Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore recently opened up about her divorce from Marc Daly. Moore said that the pair hasn’t filed for divorce yet and she hopes that they can work through their issues.
“I didn’t get married to quit,” Moore told People. “I love my husband. I don’t doubt that he loves me. Let me be clear, I took my vows seriously. I believe in ‘For better and for worse,’ and I believe in trying it all before you walk away, especially when we do have a child and we are a family.”
However, Moore thinks that Daly doesn’t feel the same.
“I am hopeful, and have always wanted to work on our relationship. But I just don’t know if that’s even a possibility at this point, honestly,” Moore admits. “Marc doesn’t seem to be there. I’d feel more comfortable calling it quits if I knew I’d tried everything and it still didn’t work. And we definitely didn’t do everything we could have done to save our relationship.”
Back in September, Moore shocked fans when she and Daly announced that they were splitting. Two days prior, Moore and Daly both appeared on The Tamron Hall Show and put on a united front alongside their daughter Brooklyn Doris. Moore stated on the show that Daly was “the love of my life.”
Moore said she knows “a lot of people were rooting for me, rooting for us, and rooting for our beautiful family.”
“So for something to come out of the blue, I know it really hurt and confused a lot of people who were on our side,” Moore continued.
The confusion caused rumors to spread regarding their breakup, which pointed to accusations of fighting and that Daly was unfaithful. However, Moore denies those rumors.
“I can tell you I’ve heard a lot of rumors about secret families. I can tell you that’s completely made up; there’s zero truth to that,” she said. “In terms of infidelity, I’ve had no proof of that. That’s not our issue.”
Moore said that the distance between them (Moore lives in Atlanta and Daly lives in New York City) caused issues. Daly owns several restaurants in the Big Apple.
“The distance had really been taking a toll on us,” explained Moore. “Initially when we had the baby, it was great. He was there for every single doctor’s appointment, every ultrasound, every scare, we were 90 percent together. He was a very supportive husband during that time.”
However, the RHOA star said that after Brooklyn Doris as born things changed.
“Marc opened up two new businesses and is opening up another,” Moore explains. “It was frustrating for me that he kept opening businesses in New York, but listen — I want him to be successful and that’s how he feeds his family. So I couldn’t be selfish. But if you’re living in two different places, you have to be together during the times you are in the same place; either you’re both in New York and you’re both in Atlanta. And when we’d be in the same place, we weren’t always in the same place. So with the businesses, the distance, and the baby, it just became hard for us to figure it all out.”
Moore said that they both enjoyed where they currently live and wanted to split their time versus living in one place together.
“A lot of couples do and they do it successfully,” Moore said. “New York and Atlanta, it gave us a full life. There’s no other city like New York in the world; I loved our life there. And Marc, he loves Atlanta. He has his own friends here, and it’s a family environment where there’s a home and a yard for kids to play, without the daily anxiety of living in a big city. It was the best of both worlds.”
Most of all, Moore said that their communication was a huge issue.
“We communicate in very different ways,” Moore said. “I’m seen as tough on the show because I take up for myself … [but] in my relationships at home, I am the opposite. I’m not a fighter. I don’t want to fight at home. I want to be able to talk; I want to be able to rationally discuss things. And I get to the point where, I’ll withdraw if it seems too combative or not healthy.”
“If the communication were better and more open and honest, I think we could solve our problems,” Moore continued. She also said that she suggested counseling, but Daly hasn’t agreed to go.
“I’m not saying that opportunity may not exist in the future. But I just don’t have a complete sense of if that’s something that he’s still willing to do,” Moore said.