Kim Zolciak‘s dream home has turned into a financial nightmare. Just weeks after Zolciak was forced to take out a $300k loan to finish construction on her Atlanta mansion, RadarOnline.com has learned that she’s been ordered to cough up thousands of dollars in back taxes — or move out!
According to tax documents obtained by Radar, Zolciak and her husband, Kroy Biermann, were recently served with two tax liens: one from the City of Milton, Georgia, for $1,665.26, and the other from the State of Georgia and Fulton county for $10,572.67. Zolciak and Biermann were notified that they must pay the money within 90 days of the liens’ January 9 and 11 issuance dates. That gives them until April 11 to make good with their money, or the home could be seized.
As Radar has reported, it’s only the latest in a series of financial problems surrounding the home, which the couple bought in 2012 for $880,000.
On December 9, 2013, they signed off on a new credit line of $300,000 with Landmark Community Bank to finish the renovations on the 7,186 square-foot house.
Construction reportedly has included a two-story master closet, eight fireplaces, an elaborate chandelier, sweeping staircases and a huge pool.
Phaedra Parks is suing former friend Angela Stanton over the woman’s claims that Parks helped run a check fraud scam. But in a newly released sworn statement for that case, another explosive claim has come to light:
According to one of Stanton’s ex-boyfriends’ sworn testimony, he broke up with Stanton in part because he believed she was the Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s ”girlfriend!”
“I actually thought that Angela and Phaedra had an … I thought they were together,” Stanton’s ex-boyfriend Justin Cody said in a statement obtained by Radar.
Asked by an attorney, “Like, as a girlfriend?” Cody responded, “Girlfriend.”
“And that was one of the reasons me and Angela broke up,” he continued. “Because they was like real close, like closer than close.”
“Can you think of what made you come to that conclusion?” the attorney asked.
“Phaedra’s birthday is in March or sometime early in the year,” Cody responded. “And I remember one time Angela and Phaedra, they spent the night out during Phaedra’s birthday and Angela spent the night at her house and they went on all these parties and wild parties and she didn’t come home for like a couple of days.”
“I’m like, what y’all got going on?” Cody said. “And so we got into an argument about that and about then it turned into an altercation and that was like one of our first breakups.”
“Her and Phaedra was so close that, you know, I actually thought they was together…” he explained. “They kiss each other and hug each other.
Parks later married Apollo Nida, although as Radar has reported, they are living separate lives since his arrest for fraud.
Stanton has never mentioned any allegations that she had a romantic relationship with Parks. But in her book, Lies of a Real Housewife, she described an alleged display of S&M sex toys in “freaky” Parks’ bedroom. Parks has said those and other claims in the book are libelous and is suing for defamation.
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” stars Lisa Vanderpump and Yolanda Foster are reportedly pushing for a mutual friend to join the cast next season.
Socialite Shiva Safai, who has made a few appearances on the show, is the fiancée of Foster’s ex-husband Mohammed Hadid. Bravo TV producers are said to be in the process of casting new housewives for season 5.
“Both Lisa and Yolanda are telling Shiva she needs to join the cast and they want her to appear on the next season,” a source told RadarOnline.com.
“Shiva is not only gorgeous, but she is a true class act. Everyone loves her … In fact, despite being divorced from Mohammed, Yolanda encouraged him to marry Shiva,” the source continued adding “Yolanda and Mohammed have remained very close after their divorce because they have three children together.”
On Wednesday reports revealed season four additions Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud will likely not return next season. While both women each brought some level of drama to the hit reality TV show, producers reportedly believe that viewers do not find them to be exciting enough, according to TMZ.com.
In addition, veteran housewife Kim Richards will also be let go at the end of the season due to her alleged lack of storylines.
“The network is not entirely happy with the ratings for the current season of Beverly Hills and sadly, despite being Paris Hilton’s aunt, [Kim] has little going on in her life,” a production source told RadarOnline.com. “Viewers don’t care about watching Kim’s dog getting training. It’s boring!”
