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'RHOA' Star Kenya Moore Revealed The Source Of Her & Marc Daly's Bitter Custody Battle

The couple first split in September 2019.

'RHOA' star Kenya Moore & husband Marc Daly
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When The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 13 premiered, Kenya Moore was agonizing over the future of her marriage to Marc Daly. With her husband of three years living more than 850 miles away in New York City following their Sept. 2019 split — and tensions at an all-time high — Kenya visited a divorce attorney. However, she hadn't made any definitive decisions. But as the Bravo series revealed, Marc, with whom she shared 2-year-old daughter Brooklyn, beat her to it, filing for divorce himself.

All that said, during the Dec. 13 episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Kenya shared that they're still working on their marriage. “He did file and withdrew it less than 24 hours later, so we've kind of gotten past that,” she explained of Marc's divorce petition, adding that he's “really fighting for his marriage” right now. “He wants to go to counseling. He's made appointments,” Kenya added on WWHL. “He's asking to publicly apologize to me and a lot of things that I never thought I'd see the day.”

Around the same time, Kenya gave Entertainment Tonight an update on their relationship, explaining that they were still separated. “I have gone through the gamut of emotions from being happy, and happy to move on and to see what my life is going to be like in the next chapter, and then I go from that to being kind of sad,” she told ET. “Looking at Brooklyn, looking and gazing into her father's eyes and seeing the love and knowing what an amazing family we had — and could we still have it.”

In the same interview, she referenced Brooklyn's second birthday party in November, after which Kenya shared a photo of the trio all laughing. “The best way to describe it is that I feel turmoil a lot through the season because I'm being pulled in different directions, and just until recently, things really shifted, as you saw from the birthday party,” the Kenya Moore Hair Care founder added.

Before filming RHOA, Kenya told Us Weekly she was "very hopeful" that she and Marc could reconcile. “I love my husband, but I think that we’re not operating from a good place right now, prior to announcing [our split],” she said in November 2019. “But I do think that things could get back on track if you have two people that want to.”

At the RHOA reunion on April 25, Kenya revealed that she and Marc are “still in court” because she’s seeking “sole custody” of Brooklyn. “He’s fighting for all the wrong things in court,” she told Cohen, who then asked what Marc is specifically fighting for. “For Brooklyn not to be on this show. It’s not about custody, it’s not about time being spent, [and] not about child support.”

Cohen then questioned Marc’s intentions, asking Kenya if she believes he’s “trying to protect” their daughter. “No, not at all. Because it has everything to do with his ego, and all of the things that happened with us that trigger him are ego-driven. And that is what turns me off,” she said after letting out a laugh at the situation. “Because it’s not about the family, and it’s not about what works for us, it’s not about compromise — it’s about [him]. It’s about what happens with [him].”

Despite not seeing eye to eye in court, Kenya told Cohen she still considers herself a married woman, hence her decision to continue wearing her wedding ring. Once the pair cements the details of their divorce and a judge signs the paperwork, however, she plans to officially split from Marc. Looking back on their time together, Kenya noted that she was attracted to “destructive” relationships due to the rocky relationship she’s had with her mother. “I’m chasing something that I didn’t get from my mom,” she told the host.

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