Pack your bags, because you’re about to go on one epic ski trip with the Burruss-Tucker families.
When two big families become one even bigger family, drama is certain to follow. When Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss and her new husband, television producer Todd Tucker entered marital bliss, it was tough getting their families to follow suit. To get to the bottom of their family issues, Kandi and Todd planned a gigantic family ski getaway in Steamboat, Colorado, and brought the cameras along for the fun.
Bravo will premiere the first of three-part special, Kandi’s Ski Trip, which documents the couple’s big blended family weekend in Steamboat Colorado, on Sunday, but we couldn’t wait until then to find out what happened when Kandi, Todd, and their hilarious brood holed up in the mountains and got real. Here’s the scoop on what’s to come.
ESSENCE: So, how did you decide on Colorado for the big trip?
KANDI BURRUSS: We just thought that would be a good place to go. It was on our wish list of places to try, and it just so happened to work out for the right time.
ESSENCE: Who came along for the fun?
BURRUSS: People have had the chance to see my family dynamic before, and they know it’s always a little bit extra and a lot turned up. The whole point of the trip was that Todd and I were trying to blend our families. You’ll get to see people that you’ve seen from my family before, like my mom, my aunt, and some of the people who work for me. Todd brings his brother, his uncle and his aunt too. Now that we’re married, we just want everybody to be on the same page.
ESSENCE: What really goes down on the slopes?
BURRUSS: You’re going to see two families trying to blend. Riley and Kaela, our daughters, have come a long way. You’ll get to see them getting along and having fun. You’re going to see my mom and Todd in a better place, thank the Lord. We’re trying to get [my mom] to work through things with my friend Carmen, and that’s a challenge, obviously. You’ll also see my mom’s feelings toward the people who work for me, and how she feels that they don’t really do anything and they get paid for nothing. Obviously that topic comes up and their feelings. And then my family feels like I’ve changed since I’ve been married, so that’s addressed. But I think everybody changes a little bit when they get married. I don’t know if that’s fair.
ESSENCE: So you guys are digging deep?
BURRUSS: I feel like any time you’re with your family, especially when you have the cameras around, they always seem to make you address issues that you normally kind of brush under the rug. Any time you have a big family that’s close, you’re always gonna have something. Trying to deal with things and combine the two families is very interesting. If people think it’s just us going and taking a few skiing lessons, that’s not it. It’s way more than that on this show.
ESSENCE: What have you learned about blending families?
BURRUSS: Well, I think that it definitely takes a lot of time. We had to work on our immediate blending first – our kids and the two of us. That was the first thing we needed to work on. We have family day and we do activities to try and make the girls work together, because I think when you have older kids and you try to blend them together, they’re already in their feelings, where they think, why does this have to change, or why is this that way? So, it’s harder to get the older kids to want to blend than it is a small child. You have to do a lot of family activities and do things that make it fun to work together. It takes a lot of patience, and people just want things to happen over night, but they won’t.
ESSENCE: You and Todd have had to spend more time apart. Is that still a struggle for you two?
BURRUS: Well, lately things have been a lot better. He hasn’t been out of town as much. Just like everyone else, you just have to make an effort. If you’re working too much and you get too caught up in your day-to-day, you lose focus and forget to work together and cater to each other. I think an effort has to be made on both parts.
ESSENCE: What do you love the most about the newlywed life with Todd?
BURRUSS: Spending quality time together and hanging out. We have our regular date night—we bought season tickets to the Atlanta Hawks games. It sounds simple, but it makes us have to take time out and do something together, just the two of us. Sometimes you work so much that you let things get in the way and you keep pushing things off until the next week, and the next week. [Our date night] is really quality time. We really like watching our favorite shows together. Every night we DVR our favorite shows, so we come home and we’re like, “What have we not caught up on yet?” It’s a little thing between us that we really just love. Right now we’re on Secrets and Lies real heavy, we watch Game Of Thrones and we also watch Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta.
Melissa Gorga and her sister-in-law and Real Housewives of New Jersey co-star Teresa Giudice engaged in what became known as Strippergate a few seasons ago on the Bravo reality show, and now, it appears Strippergate: Part 2 has begun.
According to a May 29 report by Radar Online, Melissa Gorga was once employed by the same man who Joe Giudice’s alleged mistress is currently working for. In the report, Melissa Gorga’s former boss confirmed he was close with both Gorga and Joe Giudice.
