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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MARCH 10: (L-R) Eva Marcille, Kandi Burruss, and Kenya Moore attend the premiere of "Waka & Tammy: What The Flocka" at Republic on March 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

There’s sad news for fans of Eva Marcille. The model and mother of three won’t be returning to Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta.

On Tuesday (June 17), Marcille announced her departure from the hit reality show during an interview.

“I appreciate the bond of friendship that I’ve made with my castmates and strong personal relationships I have with numerous executives and producers of Bravo,” Marcille said in a statement.

“I am thankful for the opportunity I was provided, however, after speaking with my family and representatives, I believe that what I hope to accomplish for the culture and community will be better served by focusing on other opportunities.”

“I look forward to serving the community on Ricky Smiley Morning show and finding other ways to be a voice during this transformational time during our country for people of color,” she continued.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – MARCH 10: (L-R) Eva Marcille, Kandi Burruss, and Kenya Moore attend the premiere of “Waka & Tammy: What The Flocka” at Republic on March 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images WE tv)

In 2017, Marcille joined the RHOA as a “friend of the Housewives.” However, she swiftly was promoted to a full-time Housewife by season 11.

“The time that I spent on Housewives I enjoyed myself. I cried, I laughed, I obviously fought,” Marcille said. “Most importantly, I made some great friendships with some beautiful women.”

Marcille said that she plans to move forward while focusing on her three children, Marley Rae, Michael Todd, and Maverick. She shares Marley with her ex Kevin McCall and Michael and Maverick with her husband, Michael Sterling.

“I believe my time is up. I have a 6-year-old daughter and two young boys still in diapers. They are 24 hours a day and there is a lot of work to be done. I decided to spend my time and energy focusing on my kids and my community,” she said. “And not so much reality show business.”

Marcille has no hard feelings for her former castmates. She wished them well during her interview.“I love every single one of those black women. They are all queens all in their own right,” she said. “They are stars and I wish them the most successful season and transformational season 13 that the Real Housewives of Atlanta has ever seen.”

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Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.