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We recently wrote about the downside of appearing on a reality show such as the Real Housewives of Orange County. The first downside being that your ‘perfect’ marriage that you pride yourself on will come off as being not so perfect in front of millions of viewers, while your husband’s cutesy behavior might come off as being somewhat controlling.

The second downside it seems is skeletons from your closet being unveiled. New housewife on the block, Alexis Bellino, is now experiencing this as her first husband, Jeff Barry, is spilling all sorts of sordid details about the couple’s first marriage and nasty divorce to Star magazine. And oh yeah, there are pictures too.

In the latest issue of Star magazine, it is revealed that Alexis and Jeff got married back in 2002 after 3 years of dating. The Missouri college sweethearts would later go on to divorce in 2003 after just 15 months of marriage. Reasons for their divorce includes infidelity, boozy brawls, computer hacking, physical threats and missing money. “We had been college sweethearts in Missouri,” Jeff, 31, a sales e ngineer, tells Star. “I never dreamt back then that things between us could turn so ugly.”

More details about Alexis’s first marriage below -

  1. The couple moved to San Diego shortly after their 2002 wedding. “We were young and didn’t have a lot of money.” says Jeff. “Then Alexis…started hanging out with trust fund babies. Having the right pair of expensive jeans became important to her.”
  2. Eventually, Jeff discovered his wife was having an affair with a wealthy father of three she met at the gym.
  3. “I gave Alexis endless opportunities to fess up, but she kept denying everything,” says Jeff. “Then she said she needed her space, moved into her own place and asked me to go to therapy with her. But she only went twice, she made no effort at all.”
  4. Jeff pretended to be a friend of Alexis’s and started emailing her under false pretenses. His suspicions were confirmed that Alexis was indeed sleeping with the married wealthy man.
  5. Jeff then sent a mass email out to couple’s friends and family, in which he referred to Alexis as a “gold-digging homewrecker,” and a “$2 whore.
  6. In the divorce filing, Jeff said of Alexis, “She can be an extremely mean, irrational drunk… She once took off her top in front of my best man to make me mad because she was upset that I smoked a cigarette.”

The couple’s divorce was finalized in June 2004. According to Jeff, he hasn’t had any contact with Alexis in four years.

“I’m not surprised she ended up on a show like Real Housewives,” says Jeff, who is now remarried. “She just seems to have even bigger boobs, a nose job and blonder hair now.”

According to Star magazine, Alexis declined to comment on this article.

ANOTHER PICTURE OF ALEXIS AND JEFF BELOW

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The latest episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County formally introduced us to Alexis Bellino, the newest housewife on the block.

Alexis, 32, is a stay at home mom of three, and is happily married to entrepreneur Jim Bellino. This episode of the OC Housewives was a perfect example of why doing a reality show is a not so great idea for a marriage. The little things about your spouse that you found oh so adorable quite frankly might translate into creepy and controlling in front of millions of viewers. All of a sudden, your “perfect” marriage doesn’t appear so perfect anymore.

I was loving the dynamic between Alexis and Jim, 47, at the beginning of the episode, especially when they mentioned putting God first in their marriage, then came some awkward moments which included Jim telling his wife to quiet down during their lunch ( she was barely loud by the way), and Jim not allowing her to try on lingerie at the store (even though her bathing suit from the previous day was very revealing). Seems like it gets even better judging from next week’s previews. We get to see Jim not allow Alexis to go on a trip without him. Sighs, all soo romantic.

Tonight’s episode also brought way TMI (Too Much Information) concerning Gretchen and Slade‘s relationship. I could have really done without the excessive details of their sex life. A refreshing moment however was Slade admitting he was poor/broke. It was nice to see some honesty regarding his financial situation. Gretchen continues her attempt to prove to us that she didn’t get a ton of money from her late fiance, Jeff Beitzel, though a TMZ report reveals she received $2.5 million.

Tamra continues to prove to us she has some major jealousy and self esteem issues. Vicki was Vicki as always, and we got to see a somewhat emotional goodbye from Jeana. It was nice seeing her with all of her kids. Can’t say I really blame her for wanting out of this OC madness.

TELL US – WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S EPISODE? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ALEXIS AND JIM?

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One of the original Orange County “Housewives,” Jeana Keough is leaving the show to focus on work. Due to the chanllenges of the real estate bussiness, the Wisconsin native and former Playboy Playmate wants to focus her attention on short sales and escrow disbursements.

Tonight’s episode will highlight her exit from the show. Though she is off the show, Jeana plans to tune in every Thursday. In a recent interview, Jeana opens up on her departure, plans to return to TV, what she really thinks about Vicki, Gretchen & Slade’s relationship plus the possibility of a wedding.

These are excerpts from Jeana’s interview below:

Well, now that we’re on the topic. Explain a little more about why you decided to leave the show.

