Phaedra Parks is ready to go public with her new man.
The former ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star says she met actor Medina Islam on a dating app and they’ve been kicking it ever since.
“You know, he used to be on a show here so we have a lot of mutual friends,” she says. “One of my best friends is one of his best friends as well.”
“We’re right at six months now,” she added. “It”s the perfect time, we’re still in the bubble. … It’s awesome!”
Though they’re still “waking in the glow” of Islam’s birthday celebration, there has been one hiccup to their romance: the fact that Islam lives in Los Angeles and Parks in Atlanta.
Managing a long-distance relationship has come with some challenges, she admits.
“It’s hard doing the long distance, especially bi-costal because L.A. is a super long flight, outside of just the time difference,” Parks says. “But we’ve been making it work! He’s an actor so he’s New York quite a bit, and then he comes to Atlanta, and I get to L.A. to see him as well.”
To that end, Islam hasn’t met Parks’ two sons with ex-husband Apollo Nida: Ayden, 9, and Dylan, 6.
“He hasn’t met my kids yet,” Parks tells PEOPLE. “We’re just taking it slow with that.”
This is Parks’ second public relationship since divorcing Nida.
She was last linked to Dish Nation radio host Tone Kapone, though the romance fizzled shortly after they kicked off 2019 together.
This PR blitz comes ahead of their appearance on ‘Marriage Boot Camp’ — she ain’t slick.