I think the most interesting part of Bravo’s Housewives series is actually what seems to happen once the camera stops rolling. That’s when the real drama begins.
As you can see from the above photo, The Real Housewives of New Jersey cast are on the cover of the new issue of Us Magazine. US promises to reveal their dirty secrets, but we pretty much know everything there is to know about this women.
The article talks about Jacqueline Laurita ending her friendship with the very toxic Danielle Staub. Jacqueline tells US, “I am not friends with Danielle.” But she doesn’t stop there, “She has never seen the baby, nor will I ever show her. I learned my family was right about her all along.” Ouch! One can’t help but wonder what Danielle might have said or did to have Jacqueline feeling this way. Maybe part 2 of the reunion will shed some light on this.
In other steamy news, Danielle went to court today to stop the release of the sex tape she made with 26 year old ex boyfriend, Stephen Zalewski. We reported last week that Stephen claimed to have sex tapes involving Danielle, and was threatening to sell them to the highest bidder.
Luckily for Danielle, the judge issuedan injunction banning the release of any sexually explicit video or pictures of her pending a hearing next month.
What 46 year old woman in her right mind makes a sex tape? Especially one with 2 young daughters? To make matters worse, below are photos of Danielle leaving a New Jersey courthouse today. Yes that’s her blowing kisses to the camera, and taking photos with her “fans.” This woman is the definition of pathological, sad, and delusional. She seems to want fame, no matter the cost. SAD.
Seems like Danielle Staub failed to come completely clean on her past during the finale of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Danielle only admitted to being arrested, changing her name, and being a past stripper. What she failed to admit was that she also used to be a prostitute/high paid escort.
The Gawker got their hands on the court documents involving Danielle’s 1986 arrest, and it definitely sheds more light on her past.
The documents revealed the following -
1) In 1986, Staub went by the name Beverly Merrill, but her working name as a high-end prostitute was “Angela Minelli.” She was living in Miami, and one of her clients was Daniel Claudio Aguilar, a cocaine dealer for the Medellín cartel.
2) Danielle wasn’t in the wrong place at the wrong time as she claimed. She was heavily involved with the kidnapping which came as a result of a cocaine deal gone wrong, which Danielle also had a big part in. Danielle’s job was to help test the cocaine that was being sold for $48,000.
3) During the kidnapping, Danielle helped make phone calls to the victim’s family demanding a ransom.
4) Danielle was picked up/arrested with six kilos of cocaine and $16,000 in cash.
5) After her arrest, Danielle turned on her boyfriend/kidnapper known as Aguilar, and helped in convicting him.
6) During the trial, Aguilar’s lawyers tried to undermine Danielle’s credibility by repeatedly pointing out that she was a prostitute who worked for an escort service and coke addict.
7) Danielle’s ex husband and author of the Book – Cop Without A Badge, Kevin Maher, has critized her for appearing on reality citing the fact that Aguilar might want to carry out his revenge on her. Aguilar was released from prison in 1994.
I guess being a past prostitute/escort isn’t something anyone would want to admit to, but why go on a reality show knowing you have all these skeletons in your closet? If you are going to come clean, you might as well come all the way clean.
In other news, the big rumor that refuses to go away is that Dina’s husband, Tommy Manzo, has left her and moved in with a younger girlfriend. Sources say Tommy is living with his girlfriend in an apartment close to the Brownstone where he works at. I guess time will tell whether or not Dina is truly separated from her husband.
Just because the season has ended for The Real Housewives of New Jersey, does not mean the feud’s ended as well. It seems Caroline Manzo and Danielle Staub continue to genuinely hate each other. They both spoke out to PEOPLE about their feud, who was responsible for spreading the book, and where they both stand now.
Below are some excerpts from this interview -
Where They Stand Now – Caroline: She’s invisible to me. I never had a relationship with her, I never wanted to have a relationship with her and due to her behavior, I will never have a relationship with her. She’s a pathological liar. She is manipulative. She is an opportunist. She has no conscience; she has no morals. Danielle: Why would I lie? If you’re going to call me a pathological liar, challenge me. I’m a human being, and on the inside my heart aches just like theirs does. Just because there’s so many of them that doesn’t mean that their pain is any more important than mine.
