This past Sunday’s Season 7 premiere of BRAVO’s Real Housewives of Atlanta broke records with 4 Million viewers ! Making it the highest ratings EVER on BRAVO for a season premiere.

And with a premiere as juicy as this I will be sure to DVR every episode. The episode caught up with all of the ladies, but Phaedra & Apollo’s legal issues stole the show.

On the day of Apollo’s sentencing, Phaedra surprised everyone when she decided not to show up in court as moral support.  Leaving her husband to face the news of him having to spend 8 years behind bars alone.

In a recent interview with BRAVO.COM, Phaedra explains why she decided to stay away from the court room that day:

Words cannot express the turmoil this situation has caused our family, and I can’t even begin to articulate how hard it has been. When you face a situation like this, you can choose to either break down or stay strong; I chose to stay strong because I have two young children that need a parent to give them stability and keep the ship sailing. I’ve been criticized for not being at Apollo’s hearing, but the truth is I had been there for him in so many ways for such a long time. By the time all of this went down, it was apparent the marriage was over and my focus needed to be exclusively on the wellbeing of our children. I don’t think there’s a parent out there who wouldn’t agree.