Apollo Nida, husband of The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks, is due to begin his eight-year prison sentence Wednesday after being convicted of fraud back in July for running a four-year bank scheme that included mail and wire fraud and identity theft.
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Apollo is now trying to release a book about his time in prison (before he married Phaedra), his family and his life decisions that led up to being convicted for a second time, according to TMZ.
“Nida’s teamed with multiple writers to get his story down on paper — focusing on his life, his upbringing and the events that led him to prison,” TMZ reported. “And he’s even shot a photo for the book cover already.”
Although it has been rumored that Phaedra was taking some time off from filming RHOA to deal with her family situation, according to Forbes, Apollo’s days leading up to his incarceration are being documented for season 7.
“I want people to know that I am a kind-hearted person despite my choices,” Apollo said in an interview with Forbes. “We all make choices, some good and some bad, but people can still be considered good people. I would give my last dime to any person that needs it and I have given my last to my family. I know that many people have a negative perception of me, but I do want people to understand that this situation is hard. I am truly hurting. I wish I could start over; do the right thing, possibly go to college and get a degree, and overall make better decisions.”
Apollo and Phaedra have two sons: Aiden, 4, and Dylan, 1. And as for the state of their marriage, it’s still currently (at least publicly) intact — although Apollo did express his displeasure at her absence from his sentencing.
“I think Phaedra, in a perfect world, should be supportive as a wife should be,” Apollo told an Atlanta radio show in July. “But if she chooses to derail from the plan, then that’s what she chooses to do. Whatever’s been thrown at me, I deal with it. I would like to say I would want her to stay around and do what a wife should do. But tomorrow’s not promised.”
Apollo had some parting words to fans last week.
“Good morning to all!! Yes even the negative ones,” he tweeted in all caps. “Thanks for all the support and kind words. We must learn to have a light heart.”
(Image and video courtesy of Bravo)