Who Is Lying? Danielle: I have a big problem with Caroline. I think she’s a big bully. She’s lying. And I don’t understand her motives. Protecting your sister is one thing, but what exactly are you protecting her from? Caroline: A lot of people are upset with me for “lying for my sister.” I didn’t lie for my sister. That’s not who I am. And there’s no truth to that at all. If Dina showed that book, I would have let her fight her own battle. So, Danielle, sorry to disappoint you again.
Is Danielle Dangerous? Danielle: Really? Was it my father-in-law that was killed and shoved into a trunk? I’m dangerous? I knew about this through the whole show. I didn’t bring it up once. I’m classy. [But] let’s talk about what’s really dangerous here. I’d like to hear about the two siblings that they haven’t talked to in
a decade — why they made their wives so uncomfortable that their own brothers won’t even speak to them. But I’m the one who caused trouble in that family? Don’t point the finger at me, ’cause I’m not sitting back anymore. Caroline: People say, “Well, why didn’t you go to her?” Because that reputation preceded her. The woman we knew was incapable of telling the truth. After screaming and arguing for days and days, we made a decision not to tell Danielle that we know [the book] exists. If we play dumb, it can’t come back to haunt us. And that’s the decision we made as a family.
The original Queens of drama are back! Bravo has announced today that the 2nd season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta will be returning July 30th, at 10 PM ET/PT.
As you can see from the above photo, 1st season housewife, DeShawn Snow will not be returning. She was allegedly asked not to come back for being “too boring.” Kandi Buruss, a songwriter and former member of the R & B group Xscape will be the newest housewife joining the group. The other returning cast members include Kim Zolciak, Sheree Whitfield, Nene Leakes, and Lisa Wu Hartwell.
I am looking forward to the 2nd season, but a bit nervous that it might be a let down. The drama of the 1st season was at an all time high, it seems almost impossible to top that. Will the 2nd season be as successful as the first? We shall see. Below is more information about what is to come this season -
“Kandi Burruss - Jumping into the mix as the newest housewife with help from friend Lisa, Kandi wastes no time acclimating herself to the group. Recently engaged to fianc AJ, she balances being a mom and planning her dream wedding, with launching a solo career and working on a new album.
Kim Zolciak – Kim continues to live life out loud. After a somewhat rocky breakup with mysterious boyfriend “Big Poppa,” she vows to enjoy life as a single woman, but her roller coaster relationship with him keeps her love life somewhat complicated. Always on the go, she continues to focus on the daunting task of launching her country music career, with help from new housewife and music artist Kandi, and also decides to create her own line of wigs. Drama rears its ugly head as her somewhat tumultuous relationships with the other housewives continue to evolve.
Lisa Wu Hartwell – Living a fast-paced life as a mother of three, Lisa’s never-ending energy keeps her on the move. With her real estate business slowing because of the economy, her entrepreneurial spirit kicks in and she decides to launch a clothing line, “Closet Freak.” To her surprise, she finds her biological clock is ticking, and debates expanding her family by having another baby, but Ed’s NFL career might throw a wrench in the plans. Lisa is thrown into the midst of all the drama between the other housewives as old rumors resurface.
NeNe Leakes – NeNe continues to take the world by storm. Busy on the charity circuit preparing for her second annual event for women against domestic violence, she is also dealing with the emotional search for her biological father while taking care of her family. NeNe wrote a book on her life experiences that will be out later this year, in hopes that she can give advice to young women who face difficult issues like she did growing up. While her no-nonsense, tell it like it is approach sometimes gets her in trouble, she continues to explore her ever-evolving friendships with the other housewives, with some dramatic results.
Sheree Whitfield – Coming off a much-publicized divorce, Sheree is ready to put the past behind her and focus on being a single mom and entrepreneur. To celebrate her new life, she delves into her work, with her “She by Sheree” fashion line moving along nicely and preparations underway for a major fashion show to debut the line. With encouragement from her friends, Sheree debates jumping back into the dating game, and her relationships with some of the other housewives take a surprising turn.”
Tell Us – Are you excited about the 2nd Season of the Atlanta Housewives?
