News broke this week that Phaedra Parks’ ex husband Apollo Nida didn’t let a little thing like an eight-year prison sentence get in the way of love as it was revealed he is now engaged to a New Jersey real estate agent named Sherien Almufti (or Shereen Almufti, depending on which of her social media profiles you go by).
Unlike Apollo’s ex Phaedra, Sherien apparently has no issue with bringing her child to see Apollo in prison as she has allowed her eight-year-old daughter to visit him on several occasions — much to the chagrin of the girl’s father. In addition, Sherien has reportedly been filming for The Real Housewives of Atlanta!
First, let’s get you all caught up on the engagement. TMZ broke the engagement story on Monday and they shared this info:
Sources close to production tell us Apollo started dating the woman 2 years ago … before he started his prison sentence, and they got engaged a couple months ago. We’re told the woman lives in NJ, not far from the the federal prison where he’s serving his sentence … and she visits twice a week.
She and Apollo have both shot scenes for the upcoming ‘RHOA’ season — he’s on by phone — and we’re told producers want to keep her identity under wraps until the episode airs.
The 2 big questions: NO, the fiancée did not shoot scenes with Apollo’s ex, but Phaedra Parks’ reaction to the relationship was captured — and NO … the fiancée doesn’t have a ring.
Apollo shared a photo of his picture (first uploaded back in March of 2014) along with TMZ’s headline and he added the caption “You see that smile? That’s how she makes me feel all over! #MyQueen #NidaFitness #TheNidaTeam #FreeApollo #Goodmorning”
The mystery of “Who is Apollo Nida’s fiancee?’ was quickly cleared up thanks to the internet revealing her name to be Sherien Almufti.
Born in Jordan, Sherien (photo above) is 34 years old and, according to her Explore Talent profile, she measures 5-foot, 5-inches tall. As TMZ reported, Apollo and Sherien met prior to him beginning his most recent prison sentence, which lines up with numerous reports that Apollo was having a sort of Hookupalooza tour prior to his incarceration, including being spotted in Philadelphia where Sherien spends a lot of time for work.
Sherien herself later confirmed that she is the lucky lady who will get to be the future ex Mrs. Apollo Nida by posting a photo on Instagram in which she is kissing a framed Sister 2 Sister magazine cover featuring Apollo:
“Oh how much I miss this MAN! 😢❤️” Sherien captioned the photo. She later shared the same TMZ headline photo that Apollo did and wrote, “That’s the thing about destiny, people meet at the worst time of their lives…….. ❤️ #summerthirteen”
Meanwhile, Sherien’s ex-husband Derrick Copes is none-too-thrilled about the news, but only because Sherien has been allowing her daughter to visit Apollo in prison. Derrick first sounded off in the comments section of an Fameolous Instagram post about the engagement:
If I may try and clear the air a bit…. this is her ex husband and I’m her daughters father…. Yes I left her due her superficial ways….I was tired of sponsoring her BumBehavior…. I just pray that she wakes up and realize what she’s exposing our child to… this is crazy
More from Derrick:
Derrick later spoke with Radar Online and continued to express his frustration over his daughter visiting a prison (and also being on The Real Housewives of Atlanta), although he did tone it down a bit compared to his Instagram comments. “If Apollo is in my daughter’s life, that’s no problem,” Derrick says, “but don’t take her to prison. Phaedra doesn’t even take her kids to prison!”
Derrick reveals that he has stopped paying child support until Sherien agrees to stop taking their daughter to see Apollo behind bars. He also expressed his frustration over Sherien taking their daughter out of school for an extended period of time to film RHOA. “She took my daughter out of school a week an half ago to go to Atlanta to film. Who takes their kid out of school to go film when it’s not educational? That is not good parenting.”
He later stated flatly: “I don’t want my daughter on the show. I don’t want her going to a jail.”
