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In The Latest Entertainment News Of Atlanta Housewives Star Drew Sidora
It’s no secret that Drew Sidora is usually referred to by fans as the woman who messed up Derwin and Melanie’s relationship from the now-defunct CW’s The Game. However, her audience has grown since appearing on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta where viewers had a lot to say about her marriage to her estranged husband, Ralph Pittman.
During a recent interview on “Way Up with Angela Yee,” the actress dished on her pending divorce and how having married parents has impacted her thought process on relationships throughout her adult life.
She said opening up about marriage counseling and more saying,
“I [was] actually was in marriage counseling, so I’ll start there. [Ralph and I] were in marriage counseling. He stopped coming to marriage counseling, and I stayed in marriage counseling. And during that time, we focused on music because that was, like, what brought us together, and that was our happy place. So that was kind of a good distraction for us.”
“But weren’t dealing with the issues in the marriage. So ultimately, what you see is we’re enjoying each other, we enjoy music, and we’re both passionate, but those issues were still coming up, some on camera, some off camera. And really, we just reached a breaking point of things that continuously happened in the marriage that I no longer could deal with. “
After nearly a decade of marriage, the couple came into question after a scene showcasing Pittman’s impromptu trip to Tampa, FL “solo.” Fans took notice that Sidora’s husband didn’t inform his wife about his whereabouts causing heavy suspicion of a possible affair.
She recently told BravoTV.com that she’s taking things “one day at a time,”
“I think it was a culmination of just the years of enduring and enduring. And as a wife, you know, my parents have been married for 60 years, so I only saw two people who loved each other and constantly fought for their marriage. That’s how I was raised,” she explained. “But I think at a point when it’s public humiliation and dealing with things that are now coming out in front of the camera, it was a breaking point that I reached.”
Sidora’s upbringing with married parents has had a significant impact on her perception of marriage, especially as she navigates her own divorce from Pittman. Growing up in a household where her parents were married, she had a strong foundation and belief in the institution of marriage.
This upbringing shaped her expectations and ideals about what a successful marriage should look like. However, going through her own divorce has challenged these beliefs and forced her to reevaluate her understanding of marriage. Despite the difficulties she is facing, the singer remains hopeful and determined to learn from her experiences and grow as an individual.
According to the Institute of Family Studies, 37% of black children are living in a home headed by their own two biological parents, 48% are living in a home headed by a single parent, and 4% are living in a stepfamily with one biological parent and one non-biological parent, according to the March 2020 Current Population Survey.
A guide called, “The Consequences of Marriage for African Americans” concluded two of many important followings:
- Parental marriage produces important benefits for African American children.
Black children of married parents typically receive better parenting, are less delinquent,
have fewer behavioral problems, have higher self-esteem, are more likely to delay
sexual activity, and have moderately better educational outcomes. Because many of
the relevant studies on child outcomes employ comprehensive controls, there is
strong reason to believe that these findings reflect more than mere correlations.
Marriage itself appears to be generating strong positive results for African American
children. At the same time, marriage may have little or no impact on school dropout
and drug use among Black adolescents.
- Parental marriage appears to be especially important for the well-being of
young African American males. In areas including parental support, delinquency,
self-esteem, and school performance, having one’s father in the home, particularly
one’s married father, appears to be a crucial determinant of better outcomes for young
Black males. When viewed alongside our other finding regarding the larger marriage
premium for Black men, as compared to Black women, this finding suggests that marriage is particularly important for African American males at all stages of the life cycle.