“I want to take some time for myself. I think the time apart has been good for him as well. It wasn’t like I had to do it right this second but the more we got used to not being together and living together, the easier this divorce is going to be,” she shared with E! News exclusively at her Cynthia Bailey Eyewear booth at the Essence Music Festival. “I don’t want it to be an ugly divorce because I still love Peter. I just don’t want to be married to Peter anymore.”

Cynthia continued, “It’s as simple as that. I still root for him. I want him to win. I still love and support him. We are just not going to be married anymore.”

“Regardless of if we were on the show or not, our issues would have happened anyways because it’s just personalities and it’s just chemistry and it’s also compatibility,” she explained. “I am really optimistic that in the end, after we take some time, we are going to be friends at the end of this because that was the start.”

Since the separation was announced, Cynthia has spoken consistently with close friends NeNe Leakes and Kenya Moore. She isn’t focused on dating anyone because she’s “trying to get out of a relationship, not into one.”