Work. My real estate just went down two-thirds because I wasn’t around the summer to do the open houses and do the things that make me successful. I mean, you can have 15 listings but if you’re not the one sitting on them on the weekend and telling the people the positive things about the houses and why they should buy this house instead of another house — it just … me not being there hurt my sales. The market changed horribly anyway. And me taking off four months in the height of the season was just really hard on me. I needed a summer to get my business back on track. I took a few other jobs. I’m doing, like, three spokesperson jobs. I needed to focus on my income. Loan modifications and short sales take an extraordinary amount of time over a normal sale. So I had to do four loan modifications on four properties. Plus helping all my clients do their short sales. I really didn’t have time to do the show. I had to move Kara from Berkeley down to UCLA. I had to go college searching with Colton. The kids were at a point in their life where they wanted a break from it. They really enjoyed their break from it … but now they miss it.

Over the seasons, we see the ins and outs of your relationship with Vicki. You guys bicker occasionally, but you always seem to work things out. This season, we learn that you asked to borrow money from Vicki and she didn’t help you out. And it seems you sort of lost touch. Talk a little bit about the situation.

It was a small amount of money. It was a deadline for summer school and I didn’t get a check for a week. It was a small amount of money for a small amount of time. It meant nothing. I picked up the phone and called my next friend. It didn’t bother me at all. It just … I don’t know. It hurt my feelings just for a second. But I didn’t dwell on it. I don’t even know why she mentioned it. It was an insignificant thing. I’m not sure. It didn’t hurt my friendship with her. We just got busy. You see in the next few episodes, she traveled a lot this summer. She had to go to a whole bunch of different states for work. And she traveled with the show to a couple of different places. She wasn’t around. Normally, I went on vacations with her. If she was going to Mexico, we’d go. But I’m on a Mexican moratorium so I didn’t go this year.

What do you think of the Tamra-Gretchen feud?

I told Tamra many, many times: “It’s none of your business. One guy woke you up one night. Get over it. Say you’re sorry.” We actually did an appearance where she apologized on TV. She wanted to do it on TV so everyone would know. She did apologize. She wanted to move on. But, of course, the episode came out and it brought up bad feelings. Hopefully, it’s done now and we can move on.

What about Gretchen and Slade’s relationship? True love?

I have a feeling they will be the next wedding. They’re very, very close. And they’re so cute together. Gretchen’s a girlfriend kind of girl. She wants to be married and have kids so … I think they’re in it for the long haul.

Lynne Curtin Plastic Surgery Facelift

The Real Housewives of Orange County star, Lynne Curtin will be revealing her new look on the show later in the season according to Star Magazine. You can however get a glimpse of her before and after from the above photo.

I’ve said it previously, and I’ll say it again – Lynne’s plastic surgeon deserves some sort of hall of fame award. That above is some good work.

Dr. Milind K. Ambe is the miracle worker plastic surgeon that performed Lynne’s “face lift” on July 11 in Newport Beach, Calif. “He moved my face up by lifting my forehead,” explains Lynne. “I also had a lift around my neck.”

“I’d always worked out a lot, but my head didn’t match my body,” Lynne tells Star. “I was so excited to get the work done.”

And how did Lynne afford her surgery considering her very recent and public eviction? She claims she paid for the procedure using sales from her Lynne Curtin Designs jewelry collection. “It looks like the clock has been turned back 12 years on my face,” she says.

Frank Curtin, Lynne’s husband, approves of his wife‘s new look. Lynne says, “He sends me texts all day saying I’m hot!”

Tell Us: What Do You Think of Lynne’s New Look?

Jo De La Rosa with Boyfriend Jeff

In an exclusive new interview with RealityWanted, Bravo housewives alum Jo De La Rosa opens up about her new life post The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Jo appeared on the 1st and 2nd seasons of the show as the fiance of Slade Smiley. In this new interview, Jo talks about her feelings towards Slade and Gretchen’s new dating relationship (Gretchen was friends with both Jo and Slade), the new man in her life (pictured above) and why she chose not to return to the show this season.

Excerpts from Jo’s interview below -

Q. Reality Wanted: Will you make an appearance in Season 5 of The Real Housewives of Orange County?

A. Jo: It is one of those things where, I left the show back in Season 2, and my life is so different now, who I am now compared to who I was 4 years ago. I live in LA now. There were talks of me coming on the show to confront Gretchen and Slade, but I need to be selfless at this point. Regardless of how I feel about them being together, this is Gretchen and Slade’s time in the spotlight and I just want to move forward with my music. It would have put me back out there in the public eye, but for all the wrong reasons. I will forever be thankful for The Real Housewives of Orange County, because that is how I got my start, but I have my own story that I have to tell through my music, and for me to go back to confront the past just doesn’t make sense.

Q. Reality Wanted: How long did you & Slade date? Even on Date My Ex, he was always with you…

A. Jo: We were together for five years. Here is the funny thing, some insider information: even though I was on the show; I was still in love with Slade. I was still trying to work things out. It was never really over for Slade and I. Even after Date My Ex, Slade and I were still trying to work it out and then….came Gretchen.

Q. Reality Wanted: On the show, Gretchen said that she called you to let you know about her and Slade, even though he had said not to. Is this accurate?

