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Kenya Moore Opens Up on Her "Next Chapter"

The RHOA cast member reflected on her recent divorce and her empowering new mindset.

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After celebrating her birthday at Paris Fashion WeekThe Real Housewives of Atlanta mom sat down with People magazine to reflect on her major life changes, including her new and empowering mindset. Kenya admitted she had spent years living with self-imposed restrictions, as she struggled with outside pressures that led to internal criticism. But the mother of one insists that's no longer the case. Kenya told the magazine she recently freed herself from those burdens and gave herself "permission" to live in her truth. 

“I’ve never given myself that before; allowed myself the freedom to just let go and walk through life fully embracing every part of myself,” she told the outlet. “That’s what I want to do moving forward because I’m tired of holding myself back. This ‘next chapter,’ as I’m calling it, is all about flourishing, removing myself from those burdens and stepping into me.”

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Kenya said she was always judging herself through the eyes of her grandma, an “old-fashioned and very religious” woman who helped raise her.

“While I appreciated that and appreciated her morals, I feel like I’ve been wound a little too tight in the past,” she said about her grandmother. “I’ve always contained myself, especially in my personal relationships. And I’m done doing that.”

Kenya Moore reflects on her divorce from Marc Daly

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Although Kenya didn’t reveal the catalyst for her new mindset, it’s worth noting that her comments came following her split from Marc Daly. The former couple tied the knot in 2017 and welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Brooklyn, in the following year. Kenya and Marc called it quits in the summer of 2019 and finalized their divorce in late 2023.

“For years I blamed myself for my divorce — in the same way I judged myself, that was my default,” Kenya continued. “But recently, I looked back at text messages between us, emails, listened to voice recordings, and it finally hit me: It wasn’t me. So I said, ‘I’m sorry, but I’m not going to do this to myself.’”

She continued: “The only thing that I can say with me is that once I did see the red flag, I should have gotten out then. I needed to stop being Captain Save-a-Ho, Some hoes can’t be saved!”

Kenya Moore shares a major career update

In addition to being a single mom, Kenya continues to make waves in the entertainment and beauty industries. She’s landed several on-screen gigs over the past year and has taken Kenya Moore Haircare to new heights. She spoke about her brand during BravoCon 2023, confirming she had big plans to expand her haircare line.

“I just got word we’re going into another retailer,” she said during a panel. “A mousse is on the way… a heat protectant and a whole line for silk presses. You know this is silk press season ladies. You gotta keep your hair nice and silky!” 

Kenya Moore's castmate Kandi Burruss announces her RHOA exit

Kenya Moore and Kandi Burruss happy together at an event.

In other RHOA news, longstanding cast member Kandi Burruss confirmed she was leaving the show after 14 seasons. The Atlanta mom made the surprising announcement on February 4, while walking the Grammys red carpet.

"I decided I’m not coming back this year," Kandi told Variety. "I’m going to take a break, I’m going to take a moment… I’m not coming back this year."

Kandi went on to share a photo of her stunning Grammy Awards look as well as a brief message about the future.

"I’m looking forward to all the blessings that are manifesting in my life!" she captioned the February 4 Instagram.

The post received more than 83,000 "likes" and over "1,700" messages from friends and fans. Kenya was among those who hopped in the comments section, where she simply wrote "[hashtag] icon."

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