Richards’ sister Kyle, who has been a strong source of support in recent years, is said to be furious over Bravo’s alleged plans to fire the mother of four. While the two have often bickered in the past, they appear to be closer than ever this season and as a result Kyle is reportedly threatening to quit if her sister is fired.
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As the pair continues to fight to be the top dog on the show, Moore shot back at her co-star for labeling her “a bully.”
“According to NeNe I bullied her… There are children suffering, even dying from being bullied. Let’s not further exploit the word in order to gain sympathy, it only diminishes those who are truly victims,” Moore wrote.
Turning the tables, the former Miss USA challenged Leakes to take a look at her own behavior before calling someone else a bully.
“I have personally witnessed NeNe’s acts of terrorism,” Moore wrote, adding, ”Her cruelty and nastiness towards me is completely unfounded and based on her own insecurities.”
On Sunday night’s episode, Leakes kicked her former BFF and bridesmaid Marlo Hampton to the curb for befriending Moore.
“After seeing how disposable her long time friends are to her as she discards them like trash if they dare go against her, she is no one’s friend – only a dictator in her own mind. I don’t need friends like her in my life,” Moore said.
Moore hinted that Leakes will continue to show her true colors as the RHOA continues.
“The truth remains the truth. Her arrogant ‘I am better than everyone else attitude’ is hard to stomach. Even her most loyal fans can see her true colors, and no Kool-Aid in the world is worth dying over,” Moore concluded.
Producers of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills are cleaning house and the show will soon be without Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia, according to reports.
The powers that be are gunning to replace them because they’re just not exciting enough … make out sessions and/or fights with Brandi Glanville notwithstanding.
Joyce Giraud and Carlton Gebbia, the shot-callers believe, are simply not involved enough in the bread and butter story lines to justify key spots in the cast.
Sources say there’s apparently a 95 percent chance they’re toast.
It became obvious Joyce and Carlton were on thin ice during the reunion show taping earlier this month, when all the other women displayed great chemistry.
Joyce and Carlton were the clear outsiders of the crazy crew.
The latter is very interested in returning for Season 5 if she gets asked back, while it’s unclear how Giraud feels about the show and her role on Bravo.
Brandi’s obviously the one who should go, but she needs the money and she seems to be tight with Andy Cohen so I wouldn’t be surprised if they make Joyce and Carlton the scapegoats for lousy ratings this season.
Cynthia Bailey‘s husband Peter Thomas became the latest cast member of Real Housewives of Atlanta to be named in a lawsuit last week, when Radar reported that he was being sued by his landlord for nearly $100,000 in unpaid back rent. At the time, Thomas insisted it was only a “misunderstanding,” but now, he’s offering up an explanation: According to Thomas, he has always been up-to-date with his payments on the rent for BarOne — but his landlords are the ones who owe dough!
Thomas’ Bar One “is in foreclosure court right now,” Thomas told StraightFromTheA.com. “For the fact that these two guys, who are my landlords … didn’t pay the rent that I was paying them every month for over a year. They was upside down on the property but I wasn’t aware of that until I got the letter from the bank saying not to give them money any more.”
“Shortly after that,” he claims, “it went into foreclosure.”
Thomas claims the property will soon be on the market, and says, “I’m partnering up with a group of people to purchase it.”
Indeed, as recently as January, Radar has learned, Bar One had launched a search for investors on their Twitter page.
As Radar has reported, Thomas’ landlord Eloshua Eliott and Showtime Cafe filed a lawsuit claiming Thomas “breached a lease agreement by failing to pay rent and other fees including late fees, bank charges, real estate property, taxes and unpaid utilities.”
In addition, Radar found, this is not the first time Thomas had issues with his landlords. According to court documents obtained by Radar, he was served an eviction notice by a different landlord, Boye Architecture, in August 2010. It is unclear how that case was resolved.
And in November 2009, court records show, Glenwood East Apartments served Thomas with an eviction notice, but that case was eventually dismissed.
We were all pretty shocked when word got out that Real Housewives of New York star Ramona Singer had filed for divorce from husband Mario last month after 22 years of marriage. But is there a chance that the two could reconcile through couples counseling?
