Apparently, Kenya Moore’s marriage was not as Gone with the Wind fabulous as she would have had us believe. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her husband Marc Daly have reportedly called it quits just two years after tying the knot.
Moore, 48, and Daly, 49, have been married since June 2017, when they got hitched on a beach on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. Moore gave birth to their first child, daughter Brooklyn Doris Daly, last November. In exclusive statements to PEOPLE, Moore and Daly have asked for privacy.
“It is with profound sadness that I regret to inform my fans that I am divorcing my husband Marc Daly,” Moore said. “Due to recent and ongoing circumstances, I can no longer continue in the marriage. My sole concern and focus is and will always be my daughter, Brooklyn, my miracle baby. She was made in love and true commitment. I ask for our privacy to be respected moving forward.”
Meanwhile, Daly added, “I have come to the difficult decision to separate from Kenya at this time. Our daughter has two parents that love her very much and in her best interests, this situation should remain as private as possible. I cherish our family’s good times together and will continue to co-parent in a loving way. Rumors, innuendo or false accusations only serve to hurt our family and will be addressed through counsel as the law permits. Please respect our privacy during this challenging period.”
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It's over. 💔 Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kenya Moore and her husband Marc Daly are calling it quits after two years of marriage. The pair wed in June 2017 and welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Brooklyn Doris Daly in November 2018. “Due to recent and ongoing circumstances, I can no longer continue in the marriage," Moore said in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE. Tap our bio link for details on the split. | 📷: Audra Melton
Just last Tuesday, Moore and her husband were spotted at a benefit reception Daly hosted in honor of the Black Man Lab at the Wimbish House in Atlanta. The couple also appeared alongside baby Brooklyn on an episode of The Tamron Hall Show in New York on Monday.
Daly, who appeared briefly on RHOA in season 10 before Moore left the show, is notoriously camera-shy. On Tamron Hall, the former Miss USA called Daly “the love of my life.” The couple, who endured a long IVF process before getting pregnant, was overjoyed when Brooklyn was born.
“It’s incredibly challenging because the success rate for these treatments is very low,” Daly said. “There are expectations, but you also have to be prepared for disappointment. So just being there, being supportive, being hopeful, being positive and just being behind her was what it’s all about.”
In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE in June 2017, Moore said that their bond was immediate. “I’ve never experienced a first date like this before,” she said. “You know when you meet people, and you like them or have good chemistry with them, but you don’t feel like the world has changed? I felt like the earth moved after our first date.”
The couple met through mutual friend chef Roblé Ali in June 2016. They began dating in December of that year. “I probably would have married him in 30 days, the feeling was that strong,” she said of their first date. “But we wanted to wait and get to know each other and make sure it wasn’t an infatuation. We needed to make sure it was actually real.”
Moore has described Daly as “extremely romantic” and “a fun-loving, happy person” who gives her a lot of “calm, security and protection.” She also gushed about his down-to-earth demeanor. “People think they know me from the glimpses they have of my life being a reality star,” Moore said. “But [Marc] sees me for who I am. …. He really knows my heart.”
“That’s why I fell in love with him,” she added. “For him, it’s about being my protector and my best friend — not being someone that stands next to me, but someone who supports me and is okay with being behind me sometimes. He doesn’t want my money, he doesn’t want my fame, he doesn’t want my success. He just wants my heart, and he has it.”
After Brooklyn was born in December, Moore told PEOPLE that Daly was “the best father.” Adding, “He changes her diaper. He even tried to dress her one day. He lays her on her stomach, and they watch TV and just hang out together. He talks to her the whole time. He really has been the most incredible doting dad. It just makes me have more respect for him.”
Daly, who was present for the painful delivery, supported his wife as doctors cut her horizontally and vertically to avoid fibroids that could have resulted in her bleeding out. The operation usually takes 30 minutes, but in Moore’s case, it lasted over three hours.
“He was really strong and just amazing in the operation room,” Moore said. “Marc was having a hard time in the waiting room because he’s one of those guys who can’t stand the sight of blood, so he didn’t want to see the baby come out because he just knew he would faint.”
“But he stayed focused on me when we were in there. And he never warned me of anything like, ‘There’s so much blood.’ He never panicked. I couldn’t have done it without him,” she added. The Real Housewives of Atlanta's next season is expected to debut before the end of the year.