Cast Blog: #RHOA

Anguilla Antics

Cynthia dishes on the RHOA romantic getaway.

Welcome to Anguilla! I love this island because it is so romantic! The people of Anguilla are friendly, beautiful, and gracious. This is one of my favorite islands, and I was very excited for the ladies to experience it as well. First, I want to say a special thank you to Marvet Britto (The Britto Agency) and my husband Peter Thomas for putting together this fabulous couples retreat. I know you guys put a lot of time and effort into making sure that everyone was happily accommodated. Love you, Marvet! I love you, Peter! Also a big thank you to Ani Villas for our exquisite villa! I know that it is impossible to please everyone, but I think everyone had a great time. Your staff's patience and kindness was greatly appreciated. I have been to Anguilla many times for modeling shoots in the past, but this trip hands down will be my most memorable!

No More Excuses:

We all cracked up when NeNe started singing EXCUSES! And, yes she actually made up the song on the spot. I smell a smash hit! NeNe could sing it, Kandi could produce it, Phaedra could handle all our legal affairs, I could be the model, a portion of the proceeds could go to Porsha's Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, and Kenya's bodyguard can work security for us.

The Hand That Rocks the Boat:

The boat ride was scary and really fun at the same time. Kenya definitely knows how to rock the boat! Of course my initial thought was that Kenya was trying to toss me overboard! LOL! I couldn't give Kenya the satisfaction of getting rid of me so easily, and I held on for dear life! No shark bait today! On a good note, Kenya did get us to Anguilla in half the time it would normally take, and my bared breasts were the headlights that the led the way!

Who's Getting Some Tonight?

Peter and I truly enjoyed relaxing, spending some alone time together, and, um, taking advantage of our rose petal covered bed. Our businesses keep us both very busy, and we were well overdue for releasing some sexual tension. Over and over again!Can You Hear Me Now?

NeNe and Gregg are so cute together. It is obvious these two are still very much in love with each other and need to work it out. However, I'm going to need my “I'm rich bitch" girl to buy Gregg a hearing aid. I can't take it!

The Rules:

I'm with Phaedra on this one. The "let's throw other people's husbands and wives in the pool game" is a no-no. As married folks, there have to be some boundaries that need to be respected. Also I can't say I am a fan of the "who would swing with whose spouse" game either.

Dance Too Much Booty in the Pants!

I was not really bothered by Kenya dancing with Peter. We were all dancing and having a good time. Yes, the little "bend over booty shake part" was a little extra, but overall I thought it was pretty harmless. I am a really secure woman, and the only booty that shook Peter that night was mine!

Chicken of the Sea

When Phaedra walked downstairs in a thong swimsuit with a fish net over it, I almost choked on my egg sandwich! There is nothing like seeing that donkey booty up close and personal, and she was definitely the catch of the day!

Tune in next week to RHOA at 9/8c on Bravo. I appreciate and love you guys!

Cynthia Bailey


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Claudia: I Was Sick of the Ladies' Drama

Claudia Jordan explains why she wanted to help mediate.

Bravotv.com: How did you feel about your relationship with Phaedra after the lunch?
Claudia Jordan: I felt that even though she wasn't quite ready to share too much personal information specifically about her break up, she did open up to me and showed some real emotion, and that was a breakthrough in itself. Phaedra always appears to be in control of her emotions, so I was quite surprised when she started to tear up. At that point in the conversation she was talking about failure and recalling an incident where she didn't pass an exam and was doubting herself. I know that wasn't relationship related, but the fact that she was willing and able to open up to a newbie about something that was painful to her -- to me was still progress. I appreciated that conversation, and I think both participants in a deep convo like that can't help but to walk away feeling moved and also just more aware of what may make the other person tick. It was a positive experience.


