Born: February 19, 1968
Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Cynthia Bailey is an American model, reality television personality, and actress. Born and raised in Alabama, Bailey moved to New York City at the age of 18 to pursue a modeling career. There, she signed a five-year contract with Wilhelmina Models, and subsequently appeared as a model in various magazines and advertising campaigns. She also worked as a runway model in Paris and Milan.
Bailey has acted in films, including Without You I'm Nothing (1990) and For Love or Money (1993), and on television programs, such as The Cosby Show. Bailey joined the reality television show The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2010; the series focused primarily on her marriage to club owner Peter Thomas and her friendship with NeNe Leakes. Bailey married Thomas in 2010, and their divorce was finalized in 2017.
Bailey dated Jayson Williams in 1996, and he proposed to her during a Brooklyn Nets halftime show. She rejected the proposal and returned the engagement ring to him. She also turned down a marriage proposal from Russell Simmons. Bailey had a romantic relationship with Leon Robinson, and on November 9, 1999, she gave birth to their daughter, Noelle.
Bailey married Peter Thomas on July 24, 2010 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History; the wedding was shown on a season three episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. They publicly announced their separation in 2016, and their divorce was finalized in March 2017. Bailey moved with her daughter to a house that she calls "Lake Bailey". She initially wanted an apartment, saying that she wanted "the New York City sort of lifestyle", but producers from The Real Housewives of Atlanta convinced her to purchase a home instead.
Bailey publicly announced her relationship with Fox Sports correspondent Mike Hill in August 2018. Hill and Bailey became engaged in July 2019, with plans to wed in October 2020.