“I know the family well. They’re friends. Joe Gorga has done some work for me. He’s a good guy. [Melissa Gorga] worked for me! She worked as a bartender at one of my other venues. [Melissa Gorga] never danced. She was just a bartender.”
Melissa Gorga was accused of being a stripper during a 2012 episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but later revealed she simply worked behind the bar at the club. Still, the issue made for quite the dramatic story line on the show, and the tension between her and her co-stars in regard to the issue lasted several episodes.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Melissa Gorga has stayed fairly quiet in regard to Teresa’s current incarceration, speaking out about her sister-in-law only a few times. One of those times was during an appearance on Patti Stanger’s podcast, via Bravo’s The Daily Dish.
“She’s doing well. Everything is great—I wouldn’t say great, but you know what I’m saying. She’s doing as well as she could be,” Melissa Gorga explained at the time.
Can the RHONY women ever find a good man? As Ramona Singer recovers from her divorce from cheating hubby Mario, Dorinda Medley is now the one in the hot seat thanks to her boyfriend John Mahdessian‘s firtatious ways. But instead of taking him to task, Medley turns on her fellow housewives for cozying up to him in an explosive new sneak peek clip obtained by RadarOnline.com!
In a preview for the upcoming episode of Real Housewives of New York City, what was supposed to be a delightful weekend in the Berkshires to celebrate Medley’s birthday, quickly turns into a screaming fest as Medley targets Kristen Taekman for dancing with Mahdessian at a recent party.
“You were with him as well, Kristen!” Medley screams at Taekman. “You were right up there shimmying with him.”
“I was embarrassed for you, and I was embarrassed for myself,” she says to her stunned costar. “Don’t do that s***!”
Medley and Taekman aren’t the only ones fighting in the group, however. Ramona Singer and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps are clearly still at odds and in one revealing scene, she decides to turn to Radar to find ammunition against her frenemy!
With Carole Radziwill by her side, de Lesseps pores over Radar, transfixed by a juicy story about about Singer’s jaded love life.
“Awkward love triangle!” de Lesseps reads from Radar’s article. “Ramona Singer’s new man also locked lips with Mario’s mistress.”
Real Housewives of Melbourne star Jackie Gillies is a professional psychic. She’s been predicting the future of others and herself for years now. In fact, she tells the story of how last year, while watching one of the American Real Housewives shows, she turned to her husband (rock star Ben Gillies) and said, “I’m going to be on a show like this” and voilà.
Jackie makes serious dough as a psychic medium. She charges AU$495 or US$378 for a 30-minute session — but that doesn’t keep the ladies on the reality show (hello, Gamble Breaux) from criticizing Jackie’s psychic abilities. Of course at that rate, Jackie doesn’t “give a shit what people think.” Part 2 of The Real Housewives of Melbourne reunion will air May 28 at 9pm on Bravo.
Bethenny Frankel‘s new man has been revealed!
Just weeks after kicking flame Michael Cerussi to the curb and enjoying a brief stint with Florida businessman Michael Toppel, the Skinnygirl mogul has officially picked up Peter Chalif, 41, a financial advisor for Citigroup Global Markets.
While she’s yet to officially divorce her estranged ex, Jason Hoppy, Frankel been spending time with Chalif in New York – even holding hands around the city!
With this new man on her arm, Frankel’s days of being a sugar mama could officially be over. According to reports, the executive owns a $3.7 million mansion in New Jersey that was supposedly owned by Thomas Edison‘s son at one time.
This pairing could just be a match made in heaven; not only is Chalif an East Coaster, but he is also founding member of nonprofit organization Little Kids Rock – can you say jackpot?
One insider commented on the relationship: “On the surface, Peter seems to be the perfect guy Bethenny’s always wanted. He’s rich and good looking and appears to have a good heart.”
We got Kyle out in Bev Hills Wednesday, and she opened up and said she hasn’t spoken with Kim since Kim’s daughter tied the knot in Mexico over the weekend.
As we reported, Kim was off the rails, pissing off everyone and apparently under the influence of something. Kyle says everything’s okay now, but the way she says it makes it painfully obvious … she’s protecting her sister who is way off the wagon again.
As far as we know, Kim is still MIA. She hasn’t returned to rehab and the last she was seen was in Cabo.
