It's hard enough to introduce your special someone to your loved ones, let alone having the whole world meet him or her. But that's often how it is when you're a high-profile figure like Cynthia Bailey.
There's been a lot of controversy surrounding Cynthia and her new man Will Jones this season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Not only has he been accused of being an "opportunist," but rumors have also come out about Will not being as up front about his love life with Cynthia as she thought. Tense moments with Kandi Burruss, Porsha Williams, and Eva Marcille, as well as some tears from Cynthia, have ensued.
After all of that, one would imagine that some of that on-screen drama has crept into Cynthia and Will's relationship — and, in fact, it has. "Will and I still go out. You know, we don't go out as much as we used to because it's very difficult for him. I think it's been very overwhelming for him to watch himself on the show because of all the, I mean, he's become quite the hot topic. I think we talk more about Will than we talk about any of the other men at this point, and they've been on the show," Cynthia recently told The Daily Dish. "So with that said, I think it's hard for us to hang out and then watch the show and they're saying all this stuff and then he's upset. And then we're like, 'Hey, you want to see a movie?' It's kind of like, 'No, lady, I do not want to see a movie with you. I just had my head blown off last night on your show.' Of course, that's not something that's gonna make him excited and happy to see me."
Cynthia went on to say that everything that's gone down with the RHOA crew has "put a strain on the relationship." "Even though I don't have anything to do with it, it still is no one would be talking about him if he wasn't dating Cynthia Bailey. It makes me feel bad because I don't know what to do. He's a hot topic on Wendy Williams' show all the time, and she doesn't have very nice things to say about him," she explained. "I kind of can't control that part of it. All I can do is just try to get to know him, but it becomes very difficult under so much scrutiny and press."
So for now, Cynthia said she's "giving him his space." "He's kind of pulled back a little bit, which I understand. And I've kind of pulled back because I honestly just don't know how to deal with it. I've been married the whole time I've been on the show. I got married on the show. And, you know, dealing with my husband [Peter Thomas] was a different situation than dealing with someone that I'm getting to know, then all of a sudden we're a hot topic," she explained. "So I don't know. I'm hoping that when the [season] wraps we can kind of revisit the situation."
Watch Cynthia open up more about what it's been like dating after divorce, below.