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In Denial? Phaedra Parks ‘Not Really’ Thinking About Apollo Nida’s Sentence, Throwing Herself Into Work, Says ‘RHOA’ Co-Star Kandi Burruss

When Apollo Nida was sentenced to eight years in prison earlier this week, fans were left with many questions: When will he actually enter jail? How much restitution will he have to pay? And most importantly, where was his wife, Phaedra Parks? Missing from Nida’s side for several months, Parks seems to have abandoned her man at his time of need — but now, her Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Kandi Burruss has come forward with an explanation.

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“She’s basically working,” Burruss said in a new interview with Hollywoodlife.com. “That’s how I deal with things too; when I have a lot going on, I just put more into work.”

“I know that she’s promoting her book and doing her book tour,” Burruss said of Parks’ Secrets of the Southern Belle, which was released in November.

Said Burruss, “ . . . She’s not really trying to focus as much on what’s happening.”

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But is Nida buying the excuse? Asked by local news reporters why his wife was a no-show at the Atlanta sentencing, he said, “I don’t know. We have other issues. She had to go ahead and take care of our children.”

Nida previously insisted he hoped his wife would stand by him if he were incarcerated.

“I think Phaedra, in a perfect world, should be as supportive as a wife should be,” he said. “But if she chooses to derail from the plan, then that’s what she chooses to do.”

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Now, she hasn’t been seen with her husband since April 4, with Nida telling Radar the couple were “working on” their relationship.

Do you think she’ll stand by him when he goes to jail? Let us know in the comments!