Kenya Moore has gone on record to there’s still hope that she and estranged husband Marc Daly can possibly piece their marriage back together, but we never quite knew what led to its unraveling in the first place…until now.
During a recent episode of Real Housewives Of Atlanta, Moore confided in fellow castmate Kandi Burruss about the tense relationship with Daly. She says the problems between them began when she was pregnant with their one-year-old daughter Brooklyn.
“Maybe when I was about 6 months, 7 months, he just started getting really freaked out about my belly growing,” Moore claims. “He thought it was kind of awkward.”
Moore claims that despite her best efforts, the intimacy between them did not improve after welcoming their daughter. In fact, the two began to disagree about parenting, and the new mom felt that alone time with her husband was getting harder to come by. The couple’s marriage problems came to a head when Moore and was forced to celebrate their wedding anniversary in Turks in Caicos without her husband. This was due to a disagreement about whether or not to bring their nanny on the trip.
“That was heartbreaking to me,” Moore recalled. “He is in love with Brooklyn, there’s no doubt about that. As much as I want that, being a mom and seeing my husband bond with the baby, I’m left on the sideline a lot of the time. When are we going to be intimate? When are we going to have time for ourselves?”
What doesn’t help the situation is their relationship is partly long distance. Daly spends a great deal of time in New York tending to his restaurant. When they are together, according to Moore, their arguments reach toxic levels.
“When he’s upset, it’s like he’s no holds barred,” she said. “He can be funny and smart and helpful and supportive but then when he gets mad, it’s like an alter-ego comes in from the depths of hell.”
Moore gets emotional explaining to Burruss her fears that their arguments to eventually affect their daughter. “We love each other but this thing just gets nasty sometimes and I don’t want that,” Moore reveals tearfully. “I don’t want it for Brooklyn. I waited my whole life for her and I was that little girl who was never protected and I will protect her.”
Moore and Daly announced their separation back in September with individual statements. Both parties agreed that their main focus going forward would be maintaining a healthy co-parenting relationship for the sake of baby Brooklyn.