Having already presented their relationship to the world via the top-rated reality fest The Real Housewives of Atlanta, former model Cynthia Bailey and hospitality mogul (and UPTOWN VP of entertainment) Peter Thomas have co-authored Carry-On Baggage, a tell-all testament to their happily ever after. For better or for worse? It depends on whom you ask.
After playing out the bulk of your relationship on national television, including being newlyweds, what made you write Carry-On Baggage, which would undoubtedly reveal more?
Cynthia Bailey: Peter and I decided to tell our story because when we were introduced to the world via RHOA, our relationship was very misunderstood. Being on the show gave people the right to voice their opinions; however, our relationship is more than what you see in an hour on weekly TV.
Peter Thomas: Millions of people see only 5 percent of what really happens. We wanted to tell our story outside of cable TV editors. I was shopping once, and a guy walked up to me and said, “When are you going to pay Cynthia back. You f***d her and her money up.” I almost cracked him over the head with a wrench for approaching me like that. You don’t know us from just watching TV.
Cynthia, when you convinced yourself that you were “ready” to get married, were you?
CB: When I met Peter, I fell for him hard and quickly. I moved from the only city I truly loved: New York. By the time we decided to get married, things started to unravel. I had a beautiful wedding with a lot of support, but where we were at that time was not where I wanted us to be.
PT: I wasn’t ready for how the actual wedding went down. There were a lot of people I didn’t care about there, because of the show. Her mother and her sister put a dark cloud on an incredibly sunny day. I was thankful for the opportunity to do it over without any outside involvement. Eight people. Plus us. That’s it.+
In juggling careers, celebrity and family, how do you make the marriage work?
CB: Sometimes it doesn’t work. Never assume that. But our overall commitment to each other is solid.