*”RHOA” star Kenya Moore has slammed rumors that her husband Mark cheated on her and says “communication” was the real issue that destroyed their marriage.
Moore is speaking out for the first time on her separation from husband Marc Daly. She opens up in a new interview with PEOPLE in which she claims that neither she nor Daly has filed for divorce yet after announcing their breakup in September.
“I didn’t get married to quit,” Kenya tells PEOPLE. “I love my husband. I don’t doubt that he loves me. Let me be clear, I took my vows seriously. I believe in for better and for worse and I believe in trying it all before you walk away, especially when we do have a child and we are a family.”
However, Kenya isn’t so sure that her estranged hubby feels the same way.
“I am hopeful, and have always wanted to work on our relationship. But I just don’t know if that’s even a possibility at this point, honestly,” she says. “Marc doesn’t seem to be there. I’d feel more comfortable calling it quits if I knew I’d tried everything and it still didn’t work. And we definitely didn’t do everything we could have done to save our relationship.”
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After two years of marriage, Kenya and Marc announced they were calling it quits in September. In her PEOPLE profile, she also addresses the rumors about the cause of their breakup.
“I can tell you I’ve heard a lot of rumors about secret families. I can tell you that’s completely made up; there’s zero truth to that,” she clarifies to the publication. “In terms of infidelity, I’ve had no proof of that. That’s not our issue.”
So what’s the issue?
“The distance had really been taking a toll on us,” says Moore. “Initially when we had the baby, it was great. He was there for every single doctor’s appointment, every ultrasound, every scare, we were 90 percent together. He was a very supportive husband during that time.”
But after the birth of their daughter Brooklyn, that changed.
“Marc opened up two new businesses and is opening up another,” Moore explains. “It was frustrating for me that he kept opening businesses in New York, but listen — I want him to be successful and that’s how he feeds his family. So I couldn’t be selfish. But if you’re living in two different places, you have to be together during the times you are in the same place; either you’re both in NY and you’re both in Atlanta. And when we’d be in the same place, we weren’t always in the same place. So with the businesses, the distance, and the baby, it just became hard for us to figure it all out.”
Kenya says they didn’t move because “each liked where we lived and wanted to split our time.”
“A lot of couples do and they do it successfully. New York and Atlanta, it gave us a full life. There’s no other city like New York in the world; I loved our life there. And Marc, he loves Atlanta. He has his own friends here, and it’s a family environment where there’s a home and a yard for kids to play, without the daily anxiety of living in a big city. It was the best of both worlds.”
Kenya and Marc’s explosive breakup was reportedly captured on camera for the new season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo. Check out what the cast has been up to since last season via the clip above.