I was clearly in the minority, but I appreciated Kristen Taekman for representing the ‘normal girl’ perspective on Real Housewives Of New York. It turns out, Kristen agrees she was way too sane for that Turtle Timey mess!
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Comparing Real Housewives Of New York to a “sorority” – hazing included – Kristen describes it as getting paid to “get together with girlfriends” and go on hiatus from your normal everyday ‘real housewife’ lifestyle.
“You have this group of girlfriends, and you see each other all the time. It was a cool moment … we were always getting together all the time and doing really fun things,” Kristen explains. She also loved the fashion opportunities. “Dressing up, having fun, doing fun makeup, cool hair. It was great.”
As for why she’s no longer on the show, Kristen believes viewers were getting restless, wondering, “Where’s the crazy?! She needs to drink more!” Since she wasn’t willing to bring fake-crazy, she’s content leaving RHONY behind to focus on her Pop Of Color beauty line, fashion blog, Last Night’s Look, and her family.
“I am out of the trenches. All my Army gear’s off. I put the helmet down, I took off my military jacket,” she laughs.
Looking back, Kristen has no hard feelings towards RHONY, and is instead watching the show. “You still feel part of it, but you’re removed and it’s, like, fun to see what all the girls are doing, but without the drama.”
Being “too normal” wasn’t the only reason Kristen left the show – after her husband Josh was busted in the Ashley Madison hack, she wanted privacy to focus on her family. That privacy includes not publicly discussing her marriage, or what led to Josh’s very active membership on the site. “I know my truth, and our truth, and our relationship. I just feel like I’m not on a reality TV show anymore, and I don’t have to explain it to anybody,” Kristen tells WUSA-9.
What Kristen will say is that post-Housewives her marriage is “100 percent” better.
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