The Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Peter Thomas isn’t thrilled with the way Halle Berry is handling the rift between her fiance and the father of her daughter. Berry, who has infamously been involved in a bitter legal back and forth with Gabriel Aubry, saw the tension spill over into beef between Aubry and Oliver Martinez — resulting in a fight between the two on Thanksgiving day. While the three have reportedly now come to some sort of accord, Peter Thomas chided Berry for letting it get to this point. Thomas looks to his own situation with wife, Cynthia Bailey, and her ex and father of her daughter, Leon, as an example of how it can work if all parties make an effort. Moreover, Thomas addressed criticism he and his wife have received.
You aren’t cool with what went down in Halle Berry’s driveway. Why?
“My beef is that, if it was two black men who go to work on each other like that, they would say that ‘it’s expected of us,’ ‘we’re criminals,’ ‘we belong in jail’ and ‘they should take the kid away from the woman and put her in a foster home.’ If this man, who just won a custody battle, is coming to drop off his kid in the driveway, Halle Berry had the power to shut all that down. This is a very volatile situation that she’s put herself in once again. He’s dropping off his daughter and all Halle had to do is come out of the house, meet the baby half way just because they don’t like each other and keep it moving and that man can go about his business. But, for the fact that her man, her current boyfriend, had to have something to say and then homeboy had the beatdown of life by a boxer, he should have gone to jail. When I looked at the pictures, that beatdown was severe. That’s a beatdown and a half, stitches, black eye. I’m surprised he didn’t knock out a couple of teeth while he was at it.”
How did your wife RHOA Cynthia Bailey deal with you and Leon and her daughter Noel?
“Halle should take tips from my beautiful wife Cynthia and how she’s handled the situation with me, her daughter Noel and Leon [Noel’s dad]. The way she dealt with it out the gate was I couldn’t even walk in her house until I sat down to dinner with her child’s father. She made sure that everything was so cordial before it could accelerate to another level. If she hadn’t done that and I had started going to her crib after meeting her and I was up in her house and Leon would get heated because he wouldn’t have known this man that was up in the house with his little daughter and then when he see he’s looking at me crazy and then I’m looking at him crazy he might say something I might say something and then it jumps off. My wife made sure that she handled the situation with her new man and her old man so stellar that that never even came up.”
Why do you say that black people don’t embrace how you, Cynthia and Leon deal with Noel?
“Because I hear rhetoric like ‘how you gone have Leon up in your house like that brother?’ ‘Is that alright with you brother?’ ‘How you know those people not gone reminisce when you’re not around?’ and I’m like ‘if they want to reminisce then let them reminisce cause that’s what grown people gone do, they’re always gone do what they want to do.’ Me and my wife have the kind of relationship where she didn’t need be with me if she still wanted to be with Leon. I’m not sweating that. I’m not sweating that at all. But every time I set in any radio station, that’s the first thing they want to talk about is how the hell we can all coexist because them and they baby mama or baby daddy can’t coexist. What we are doing is 100 percent correct and our community isn’t embracing it. We should be celebrating what me, Leon and Cynthia are doing.”
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