When we talked about Cynthia’s upcoming storylines for the season, an interesting conversation about both Cynthia and Nene choosing to homeschool their kids took place in the ever interesting comments section. Today, in a rare exclusive for examiner.com, writer Anthony G. Bowles scores an exclusive interview with Cynthia Bailey. Cynthia talks about trying to keep things classy in order to be a good role model for her daughter, and among other things how she works with Peter and Leon as a family to provide Noelle with the best environment.
You can read Anthony G Bowles entire interview here. I thought we might want to discuss this excerpt that address the homeschooling component we talked about earlier.
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): How are things with you and Peter?
Cynthia Bailey: “Peter is great! We’re in a much better place this season, you guys met us when we were going through a huge financial crisis, and we are much better now. In terms of Peter and I, he is a very traditional man’s-man, and I am a very untraditional woman’s –woman. If I would have gotten married in a white dress and did the whole traditional wedding, he would have been fine with that, but for my wedding- I wanted to do what I wanted to do. I never been a traditional girl, and I think a lot of that happened when I moved to New York. Life is too short, why do what everyone else is doing?”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): How do you balance a great relationship with your ex and Peter, especially under the same roof?
Cynthia Bailey: “When Peter met me, he shortly met Noelle-I’m a package deal. There wasn’t a whole lot to negotiate, and with Noelle, comes her father. Simply said we’re a package deal (laughs) and it goes the same for whoever comes into in his life, and they would have to understand that. Essentially if it’s for the greater good of Noelle, then we will just have to all come together and if it works for her, then it makes sense. I like for her father to stay with us when he comes to Atlanta, because I think I have a little bit of guilt because I moved to Atlanta and I never wanted to inconvenience him to see her. Now he has to fly here, and the whole nine yards, if it makes it easier for him to stay here, I don’t care, as long as he is spending time with Noelle. I like to work with him and not against him.”
Examiner (Anthony Bowles): Were you surprised that Noelle wanted to go back to school?
Cynthia Bailey: “Oh my god! She totally sold me down the river on that one! I think with editing she didn’t get to finish her thoughts, I knew she did not want to be at the school where she was at any longer, and because I took her out kind of abruptly and home school seemed like the easiest option at the time. Many of the schools that were in my district had waiting list, so in the interim she still needed some type of schooling. I also really liked having her around, so it was nice to have her spend time with my work schedule. In my mind I thought we would be best friends, travel with me on my press tours, and while still doing her homework. After a while that whole great idea got a little old to a 12 year old (laughs). We ended putting her back in school, and I dropped her off this morning!”
Do you think Cynthia made the right choice putting Noelle back in school? Also, say what you will about Peter, but don’t you think he’s doing a great job of step parenting with Cynthia and Leon?