Parks, 37, has already moved on with a new beau of her own, quietly dating restaurateur Tim Norman for the last two months, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively.
The couple met when Parks was in St. Louis for a conference and went past the Sweetie Pies Upper Crust restaurant for a meal. Norman made sure she was well taken care of and then asked if he could show her around the city while she was in town.
‘Since then, she’s been to St. Louis and Los Angeles several times to spend time with him. He also travels to Atlanta to see her. They haven’t gone public, but its no secret to those who know them that they are together,’ a source told DailyMail.com.
Norman, the 37-year-old star of OWN Network’s reality series Welcome To Sweetie Pies, is a reformed bad boy.
When he was 17-years-old, Norman went to prison for 10 years for armed robbery.
In recent interview, Norman confessed to being a teenage drug dealer who amassed debt with numerous other drug dealers. When he was unable to pay the money back, he started robbing people in an effort to get the cash.
‘He served his debt to society and came out turned his life completely around. He’s become a huge part of his mother’s restaurant business and was a vocal advocate for social justice during the Ferguson case,’ said the source.
Dating Parks is not Norman’s first celebrity relationship.
On season seven of Welcome To Sweetie Pies, Norman is dating former Basketball Wives star Jennifer Williams. Williams has described Norman as ‘so supportive.’
But sources tell DailyMail.com that by the end of the season, fans will see that relationship has fizzled out.
‘As of now, neither he nor Phaedra plan to make appearances on each other’s TV shows.
‘They’re in the courting phase and they’re happy and they want to take their time and build with each other without introducing the pressure of TV in the mix,’ shared the source.
Parks may also be able to help Norman through a legal dispute with his mother, celebrity chef, Robbie Montgomery.
Miss Robbie, as she’s affectionately known, a former backup singer for the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, sued her son for theft and infringement of her trademark over the use of the Sweetie Pie’s name at restaurants he has opened in other cities.
Norman took to Instagram to tell fans that the lawsuit really stemmed from his mother’s desires to sell the family business.
‘I won’t sell the Sweetie Pies brand WE built. I REFUSE to let anybody other than OUR people run OUR business. I have nothing but love for my mother but right now we agree to disagree,’ Norman posted on social media about the litigation.
While the lawsuit is still pending, Norman has taken Parks to meet his mother who is apparently very high on this relationship.
‘She’s a kind woman by nature, but knows it takes a tough girl to deal with her son. She think Phaedra is time enough for him and hopes this relationship works out for them both,’ the source revealed.
Married in 2009, Parks and Nida , have two sons together, Aiden, 6, and Dylan, 3. Their tumultuous split played out on Real Housewives of Atlanta.
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