BravoTV.com: How did you meet Chef Roble?
Kenya Moore: I've known Chef Roble for a few years. We have always been friendly, and he's a sweet guy. When he invited me to a restaurant my husband co-owned at the time, I was in a dark place, but something told me to go.
My husband was there finishing up work, and Chef introduced me to him on his way out. After Marc left, Chef Roble spoke so highly of him. He explained that he was a former Wall Street banker and entrepreneur who wants to help people. I asked myself, “How come I can't meet a guy like that?”
BravoTV.com: How did you know your husband was the one?
After months of self-examination, counseling, and purging myself of negative people and situations in my life, I felt ready to date. In December, I reached out to Chef Roble on a whim to see if Marc was single. Yes, I broke the rules and made the first move. I’ve never done that, but I'm glad I did!
We connected right away. He was easy to talk to, funny, and emotionally available, and we spent hours on the phone before meeting. When we had our first date, the earth literally shifted. I called Cynthia and told her I just met my husband. I knew — I knew right away. I was vulnerable with him in a way I've never been before. I let my guard down and just showed him my true self.
BravoTV.com: Why did you get so emotional with the producer?
You heard a very real and honest but very private conversation. I was emotionally spent and broke down after speaking to Brandon. I was only two weeks into my marriage, and as a newlywed, I was supposed be in wedding bliss, but I was not.
We were targeted with so much hatred, negativity, and interference at that time, and I was overwhelmed and emotionally drained. The things that people did to try to hurt us were incredible to me. I was breaking down over the things people would say to him about me in hopes of tarnishing his image and love for me.
I do regret sharing my feelings with someone that isn't my husband. He just doesn't deserve my s---. He's done nothing but love me, so hearing people question his reasons for marrying me was hurtful. As a wife, I've had to learn that what is between us is between us. We are in this together, and he is my heart. We fight battles as a team, and together we have to deal with what comes our way. We are one. We solve our problems together and privately.
With that said, my husband Marc is a very strong and prideful person, and he is fiercely protective of me and my feelings. He will take on anyone or anything for me and has done so. I've never had anyone love me this way before.
The people closest to Marc are not unlike my dad initially. Some had questions because we were so private and married so quickly, and they didn't know me besides my "image" on TV. However, it wasn't quick to us because we fell so deeply in love, and we knew what we wanted in a lifelong partner and it took a lifetime to find each other.
Now that we are married, the issues have all been resolved, and our families are all extremely supportive. I wish I could say that the naysayers have ceased and desisted with their empty rhetoric and cruel sentiments, but they haven't.
Even though they are out in full force, my husband has my back. He knows my heart, and even when I have disappointed him, he never gives up on me. We are blessed, and our businesses are thriving. His restaurant @socobk is soaring, and we are expanding. Stay tuned for @socolive!
I thank God for my real man, my real husband, and my real family. A man who doesn't want the spotlight, fame, or my money...just my genuine heart. God is good.
Kenya Moore Daly #ThatsMrsDalyToYou
Check my hubby's restaurant SOCO at @socolounge.
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