There are some reality TV stars’ kids that we have literally watched grow up throughout the years. It’s crazy to think that Real Housewives of New Jersey viewers saw Teresa Giudice pregnant with Audriana Giudice during the Season 1 reunion. Now, she is a fifth grader. Do you feel old yet? I do. How about this one: Gia Giudice is a freshman in college.
Jersey Shore fans saw Snooki and JWoww go from hard-partying roomies to devoted moms. Now, their kids are in school too. And just like most other moms, reality TV stars took (and shared) photos of their kids’ first day of school.
Confession: I can sit through 1oo’s of hours of “unscripted television,” but I have never once made it through an awards show. Except maybe the MTV VMAs one year while I was in college. And even then, I only made it through because I was too hung over to move from the couch where my roommates were watching.
However, I do find the People’s Choice Awards fascinating. Because the awards are voted on by the viewers, it makes for some… interesting results. For example, last year’s nominees for “Drama Movie of the Year” included Red Sparrow and A Quiet Place – both legitimate movies with plots and acting and character development. Wanna know what movie won? “Fifty Shades Freed.” That’s right, we the viewers chose soft porn over a movie starring Academy Award-winning Jennifer Lawrence and one starring America’s favorite human, Jim Halpert. America’s voting habits make me nervous.
Last season on Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe Leakes managed to alienate all her co-stars. She chased Kandi Burruss and a pregnant Porsha Williams (and a cameraman) out of her closet. She may have ripped off Porsha’s belt.
NeNe fell out with long-time bestie Cynthia Bailey because Cynthia had the audacity to invite RHOA alum Kenya Moore to Cynthia’s bellini launch party. How dare Cynthia not run her guest list by NeNe! NeNe referred to pregnant Kenya as a “monster” when Kandi arrived with Kenya. Cynthia told NeNe that she didn’t know that Kenya was coming to the party.
Sometimes I don’t realize how old I’m getting until I see photos of other people’s kids. Allow me to present, Exhibit A: Kandi Burruss’ eldest child, Riley. When we first met Riley on Real Housewives of Atlanta, she was a shy little girl being raised by her single mother. Over the years, viewers have watched Kandi try to navigate a relationship with Riley’s father, who hasn’t played a large role in his daughter’s upbringing. Through the twists and turns of Kandi’s life, Riley was by her mom’s side. Now she is practically a grown woman and ready to take on the world.
Kandi’s daughter has definitely gone through some changes. Riley gained a stepfather in Todd Tucker. His daughter was brought into the Burruss group as well. Then Todd and Kandi welcomed their son, Ace, in 2016. Riley has always presented as bashful and not particularly outspoken, but being raised in the spotlight isn’t easy. We’ve never seen Riley engage in, shall we say, other activities of celebrity children. As a testament to her overall goodness, Kandi gifted Riley a Porsche Cayenne for her Sweet Sixteen last year. Nicki Minaj even had special floor mats made with Riley’s nickname! Well, it’s that time again, another birthday to celebrate. But Riley didn’t get a fast ride this year, she took to social media with another idea.
Labor Day means a long weekend, which usually translates to some fun times with family and friends. Some of the Vanderpump Rules cast members headed down to Cabo to celebrate Lala Kent’s twenty-ninth birthday. Lala posted a photo in her birthday suit. Stassi Schroeder posed with a sombrero on. Katie Maloney showed off her assets for the camera as well.
Meanwhile, Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright went out of the way to make sure that their social media followers knew that they missed their flights to Cabo just in case anyone wondered if they weren’t invited. And I can’t blame them given Jax’s other cast feuds.
Cynthia Bailey has been having quite an eventful year. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star sent her daughter, Noelle Robinson, away for college. She survived the destruction of her friendship with long-time bestie NeNe Leakes. Cynthia invited Kenya Moore to an event without checking with NeNe first. Apparently, that is an unforgivable sin, and gets you demoted to co-worker status. Bloop! Cynthia claimed that she didn’t know Kenya was coming, but the damage was done.
In more positive news, the model made her relationship with sportscaster Mike Hill Instagram official in August of 2018 in honor of his birthday. In fact, Cynthia was so in love with her man that she predicted that Mike would propose sometime next year. Cynthia was ready for a lifetime of “CHill,” as their nickname suggests.
For the most part, the Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 12 storylines have been kept under wraps, but you know these ladies can’t help sharing photos of themselves at cast events. The RHOA women headed to Toronto, Canada for Carnival. Am I the only one who had no idea this was a thing in Canada?
When I saw all the photos of the ladies who dressed in costume (i.e. pretty much everyone except NeNe Leakes), I just figured they were in Barbados. Well, NeNe was on the trip, even though she ended Season 11 on the outs with just about everyone except for Shamari DeVoe, who does not even appear to be a part of the cast for Season 12. She really started to grow on me when she threw up on Eva Marcille’s shoe. Such a shame! Well, at least NeNe has
forever peachless Marlo Hampton on her side.
Things move fast down south, despite the sweltering heat. Porsha Williams and Dennis McKinley are no strangers to moving fast. Porsha’s relationship with Dennis went from 0 to 60 in record time, as we watched their love quickly evolve on Real Housewives of Atlanta. Their courtship was brief before Porsha got pregnant with their first child, Pilar Jhena. Viewers watched Porsha’s own spinoff as she basked in the glow of baby planning. She also received a lovely proposal from Dennis.
Dennis and Porsha have not had smooth sailing. Dennis denied accusations of being unfaithful to his fiancé. During the scandal, Porsha unfollowed Dennis on social media and removed the massive rock on her ring finger. Dennis maintained his innocence, but had another incident. When attending an annual physician’s appointment, Dennis’ attempt to eat lunch was disrupted by a pair of handcuffs. Thankfully, this unfortunate turn of events didn’t damage Dennis’ game. Shortly thereafter the couple announced a reconciliation. Now, in true Dennis and Porsha fast fashion, the couple is ready for Porsha’s Having A Baby: Again.