The Real Housewives franchise has been one of the most popular over the years, documenting the lives of the rich and sort of famous as they play out their day-to-day problems for the cameras. It's a guilty pleasure for millions around the world.
Being a part of this privileged altered universe is much more fun than our daily routine of bills and laundry. No matter what area the show is set in there's always one guarantee - these ladies will bring the drama. But were they always such divas? Here we take a look at their lives before they were famous - has it made them better or much worse? NeNe Leakes is one of the boldest and brashest starts from the Real Housewives franchise.
Born in New York city, she relocated to Athens, Georgia, to live with an aunt because her mother could no longer look after all five children. Before joining the Atlanta version of the show, she landed minor roles in movies and on TV. Her larger than life personality transformed her into a pop culture hero but sadly she decided to leave the show.
Nene went out with a bang, bragging that she will always be more successful than her former co-stars. I've got a lot of shine and had things happen for me, and they're definitely jealous. They can go out and make it happen for themselves, but don't try to take it from me! NeNe was gone. She raised her first daughter, Ashley, from a previous marriage, when she was very young before meeting her second husband, Chris Laurita.
Jacqueline is well-known on the show for her complicated close friendship with Teresa Guidice, her love of cosmetic surgery she has currently been under the knife four times for work on her breasts and a huge alleged fraud scandal. The once long-locked brunette now prefers to wear a wig on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - something which is often mocked by her co-stars.
In one episode, Brandi Glanville remarked, "She's mad! I think that wig glue is going to her brain and she needs to check herself. I think it would be well deserved. Before she became the blonde bombshell we all know today as Kim Zolciak, the Flordia born brunette was already linked to scandal even from a young age. A chain smoker who enjoys drinking, spending money, cussing like a sailor and causing drama. Although she has had outstanding success, the Cuban-born beauty says her greatest achievements in life are her two daughters, Kati and Beba.
Oh, and she looks ridiculously hot for years-old. When All Things Real Housewives asked if she ever hesitated to join the show, she replied, "There is always some hesitation. Ultimately I felt that my story was worth telling and that the message was mostly positive.
I also had my books and food line to promote. Reality TV, in general, is a great platform but The Real Housewives franchise is truly the gold standard. Alongside her husband Ken Todd, they have owned 26 restaurants, bars and nightclubs in London and Los Angeles.
It's clear Lisa and Ken was always meant to be, as the couple married just six weeks after meeting each other for the first time and have stuck together for more than 30 years.
Sensationally, Lisa almost quit the show following on ongoing feud with Brandi Glanville where she was slapped in the face. Dorit Kemsley had already started.
Melissa Gorga had her eyes set on being a teacher before she met her future husband, Joe Gorga. On the Real Housewives of New Jersey , she often brings up her "traditional values" where the man works and the woman looks after the home. But if we haven't done it for two days and I give him attitude? It could be a huge fight. Her own husband added to the book, "Refusing to initiate is a Top Three reason men cheat. The ugliest girl in the world could come on to a man in that state of mind, and he might have to go for it.
He thinks, At least someone wants me. Yolanda Foster has always been stunning - a genetic trait she also passed on to her own daughters, Bella and Gigi Hadid. Yolanda moved to Beverly Hills with her husband and the rest is LA history. He wanted to make her happy.
Yolanda eventually quit the show following a lengthy battle with Lyme Disease. Tamra Judge joined the cast of Real Housewives of Orange County during season 3 and her classy persona turned her into a fan favorite. Although, she actually confessed that she rarely wears anything other than sweats on a daily basis, revealing, "I usually have sweats on.
I would have a baseball hat on, a pony-tail, and either yoga clothes or sweats. Born in Calfornia, she grew up in a middle-class family but later has a strained relationship with her own father when he walked out on the family with her mother's best friend.
Then my mom found me and they took me to the hospital. They admitted me into a mental hospital. According to Phaedra Parks's co-stars on Real Housewives of Atlanta , she is not the same person on screen as she is off screen.
However, behind-the-scenes there is a very different side to her Phaedra did the exact same thing to me, as we already discussed before, years ago on the show when she first came on. She tried to take me down and it didn't work. She just got caught with these girls. Teresa told Digital Spy , "I never thought fame would ruin my family, but it did. But now we're past that. So what you're seeing now is the way we always were. People don't understand that the whole fame thing got in the way. Then eight years later, Brandi discovered that her husband was having an affair with the country singer LeAnn Rimes.
I have an issue with her posting pictures of my children on holidays. She never asked LeAnn to not post pictures of the kids during the holidays, ever. Eileen Davidson was already an established star in her own right as a soap opera actress. Eileen met her husband Vince Van Patten when they were both married to other people, although they insist they "remained friends" until their separate divorces were finalized - something the other housewives still speculate to this day. Eileen also came to blows with fellow co-star Lisa Vanderpump over a joke about her husband being unfaithful.
Lisa 'joked' that Vincent was "in the corner with his head up somebody's skirt" and Eileen did not see the funny side. Lisa made it clear she was not going to apologize, stating, "Hell would freeze over before I would apologize. Vicki Gunvalson was rocking the Farrah Fawcett look when she was snapped for this throwback picture.
She co-founded Coto Insurance and earlier this year she revealed that an employee was stealing thousands of dollars from her. One source revealed to TMZ , " Vicki recently noticed huge discrepancies in the books of her insurance brokerage - a few thousand dollars at least. We're told she did some digging, and it led to a guy who was hired just 2 months ago. Vicki also went to war over salary payments on the show.
The case was well-documented in the media due to the defendant's family ties to the Kennedys. The only way to make in Miami was through Lea and Roy. They often rubbed shoulders with the elite in the area and their social circle included high-powered attorneys and celebrities.
She joined the reality series because "I look at it as fun and recreation. He Tiny Manzo was a good man, a family man. His death remains a mystery. Later, Kim had remarried then divorced again and later became engaged to her third serious partner.
In , her personal struggles were made public when she was arrested and charged with trespassing, public intoxication, resisting an officer, and battery on a police officer at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Kim revealed to People magazine that she is back on the path to sobriety and feeling better than ever. I feel so blessed. I feel powerful.
I feel so grateful. Life is so amazing today. I wake up happy. I go to sleep happy. Kim's sister Kyle Richards has been one of the leading cast members on the show since season one but lately, even she has been feeling the strain. She revealed that she would spend weeks "crying" and feeling "stressed out" in between filming scenes, stating, "Reality TV is completed different to doing scripted work.
It is your real life and all the problems and fighting stick with you", before adding, "Many times I spend nights and weeks crying and stressed out. It is very anxiety provoking and overwhelming. So how does it all spiral out of control on set? Turns out it just takes the wrong housewife to say the wrong thing at the wrong time.
She said, "At the beginning everything is great and everyone is getting along and doing our own thing and then one person says something and it all explodes. Share Tweet Email Comment Share. Related Topics Entertainment.