What Is Mob Wives Star Drita D’Avanzo Doing Now?

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It has been a while since fans bid farewell to the VH1 series, Mob Wives. The show, which ran from 2011 to 2016, gave us pure chaos. But it was impossible to look away from the drama. The series followed several feisty, outspoken Staten Island women who had ties to the mob. Most of the cast had spouses or other family members behind bars.

Drita D’Avanzo, Karen Gravano, Renee Graziano, Carla Facciolo, and Angela “Big Ang” Raiola served us true mob wives aesthetic while dealing with having loved ones in jail. Drita didn’t have the same background as the other ladies. She was brought into the life by her boyfriend, and now husband, Lee D’Avanzo. Drita and Big Ang were tight. Sadly, Ang passed away in 2016.

There were plenty of verbal, and sometimes physical, altercations on Mob Wives. Drita and Karen fought because Karen used to date Lee. The Albanian firecracker became a fan favorite because of her hot takes, fashion sense, and take-no-prisoners attitude.

So, what has Drita been doing since the show wrapped? Let’s find out.

Drita was arrested

After Mob Wives ended, Drita was involved in some brushes with law enforcement. Since she is known for her fiery temper, this news wasn’t a surprise.

According to Page Six, in February 2016, Drita was arrested for misdemeanor assault. She allegedly attacked her neighbor over a parking space. Yikes! The case was later dismissed.

The U.S. Sun reported that in August 2020, Lee was sentenced to 64 months in prison. The charge was felony possession of a gun. Drita was arrested at the same time as her husband when the New York Police Department raided the couple’s home in 2019. Drita was charged with criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and a firearm.  The charges against her were later dropped.

Drita and Lee are separated

Drita revealed to the U.S. Sun that she and Lee have been estranged “for a couple years now.” She added that they were “separated for a long time.” The couple shares two daughters, Aleeya D’Avanzo and Gizelle D’Avanzo. When Lee and Drita’s divorce is finalized, she will make an announcement.

Drita is a boss

Not only was Drita a reality star, but she was also a well-known make-up artist. She used her professional experience to launch her own beauty store, called Lady Boss, while on Mob Wives. Say what you will about Drita, but she was always a hard worker.

Drita embraces the mob wife aesthetic


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Drita shared her must-haves to achieve the mob wife look. “The mob wife aesthetic thing has taken over the world. You gotta have a fur,” Drita said in a TikTok. “You have to bling out. Animal print and big sunglasses. So now you need animal print, fur coats, big, big sunglasses, and a lot of jewelry. And you are officially a mob wife,” she stated. “Don’t get the criminal boyfriend. Leave that alone,” she added. Drita is speaking from experience.

According to Time Out, Drita also hosts a mob wife aesthetic contest at Ainslie Bowery. Guests wear their most outrageous mob wife outfits. Drita hosts a three-course Italian meal and then judges a fashion contest. Now, does that sound like a good time, or what? Drita even appeared on Watch What Happens Live as the bartender to dish on the mob wife aesthetic.

Drita spoke about Renee Graziano’s overdose

Renee nearly died of an overdose last year after accidentally ingesting Fentanyl. She thought that it was another drug.

“I don’t like her. However, in capitals, I wish her to find health and peace of mind and don’t wish nothing bad on her,” Drita told US Weekly. “Do I like the motherf–ker? Hell no.” She added, “But I don’t wish bad on nobody. I really do wish her well though.” At least Drita has some compassion for her former co-star.

What is Drita doing now?

TMZ reported that Drita is working on a scripted series about her life. She is reportedly developing the show with a major studio. It will cover her life from growing up in the projects to how she came to be a mob wife. “It’s seriously going to be something else,” Drita teased.

Drita has lived an interesting life, so a show about her could be fun to watch. But I still want a Mob Wives reboot.