Bravotv.com: Why did you decide to try and help mediate the ladies' issues?
CJ: Because quite frankly I was sick of it. I think I was in a unique position, because I'm new to the group and any "beef" I've had with the ladies has been surface issues. Nothing earth shattering. I am not as emotionally attached as some of the others. Plus I am in a good place with the majority of the ladies, and I think I'm a pretty fair person, so I think it worked. I do think the silly issues that I have had with a couple of the ladies have mainly come as a result of my prior friendship with Kenya. And that's unfortunate. Especially in this group where former enemies are now close. I figured if some of the others can turn that around, then any problems that stemmed from my affiliation with Kenya should be able to be fixed. The older we get and the more time we spend on this earth, the more people we will have interactions with, and some of them won't be pleasant. To write someone off because they are friends with someone you didn't gel with is just silly. I arrived on the scene knowing the prior issues that Kenya had with a few of the ladies, and I was able to push past that. I even tried to reach out to one at work and at lunch knowing she had a physical altercation with Kenya. And of course I knew about the long standing issue between Kenya and Phaedra, but I think I more than stepped up to the plate and showed how open minded I could be by giving Phaedra the best room as well as meeting with her and having a genuine conversation with no ulterior motive. I was sincere. With that being said, I wouldn't expect anyone to do anything that I wasn't willing to do. So if I can do it -- and be open -- then why can't everyone else? I've seen a few girls apologize repeatedly for things they may or may have not been actually guilty of just for the benefit of the group, while others refuse. I know it's tough to do as long as you still hold a grudge, but what do grudges get us? They get us wrinkles, anxiety, and uncomfortable dinners. And who wants that? Now I am far from perfect, and I clearly still have some work to do my damn self. I know I definitely feel the need to prove my point and to show why I moved the way I moved. And that is something I am trying to work on. But right now I am happy to try to help the others in the group, and if I can assist in the smallest of ways, that's a success and I can walk away feeling good about that. Hey, baby steps are better than no steps at all!


Bravotv.com: Did you feel like the vibe changed for the better after everyone talked through their issues at dinner?
CJ: Ab-so-freaking-lutely! It was smooth sailing after that, and it felt like a great weight was lifted off of our shoulders. After the dinner I even got a visit in my villa from Kandi and Porsha and we sat around and talked. I thought, "Finally! A real moment of coolness!" My thing is this -- when new folks are coming together, there are going to be growing pains. You might do something I do not approve of and vice versa. We might have a big blow up and think that we hate each other for a moment. But more often than not, these are just surface issues. Nothing deep. Plus I think because we have this platform, sometimes folks put ten on twenty and do a little extra than they may do in their normal day to day to have their "moment" and show their ass. So I try to take that into consideration. It's just not normal to argue on this level all the time. But that dinner was a lot of things -- we had shade, frustration, glass breaking, arguments, interruptions, patience, understanding, and finally some hope at the end when Phaedra and Kenya agreed to have a private conversation to see if they could make some progress. I think some things are best to bring up in front of everyone and some conversations work better if it's just between the two ladies involved. I guess the trick here is learning when to do what so that no one's feelings are hurt and no one feels blindsided. Again, none of us are perfect, and there is no handbook to all of this. We are all a work in progress and learning each other as we go. But for now things are feeling pretty good and hopeful! Let's pray that these good vibes continue!

Thanks again to all the wonderful viewers who have been awesome! I was hosting an event in Dallas, Texas this past weekend at a place called Marquee, and the love I got was overwhelming. From the flight attendants, to fellow passengers on the plane, to all the folks that showed up to hang out and meet me. Nothing but wonderful vibes and love from supporters of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. I was overwhelmed! I appreciate you all accepting me and taking me in to the family! And I must give a shout out to the fabulous RuPaul and the beautiful Regina King who were both guests this past Sunday on Watch Watch Happens Live and both had such great things to say about me. I truly am humbled and am very flattered!


Please check me out on Twitter and Instagram @claudiajordan and my website www.TheRealClaudiaJordan.com.

Also to our fans in Florida -- I will be hosting an all-white party Friday April 3 in Orlando, Florida at Club EMBER. Flyer below. So put on your best all-white outfit and come join me! 

 

 

Thanks,
Claudia J xoxo

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