She may not be holding a peach anymore on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but fans have been wondering about Phaedra Parks since she’s left the show. In recent months, her dating life has been a topic of interest, but the former housewife has pretty much kept things under wraps.
But this weekend, she shared a photo on Instagram of her new guy, finally confirming the rumors about his identity. It’s someone who fans suspected for a while, and he’s the ex of another former RHOA star.
Parks is all smiles in the photo with Medina Islam
Islam is seen hugging Parks from behind and both are grinning from ear to ear. During the summer, rumors began circulating that Parks was dating an ex-boyfriend of Claudia Jordan.
She opened up to Britain’s DailyMailTV in an interview about her love life in July, revealing that she decided to jump back into the dating scene after a four-year hiatus:
“I dated a guy and that didn’t quite work out and so I found another guy that’s more suitable for me and I’m quite excited and happy about him.
He’s very smart, very intelligent. He’s kind, we are both socially active. He’s really sober and smart. He’s a great father. So I’m excited about it. He’s the type of guy you could really be proud of. He is healthy, he’s an exercise guru and his body is to die for. He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t do drugs.”
She noted she’s conscientious about the men she brings around her sons. She went on to share that the two met through the dating app, Raya, and took things slow in the beginning by chatting online before getting together in person.
The two have been dating for months, and Parks said he’s the reason for her new glow.
Fans will recognize Islam from a Tyler Perry TV show
35-year-old Islam is an actor who played in Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots, a television series that airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network. According to IMDb, Islam guest-starred as a character named Quincy from 2014 – 2016. But acting isn’t his only gig.
Parks stated that he works with Propy Inc., a tech company that specializes in blockchain/cryptocurrency real estate transactions. The New Jersey native serves as an Urban Initiatives broker for the firm and does charity work on the side.
Islam is also a vegan, Parks revealed, and a fitness buff. For fans who want to check out his IG page, there’s proof of his love for exercise.
Parks is happy to be moving on, but she and Islam will appear on new show together
After a very public split that played out on The Real Housewives of Atlanta and in the blogs, Parks is glad about moving on with someone new. Her marriage to Apollo Nida was on the rocks and the two separated in 2014. They reached a divorce settlement in 2017.
With that said, Parks hasn’t said goodbye to reality TV. According to BravoTV, she and her new man Islam will be appearing on a new season of Marriage Boot Camp.
The couple is currently bicoastal, and are reportedly seeking help with deciding whether to move in together in Los Angeles where Islam currently resides.