‘I Didn’t Want to Wait Eight Years to Figure Out That It’s Not Working’: Cynthia Bailey Opens Up About Split from Mike Hill, Says She’s Learned from Past Marriage to Peter Thomas 

Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill made headlines last week after the couple announced on their social media platforms that they mutually decided to end their marriage.

Bailey and Hill got married on Oct. 10, 2020, after dating for over two years. Rumors about the pair’s split began circulating online after both parties didn’t share a message for their second wedding anniversary and fans took notice of Bailey’s name change on her Instagram handle.

Mike Hill and Cynthia Bailey announced they were separated and getting a divorce last week. Photo:@itsmikehill/Instagram

Since news of the split circulated online, Bailey has sat down with PEOPLE magazine to share what went wrong in her brief union with Hill. In the Oct. 13 interview, the former “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star told the publication that the fact that the two are moving toward a divorce doesn’t mean they ended on bad terms.

She said, “It may not seem like it when you think about divorce or a relationship ending, but this for us is not a bad thing. This is not a tragic ending for us.”

Bailey continued, “This is two people who have enough love and respect for each other to be truthful about their relationship in terms of asking themselves, ‘Are we truly happy together? How do we want to move forward?’ And then who were brave enough and loved one another enough to make that choice together.”

(L-R): Mike Hill, Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas (Photo:itsmikehill/Instagram) (Photo:@peterthomasrhoa/Instagram)

Further in the conversation, Bailey expressed that because she and Hill had failed relationships in the past, they could recognize sooner that things weren’t working out. Before her marriage to Hill, Bailey was married to former “RHOA” star Peter Thomas, from 2010 to 2017.

While mentioning Thomas and their marriage, Bailey said, “The beauty of the whole situation is Mike and I, we learned from our previous relationships. I didn’t want to wait eight years to figure out that it’s not working or we’re not compatible as we thought we were. And Mike’s the same way.”

She added, “We always said we never wanted to feel like we were just in this to be in this. We didn’t want to settle for anything less than happy. And we just got to the point where, after really evaluating it, we felt like we were better suited to just be friends rather than trying to force something to work that just wasn’t working anymore.”

Bailey ended the interview by disclosing that her marriage to Hill didn’t end because of infidelity but because the pair grew apart. The 55-year-old also revealed that despite the fact she is getting a divorce from Hill, she still considers him a good friend.

Hill has yet to publicly address his split from Bailey outside of what was covered in the social media post.

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