Gizelle Bryant has been dipping her toe in the dating pool in recent years as she raises her three daughters as a single mother, but fans have been speculating lately that she may be rekindling things with ex-husband Jamal Bryant.
“The Real Housewives of Potomac” star tackled the rumors when she stopped by “Watch What Happens Live” Sunday, which followed her supporting the pastor as he became the head of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta two months earlier.
“We’re very close. We have a great relationship,” Gizelle says to a viewer at around the 40-second mark who asked about their relationship. “You know, we’re great. But we’re not officially back together or anything like that but we are great friends.”
Part of being such great friends involves Gizelle going to Lithonia, Georgia, in March with their daughters Adore, Angel and Grace to celebrate Jamal being named pastor of the megachurch. New Birth had been headed by interim pastor Bishop Stephen A. Davis of Birmingham, Alabama, since the death of its longtime leader Bishop Eddie Long, who died in 2017.
“Soooo happy for @jamalhbryant as he was officially installed as @newbirthmbc NEW PASTOR. Best preacher/teacher alive! #Family 👨🏽👩🏽👧🏽👧🏽👧🏽❤️,” Gizelle captioned the post at the time.
The pair have made great strides since ending their eight-year marriage in 2009, which came due to Jamal’s infidelity. A follow-up question remarked on the pastor’s cheating, which Gizelle instantly shut down.
“You know, that was 11 years ago!” she says. “Let it go, people! He’s talked about it, I’ve talked about it. Let it go, people!”
Gizelle has previously discussed what led her to pack her things and leave her husband more than a decade ago when he stepped out on their marriage.
“At the time, I had two 1-year-olds and a 2-year-old. Three girls. They’re beautiful,” she told “The Breakfast Club” in 2017. “And I said, ‘I’m not doing this. I’m not gonna be disrespected. So, yes, I packed up and left.”
The choice came when she realized her then-husband would not rule out cheating on her again.
“Well, I felt like it was a lifestyle, as opposed to you made a mistake one night,” Gizelle said. “So I just didn’t want to sign up for that.”
Last year, Bryant appeared on “Sister Circle” and discussed how he and Gizelle have managed to make co-parenting long-distance work for their family.
“We’re still family,” he said in September 2018. “So having to navigate that is not any space for the children to play one against another. Because all of our children are now in middle school. We talk twice a day before the kids go to school and before they go to bed, so there’s no way that we can navigate around not being in contact.”