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Bravotv.com: What did you think when Peter planned a surprise trip?
Cynthia Bailey: We had a great time in Mexico! I was very excited to spend some quality time with Peter. Between traveling and growing our businesses, we struggle to consistently make time for much needed date nights. Trying to balance family and career is an ongoing challenge. By the grace of God we have been together for nine years and married for five. The last few months have been pretty tough. We remain a work in progress. All I can do is continue following my heart and serve my life purpose. I am taking things one step at a time. God only knows my destiny.
Bravotv.com: Does Noelle have a future in fashion like her mom?
CB: Noelle loves acting and singing like her Dad. However, lately she has taken an interest in modeling. Of course I am excited to show her the ropes. As a matter of fact, we have already started working on some fashion projects together. We just recently shot the cover of heart&soul magazine. It should hit the newsstands any day! I have graced the covers of many magazines throughout my career, but this will be my first cover with Noelle. Although I have yet to see it, it's my favorite already! God has truly blessed me and Leon with a fascinating child. We will support her in whatever career path she takes. We just want her to continue soaring!
Bravotv.com: Was it difficult talking to your issues with Peter with Noelle?
CB: I am Noelle's mother. Like any child, she just wants me to be happy. We have an amazing relationship and are very close. I strive to be as honest with her as possible and age appropriate. She is a very bright young lady. Leon and I have and continue to raise her to be an independent thinker. Noelle and I are very protective of each other. She is concerned about my well-being as much as I am about hers. Unfortunately, there are a lot of tasteless, hurtful rumors all over social media and the internet regarding my marriage. It is impossible to safeguard her from these two powerful media outlets. I am forced to have conversations with her I would not normally have to engage her in, if my marriage was not in the public eye. Those conversations are never easy, but I do the best I can.