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It takes a lot of courage to admit that your relationship needs work, so we applaud Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida for being so open on last night’s “Reunion, Part 3” episode. While in the past, Phaedra has been accused of downplaying their marital strife and attempting to put on a happy face, she and her hubby are now being more honest about their troubles — much of which is likely related to Apollo’s ongoing legal issues.

During the ep, Andy Cohen brought up those pesky internet rumors that the couple of five years had separated since filming ended.

“We’ve never been separated,” Apollo began, adding, “But, you know, every marriage it takes a toll. It’s a hard road.” Preach!

At that point, the host mentioned that he’d heard that Apollo and Phaedra had entered into couples counseling, and the two nodded hesitantly. One note: During this time, Apollo also never removed his arm from around his wife… just sayin’. So how is the counseling going?

“Good,” Phaedra quickly responded, though Apollo seemed unconvinced. “Is it good?” he asked his wife, and she nodded back. OK, that was a little uncomfortable. But hey, that’s what counseling is for, no?

Phaedra is clearly still not fully comfortable with laying it all out on the table — though it’s baby steps. “I was raised that what happens between a husband and a wife is not TV fodder, fodder for the public,” she explained. “I’m a very private person.”

Andy then pointed out that, as a reality star, that’s a little impossible. “It’s sort of an oxymoron,” she admitted. But Apollo has another outlook:

“I tell my wife, listen, you have to be as authentic as possible. My wife sometimes, she’s like ‘we shouldn’t display this, we shouldn’t display that’ — but at the end of the day, it’s real. For our marriage to continue to thrive, I have to be me, I have to.”

The first step towards healing is honesty, so good for these two for making the leap! Plus, Ayden and Mr. President deserve to have parents who can co-exist.

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