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Most of us got to know Peter Thomas when Cynthia Bailey joined The Real Housewives of Atlanta in Season 3. We've gotten a front-row seat to Peter's businesses, his marriage with Cynthia, and his drama with her RHOA castmates over the past six seasons of the show.
But that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Papa Smurf. Peter lived quite the extraordinary life before RHOA came into it. Once you learn a little bit more about Peter, you're bound to be even more intrigued by this series regular.
1. He Was with Notorious B.I.G. Minutes Before His Death
Peter was one of the last people to see the Notorious B.I.G., né Christopher Wallace, alive before he was shot to death in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. Peter was working as a concert promoter at the time, and he spoke to ABC News (Peter appears around 1:45 in the clip above) about how he thought rap music fueled the violence in the hip-hop community.
2. He Was a Major Force in Hip-Hop
Peter was a prominent figure in the hip-hop industry in the 1990s. He worked in P.R., tour coordination, and artist management in London, trying to increase the presence of such artists as Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Public Enemy in the United Kingdom, according to his LinkedIn profile. He would go on to be a consultant for Def Jam and run the entertainment division for the hip-hop magazine The Source, as he mentioned on a past episode of RHOA. Peter also founded the How Can I Be Down? urban conference in 1993, which will take place again later this year, according to Peter's Instagram profile bio.
3. He Has Dated Some Famous Ladies
Cynthia isn't the first high-profile woman to have captured Peter's heart. Peter once dated Pepa of Salt N Pepa, né Sandra Denton, and Nia Long back in the day, which the actress fessed up to on Watch What Happens Live. But as Peter said on Twitter last November, "Papa Smurf only stays horny for one woman" these days.
4. He Has Five Children
We see Peter be a great stepdad to Cynthia's daughter Noelle Robinson on RHOA, and that's probably because he's had a lot of practice as a parent. Peter has five children of his own ranging in age from 12 into their 30s. The Thomas brood is a good looking one, no?
5. He's a Busy Guy These Days
In addition to working in the music industry, Peter has spent much of his career in the nightlife space. He owned and operated clubs in Miami decades before opening his current hotspot, Sports One in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to his LinkedIn profile. He also works as the vice president of Entertainment for UPTOWN Magazine, and don't forget about his Peter's Brew Jamaican gourmet coffee.
6. A RHOA Ex Invested In His Business
Porsha Williams' ex-husband Kordell Stewart was one of the investors in Sports One, so he and Peter have kept in touch since the couple's split in 2013. That's also why it wasn't a surprise that Kordell showed up at a Sports One event on RHOA last season. That was definitely awkward for Porsha, especially since Kordell flirted with castmate Claudia Jordan, but remember, it's just business.
7. Cindy Crawford's Husband Inspired BarONE
Peter revealed the kind of establishment he envisioned for the then-unopened BarONE during a January 2011 interview with UPTOWN Magazine. "You know how Cindy Crawford’s husband [Rande Gerber] got Whiskey [bars]? He does extremely well with it," he said. "In our community, we don’t really have a lifestyle piece like that. You know, a very upscale lifestyle piece for 25 and older. So I’m starting Bar One." Unfortunately, BarONE closed in its original location in Atlanta, but there are plans to open it back up in Spring 2016, so stay tuned.
8. He Grew Up in Brooklyn
Peter calls Atlanta home these days, and he opened up about his childhood in Jamaica earlier this season of RHOA, but he actually grew up in Brooklyn. He has the above handsome throwback photo to prove it.
9. He Wrote a Book with Cynthia
Many 'Wives write books, but they don't all do it with their husbands, as Cynthia did when she co-wrote Carry-On Baggage: Our Nonstop Flight with Peter. The book, which was released in 2013, tells the story of their relationship up to that point, but we think Cynthia and Peter could totally fill another book with all of the deets of their roller coaster ride of a marriage since then.
Relive Cynthia and Peter's wedding by checking out the lovely pics, below.