"We're working on it. We're in counseling, and Marc has made a complete 360. He just seems like he's fighting for his family, and that's all I ever wanted him to do," Kenya shared an update on her marriage during The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 12 virtual reunion. "I had blocked him, and then he started to ask to speak with me and send me emails and just become more humble in the relationship and he just basically said he really wants to work on it."
When we caught up with Kenya a few months later in the RHOA Season 13 premiere, which aired on December 6, it appeared that she and Marc were in a very different place. As Kenya drove to meet with a divorce attorney, she told her friend, Brandon, on the phone that she felt "nervous," "sad," and "scared" as she prepared to discuss the future of her marriage.
Kenya recalled feeling "defeated" during her last visit to see Marc in New York, where he lives and works as a restaurateur. "I know it's a trying time for him, but I'm tired of making excuses for him," Kenya told Brandon, later adding that she's also "just tired of being sad."
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic took a particular toll on Kenya and her marriage. "I've been a wife that has tried everything to be respectful, be kind, and I feel like for the past six months, my marriage has just gone downhill," Kenya shared.
During her meeting with her divorce attorney, Antavius Weems, Kenya explained that a separation was "not something I initially wanted," but Marc told her he was going to announce it following a tense night at his Black Man Lab charity event, which we saw in Season 12 of RHOA. "Since that time, we were actually doing really well," Kenya said. "And then COVID happened, and it really adversely affected his businesses, and we were apart. I was here, he was in New York, and I feel like I am the first person to take the brunt of everything that is going on with him."
Kenya then described dealing with "insults" from Marc and him "being angry." "I was just walking around on eggshells," she shared.
Kenya explained in an interview during the episode that she was meeting with her divorce attorney to figure out next steps if she did decide to officially end her marriage. "This is not my first time speaking with a divorce attorney," she said. "This is just the first time I have decided to figure out what my options are before I take action and file."
Should she and Marc proceed with a divorce, Kenya said that she doesn't want to run into any issue with assets and noted that the couple does not have a prenuptial agreement. Kenya's divorce attorney said that he is most concerned about figuring out the custody of Kenya and Marc's daughter Brooklyn, who turned 2 last month.
Kenya got emotional thinking about how a divorce could impact Brooklyn's relationship with her dad. "We've been separated well over 10 months, and I have Brooklyn with me 100 percent of the time, and I feel like I need to have custody issues settled before I actually file for divorce," Kenya said in an interview during the episode.
Later in the episode, Kenya invited Kandi Burruss and Cynthia Bailey over to Moore Manor, where she was making some changes to her backyard. "Who knows what the future holds? I'm just making choices for myself and not considering how it's going to make Marc feel," Kenya said in an interview. "Marc never wanted a pool, and I thought, 'Oh, you don't live here anymore. I'm building a pool, because it's what I wanted.'"
Kenya then opened up to her friends about her recent visit to New York to see Marc. "I have just been feeling like I'm just in a holding pattern, and whenever I've tried to really talk to him about us, it never really goes anywhere. After about five months of us being apart, I said, you know, I'm going to go to New York. I'm going to make sure Brookyn sees him and try to talk to him," Kenya shared. "So the first day we were OK. Second day, he picked a fight with me. He spoke to me in a nasty way."
She also told Kandi and Cynthia that she met with a divorce attorney and discussed making a separation agreement with Marc or filing for divorce. "If Marc makes you happy, I'm here for it," Cynthia told Kenya. "But if he's not making you happy, I'm not here for it."
Kenya shared in response, "Couples go through ups and downs, and I was OK riding that wave with him because I got married for better or for worse."
Kandi noted to Kenya that "it seems like it's either his way or the highway," and Kenya said that she's not sure what she's going to do when it comes to her marriage. "I haven't completely made a decision, but my heart tells me that he cannot change," Kenya shared.
Cynthia agreed that it seems like Kenya has done everything she could do to try to save her marriage. "I will say this: You have tried to make it work with Marc Daly," Cynthia told Kenya. "I just feel like you really gave this all you could really give it."
Kenya and Marc recently reunited for daughter Brooklyn's second birthday party earlier this month. The RHOA parents were all smiles in the photo captured at the event, which Kenya posted on Instagram on November 15.
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