It’s no secret Bethenny Frankel lives for her daughter Bryn, 5.The “Real Housewives of New York” star, 44, who is still dealing with divorce proceedings between her ex Jason Hoppy, admitted that her daughter “is going through a hard time,” Tuesday night on the show.She added that while she is busy with other things right now, she’ll never get lost time back that she wants to spend with her while her daughter while she’s young.
“Whatever my situation is, it’s pretty f—— bad … and I can’t do it,” she told fellow cast member Carole Radziwill in the clip, while breaking down crying.She continued: “I just don’t want to miss anything with her.”Frankel admits she’s embarrassed, but the two quickly start joking about her breakdown in a furniture store and it clearly helps that Radziwill is there for the reality star.“Don’t you guys give people wine … while they are shopping,” Frankel jokes to the staff at the store.The two are not close and Frankel later tells the camera, “Sometimes you will open yourself up to a stranger easier than someone you really know.”
Look out Real Housewives of Orange County fans, this season’s set to be a doozy – especially thanks to Tamra Barney!
According to In Touch, the housewife will unveil a whole new side to her life: a spiritual side. But a source close to the star tells the publication that things aren’t as they seem for Barney’s new story line.
“She says she’s found religion,” the insider shared. “But her ‘new leaf’ story line is completely fake.”
Barney, who once called costar Alexis Bellino “Jesus Jugs,” has apparently taken on new hobbies, but all for show.
“She thinks the audience is stupid and will believe whatever she says,” the source claimed. “It’s disgusting.”
Of course, Barney experienced quite the health scare this spring when her son’s fiancée developed a blood clot just one month after giving birth to The Real Housewives Of Orange County star’s first grandchild.
The hottest new cast member of “The Real Housewives of New York” has a gut, chest hair and sweats at the mere sight of sun.
Meet John Mahdessian, owner of the Upper East Side’s high-end dry cleaner, Madame Paulette, and boyfriend of Dorinda Medley, “RHONY’s” latest unmarried addition.
Mahdessian is the show’s breakout star this year, thanks to his and Medley’s cantankerous relationship, his shameless flirting and his larger-than-life personality.
In one episode, the 49-year-old is caught grinding against Housewives Sonja Morgan and Kristen Taekman like a horny spring-breaker; in another, he’s partying it up solo, to everyone’s horror, at midtown’s Beautique.
Last week, Ramona Singer called Mahdessian “crass” and accused him of using her pal for her swank uptown pad and connections.
But the so-called “Sultan of Stains” — who grew up in Little Neck, Queens, and is now the couture cleaner of choice for everyone from Anna Wintour to Lady Gaga — is unfazed by the attention, good and bad.
“It really doesn’t do anything for me because when I go to the Met Gala, the richest, most prominent people recognize me,” says Mahdessian, who keeps a pack of Marlboro Lights within reach.
“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.”
Kim Richards melted down at her daughter’s wedding over the weekend to the point her sober coach quit, her daughter isn’t speaking with her anymore and those present say she was either on drugs or alcohol.
Multiple sources tell TMZ … Kim was clearly under the influence of something, although no one seems to know what. Our sources say whatever Kim took or drank, she did so in private, but when she interacted with people at the wedding she was “a mess.”
We’re told Kim was saying horribly nasty things to her daughter, Brooke, right after the wedding. We’re told Kim was cursing out the groom’s family and was generally belligerent. The bride has vowed she won’t speak with her mom again.
As for the sober coach … we’re told she couldn’t control Kim and left Mexico immediately after the wedding.
Our sources say Kim is still in Cabo and she’s gone radio silent. The rehab facility gave her a pass to attend the wedding but gave her a deadline to return Monday, which she has not done.
Things are going to get a little heated on the next episode of Real Housewives of New York. In an exclusive video of the coming installment of the reality TV show, LuAnn de Lesseps is a little upset over Carole Radziwill’s new boyfriend, Adam Kenworthy.
De Lesseps isn’t happy with the new relationship because Radziwill’s boyfriend just happens to be her niece’s ex-boyfriend and is over 20 years younger than Radziwill. The video, released by US Weekly, depicts de Lesseps calling out Radziwill and referring to the new relationship as a Sonja Morgan-like move.
“He’s a little young and he’s my niece’s ex-boyfriend, so what can I tell you?” de Lesseps explains after her co-stars Ramona Singer and Kristen Taekman asked her about how she felt about the whole situation. “It’s a little weird.”
