Just because The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Cynthia Bailey has written a book about her romance with husband Peter Thomas (Carry On Baggage: Our Non-Stop Flight), it doesn't mean the two don't still have their issues to deal with.
"The book is not a relationship advice book. It’s really more of our story. Lord knows we’re in no position to give anyone any advice. We argue more than anybody probably because we just do things differently," she says to CocoaFab.com before going on to reveal some of the financial and scheduling hardships the couple is currently facing.
"We have some issues with foreclosure stuff happening that we’re still dealing with right now. We’re having to work through all that stuff,” Cynthia says referencing the bankruptcy issues that she went through when Peter's restaurant, The Uptown Supper Club, closed a couple of years ago. "We finally got things straightened out so the last thing I want to hear is 'eviction' or 'foreclosure.' I don’t want to hear those words. I can’t take anything else but going up. We can’t go backwards.”
Cynthia's solution to making sure none of that happens again is to work hard and often; besides the show and the book, she's also the head of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion and just recently released her own doll. "My whole thing is I just want financial security because that’s the only way I’m comfortable," she says. “I look at life like once these things are up and running, we can retire and hold hands and love each other but right now we have to work! We don’t have time to hang out!"
It's a philosophy that she says Peter finds frustrating, admitting that "it's a struggle to balance work and being booed up.”
Still, she's optimistic that their future will only get brighter and she has choice advice for women who are looking for love. "Choose a partner who has the same goals as you do. Someone you have things in common with," she says. "Compatibility is super important for a relationship. If y'all don't want the same things, it's probably not gonna work...Communication too. You have to be able to talk to your partner and feel comfortable. You gotta check in with each other. People change and evolve. You may not be the same person five years from now."
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