Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey was smitten with Mike Hill from the jump. They even had the cute nickname, “CHill.” She put it out in the universe that she wanted to marry Mike in 2020. The model was previously married to Peter Thomas, but they called it quits in 2016.
Mike asked for Cynthia’s hand in marriage on July 26, 2019 at the grand opening of the Bailey Wine Center. The RHOA star was shocked! You know what else was shocking? Finding out that Mike and his ex-wife used to watch the show, and Cynthia was their favorite Housewife. Wow.
Looking back, Cynthia Bailey has had quite a run on the Real Housewives of Atlanta. She’s filmed eleven seasons, two weddings (well, one officially filmed by Bravo) and a whole lot of drama in the NeNe Leakes department. She managed a spot alongside Kenya Moore on the upcoming Real Housewives All-Stars spinoff, which has to royally piss off NeNe. But looking back at Season 13, even though she got married to Mike Hill, 50 Cynt was on the sidelines most of the time. But her dungeon-themed bachelorette party did give us #Bologate, but that’s about it.
Whenever a Real Housewives city is in between seasons, it always sparks conversation about who will return. And when it comes to RHOA, it seems like it might be Cynthia’s time. She hasn’t had a lot of drama since Peter Thomas and NeNe exited her life. She started her Housewives’ career with a wedding and if she doesn’t return next season, she would have ended with one too. And she recently removed #RHOA from her Instagram bio, sparking those annual rumors that she’s headed on her way out.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta has really undergone a transformation over the past few seasons, mostly due to NeNe Leakes‘ dramatic exit. NeNe’s final season on the show was a letdown considering her OG status. She barely appeared in episodes and fought with everyone in her path. Well, accept her No. 1 sidekick Marlo Hampton. She ditched the Zoom reunion never to return and has called for fans to boycott Bravo since her hasty exit.
NeNe is as skilled at being a reality TV personality as she is bad at being a good friend. She’s burned a lot of bridges throughout her time on RHOA because she’s the queen of shade, even if she takes it too far. Particularly, her decades-long friendship with Cynthia Bailey crashed and burned over 50 Cynt’s relationship with Kenya Moore. And we thought 50 Cynt was the weird friend with her contracts. The two made up, sort of, but haven’t stopped throwing shade back and forth now and again. Like, NeNe would only go to Cynthia’s wedding if she was paid to attend. She’s all about her bag. But to be fair, it’s clear after Season 13 that Cynthia has no storyline without NeNe.
After Season 13 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, the cast is clearly due for a shake-up. Marlo Hampton needs a peach in her hand, to fix the “snoozefest” of a show. Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams’ long-time feud has been overplayed. And we even had #Bologate and Prophet Lott, yet the season just didn’t hit like the good old days. But I gotta give the ATL ladies a break — the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on all Bravo shows. And it definitely wasn’t the worst — looking at you, Real Housewives of Orange County.
There’s been a lot of buzz about who will appear on RHOA Season 14. LaToya Ali may be one and done after her explosive debut. There are always rumors swirling that Phaedra Parks and/or Sheree Whitfield will make a return. Maybe even NeNe Leakes, never say never. And it’s obvious some of the girls just need to go.
Even though Cynthia Bailey went forward with her
superspreader wedding last year, she brought very little to the show. She really has been chilling on the sidelines since the days of Peter Thomas causing drama are behind her. Just look at the last reunion — she barely said a peep. Aside from defending having a huge wedding in the midst of a global pandemic, so big that even Bravo bailed on filming.
Despite arguably being the OG of OGs, NeNe Leakes’ departure from the Real Housewives of Atlanta was very disappointing. She closed her laptop in the middle of a Zoom reunion never to return, after failed contract negotiations, and rumors of a firing, which led her to forgo her peach. And to put the nail in the coffin, she’s called out the network, Andy Cohen particularly, and has been trying to rally fans to boycott Bravo. No matter how much Marlo Hampton hopes, it looks like NeNe’s time as a housewife really is over for good.
And it’s disappointing because when NeNe was good on RHOA, she was so good. Starting with her feuds with Kim Zolciak-Biermann during Season 1, NeNe delivered reads and one-liners unlike any other housewife from any other city. But it got to her head, which is evident with the demise of her friendship with one-time bestie Cynthia Bailey. While the two somewhat made amends during the reunion, NeNe proved that she let her ego get bigger than the show. And that never works out well, just look at what’s happened to Vicki Gunvalson or Danielle Staub.
When Cynthia Bailey began her journey on Real Housewives of Atlanta, it was a big get for the show. Having one of the first successful Black models of our time appearing on the program certainly didn’t hurt the ensemble cast. Cynthia had a very close relationship with NeNe Leakes, which was tumultuous at best, but it managed to sustain several seasons of drama. Cynthia also had an interesting marriage with Peter Thomas. Mostly Peter grifted her money for failed bars and the marriage ultimately ended because no one thought it would last in the first place.
It’s probably safe to say Cynthia is a storyline drifter. She never seems to have a main focus for herself, but does participate in other people’s trials and tribulations. But sooner or later viewers will notice a lack of substance. She’s there, she’s involved, but boring won’t keep a peach. Cynthia’s second wedding is her current focus, but we’ve been here before. Recently, Cynthia appeared on The Wendy Williams Show and Wendy Williams implied Cynthia’s daughter Noelle Robinson came out on RHOA for Cynthia’s storyline. It definitely provoked a response, and Cynthia did not let Wendy get away with it. This is the Cynthia we’ve been waiting for.
Cynthia Bailey and the Real Housewives of Atlanta are back. This is the ultimate franchise, for real. It will out-do any other show on Bravo even with 50+ Cynt pushing the mid-pandemic wedding story line. Let’s get to the stripper and bachelorette party drama! Now THAT is the scandal I think we all deserve on our screens.
Cynthia’s wedding to Mike Hill is semi-old news. It’s hard not to be happy for our girl. It feels like forever ago she was divorcing the pathetic grifter known as Peter Thomas.
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