Dorinda Medley‘s greasy, lascivious boyfriend John Mahdessian has been much-discussed on Real Housewives Of New York. John, who looks like he’d be a better fit as a Real Housewives Of New Jersey husband, proves you can’t judge a book by its cover!
Even though John has gotten off on the wrong foot with nearly all the ladies from being caught red-handed without Dorinda, to being caught with his hand on Sonja’s butt, to Ramona complaining that John is a nobody using Dorinda for her fabulous Upper East Side lifestyle. But is he really?!
John, whose family owns Madame Paulette (dubbed the “Sultans of Stains”), a NYC establishment famed for their ability to restore and clean even the most delicate of couture and vintage, turns out to be the most well-known (and well-respected) person on RHONY! Madame Paulette is the go-to cleaner for everyone from Anna Wintour to Lady Gaga to Beyonce and John’s affiliation with Vogue Magazine has landed him on the guest list of the MET Gala!
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And despite his antics on RHONY garnering negative reaction from viewers – John says it has no bearing on his business – and he doesn’t care about the sudden burst of attention. “It really doesn’t do anything for me because when I go to the Met Gala, the richest, most prominent people recognize me,” John tells the NY Post. “The higher up you go, the more I’m respected and recognized. In my own little world, being in the business for so many years and catering to the richest people, I’m used to that. It’s normal.” Wait – was Dorinda his date at the Met Gala – did we know this?!
And John, considered NYC royalty has connections you wouldn’t believe and knows everyone in the entertainment and fashion industry!
John’s father opened Madame Paulette in 1959, in order to provide a dry cleaner capable of caring for his wife’s couture gowns. His wife, a French courtier named, you guessed it: Paulette. John graduated from NYU with plans of working on Wall Street, but took over the family business in 1987 after his father fell ill. Today he continues to learn and grow the business by working with leaders and pioneers in the fashion industry.
In fact, John met Dorinda over a soiled Roberto Cavalli gown! “We made it look brand new,” John recalls. At the time Dorinda was married to her first husband Richard but they reconnected after Richard passed away and are happier than ever. Despite their relationship pitfalls being broadcast on Bravo, Dorinda insists they are more connected than ever.
“I think it’s helped John to also be more self-aware,” Dorinda clarifies. “Maybe what he thinks is funny, the public doesn’t. I know John and love John and I know he’s harmless. But sometimes he can be a little bit too playful, I guess.”
John, from his perspective, is ready to propose to Dorinda. “I need to get a ring. I know that I would have to raise the price of every piece of dry cleaning by $1 to get the rock she deserves,” he gushed. Which could mean the first-ever RHONY wedding is coming soon!
Tonight, RHONY returns and there is, of course, drama with John! Ramona and Luann get into an argument over dinner – in front of Dorinda – over who made disparaging remarks about John. Which leaves Dorinda questioning if she wants to go through with a planned girls weekend to her Berkshires home.
Meanwhile Bethenny finally makes a connection on the show when she befriends Carole and gets emotional about her divorce and her past. And Ramona also deals with her past when she learns Mario wants to get back together!
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