LuAnn de Lesseps is speaking out about her split from her husband Count Alex de Lesseps. “It’s been really difficult for me,” The Real Housewives of New York City star told Us at a Whole Foods event in NYC Monday. “I just need time.”
She also spoke to People in their new issue, and recalled the shocking email she received from her husband – “It said that he had met someone and they were serious.” LuAnn says she was devastated at the news. She also says breaking the news to the couple’s two children, Noel, 12, and Victoria, 14, has “probably been the hardest part.”
She’s also having a difficult time getting up everyday to promote her new book, Class with the Countess, an autobiographical etiquette guide that hits bookstores April 16. “When I wrote the book I felt very secure,” says de Lesseps. “And that’s totally changed.”
LuAnn goes to state that she plans on remaining friends with the Count and doing what is best for her children. But will she remain a Countess? “Absolutely, darling!” she told Us. “I’ll always be the Countess!” And there you have it, she will always be the Countess!
The Real housewives attended the Bravo A list awards this weekend and below are pictures of the housewives. Very interesting seeing Gretchen with all the other OC housewives. The Real housewives of NY star Bethenny Frankel blogged about meeting all the housewives -
“This past weekend was the Bravo A-List Awards in LA, and I had the distinct pleasure of meeting all of the housewives. Yup, Atlanta and OC too.It was a weekend of a lot of wigs and a lotta weave. Here were the highlights: Kim is larger than life, off the rails, I don’t give an F, I drink, I smoke, my rack is hanging out, so stick it. Good TV for sure. Sheree was shockingly quiet, understated, nice and seemingly drama free (her flaming cling on gay glam friend notwithstanding). Lisa was tiny and peppy and sweet. Gretchen is bubbly and giggly and a stereotypically ditzy blonde, but truthfully, she seemed sweet on the surface as well. The fact that she’s dating Slade is too absurd to discuss, so I’ll let the viewers decide if he makes it next season. The blondes from OC have the most boobs and hair and lashes and Lynne made a funny comment that she could carve her initials in her face.
Where were the cameras? Truthfully, for a group of 13 women, I have to say, we played along very nicely. As for the husbands, except Simon Barney, most of them are wallflowers, and I’m not sure if George even speaks.
Freud would have a field day with this – Lauri “accidentally” sprayed Gretchen with her own personal airbrushing machine and her red carpet dress (which was half white) now had tan on it. She handled it surprisingly well.
What also made me laugh was the number of groupie entourage peeps these broads hung with. New Yorkers are independent. Ramona and I rolled solo while Atlanta and the OC had hair, makeup, friends, artists, drivers, bodyguards – you name it.The fact that my cast is way more subtle is truly astounding in and of itself.”
Bravo’s A list awards taped this weekend and invited were all the ladies from the housewives series. Ok magazine reports that all the women from the three Housewives series visited the Fred Segal Fun store in Santa Monica on Friday.
They were each given $4,000 to shop for the perfect outfit for event, which is taped April 5, and airs on April 15. NYC housewives Jill Zarin, LuAnn de Lesseps, and Alex McCord were not in attendance but Bethenny Frankel and Kelly Killoren Bensimon were, and both made no attempt to make nice. They“acted as if the other didn’t even exist. They didn’t look at each other — or even acknowledge each other — even once.” The source added that Bethenny seemed to be more bothered by the situation than Kelly.
Ramona was also in attendance and was left to pay referee amongst the two. She tells Ok, “Bethenny and Kelly don’t really like each other; just like how I don’t like Simon. Not everyone is going to like each other. We are not always going to get along.”
And where was LuAnn? “LuAnn is laying low right now,” says Ramona. “We are in the public eye, but there are some things we want to keep personal. This was not something that she wanted out in the press. She’s got children, but [LuAnn's husband] obviously had a bone to pick with her.”
The Real Housewives of NY’sRamona Singer is evidently very starved for attention and has resorted to kissing OC Housewife Vicki Gunvalson on the lips. This happened this weekend while the Bravo stars were in town for the taping of The A-list awards show.
Seems hypocritical of Ramona to look down on Alex for her nude pictures when she for the second time is kissing another woman on the lips for the sole purpose of getting attention. Anyone else getting “Swinger” vibes here?
Kelly Bensimon is now changing her tune and publicly stating that her feud with costar Bethenny Frankel is over. When asked about the heated exchange, Kelly states, “It was just two girls having conflict. I really don’t think anything of it. It’s over.”
She also claims the two are on better terms these days: “We are friendly.” Kelly however does not hestitate to say she has no regrets with the way she acted on the show. “You have to stand up for yourself. I don’t really think anything of it.”
When asked about her recent domestic dispute charges, Kelly states “It was a really horrible situation, but I’m OK. It was just really, really horrible.”
Gretchen Rossi recently spoke out about Slade Smiley and being a fan of The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Nene Leakes. Gretchen continues to wear the engagement ring given to her by her late fiance Jeff Beitzel, though she is now dating Slade.
OnNene Leakes- “I’m really good friends with NeNe. She is one of my favorite people ever. She is so cool.” Gretchen and Nene met at a commercial shoot for Bravo. “She is one of the most confident women I have ever met and I love that about her,” Gretchen said. “She would sit there and go, ‘I’d watch me too if I were watching the show.’ She’s so all about herself…I’m a strong, confident woman, but just in a very different demeanor.”
OnSlade Smiley - “Slade is one of the best men I’ve come across in my life besides Jeff,” Gretchen explained. “And I know he’s a secure enough man that whether or not I’m wearing this ring would not matter to him at all.”
Kelly Bensimon has just lost a modeling job with Saks Fifth Avenue. The newest/most hated housewive of New York was the face of their Spring Catalog, and according to the NY Post has not been asked to return for further modeling gigs.
Kelly has found herself in the spotlight recently for all the wrong reasons. She was recently arrested for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, followed by her very crazy dramatic catfight with Bethenny on the latest episode of RHONY.
An insider claims Kelly’s recent run in with the law had nothing to do with this. Kelly states through her rep, “Working with Saks is a wonderful experience that I hope to continue in the future.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County has yet to be greenlighted for it’s fifth season, and according to the NY Post, Slade and Gretchen’s new relationship might be playing a big factor.
As you all know by now, Gretchen and Slade are now a couple. Slade had appeared on previous seasons while dating Jo De LaRosa and Lauri Waring. The Post reports that the folks at Bravo are very skeptical of this publicity stunt new relationship and are not anxious to have Slade back on the show.