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What do we really know about Apollo Nida? Sure, we know he’s Phaedra Parks’s hubby and the father of their two impossibly adorable children. But beyond that, his entire storyline on Real Housewives of Atlanta has focused on a series of texts between him and Kenya Moore. Off-screen, all the focus is on his legal issues. There’s certainly more to this Househusband, and Apollo’s now opening up about his troubled past, hoping to teach others how to avoid his mistakes.

The RHoA star opened up to RadarOnline.com this week about his upsetting childhood, which included family members with drug abuse issues, and time in and out of foster homes.

“People want to hear the true side of me,” Apollo explained, adding, “I’m more than just what you see on TV and what’s been tossed around in the media.”

Apollo has been pretty open about the five years he served in prison for federal racketeering (between 2004 and 2009), which began when he was only 26 years old. But now, Phaedra’s man is explaining that this life of crime was spurred on by some of the traumatizing experiences he went through as a kid.

For example, one family member “OD‘d on heroin in front of me,” Apollo revealed. And he was never settled in a healthy home. “I lived from place to place,” the reality star said.

While Apollo has not continued to avoid the cold hand of the law, as he’s currently awaiting trial for new fraud charges, he’s still hopeful that his story can help others and serve as an example of what not to do.

“Don’t do as I do, but take my experiences and hope that it will give you a better platform,” he instructed. “I have very educating things to say, so that people can embark on something new.”

Though he was able to extend his court date in order to reportedly explore his plea deal options, Apollo will have to reach an agreement with the feds by April 25 or face trial. Here’s hoping this can be settled soon, if only for the sake of little Ayden and Dylan.

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Source: RadarOnline.com

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