The Real Housewives of Orange County’sVicki Gunvalson continues to vie for the trashiest housewife trophy. First, photos of her getting an ass tattoo were leaked. Now more photos of her possibly cheating on her husband, Don, are making its rounds.
TheDirty website posted the below photo of Vicki sitting on some random guy’s lap while on a cruise in Italy. The full post about the picture is below -
“I just got back from a cruise in Italy on the “Navigator Of The Seas”, I saw this girl and I knew I recognized her from somewhere. She is Vicky from the Real Housewives of the OC. I saw her dancing and drinking with this lil Russian looking guy all night, he was probably 5? 6?, they were making out on the dance floor. It was gross. I also noticed she was still wearing her wedding ring and this dude is definitely not her husband. I wonder if her husband knew about this lil romantic get-away she had??”
What’s funny is I always got this vibe that Vicki and her husband were swingers, or that they had an open marriage. Something just seems off about her behavior, you know the one that includes her kissing her friend’s husbands, and sitting on other men’s laps. She must be going through some form of senior citizen mid life crisis of some sort. Her behavior is coming off as very desperate and pathetic.
Bravo has one more reason to bring us a 2nd season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the Tuesday night finale showdown delivered the network a record 4.6 million viewers! That is the highest ratings ever for any of their housewives series, surpassing both the OC and New York franchises.
In other news, Andy Cohen, the host of the Housewives reunion shows recently spoke out about the New Jersey reunion. Andy says the reunion lasted well over 6 hours, “I threw out a grenade, let it go, and said, ‘OK, ladies,'” Cohen says. “And it exploded multiple times. I had shrapnel. I went home, drank a bottle of wine and watched “Schindler’s List” to relax.” Can’t wait to watch that reunion.
When it rains, it pours. Just when we thought the worst was over for Danielle Staub, comes news that her ex boyfriend is trying to sell a sex tape, and expicit photos of her. The ex is Steve Zalewski, the 26 year old boytoy that appeared on The Real Housewives of New Jersey with her. You know, the balding one that looked older than Danielle.
In an exclusive interview with Star, Steve, now 27, says his 46-year-old ex was sex-crazed. “Not only does she want to have sex all the time, but she loves the thrill of doing it in public places, where she might get caught,” he says.
“She wanted to make love in restaurant bathrooms basically every time we went out — she’d get all excited and say, ‘The people can hear you doing it outside!'”
Steve alleges the two had a bad breakup, due in part to her always borrowing money from him. “She tries to look affluent,” he says. “But sometimes she couldn’t pay the household bills or buy food. Even then, she’d want to borrow 20 grand from me to buy jewelry!”
Now Steve is considering recouping some money by selling steamy naked videos of Danielle! “I’m definitely weighing my options as far as selling them and getting them out there. She cost me so much money, why shouldn’t I make a few dollars?”
What a sleaze bag, Danielle has got to make better choices about the men she dates, and brings into her daughters’ lives. There’s just something very tragic and sad about this woman. She seems to be trying REALLY hard to be Samantha from Sex and The City, not being able to separate fiction from reality.
The only good thing she seems to have going for her are her two daughters, who both seem to have very good head on their shoulders.
The drama of the Real Housewives of New Jersey continues even though the first season has “ended.” Dina Manzo spoke to US about the infamous book drama, claiming she had no intention of talking about the book on the show. Umm right Dina. The infamous book is the “Cop Without A Badge” book written by Danielle’s ex husband, Kevin Maher.
Dina says, “I would like to make it perfectly clear that we did not research the book, as my sister [Caroline Manzo] has said,” she continued. “It was given to us, and we didn’t even want it as a storyline on the show at all. We felt it was a little too serious to be part of a lighthearted reality show.”
“But Danielle chose to put it on the show for whatever reasons, and we need to respect that,” continues Dina. “It’s a book about her, and we did not research, nor did we spread it around. It was all Danielle’s doing.”
Teresa adds, “Watch the episode. Danielle brought [the book] to the show, not us.”
Not sure if I believe any word that comes out of Dina’s mouth at this point, especially after last night’s episode. She continues to deny spreading the book around town.