Page Six is reporting that Ramona and Mario are now in counseling together. However, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath waiting for them to patch things up, as sources say that Mario has been seeing a younger woman and is not interested in rekindling things with Ramona.
“Ramona has looked the other way — she’s filed for divorce to gain control of the situation,” says an insider. “But he doesn’t want to get back together.”
This is tough to hear, especially after all that they’ve been through together as a couple. We just hope that the counseling sessions will help them realize what they have together.
Last week, Ramona addressed the split on Twitter. “This has been the most difficult time in my life, but when I see so many messages of love & support, it gives me a much needed smile #Thankful,” Ramona tweets.
This is such a sweet message for Ramona to share with her fans, given her tough situation. We wish the couple all the best moving forward.
Lisa Vanderpump used to be the queen of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but on Monday night’s episode of the Bravo show, Brandi Glanville took Lisa down a notch, in convincing Kyle Richards that the restaurant owner wasn’t really her friend.
And on the explosive episode, Kyle and Mauricio appeared to believe Brandi, and confronted Lisa. The question for viewers: Was it all a jealous Brandi lie to drive a wedge between Lisa, her former BFF, and Kyle?
The trouble began when the RHOBH cast members went on vacation together in Puerto Rico to visit co-star Joyce Giraud‘s home country.
Brandi, simmering with anger about perceived slights from Lisa, confided to Yolanda Foster that she felt Kyle had replaced her as Lisa’s close friend. (Unsurprisingly, Yolanda was taking bestie Brandi’s side, telling Bravo’s cameras that Lisa was a phony.)
Although Lisa used to call her every morning, Brandi said now she called Kyle.
“I feel like I’m on the down,” Brandi fumed.
Brandi was also angry that Lisa seemed to take every opportunity to befriend Scheana Marie, Lisa’s SUR waitress who had once had an affair with Brandi’s then-husband, Eddie Cibrian, as she felt that Lisa had exploited her marital breakup pain on TV by constantly shoving Scheana in her face.
Even though she was admittedly intimidated and “scared of” the British beauty, Brandi was determined to confront Lisa about the situation on the trip.
On a beach outing in Puerto Rico, Yolanda decided to have a pow wow with Lisa, telling her Brandi felt there was a divide in the group.
“I haven’t done anything wrong,” Lisa said.
“Are you a Hollywood friend or a real friend?” Yolanda pressed.
Brandi then joined in and told Lisa, “You’re moving away from me and back towards Kyle.”
Lisa walked away and Brandi told the cameras that “she can’t handle a conversation.”
“They’re mean. I want to go,” Lisa cried to husband Ken Todd.
“I’m not a mean girl,” Brandi insisted.
Oh, yeah? Brandi then told Kyle privately that she had had tabloids featuring Mauricio’s cheating scandal at her home — and Lisa deliberately put them in Brandi’s luggage so that she would take them on the girls’ getaway to Palm Springs.
Kyle seemed to believe Brandi and sighed about Lisa, “I’m an idiot.”
Kyle told the group that Lisa clearly wasn’t her friend.
It wasn’t the first time she’d had doubts, as Kyle admitted to the cameras, “Lisa has not always been supportive of me.”
While we watched Marlo Hampton completely lose it on NeNe Leakes on last night’s February 23 episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta — calling her former bestie “dumb as f—,” “insecure,” and even dissing her hair — Mrs. Leakes refused to lash back. It seemed really unlike the OG Atlanta lady to not take her verbal shots when she had the chance, but apparently there was a very good reason.
On last night’s episode of Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen grilled NeNe’s RHoA co-star Porsha Williams on why the Glee star didn’t stop walking away, turn around, and take Marlo down.
Andy had his own theory on the situation. “I think NeNe left because she did not want to get in her face,” he muses. “She was trying to stop herself.”
But Porsha has a little behind the scenes scoop that better explains why Linnethia didn’t retaliate on the Friend of the Housewives.
“Marlo was just viciously coming after her. I think NeNe didn’t want to go there maybe because her son was in that park, too. What you didn’t see was Brentt was standing right there to the side,” Porsha reveals.
