The only thing more awkward than being single on a couples' trip is having your ex-husband tag along. That's exactly what happened to Cynthia Bailey when Kandi Burruss surprised her with the news that her ex Peter Thomas would be joining The Real Housewives of Atlanta squad on their Hawaiian vacation this season.
Trust us, Cynthia was just as shocked as anyone when Kandi dropped that bomb. "No, Kandi didn't check with me about Peter coming. I was pretty much told that Todd [Tucker] invited him, and if I was OK with that," Cynthia recently told The Daily Dish. "I was OK with it."
But that doesn't mean Cynthia still didn't have her reservations about the situation. "I didn't want to share a room, and I definitely didn't want to send mixed signals to the cast to make them feel like, 'Oh, this is gonna be a big trip for us to reunite,'" Cynthia explained. "My mind was still made the whole time we went on the trip, and none of that was gonna change. But I think a lot of the girls and guys were optimistic that maybe there would have been a re-love connection."
At first, it wasn't easy for Cynthia and Peter to travel together as the couple went through their divorce, which the RHOA fashionista recently confirmed to The Daily Dish is now final. "Hawaii was definitely big for Peter and I. Hawaii was the first time that I did a trip with Peter as his wife still but as a non-couple on a couples' trip," Cynthia said. "It was a little awkward, because technically we were still married. And it was his birthday. It was all this stuff going on."
There were moments when Cynthia inadvertently slipped back into couple mode, too. "I accidentally kept calling him 'babe' and all this crazy stuff. Like, 'Babe, we have to get on the boat now.' Like, 'Oh, I mean Peter, not babe. Sorry,'" Cynthia shared. "It was a little confusing."
Cynthia also said on RHOA that she considered taking "one last lap around the pool" with Peter in Hawaii, i.e. have sex one final time before they divorced. "Well, I did think about it because we were getting along. We were getting along very well. However, it's after you come out of the pool that you're like, 'Oh sh**, what did I do?'" Cynthia explained. "We were doing really good. I felt like it would've set us back emotionally. I don't know. I don't think we're ready for that. So I did not take that last lap around the pool."
So even without one last hurrah, the Hawaii trip felt like the end of one chapter and the start of another for Cynthia. "We ended up having a really great time," she said. "All in all, for me it was kind of a nice closure trip. It was kind of nice to just hang out with Peter and just be friends."
Watch Cynthia open up about life after divorce, below.
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