Above are photos of a younger tanner but still wigtastic Kim Zolciakand on the right is the one and only Linnethia Leakes, also known as The Nene!
Below are more awesome old-school/before they were stars shots of Phaedra Parks and her very big hair,Kandi Burrussbefore and during her Xscape days, plus Cynthia Bailey in her early modeling days! Enjoy!
Melissa Gorga is speaking out about her real life as a working mom. The wannabe pop star and Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member is insisting that despite her busy schedule of non-stop appearances and promotions for her budding singing career and reality stardom she doesn’t have a nanny, housekeeper or cook.
In an interview with HollyBaby, Melissa reveals that she does all the work maintaining her luxury 15,000 square foot home as well as caring for her three young children — by herself! #yeahright. “I have no cooks, no nannies, no housekeepers, none of that,” she insists. “I like doing it myself. If it ever gets to a point where I’m completely overwhelmed, then of course you have to. For now I’m good.” That must be a Gorga thing — because sister-in-law Teresa Giudice claims the same thing!
Melissa shares that it has been an adjustment transitioning from full-time stay at home mom to career gal with outside obligations. “It’s difficult for me because I’m so used to being with them 24 hours a day,” she explains. “Now I have to take myself away sometimes and have a babysitter step in. It’s hard to let go because I want to be there for every single thing.”
“When I’m home, we’re all sitting down together,” she describes of incorporating family time. “We eat dinner together. My husband [Joe Gorga] has a lot of the same values as I do, which works great for us because we teach our children a lot of respect for their parents and to spend time with us. We don’t just plop them in front of a TV and walk away. We want to talk to them. We sit around the dinner table together every single night.”
For those of you who seem to remember Melissa bragging admitting that she had a nanny (or 2) or saw her nanny filming with the family at both Gia Giudice’s gymnastics event and Kathy Wakile’s Christmas Eve party, you are not alone, as many fans questioned Melissa about it on Twitter!
Melissa replied that the so-called nanny was actually a visiting Au pair from Argentina that has since returned home, Tweeting:“FYI, the young girl at xmas was an aupair from Argentina! she was here for 3mths going to school & baby sat when I needed her. Xo”
Melissa added “She went back home in January 10months ago…. xo I do use a new babysitter now when I need her…. my mother & sisters help me a lot! Xo” Does anyone else remember Melissa and her sister Lysa Simpson making fun of Teresa on the show for not having a nanny and relying on her mother for childcare?
Melissa, also responding to a fan that insulted her cooking, gave a shout-out to her SIL on Twitter replying with “go scratch!”
Since no RHONJ interview would be complete without discussing Teresa, Melissa also took some time to talk about the on-going issues she has with sister-in-law. Melissa once again claims she is taking the high road and trying to consider their children. “You try to cover it up as much as you can and for as long as you can,” says Melissa, who apparently believes covering up a family feud means appearing on a reality show where the plot line centers around said feud and discussing it constantly in the media. This seems to be modus operandi of the entire NJ crew!
“There’s no reason why a young child should see their aunts or uncles or any grown adults not being able to get a long. They just want to love their aunts. The want to love their uncles,” she confesses. “So to bring them in is selfish and it’s mean. Just to make them side with you, it’s terrible,” she remarks, perhaps alluding to Gia’s comments that Melissa controls her husband, Joe.
When she’s not dealing with her reality show, family, husband or sister-in-law from hell, Melissa is hard at work on her next single! Hey – she’s keeping AutoTune in business! “My next single is coming out soon. It’s called ‘How Many Times’ and it’s a song dedicated to my husband. I’m really excited for people to hear it.” Le sigh.
Speaking of Joe Gorga, apparently he and cousin-in-law Richie Wakile believe they need a reality show of their own! Real Househusbands of New Jersey + Greggy Bennett, anyone? “From your mouth to Bravo’s ears. Seriously, call Bravo and let them know,” Joe begged WetPaint Entertainment. “We want it to happen,” Richie agreed. “We’d love that.” Yes – but will the fans?
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DO YOU BELIEVE MELISSA DOESN’T HAVE ANY HELP WITH HER CHILDREN OR HER HOME? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT MELISSA’S NEW SINGLE? WOULD YOU WATCH A RHHONJ (REAL HOUSEHUSBANDS OF NEW JERSEY) SHOW STARRING JOE AND RICH? I SURE WOULDN’T!