Ah, it all makes sense now! We know that family has always come first for NeNe, and we can imagine she would never want her impressionable 15-year-old son to see his mother act a fool. Come to think of it, Marlo should probably be thanking Brentt right about now…
Published Monday on the talk show’s webpage, Frankel, 43, titled it “An Open Letter From Me To You” and in which she says she loved “connecting to women” but that parts of the job weren’t “authentic to her” and she ultimately felt “a bit diluted, filtered and somewhat constricted.”
“People ask me how I feel about this, so I wanted to share it with you straight up,” she writes of the show being canceled. “What I love about doing my talk show is connecting to women. I love the opportunity to inspire, to be inspired and to be able to help women to be their best, succeed and feel better about themselves.”
Plagued by a season of low ratings, the mother-of-one continued, “In order to have the freedom to create a talk show, there are required elements that the job entails. This is the part that I didn’t enjoy so much and that wasn’t authentic to me. In addition, I tend to be quite inappropriate which may not be suitable for daytime television or for the suits that run network television nationwide,” she wrote.
“Unlike my time on Bravo, I felt a bit diluted, filtered and somewhat constricted. I am a free spirit. My late father (a horse trainer) used to say ‘She is a mustang. You need to let her run.’ I am more comfortable in my natural surroundings and in a setting where I’m surrounded by crazy, where anything goes and where I can be authentically me.
“When interviewed about the show, I always said that it could only work if I was true to myself and only if it was genuinely a good fit and marriage which it turned out not to be.”
One of the ‘Real Housewives’ is going full Mick Jagger on the jeweler who’s suing her for ripping off designs — saying the guy is using her, and he better get off of her cloud … before she sues his ass.
Kim DePaola from ‘RHNJ’ tells TMZ … Ohio jeweler Constantino Frangopolous is “delusional” for claiming she jacked anything from him because she swears she’s never met the guy or even heard of him.
TMZ broke the story … Frangopolous sued Kim — claiming they had a verbal agreement to design jewelry for her to wear and promote on the show … but instead she copied his pieces and sold them as her own.
KD thinks Frangopolous is trying to piggyback on her fame, and her only response to his lawsuit is … “Hop off my coattails and try to mess with someone whose intelligence level is as low as [his].”
She’s thinking about suing for defamation.
“When people tell me I’m fake, I know they’re just pulling my leg,” says Real Housewife of New York City Aviva Drescher (@AvivaDrescher) in her opening tagline for the upcoming sixth season of the hit Bravo reality show.
Since making her television debut last season, Drescher has been hard at work writing her memoir, Leggy Blonde. And unlike her new tagline, her debut book is much more serious in tone about her life as an amputee. Amongst other things, the book chronicles how Drescher lost her leg in a freak barn accident as a child, and the various ways that both she and those around her have dealt with that loss throughout her life.
With a book hitting stores next Tuesday and the new season of Housewives premiering on March 11, Drescher fans certainly have a lot to look forward to over the next few weeks. I caught up with the television star and new author about writing her first book, why her’s is an important story to tell, her plans to lobby in the nation’s capital, the juiciness coming up in Housewives, and much more.
ALEX NAGORSKI: February is a busy month for Real Housewives books. In addition to yours, this month sees the release of new books from Beverly Hills’ Brandi Glanville and from Carole Radziwill (check out my interviews with Brandi and Carole about their respective new books), your fellow New York cast mate. Have you already read either of these books yet, and if so, what are your thoughts?
AVIVA DRESCHER: I’ve read Carole’s. I liked it very much and I think it’s completely different from her first book. It doesn’t have anything to do with her first book at all and I think it’s really courageous that she took a stab at writing a novel. I think it’s great.
I really enjoyed Brandi’s first book. Obviously, it was her trying to get revenge on her ex-husband, but I thought it was really good. I hope she does well with her second book too.
So if someone wanted to purchase only one Housewife book this month, what would you tell him or her about why they should pick yours?
Well, I think that Carole’s book is more of a beach read, whereas I think my book can really touch everybody. It’s not just for Housewives viewers. I think it can touch everybody because it shows by various examples how you can get through life’s trials and tribulations.
