Kenya Moore of RHOA Breaks Her Silence on Surprise Split from Marc Daly

"I thought Marc was my forever love," Kenya Moore admits in opening up about the demise of her marriage and why she won't give up without a fight.

Kenya Moore has finally spoken up about the reason she and her husband Marc Daly ended their two-year marriage. She seemed to suggest that they were ultimately not on the same page. As for rumors alleging Daly had another family, Kenya said, “I have no proof of that.”

Kenya Moore visits "Extra" in January 2015. | Photo: Getty Images

Kenya Moore visits "Extra" in January 2015. | Photo: Getty Images

Moore opened up in the latest issue of People and broke down the reasons that led to her split with Daly while hoping things could still work out.

“I didn’t get married to quit,” the fighter in her said but also acknowledged that it takes two to make things work.

Though she admits she still loves her husband and takes her marriage vows seriously, there were factors in their marriage that made it difficult to stay together. For one thing, they were constantly apart. 

"When we’d be in the same place, we weren’t always in the same place."

Kenya Moore and Marc Daly at an event in March 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

Kenya Moore and Marc Daly at an event in March 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

DISTRESSED OVER DISTANCE

On a regular basis, Moore and Daly lived in two households. Daly frequents his home in New York where he runs several restaurants he owns. Meanwhile, Moore loves her home in Atlanta where she lives with their one-year-old daughter, Brooklyn Daly

Although the couple managed to work things out at the beginning of their marriage while Moore was still pregnant with their child, she said it was different after she gave birth.

“The distance had really been taking a toll on us,” said the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star. 

“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 Moore said that changed after Brooklyn’s birth. Her husband opened more businesses in New York which kept him away from his family even more. 

“It was frustrating for me,” she confessed though she clarified that she wasn’t against his businesses because she knew it put food on their table. “I couldn’t be selfish,” she said. 

“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.”

“I’m not saying that opportunity may not exist in the future. But I just don’t have a complete sense of if that’s something that he’s still willing to do.” 

Moving to New York wasn’t an option for Moore because she loved Atlanta. It was the same for Daly who didn’t want to give up his home in New York. 

“It was the best of both worlds,” Moore said about having two homes.  She initially believed they could make the distance work thinking other couples have been successful in doing it. 

But the distance was just part of the problem. She also admitted they lacked the proper communication to be able to sort out their issues.

“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. Marc doesn’t seem to be there.”

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COPING WITH COMMUNICATION

“We communicate in very different ways,” Moore said and explained that as much as she’s perceived by the public as a fighter in her show, at home she’s not. 

“I don’t want to fight at home. I want to be able to talk; I want to be able to rationally discuss things. And I get to the point where, I’ll withdraw if it seems too combative or not healthy.”

Moore added that she tried to encourage Daly to go to counseling with her realizing its importance and the help it could give their marriage. But Daly refused. 

“I never got that opportunity,” said the 48-year-old. “I’m not saying that opportunity may not exist in the future. But I just don’t have a complete sense of if that’s something that he’s still willing to do.” 

THE ISSUE OF INFIDELITY

Moore and Daly surprised fans when they announced their split in September. It didn’t seem possible considering the couple just appeared on “Tamron Hall” days earlier and seemed to be in a good place. Moore even confessed that Daly was the love of her life

“I thought Marc was my forever love — that I had met this handsome, smart, funny, successful man who was single and who fell for me as fast as I fell for him and who would be there by my side forever.

Shortly after news of their separation broke, rumors swirled that the reason was another family Daly kept from his wife. But Moore insists those rumors aren’t true and that infidelity played no part in the demise of her marriage.  

“None of that is true,” she said. “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. In terms of infidelity, I’ve had no proof of that. That’s not our issue.”

HOPING FOR A HAPPY ENDING

Though the possibility seems dim right now, Moore is hopeful that she and Daly could still find their way back together. She’s clear about one thing, she’s not giving up without trying.

“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, Moore isn’t sure Daly is on that same page with her.

“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. Marc doesn’t seem to be there.”

BEING THERE FOR BROOKLYN

Since their split, the pair have not seen each other though Daly has been in constant contact with their daughter on FaceTime, according to Moore. He has also seen her on occasion. 

Moore doesn’t intend to keep father and daughter apart. 

“I’ll always want Marc to be in Brooklyn’s life,” she says recognizing that Daly is a good dad. “Brooklyn is a special girl. She’s vibrant and just makes people happy. Having her is a blessing.”

FAR FROM A FAIRY TALE

As for her own happiness, Moore admits she thought she had the fairy tale ending but now she’s not so sure. 

“I thought Marc was my forever love — that I had met this handsome, smart, funny, successful man who was single and who fell for me as fast as I fell for him and who would be there by my side forever. I thought this was the one and that with Brooklyn, I finally got the family that I wanted. I just don’t know what to say about all that now.”

Moore and Daly met through a mutual friend in 2015 and began dating in December the following year. By June 2017, they were married. Come April the following year, they announced that they were expecting their first child who was born months later in November.  Finally, in September, Moore and Daly announced their separation. 

Somewhere down the line, we're hoping this love story will still have a happy ending. 

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