Cynthia and Peter’s wedding on Real Housewives of Atlanta

After years of having their marriage under the microscope of reality television, Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas have decided to separate.

“Peter and I are separated. He lives in Charlotte and I live in Atlanta,” the Real Housewives of Atlanta star told the Daily Dish Tuesday afternoon. “I am definitely taking some time to myself to figure out how I want to move forward. I don’t want to rush into anything, so I think this time apart is good for us.”

She added, “And I think the space apart, I think he can appreciate it as well. I think it gives people time to think and process and just move forward in a way that really is healthy for everyone involved.”

The couple joined RHOA during season 3, and their relationship has seen its fair share of ups and downs. One has to wonder how big a storyline their separation will receive during the new season of the show.