Of course, Derrick wants to make it clear that Sherien is free to make her own decisions as far as who she wants to date. “At the end of the day I don’t have a problem with them seeing each other,” he says. “We’ve been divorced for two years. It’s not about Sherien’s relationship with him. It’s only about me not being happy with our 8 year old going to a prison.”
As far as Sherien’s appearance on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, there’s an actual video of her filming with Todd Tucker and Peter Thomas in the basement of a restaurant that surfaced on Instagram prior to the engagement announcement. It was speculated at the time that the mystery woman was actually Peter’s girlfriend.
A few weeks ago we posted this video that was sent to us by our #RHOA source! A few of you speculated that the woman in the video was #PeterThomas' girfriend, but it's actually #ApolloNida's fiancée! 👀 Her name is #SherienAlmufti (@queensherien) and she's a real estate broker from Philadelphia. This is about to be a MESS! #RHOA
Tamara Tattles points out that Cynthia was present as well, and possibly Kandi. “The reason I think the filming was at they OLG is because the rumor is that Kandi was there and she was NOT happy with the jump off being there,” TT explains. “I also think I saw Mama Joyce there as well. At least I hope that was her that went into the room Mama Joyce is stealing the show this season.”
If you’re admiring Sherien’s fashion and accessories, you might want to check dem props because according to Fameolous, “The Bravo production team also gave her this $3500.00 jacket you see and the Chanel bag to borrow while she filmed. They also gave her a white Benz truck and Rolex to film in.” The site adds: “Kandi Burruss wasn’t too friendly with Sherien and it said she treated her mean.”
Fameolous previously revealed these scoops as well:
So, [Todd Tucker] and [Phaedra Parks] both know [Apollo Nida]’s fiancé Sherien Almufti. Bravo production team flew Sherien down two weeks ago to film. Todd will act like he doesn’t know her but he does just like Phaedra. Bravo gave Apollo’s fiancé a $60,000 Rolex watch to wear and gave her a white Benz truck to drive while she filmed. Sherien was married before and shares a kid with her ex-husband Derrick Copes. Apollo and Sherien met in Philadelphia at a night club while married to Phaedra Parks!😩
Oh, and there was this unconfirmed info from someone who is obviously not a fan of Sherien:
Nida Apollo's fiancé☕ This lady is a scammer. I met her in Sept when I was looking for an apt. At first she seemed really nice and genuine in trying to help me, like not running my credit and giving me the bigger option out of the 3 apts avail. She stated when I seen the place that the apt is still being worked on and would be ready by the 2nd week of sept. The week I was to move in (Oct 1st), I got the 2100 to move and sent to her via PayPal. I figured since she got the money that I could start moving my things a day earlier, she starts feeding around the Bush saying "oh I can't get the key right now, I can give it to you tomorrow morning". I was skeptical but what could I do if I need to move out of my place. The next day I can't get a hold her until 3pm the afternoon. I'm angry because I placed my things and it was in the uhaul. Mind you, fame. I didn't sign the lease yet or have keys to the place at all. After finally talking to her, she tells me the apt is ready yet. Im like it's the first why isn't Yet? You said 2 weeks ago it would be. She lied to me and said no you can move in its the just the bathroom tiles that weren't ready. I get there, no lie the apt was basically gutted to the point that there was no kitchen or bathroom. She knew it wasn't ready but instead of telling me, she made sure she got her money and when I called her out of her bullshit, she claims that it was livable. I couldn't move until a week later and couldn't go back to my previous apt. And I don't know what game she was playing this month but I had to with hold rent because she didn't want to give me the copy of my lease. She lied to me and the owner because he was unaware of my move in date and told her I couldn't move in that day and was unaware of the fact I didn't have a lease. Part9/9💅
Something tells me there may be a few more skeletons dancing out of Sherien’s closet now that her identity has been revealed.
Meanwhile, Phaedra Parks has remained quiet on social media about the joyful announcement — I assume we will get her take on screen. Stay tuned!