014.

But in a twist straight out of the “Real Housewives” franchise, Phaedra was granted a divorce from Nida in November, months after he failed to respond to her divorce petition, the Daily Mail newspaper reported this week.

According to the British newspaper, Phaedra filed for divorce last March and it was finalized in November, with a judge awarding her custody of the couple’s two children.

Nida will have visitation rights when he is released, the newspaper said.

In his petition, Nida seeks “joint legal custody of the minor children … with an established parenting plan that will be the best interests of the children.”

He also asks the court to oversee an equitable division of all of the personal property, assets, and marital debts.

Nida’s attorney, Onyema Anene Farrey, of Anene Farrey & Associates in Atlanta, did not respond to a request for comment from Courthouse News.