Apollo Nida’s Fiancee Talks Relationship & Engagement
From friends to lovers. Apollo Nida’s (38) fiancée, Sherien Almufti (34) is opening up about their relationship sharing that the pair started out as friends in 2013. Sherien, who made her debut appearance on Real Housewives of Atlanta Sunday night, says that when Apollo went to prison, the dynamics of their relationship changed.
I think the night we took him away [to prison] I felt something completely different. Like, we’ve experienced something, you know. He cried on my shoulder. We held [each other] for a while. I just let him know — I told him as a friend — ‘I’m gonna be there for you.’ See, he was there for me, as well. … So I, in return as a friend first, before anything else, I told him I was gonna be there for him. Because I watched how a lot of people kind of just turned their backs on him.
Sherien is also clear that she and Apollo didn’t begin their romantic until he and his wife Phaedra Parks had split. She says that she has a “tremendous respect for his marriage.” And adds,
I was married before and my husband cheated on me. And at the same time, I was actually dating someone. So I wasn’t like — it wasn’t that way. It was just more — it started out as a business situation.
On how Apollo proposed while in jail, she says,
He just held my hand and he asked and I didn’t think he was serious and I was like, ‘What? This is not how I obviously imagined you asking me to marry you, but OK’. But, yeah, it was unexpected. But he did promise me a different proposal — a different setting.
Meanwhile, Apollo continues to serve his eight-year federal prison after being convicted of fraud. He and Phaedra are currently in the process of finalizing their divorce.