A. Jo: She called me because I found out from her ex-boyfriend Jay that Slade and Gretchen were hooking up. So the whole reason she called me was because it was already out. She actually called me when Slade was in jail and she was asking for help. (Smiley was arrested in February 2009 for unpaid child support, purportedly at Rossi’s Costa Mesa home.) I was just like, “How can you call me and ask me for help when I just found out that you are sleeping with Slade?” The truth of the matter is that it is what it is, and Gretchen, to me, is…it’s just dumb. We were ALL friends, you know, no matter how close we were, I just wish they would have come to me first, without me having to find out the way that I did. Even being able to talk to Slade on it, one on one, but they didn’t even give me that. I just have to move forward, and not have a confrontation on camera. He was the love of my life, and she knew that. I was with him for 5 years, we were engaged, I acted as the mother of his children, and I was building a life with this man, and she was the girl that I knew, and you know what it is, at the end of the day, I just hate the way it all came down and came to an end. Slade and I are no longer even friends, and I haven’t even been able to talk to him face to face about it, and I know that is because of her (Gretchen).

Bravo Real Housewives

We had a poll question this week asking which Bravo Housewives series is your favorite, and so far, the Real Housewives of Atlanta franchise seems to be in the lead, with the Real Housewives of Orange County coming in a close second.

My favorite franchise would have to be the Real Housewives of New York City. No, it does not have any table flipping, wig yanking drama, but it does have a cast filled with interesting characters. Where else can you find the crazy eyes of Ramona, Bethenny’s great one liners, the Countess’s delusion of grandeur, Kelly’s air headness, mixed with the desperate social climbing ambition of Alex and Simon.

The NYC franchise comprises of what the Housewives series was originally about — focusing on great characters rather than grande drama. I actually find myself looking forward to February, when the 3rd season will be back on the air.

TELL US – SO THE QUESTION OF THE DAY IS, WHICH HOUSEWIVES SERIES IS YOUR FAVORITE? AND WHY?

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Slade Smiley took some time out of his very busy schedule to share with us his thoughts on the Real Housewives of Orange County.  The blog, which has now been removed from Bravo’s website, was a no holds barrel in regards to Slade’s opinion on some of the OC ladies.

Slade, first appeared on Season One as the fiancé of original cast member Jo De La Rosa, he then briefly dated Lauri Waring, and is now dating Gretchen Rossi.

Some of the highlights from Slade’s rather long blog is below -

His Thoughts on Vicki Gunvalson – “For some reason, Gretchen seems to have a soft spot for Vicki [Gunvalson], which I do not share… But that’s what makes Gretchen such an amazing person. Vicki will probably continue to be the same rude, self-absorbed work-a-holic she has always been. It’s her superiority complex that gets the best of her.  Vicki has some real balls to say I am whoring Gretchen out. No one has felt the need to talk about all her secret little hotel rendezvous, I suggest you keep your comments to yourself.”

His Thoughts on Tamra Barney - “This girl cannot mind her own business.  Do you think Tamra ever once called to check in on G when Jeff was sick? Of course not! Does she care about all the BS being written because of her unwarranted comments? Nope. She knows exactly why it happened and she is actually involved with the tool bag who is behind it. What’s funny is she thinks none of us know what her and Simon are up to. News flash Tamra, we all know and it’s not going to be pretty for you when it all comes out. The world is on to your game honey and Karma is a b***h.”

TELL US – DO YOU AGREE WITH SLADE? SHOULD HE BE BLOGGING ABOUT THE OC HOUSEWIVES?

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In a new interview with Intouch magazine, Gretchen Rossi opens up about her battle with an eating disorder. Gretchen reveals she has suffered from bulimia since high school. The Real Housewife of Orange County star has since recovered through therapy and self acceptance.

“I got healthy,” Gretchen reveals. “I was a lot heavier back in high school and in college. I wasn’t even fat, I was only 130 pounds. But compared to what I look like now at 115 pounds, I thought I looked fat.”

An Old Photo of Gretchen Can Be Seen Here.

Gretchen, who made the headlines when some explicit photos of her were released online this summer, reveals that suffering from an eating disorder was tough. “My best friend busted me in the bathroom, and then my parents found out,” Gretchen says. “That’s when I decided to seek therapy.”

She adds: “I decided that I was going to make a difference, and I went and got my personal training license and nutritional license. Then I worked as a personal trainer, nutritionist and aerobics instructor.”

Even though Gretchen has a body most women will die for, she still hates her thighs. “I don’t like my legs at all. I hate my legs. I have just always wanted skinnier thighs. My thighs kill me,” says Gretchen. As for her favorite body part, Gretchen says, “My boyfriend , Slade, gives me the compliment that my butt is my best feature, so I try and make sure by butt looks cute in whatever I have on.”

Gretchen is also proud of the fact that she is plastic surgery free. “I have not had any plastic surgery whatsoever,” she says. “This is the best weight I’ve ever been at, and this is the best I feel like I’ve ever looked. I feel toned and healthy and good. And it took a little bit to get to that place, but I’m grateful I’m finally at that place.”

As for her advice to other women going through the same thing, she advises, “Get right with yourself and with God, because if you have that in your life, everything else will fall into place.”

You can read more of Gretchen’s story in the new issue of InTouch.

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