It’s been a busy past few months for former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey following the star’s shocking announcement last year that after a whirlwind eleven seasons, she was leaving the hit Bravo reality television series, citing her marriage. The 55-year-old currently stars on CBS’ reality show “Celebrity Big Brother” as well as Lifetime’s crime-drama “Cruel Instruction.”
During a recent virtual sit-down on Atlanta Black Star’s “Inside the Culture,” the former model opened up about her career transition from “RHOA” to making her official feature-length film debut as the mother of a troubled teen in the Lifetime movie “Cruel Instruction.”
“I just turned 55 years old, actually in the ‘Big Brother’ house, which was a whole other conversation, but I thought I would be doing whatever it is … I just thought I would have a steady situation where I just knew I would retire in that situation.”
The reality star explained that “as much as I love being on ‘Housewives,’ how amazing that platform has been for me just in terms of opportunities, I really feel like I still haven’t done the next thing that’s … what is going to be the biggest thing for me.”
The “CBB” contestant said she doesn’t believe her career legacy will be solely credited to her contributions to “RHOA.”
“I don’t think at the end of the day I’m gonna be known for ‘Housewives,’ she shared. “I think God is not done with me. My journey is still continuing, and I just think it hasn’t happened yet,” she added.
Cynthia believes that “often times we look at age like it really defines us,” however, she isn’t going to let her age limit the things she does, telling Atlanta Black Star, “I feel like, as scary as it is, I really believe in myself, and I believe in God to take this leap of faith in my 50s and pretty much start all over.”
“It may sound crazy to someone, but at the end, I feel like, you know, God has my back. I feel like my modeling career prepared for ‘Housewives’ and ‘Housewives’ has prepared me for this next chapter in my life, and I’m excited,” she added.
When asked if she could see herself sharing the screen with any of her former castmates, the reality star was open to the idea so long as everyone involved kept it professional. “To be very clear, I love my castmates, and I’m going to miss — I mean, I miss those ladies, even the ones that I’m kinda up and down with, or whatever,” she said before adding, “At the end of the day that bond is forever. That sisterhood is forever.” “Cruel Instruction” premiers Saturday on Lifetime at 8 p.m.