Finally some happy Bethenny news to report! In a new interview with In Touch Weekly,Bethenny Frankel opens up about being a mommy and discusses trying for a second child with husband, Jason Hoppy. In a shocker, Bethenny also reveals she is open to adopting!
“Women tell me they never regret having a second one, they regret not having a second one,” Bethenny reveals of wanting a sibling for daughter, Bryn. And now is the time for baby number two!
Following a year of many ups-and-downs, the Bethenny Ever After star who just celebrated her 41st birthday is ready to expand her family and is wondering if she will be able to get pregnant a second time. Bethenny tells In Touch: “I’m getting up there, especially for getting pregnant.”
While Bethenny insists they haven’t “ruled out” another biological child, if the couple does not conceive, Bethenny isn’t worried! “I am also open to adoption,” she shares. Bethenny explains that adoption has a lot of benefits, including “the freedom of not worrying about my age and the ability to give a child a home.” And hey – not having to worry about baby weight! Although that could be a whole ‘nother line of Skinnygirl products to roll out…
Bethenny confesses that she always knew motherhood was her destiny and before she had a man she considered adopting as a single mother. “When I had no prospects, and no idea what the future held, I thought I would adopt,” she declares.
Though she finds that “balancing career with being a mother is challenging,” even with nannies, she definitely wants to expand her family. “I know what’s important now and I just love being home with my family.” The Frankel-Hoppy family adopting would definitely be an interesting and exciting twist on what could possibly be the final season of their show!
Best of luck to Team Frankel!
THOUGHTS ON THE ARTICLE AND BETHENNY’S HONESTY ABOUT HAVING ANOTHER CHILD?
Move out of the way Danielle Stuab’s ex-lover/crime author extraordinaire! Watch out, Jackie Christie with your new tome! Make room on the bestseller list, Teresa Guidice! According to the Hollywood Reporter, there’s a new writer in town! Evelyn Lozada, famous for “dating” lots of professional athletesBasketball Wives has been signed by Cash Money Content (the publishing division of the Cash Money record label) to pen some “fictional” stories. The part of my heart that truly loves to write just died a wee bit.
Seeing as Evelyn is the ex-fiancé of the NBA’s Antione Walker and still claims to becurrent fiancé of New England Patriots football golden boy Chad Ochocinco, she probably has a lot of material for her first endeavor into the literary world. Evelyn’s first series (Yes, that’s right. Series. She’s not just starting with a single novel, girlfriend is going for the Sweet Valley High full on multiple book deal) is entitled The Wives Association. Sounds like fiction to me!
Evelyn will have a co-author (which must be code for “I’m famous so my name will be much bigger and more prominent on the cover, even though you’ll do all the writing co-author“) for the series. She will be writing with Courtney Parker, who has an actual literary resume which includes penning real novels and writing for Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The series will take inspiration from Evelyn’s real life with the main character being Eve Inez-Landon who has dated several professional athletes.
Discussing her foray into creative writing, Evelyn says, “The stories that you hear — what goes on in these relationships, and just being in that circle — I decided to let everyone experience a piece of it for themselves by writing this series of juicy novels.”
Cash Money Records has launched the careers of Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Minaj. The publishing side, Cash Money Content, was launched this past February. It has already released novels it hopes to develop into movies… and hopefully for Evelyn, her series will follow suit.
Evelyn explains, “By partnering with…Cash Money Content, we have the potential to turn these ‘novels’ into a full-fledged brand. Everything [Cash Money Content] touches turns to gold, and our brands together will be magical.” Will Eric Williams direct?
Speaking of Eric Williams, his ex-wife Jennifer Williams was attached to the hip with Evelyn during the past seasons of Basketball Wives. However, a source is telling Sister2Sister that the pals are on the outs evident by the fact that they no longer follow each other on Twitter.
Someone close to the former friends says that the two are no longer on speaking terms yet there is no reason cited for the recent state of their unfriendship. While both ladies have remained mum about the rift, the source believes the dreaded radio interview where Jen shared her true feeling for Chad likely had something to do with it.
