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May 11, 2021
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Porsha Williams has a new man.
Last night, via Instagram, Williams revealed that she is “madly in love” with Simon Guobadia — the estranged husband of her #RHOA co-star Falynn Guobadia. (He filed for divorce in January; Falynn announced the split in April. The divorce is not yet finalized.)
In a lengthy caption, Williams provided clarity and context on the relationship. “Our relationship began a month ago—yes we are crazy in love,” she wrote. “I know it’s fast but we are living life each day to its fullest. I choose happiness every morning and every night. Tuning out all negative energy and only focused on positive wishes. He makes me so happy and to me, that is what matters most.
For all of you that need facts, I get the optics but Simon filed for divorce from a previous marriage in January. I had nothing to do with their divorce filing. That’s between the two of them. Falynn and I are not friends, and Simon’s divorce has been settled. Our relationship is a positive, loving step forward in everybody’s lives.”
Porsha was trending #1 on Twitter last night as word of the relationship spread.
Now word has spread that the relationship has escalated. Page Six and People magazine are reporting a betrothal. Simon Guobadia posted a picture on his Instagram that confirms the two have become engaged:
This is the latest development in a whirlwind year for Porsha — who over the past 12 months has ended a relationship with ex-fiance Dennis McKinley, weathered a scandal over a bachelorette party on “RHOA”, and re-invented herself as a civil rights activist.
Williams’ grandfather was the late Rev. Hosea Williams, a civil rights leader. In 1965, Rev. Williams joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a historic march to Selma, Alabama. King, Williams, and hundreds of other protesters marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to ensure that Black Americans had the right to vote. (That march erupted into mayhem when police attacked the protesters; John Lewis, who was also present, had his skull fractured after a beating by a police officer.)
Decades later, 5-year-old Porsha joined her grandfather in a march against segregation in Cummings, Georgia. “I’m singing ‘We Shall Overcome,’ and I’m seeing my grandfather be the leader of this march, this protest,” Ms. Williams recalled to The New York Times. The Ku Klux Klan met the demonstrators.
“And the K.K.K. started to throw rocks at us. They called us the N-word over and over.” In her memory, the peaceful scene became “chaotic,” as marchers rushed back to the buses that had transported them from Atlanta. The New York Times reported in a front-page article that Sunday that counterprotesters were arrested on charges of possession of weapons including “bows and arrows.”
“My feelings were so hurt that anybody — well, I just didn’t understand why they hated us,” Ms. Williams said. “I didn’t even really understand what the word meant, but I know that the way that it was said to me, it was with such hate.”
But the moment left a lasting impression on Porsha Williams. Activism, after all, was in her blood. She told the Times: “My family taught us that this is something that’s important to them, and that is what they were fighting for.”
For much of her time on the show, Williams was a sunny, funny presence — a ditzy good-time girl prone to twerking and fraught romances. But after the murder of George Floyd, Williams was galvanized to action. “When I saw that video of George Floyd being murdered, I knew that I had to change the way I was moving,” she said. “That meant now I have to sacrifice myself, my finance, my brand, my everything, and put it all on the line for change.”
“I have a platform,” she told Elle magazine, “and I felt compelled to use it to bring awareness to what is happening to Black folks in America and the need for us to take action in America.” After the murder of Breonna Taylor last year, Williams sprung into action.
In June, Williams had to flee after a protest became chaotic. In a harrowing video uploaded to her account on June 1, Williams captured her own dash for safety after she and other demonstrators were hit with tear gas while congregating near the Georgia State Capitol. In the clip, she runs frantically for blocks, screaming as riot-control munitions explode in the distance. She stops only when a stranger catches hold of her to pour milk over her face (a common treatment for tear gas).
On July 13 — the five-year anniversary of Sandra Bland’s death — Williams traveled to Kentucky for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman shot and killed in her home in March after police broke into her apartment. The goal: encourage Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to finally charge the officers involved with her death. (The officers were never directly charged in Taylor’s death.) The Times reports that Williams was among 87 protesters arrested outside the home of Kentucky’s attorney general, Daniel Cameron, while calling on him to file criminal charges against those officers. She was charged with criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and intimidating a participant in a legal process (a felony, later dropped).
Then on August 25, she was arrested again in Louisville, alongside Love and Hip-Hop‘s Yandy Smith, rapper Mysonne Linen, and Until Freedom co-founder Linda Sarsour, as they again protested for justice for Breonna. They faced misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing a highway.
That was one of many challenges Porsha Williams faced in her quest for justice. Besides the risk of criminal charges, she worried about leaving her daughter and being exposed to COVID-19. She told Elle: “I have a one-year-old daughter and could potentially be putting myself at risk to be intimidated or harmed by the police. Same with my mother; she has been staying with us during the pandemic. The risk of COVID-19 and her being older and at risk, bringing that back home was definitely something I was concerned about.”
But as she told the Times, Williams knew she had to peacefully protest for racial justice. “I honestly feel like if we don’t get justice for Breonna Taylor, then there is no justice for anyone. All of our rights will be violated in the future,” Ms. Williams said. “We can all expect to possibly be in our home, asleep, in our sanctuary and have our door knocked down and have eight bullets be put into our body and laid to rest without being able to tell our mothers goodbye.”