Meanwhile, Radziwill is adamant that there isn’t anything unusual about her new boyfriend. “He likes me, I like him,” she stated. “It’s not much more complicated than that. We’re having a good time.”
The Real Housewives of New York star went on to talk about how hypocritical de Lesseps’ comments about dating younger men were.
“Lu lecturing me on dating younger men is like the Saudi government lecturing the world on feminism,” Radziwill stated in the video. “I love Lu, but sometimes, she can be a hypocrite of epic proportion.”
At the same time, de Lesseps is aware that she may have pushed things a little too far with Radziwill. In an interview with Andy Cohen, she addressed a particularly nasty tweet she posted about Radziwill and her new relationship in which she called Radziwill a “liar” and a “full of s**t newcomer.”
“That was mean. I felt bad about that. I was on a rant because you know my niece, and I are really tight and this has been really upsetting for me, because she was so upset,” de Lesseps stated. “It’s caused a lot of friction for me and my family personally. That’s why I was really upset but I went overboard and at this point I really just want to move on. Carole, ok? Can we move on?”
Despite the appeal by de Lesseps, Radziwill isn’t ready to accept the apology. After learning about what de Lesseps said, she tweeted, “There was no apology. Xo #rhony.” She then followed up with another note that stated: “Exactly. Covering up her own bad behavior. Wait & see…#getsfun #turksandcaicos.”
This Housewife knows they’re gonna hate, hate, hate! Real Housewives of Orange County alum Gretchen Rossi took a page from Taylor Swift‘s playbook this weekend, and shared a new video of herself responding to her haters to the tune of “Shake It Off.”
“This is how I feel towards all the haters that love to tear me down……” Rossi, 36, wrote on her Facebook page on May 23, alongside a webcam video of herself in lingerie.
“I work hard everyday to make my dreams happen! If you don’t like it then click unfollow, I’m not mad at you, but if you want to spread negativity get off my page because my page is about spreading kindness, supporting and uplifting others especially other hard working entrepreneurs like myself…….So for all the haters out there you can suck it! …….If you don’t like your life change it, don’t come trying to knock someone down for working hard to connect with her audience and creating a space where she can share her life, her business, and what’s important to me. Now this is me shaking it off!”
Indeed, the video features Rossi rocking out to the 1989 hitmaker’s first single from her smash latest album. The former Housewife grasps a comb and uses it as a microphone as she repeatedly mimics Swift’s “Shake It Off” dance moves in the comfort of her own home. “#thankyouIamdonenow #Idontlikejerksfornoreason #Makingfunofthestupidity #yesimadorkbutidontcare #shakeitoff @taylorswift #spreadlovenothate,” the former Bravo star concluded in her post.
Kim Richards was front and center for her daughter’s wedding Saturday in Cabo, but it’s just a night out before returning to rehab.
Kim’s daughter Brooke married Thayer Wiederhorn, the heir to the Fatburger fortune … yeah, we were surprised too that he was skinny.
The pictures tell a fairly compelling story … the family seems tight. Kyle Richards — who has had issues with Kim in the past — was right there, along with her daughters and hubby Maurcio Umansky. You’ll recall, Kyle’s daughter Alexia was badly bitten by Kim’s pit bull.
Paris was there, along with most of the other Hiltons.
The entertainment was impressive … Conrad Sewell performed his huge song, “Firestone.’
Kim, who had a sober coach present, did not drink and she’s returning to rehab, where she’s been since shortly after her drunken night at the Beverly Hills Hotel which led to her arrest and criminal charges.
It’s a small world, after all! Real Housewives of New York City star Sonja Morgan recently went home with Paul Nassif, the ex-husband of former Beverly Hills Housewife Adrienne Maloof, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly.
An insider tells Us that Morgan was at NYC hot spot No. 8 with a group of her fellow Bravo stars including N.Y. veteran Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, RHOC’s Shannon Beador and Vicki Gunvalson, Flipping Out’s Jenni Pulos, and Nassif. According to the observer, Morgan and Nassif were “all over each other” and “extremely touchy-feely.”
A second source says the two went home together after the bash, while another insider tells Us that Morgan has liked the plastic surgeon for years. The source says Morgan would make comments like, “There’s just something about him.”
The twist in their hookup is that Nassif was previously married to former Housewife Maloof, 53, from 2002 to 2012. While their marriage appeared to be picture-perfect in the front of the cameras, their real-life split resulted in an ugly divorce battle over custody for their three kids.