I never expected to see Alex McCord back on Bravo, but I was so there for her resurgence on Watch What Happens Live last week. I feel like absence made the heart grow fonder because I didn’t even realize I missed her.
Now everyone wants to know what Alex thinks of her former Real Housewives of New York costars now that she’s had some time away from the crew. After all, she and Simon van Kempen are still together after many seasons of criticism from the cast and viewers while Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer have gone through some pretty public divorces.
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Alex opened up in an interview with Bravo’s The Daily Dish podcast. She was asked about her secret to making her marriage work – especially in comparison to the other RHONY couples – and her answer made a lot of sense: “Our marriage secret is, first of all, we came into it as equals which not everyone else did. Second, our priority is always each other. We were here first before the show and anything else. We always choose each other over whatever else is happening and I think that’s the secret.” Props to them.
In regard to Bethenny and Ramona’s breakups, Alex admitted, “It’s always sad to see marriages fall apart. Again, you’ve got to go into it as equals and I don’t think that was necessarily the case with Bethenny and Jason [Hoppy]. With Ramona and Mario [Singer], that just made me sad because I like them both. I don’t know everything that happened in that, but I hope that they can put the bad stuff behind them and find ways to keep on living life.”
Of course everyone wants to know who Alex is still in touch with from the cast. She shared, “I still talk to Jill [Zarin] and not about the show because we were killing each other on the show. We talk about kids and dogs and stuff. I talk to Ramona and Sonja occasionally and Andy occasionally. That’s about it.”
Alex was also asked to make the choice between two torturous (yet iconic) RHONY vacation: Scary Island and Morocco. Alex recalled, “Scary Island was actually really really funny until it wasn’t and suddenly we all were concerned for Kelly [Bensimon]. I think that was anxiety gone mad. I don’t think there was anything really nefarious happening. I think that just Kelly’s threshold for being uncomfortable is different from everyone else’s. Morocco was just mean. Scary Island wasn’t mean. Scary Island was just crazy. Between scary and mean, I’ll talk scary everyday.” Me too… not that I was even on that trip, but the vacation made for some legendary television.
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