The insider believes that Evelyn is hurt that her former bestie isn’t around for her wedding planning, and likewise, Jen doesn’t want to disrespect Evelyn by discussing the tiff. Thankfully (well, maybe not thankfully for Royce Reed), the source predicts the pair will be as close as ever by the time filming for Basketball Wives: Miami resumes.
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WILL YOU BE READING EVELYN’S NEW BOOK SERIES? DO YOU BELIEVE SHE IS FEUDING WITH JENNIFER WILLIAMS?
So what can we expect on the new season? MTV promises the dramatic season will follow the girls as they try to navigate their way through life with toddlers in tow. The new season will “take viewers on an intense rollercoaster of highs and lows. As their babies take their first steps, these young moms struggle to balance life, love, and independence while striving to give their children the best life possible.”
Below is what to expect from each cast member –
Leah - Mother to twin girls Alianna and Aleeah, and her daughters’ father, Corey Simms have weathered many ups and downs as a couple, from trust issues to doctor visits for understanding daughter Ali’s slow development. However just before the twins’ first birthday, Leah and Corey made the ultimate commitment by becoming husband and wife. But soon after the honeymoon they realize that marriage isn’t as easy as they’d hoped it would be.
Jenelle - She continues to reconcile the responsibilities of motherhood with her love of partying. With the birthfather of her son Jace out of the picture, Jenelle relies heavily on her mother Barbara Evans. The two’s explosive relationship is amplified by the fact that Barbara has temporary custody of Jace. Through it all, Jenelle struggles to prove herself as a mom and responsible adult, but her party girl ways — and her trouble-maker boyfriend, Kieffer — keep leading her down the wrong path. When Jenelle and Keiffer get arrested, she must choose between changing her ways or continuing on a downward spiral that could quickly hit rock bottom.
Chelsea - Chelsea’s life has been consumed with taking care of her daughter Aubree and trying, in vain, to make her tumultuous relationship with Aubree’s father, Adam Lind, succeed. She still hasn’t graduated from high school, but Chelsea luckily has a strong network of support from friends and family to help her on the road to independence. As her emotional tug-of-war with Adam escalates, she finally gets the strength to call it quits, trying to move forward and focus on what’s best for her and her daughter. Her friends and family just hope she can stay away from Adam for good this time.
Kailyn - Is the mom of baby Isaac. Kailyn and Isaac’s father Jo Rivera’s relationship crumbled under the stress of balancing their lives and raising their child, and Kailyn moved out amidst their constant fighting. A romance with coworker Jordan begins to get more serious as she turns to him for emotional support during a bitter custody battle with Jo. Through it all, Kailyn keeps two jobs and goes to school full time, determined to better her situation for her son while navigating her complicated relationship with Jo and struggling to finally move out on her own.
The new season premieres on MTV December 6 (10/9c).
Real Housewives of New York may have done a complete cast over-haul, but that doesn’t mean things are going smoothly while filming season five!
The New York Post is reporting that Bravo is having trouble filming in certain New York hot spots and that some Housewives (ahem… Ramona Singer) are being demanding! Sources report that the producers are “having difficulty” filming in restaurants and other establishments because many locations have “soured” on the series and “are not opening their doors freely for filming.”
“They’re trying to book locations at the last minute… giving the impression that others are falling through,” said a source associated with the nightlife industry. Of course, a Bravo rep is dispelling the rumors, claiming there have been “no issues” procuring locations.
Meanwhile, it seems wine purveyor Pinot Singer has let her Pinot go to her head – literally! Ramona has allegedly been causing trouble at famed NY restaurants Phillippe and Ciano over her “demands” to serve Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio during filming. “She asked that her wine be there when she ordered dinner. It wasn’t on the list, but she offered to send over a case. But the restaurants refused to accommodate,” an insider revealed. “You know how Ramona is about her pinot.” Um… yes, we certainly do! Reps for the restaurants had no comment, but outspoken housewife Ramona certainly did!
Speaking to Wetpaint Entertainment, Ramona insists the story is completely untrue; denying that she filmed at Phillippe and while dining at Ciano she made no such fuss! “I graciously drank the pinot grigio they offered,” Ramona reports. “Although, I have to say, my Ramona Pinot Grigio is the best!”
“Am I passionate about my pinot grigio? Absolutely! And now that I have my own wine, why wouldn’t I bring a bottle with me? But I always call ahead and ask permission and they usually charge me a bottle fee.” Adding a big ‘take that!’ to the upscale eateries, Ramona claims her wine is carried in other big name restaurants around Manhattan.
