Gizelle Bryant: Why I would ‘never’ date Cynthia Bailey’s ex Peter Thomas

Gizelle Bryant wants to clear up any word on the street about her alleged involvement with Peter Thomas. 

The “Real Housewives of Potomac” star, 52, tells Page Six in an exclusive interview why she would “never” date the ex-husband of her good pal Cynthia Bailey — despite romance rumors that play out on the next installment of the Bravo reality show. 

“I know Cynthia. I love Cynthia. I went to Cynthia’s wedding to Mike [Hill],” Bryant says of her friendship with the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum, 55. “So this was just, like, weird.”

When speculation began swirling that Bryant and Thomas were an item, the “Reasonably Shady” podcast co-host says she “immediately” called Bailey to clarify that nothing was going on. 

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Gizelle Bryant is making it clear that she would “never” date Peter Thomas despite romance rumors that come up on “The Real Housewives of Potomac.”
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“I wanted her to know because I know how this ‘Housewives’ thing is. If there’s a rumor that I’m dating Peter, she’s doing press for other things, she’s going to be asked and I wanted her to be able to tell the truth which was, ‘I’m not dating Peter,’” she recounts. 

Bryant adds that Bailey was unbothered by the gossip and even encouraged her pal to explore a relationship with the restaurateur. 

“She was like, ‘Girl, you could do you. I don’t care what you do. Like, if you want to date him, have at it,’” Bryant says. “And I was like, ‘No.’ No shade to Peter, but no!”

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Thomas appears on “RHOP” Season 7.
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Thomas, who appeared on “RHOA” with Bailey prior to their 2016 split, made his way onto “Potomac” via Dr. Wendy Osefo. The professor and political commentator, 38, is working on opening a Nigerian lounge with the Bar One founder. 

Bryant says she was “not mad at” Thomas filming with the Maryland girls. 

“You know, Peter Thomas is good TV. Let’s just start there. I’ve known Peter for a very long time,” she says, before reiterating, “But I’ve never dated him, never kissed him, never held his hand. I will not be dating him. Peter and I are just friends.”

“I will not be dating him,” Bryant tells Page Six, “Peter and I are just friends.”


“I will not be dating him,” Bryant tells Page Six, “Peter and I are just friends.”

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The mom of three — who shares teenage daughters Grace, Adore and Angel with ex-husband Jamal Bryant — claims “that whole [was] thing started by one of the ladies on the show” to deflect from their own associations with Thomas. 

“Yes, somebody needed to deflect from themselves and Peter,” she says without naming the “Housewife” in question. 

“So they immediately put it on me. I’m the single girl, it’s easy to believe, I know Peter, I’ve been out — not with him — but I’ve been out and he’s been at places I’ve been, we have pictures together, all that,” Bryant elaborates. “It was easy to believe. But it was a deflection.”

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Bryant and Thomas’ former spouse Bailey have been pals for years.

Though Candiace Dillard brings up the rumor in the “RHOP” Season 7 trailer, Bryant confirms that her noted frenemy isn’t behind the hearsay. 

“She is not [the one who started it] … I was just like, ‘Yo, we shutting this down now. Like, absolutely not. I’m calling Cynthia,’” she says, teasing the explosive scene for which Thomas was seemingly present. “I mean, it was a thing!”

“The Real Housewives of Potomac” Season 7 premieres Sunday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo. 

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