Everyone’s touched by anxiety, health issues, addiction, divorce, and marriage – whether it’s your own relationships, your parents’, or whoever else’s – everyone gets touched by these things and I touch on all of them.
So I feel like my book has a more of a serious/funny tone to it, but I do think that everyone can relate. Mine’s more of a serious book, whereas Carole’s is more of a beach read. And if you are a Housewives viewer, I think that this is a good way to get to know me without an editing team involved.
That’s a really interesting point. How do you think that this book depicts you differently than the show has?
Well, I think that most of all, it shows that there was definitely a misunderstanding between the camera, the editors, the viewers and me. The show dwelled a lot on the bumps in the road that have happened to me. I think that the book really does show that in fact I don’t dwell on those things. And I think the viewers will see that. People will see it very clearly.
I also think that you see more of my sense of humor in the book. I think that when the camera’s around, I tend to get a little bit, you know, more uptight. But with the book, I have more control. I can be more myself to a certain extent.
There’s a point in the book where you discuss turning to fashion as an outlet to draw attention away from your prosthesis. Fast-forward to today, and you’ve published a memoir that goes into great detail about what its meant for you to be an amputee for the majority of your life. What made you decide to finally want to share your story and why is now the right time to tell it?
Well, I turned 40, and I think that at 40-years-old, you start to think about a lot of things in your life and you get a certain kind of sense of security and maturity about yourself – especially if you have children. It’s a time where you really start to officially grow up, and my growing up meant that I was done hiding. I’m done being ashamed of wearing a prosthesis.
There comes a point where you come to full acceptance – hopefully – in your lifetime. I felt ready at 40, and with the show falling in my lap, I felt that was an opportunity to do it. And I couldn’t just put it out a little bit because everything is so full force on the show.
It was a combination of being 40, having 4 children, feeling like a mamma bear, and feeling like a real complete grownup who was self-aware and secure. So it was important for me to come onto the show without really having anything to be ashamed of. Because I think that when you go on a reality show, you can’t really have any skeletons in your closet.
Yeah, I imagine that wouldn’t be very easy to do.
Yeah. So it was kind of a whole combination of like, “Okay. I’m going to go on a show. I’m 40. I am who I am. This is who I am and I’m not, and I’m going to be proud of it, and I’m going to use whatever obstacles are in my way to help other people.” And the helping other people part really helps me to not worry about any sort of uptightness that I had about my leg or my accident.
One chapter that really stood out to me was the one in which your parents took you to India at 15-years-old to see someone that they believed was the “avatar of a healing spirit” and could grow your foot back. You, however, did not share your parents’ faith in this man’s alleged abilities. What type of effect, then, did this trip have on you as a teenager when your parents obviously didn’t get the result that they were hoping for from it?
It just made me realize that parents are certainly not perfect. As children, we look up at our parents and we think they’re gods. Even when we hate them, we still think that they are all knowing. And I think that that was really my first step towards adulthood and separating from my parents.
In some ways, my parents were overprotecting, and in some ways, they were very, “get on with it, move on with it, do everything like everybody else.” I think that as a teenager, you begin to separate from your parents. So seeing this craziness that they brought me into not come to fruition definitely led me to being more independent. I think everybody’s parents are a little bit crazy in their own ways, but maybe my parents were a little bit more crazy than most.
Speaking of parents, the book also discusses your mother’s alcoholism and how you dealt with the tragedy of her early passing. What advice would you give to someone experiencing a similar type of grief today?
You know, they say alcohol is as addictive as heroine. And to live with someone who’s an alcoholic is so enraging and so painful. The extent where my mother went with it was just one of the most horrific things in my life. Alcoholism took my mother’s life from me and deprived my children of her, my father of her, and my family of her. Every day that I raise my children, I think about my mom. I think that the only way to deal with alcoholics is with a very, very severe tough love and that would be the message that I would get out.