In other RHONY news former, fired, relieved of her duties Housewives’ krazy lady Kelly Bensimon is not sitting home crying because the author of the upcoming I Can Make You Hot! has just signed with a big-name Hollywood manager!
Kelly has recently enlisted the services of Larry Rudolph of ReignDeer Entertainment. Larry also manages such high-profile celebrities as Britney Spears and is credited with raising her to superstar levels. I bet Melissa Gorga is jealous! We will definitely be seeing Kelly’s koo-koo on TV again soon, as her rep is revealing she has a new TV show in the works — although that’s all the details for now!
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THOUGHTS ON THE RHONY FILMING DRAMA? DO YOU BELIEVE RAMONA IS BEING DIFFICULT OR ARE THE RESTAURANTS SEEKING PUBLICITY? THOUGHTS ON KELLY’S NEW MANAGER AND FUTURE TV PROJECTS?
Following five years of Celebrity Rehab the show is returning with a twist! This time, in an all new premise, the legendary Dr. Drew will check in with past patients in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Revisited.
Dr. Drew will also address life in the months and years following addiction recovery and discussing the struggles of sobriety, and in some cases the updates won’t feature happy endings. “While many patients on the series have been successful with recovery, viewers will see that in some instances, not even Dr Drew’s patients are immune to the perils of relapse.” No word on who is doing well and who unfortunately may have re-succumbed to addiction.
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Revisited premieres Wednesday, November 20th (8/9c) on Vh1.
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THOUGHTS ON DR. DREW’S NEW SERIES? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN CATCHING UP WITH PAST CELEBRITY REHABBERS?
In our chat with Jackie, she opens up about the drama involving her costars, the public perception that she’s the one stirring things up, her treatment of Draya Michele, whether she has any regrets about doing the show as well as her business endeavors (she is currently writing her fifth book). Below is our interview with Jackie –
Reality Tea: Hi Jackie, Why Did You Decide to do Basketball Wives?
Jackie: When the producers called me regarding the show I really felt comfortable and knew that it would be a good show, I also knew 2 of the girls prior to filming the show. Having been married for a very long time and having been with my husband Doug through his entire NBA career, I knew I had a lot I could offer the girls as far as experience knowledge and leadership and I’m grateful for having that opportunity to have shared so much with them all.
Reality Tea: How Do You Respond To The Criticism That You Are The One Stirring Things Up Amongst the Remainder of The Cast?
Jackie: That bothers me at times when people fail to realize that I was the one being talked about negatively in the beginning of our fall out, and discussed it with my cast mate who apologized and said she was kidding. But most people in my life that know me already know that I’m a very real and up front person. I believe communication is very important in any relationship, so trying to talk about it with the ladies was my motive but it was not received well. I just tell people when asked to watch the whole season before finalizing their judgment.
Reality Tea: How Hard Was It Being Confronted By Your Castmates On The Most Recent Episode In Hawaii and Ultimately Being Asked To Leave? Who Do You Think Is To Blame For All The Drama?
Jackie: It was bittersweet because I was a bit disappointed that the girls were not able to come clean and put all their issues on the table once and for all. Just be honest, then proceed to discuss those matters like adults but I did have my wonderful husband by my side after the drama, which meant the world to me. I was able to talk to him, and vent as he is my best friend and biggest supporter. He knows me thoroughly & totally understands my heart, and that I care for all my friends, even when they are wrong. With that being said, you will all have to stay tuned until the next episode to see how it all turns out.
Reality Tea: After Watching The Show, Do You Think You Received a Fair Edit?
Jackie: I do, because the editors are given footage and they proceed to then cut it to put the show together. Sometimes they may leave out a line or two or make it look one way when it was maybe different but I feel like they did a great job. I’m happy with the show and I feel like VH1 and Shed Media were awesome to work with.
Reality Tea: Do You Have Any Regrets About Doing The Show?
Jackie: No, I don’t have any regrets but I would rather the incidents with the other cast members would not have happened. I would have liked everyone to come clean and put all their cards on the table, but I have a big heart and forgive people easily.
More of Jackie’s interview below in which she talks Draya, the drama with her daughter, and season 2!
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