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Drew Sidora says Gizelle and her husband, Pastor Jamal Bryant really are together and they are in love.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta newcomer doubts the criticism leveled at the Bryants by The Real Housewives of Potomac cast member Monique Samuels, who claims Bryant is cheating on his wife.

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Monique (pictured at home with her family) said Bryant has had a mistress for eight years. Bryant clapped back by threatening legal action and accusing Monique's husband, Chris Samuels, of beating her. Bryant also vowed never to appear on RHOP again.

Monique, a 37-year-old homemaker and mom-of-two, officially quit the show and won't return for Season 6.

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Drew Sidora told Andy Cohen she knows Pastor Bryant very well and she defended his relationship with his wife.

"I know pastor Jamal and he loves this woman," said Drew, 35. "I know a lot of their history and I believe that they really are together and in love."

Drew continued: "I saw him at the airport in Atlanta and he shared with me that they were back together. Because I was in the church when all of the scandal things were happening so..."

Drew questioned Monique's motive for trying to break up Pastor Bryant and his wife, Gizelle. She is not convinced that Monique's binder is filled with texts and other receipts.

"I wish she [Monique] would have gone through all the tabs and they've got apps for that stuff so I can't really say for sure, you know?"
 

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Monique Samuels has had enough of groveling for reality TV checks. The 37-year-old homemaker officially quit The Real Housewives of Potomac and won't return for Season 6.

The mother-of-two shared the news after the RHOP season 5 finale aired on Sunday. Monique called her reality TV career "a crazy ride" but she's happy that it's over.

"What a crazy, crazy, crazy season... It's not easy doing reality TV and to be quite honest, I'm over it," she said.

"I appreciate everything people have done for me, everybody that's been Team Monique I love Y'all, but when you cross certain lines there's no going back. And for me, my family is that line. The opinion of my family and my kids and what they think about anything that I do is more valuable to me than anybody's opinion, so, I'm over it."

The news comes after multiple run-ins with co-star and former friend Candiace Dillard on the set.

Monique got into a hair pulling match with Dillard in 2019 and she was charged with second-degree assault. Then, earlier this month, she was hit with a cease and desist from Pastor Jamal Bryant, who threatened legal action if she didn’t apologize for accusing him of cheating on his wife, Gizelle.

Bryant clapped back, saying Samuels was an abused wife and her husband, former NFL player Chris Samuels, had CTE. The salacious gossip led to rumors that church leaders were considering firing Bryant for bringing shame to the pulpit.

Samuels denied reports that she'd been fired, saying she'd already received her Season 6 contract from Bravo.

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In addition to her reality TV gig, Samuels also manages her husband, Chris Samuel's real estate investment company, as well as doing a little blogging on the side. Chris is a former left tackle for the Washington Redskins.

The couple were photographed with their two children, Christopher, 7, and Milani, 4, in their Potomac, MD mansion for a photo spread in the Washington Post in 2018.
 

 

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Gizelle Bryant's ex-husband Jamal Bryant is furious at Monique Samuels for slandering his good name on Real Housewives of Potomac.

Bryant, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia, has denied the cheating rumors involving members of his congregation in a response to Monique's accusations on the RHOP reunion.

Monique reportedly brought receipts to Part 1 of the RHOP reunion. She accused Bryant of cheating on Gizelle and fathering several children out of wedlock.

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There are rumors that Bryant has fathered at least one child out of wedlock while married to Gizelle, but he denied the allegations in his Instagram Live.

"From the jump, you need to know tonight is not an apology. I'm not asking for anybody's forgiveness," he said.

"Tonight is for clarity. For five seasons, I've never said anything about Potomac. Never said anything in a post, an interview, a tweet or a text. I average about 56 interviews a year, and in no terms have I ever mentioned Potomac — good, bad, or ugly."

He went on to say he would never appear on the series again and he's never even met Monique.

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"And I want you to know that I will NEVER be on the Housewives of Potomac or anything in that franchise ever again. But I wanted you to know why. It has been a gross misrepresentation of my character, my ministry and my humanhood.

"Monique Samuels I've never met. Never shook her hand, never been in the room with her and yet, she's assassinated my character with anger and hostility.

"I've got to address this because, on national, international television, you labeled me a 'Holy Whore.' I'm not sleeping with any woman in my church. I have no babies in my church. I have no inappropriate relationship with any woman in my church."

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Bryant also addressed Monique's husband, Chris Samuels, whom he accused of abusing Monique.

"You became hostile and it was misdirected rage, it was misdirected rage, uh, because you live in a house with a man who has anger management, who doesn't mind expressing volatile behavior.

"And everything I'm saying tonight is, uh, not conjecture. This is not murder, this is self-defense. So, on Sunday for the first time in five years, I'm inviting my audience to watch the reunion.

"Chris, you've got to take care of CTE. Some of your former teammates contacted me, they're concerned... We have the footage of that but I'm not going to air that. I'm asking you to please get help. I've tracked down your pastor so all that I'm saying is in love, so your pastor can help you get the help that is needed and that is necessary."

He also accused Monique of sleeping with her personal trainer, and he claimed the trainer is her baby daddy.

It was all too much for Bryant's parishioners - some of whom fainted on their social media timelines. After they recovered from the shock, they promised to tune in to Part 2 of the RHOP reunion show.

Watch the Bryant's speech below.
 

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