I always second-guess and say, “Well, if we were tougher, maybe she wouldn’t have gotten to that point.” Now look, rationally, I don’t think that we are responsible at all for her death, but the message that I would say is, “throw them out of your house. Take away the keys. Take away their money.” Make them hit rock bottom before it’s too late, so that the alcoholic can want on their own to get the help that they want. Because the drug is so strong and unless they are on the floor naked and aware of it, they’re not going to get help. And by the time my mom was so bad, her brain was already going from the alcohol. She didn’t even know she was hitting rock bottom. Do you understand what I’m saying?
Someone else going through this needs to really, really get knowledge and get in there. Don’t sweep it under the carpet. To someone who lives with someone with alcoholism, I would say, “don’t blame yourself. It’s not your fault.” We’re all responsible for our own actions, we all have to deal with the consequences of them, and only alcoholics can really help themselves.
This disease really affects and seethes into everybody around it, not just in the way that an alcoholic is disruptive and not a functional person in society, but it psychologically affects the people around you. So I would say don’t feel guilty and just remember how that person was before they got lost in the alcoholism. Remember them for the great person that they were, not for what they became.
I really loved the theme of survival throughout the book. You write about a great amount of loss – not just in terms of your leg and your mother, but also of past relationships (including your first marriage, Harry). Each time, you learn from your experiences in what seem like very universally applicable ways. Is there any particular message or experience that you want your readers to take away with them after they’ve put the book down?
I would say as long as there’s breath, there’s life. Life is very short and you’ve got to get as much joy out of it as you can. You just can’t know what’ll happen from one day to the next, so you gotta keep on loving the best you can and taking the high road – which, by the way, brings great pleasure. Enjoy every day to the best of your ability, and just remember that no matter how many times you get kicked, if you’re breathing, you can enjoy this life. You can find enjoyment out of this life. That’s what I would say.
And obviously when I say, “take the high road,” remember that on television I’m not being paid to take the high road. So I can’t really always do that on television. But in life, I do believe in taking the high road as much as possible.
What have you personally found to be the most common stigma about amputees?
When people say things like, “are you okay?” or “can you walk?” The most common stigma is that we can’t physically do what two-legged people can do. And that’s just entirely untrue. It’s just untrue. I mean, granted sometimes wearing six-inch heels is a little bit more of a challenge to me than, you know, it is for a two-legged person, but I can still do it. So I think that’s the most common stigma –that we can’t physically do everything that everybody else can do. And we can.
Another thing you mention in the book is your array of phobias, which was also the focus of a few discussions on last season of Housewives. What’s one that your fans might be surprised to read about?
They’ll probably be surprised about my passion for health, which to some degree, I guess, translates into a little bit of fear of things that are unhealthy. I’m definitely trying not to be fearful of things that are unhealthy, but I do avoid them.
Like, if I walk into my apartment and my babysitter’s making chicken fingers and she’s putting aluminum foil into my toaster oven, I’ll say, “Can you please not cook it in aluminum foil?” Listen, maybe it’s a phobia and maybe it’s a little kooky. But by the same token, over the past few days, there’s been a dangerous chemical found in many bread ingredients.
Many viewers of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” were surprised to find out that Porsha Stewart can actually sing, which she proved on the last episode when she auditioned for Kandi Burruss’s musical. In her latest Bravo blog entry, posted on Wednesday, Feb. 19, Porsha explained that she has always wanted to be a singer but her musical ambitions got sidetracked when she got married.
“I started singing when I was younger in church, took some time off, then came back and sang as an adult on my church praise team….As time moved along I started singing demo tracks for various producers and studios. I ended up getting married and ended up losing my support system that wanted to help push me into the music industry towards my musical dreams. Well long story short, now I’m on my own and ready to follow my dream!” she wrote.
While Porsha didn’t specifically say that her ex Kordell Stewart held her back, she sure does imply it with her line that she lost her support system when she ended up getting married. As viewers saw on the last season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Kordell was quite adamant about having a wife who fulfilled the traditional stay-at-home model.
She also revealed that she will be releasing her first single, titled “Flatline,” done with producer Chris “Traxx” Rogers, in two weeks time. Perhaps soon she’ll be releasing a single written and produced by her co-star Kandi Burruss? She may very well be the housewife to release a single that beats Kim Zolciak’s “Tardy for the Party.”
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