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The perfumes of the Ladies of London
2020.10.21 19:40 2ndSeasonHousewifeThe perfumes of the Ladies of London
As Ladies of London is my favorite Bravo show I felt I had to pay homage these fascinating Housewife adjacent characters from across the pond. This cast is so unlike our normal Housewives because we are dealing with an iconic high-fashion muse, aristocracy, royalty, London IT girls and American ex-pats all running in this shared societal circle. The show itself evokes so much scent for me and takes me back to my years of studying and working in London. London gets a bad rap for being quite dreary, but there is the ever present scent of wet earth and stone that in perfumery we describe as, petrichor. From ancient Greek the word quite literally translates to petri-stone and chor- the fluid that runs through the veins of the Gods. In my mind I smell the wet stone of London every time I watch this show. We also see outdoor food and flower markets, open bakeries and patisseries scattered throughout the imagery of London. The smell of cream tea is so comforting and London is a butter shortbread, unlike the crunchy sharpness of a Parisian baguette. We are blessed to also see the ladies celebrating Christmas. Their decor, dresses and parties make Dorinda’s celebrations look like a TJ Maxx clearance aisle. Their homes are festooned in fresh pine garlands, cinnamon sticks and bundles of pinecones. Big bowls of paper whites overflow amongst their crystal laden parties and you can smell the wealth seeping through the screen. This is not your average Bath & Body Works Christmas aroma. Throughout their homes we see Cire Trudon candles littering their vanities and living rooms. Cire Trudon, founded 1643, is the oldest wax producer in France. They add sumptuous high end fragrances into their handcrafted glass vessels. Alas, you have home fragrance fit for the cast of Ladies of London. Now that I’ve painted a bit of picture for their stage, let’s delve into my favorite Bravo cast. Annabelle Neilsen- Our dearly departed Annabelle Neilsen lived a life so big and so dramatic that she sounds like a modern day fairytale. Born into aristocracy, Annabelle escaped the clutches of formal society delving into modeling, fashion and a high life which led to her being the muse for Alexander McQueen. She was a natural beauty that commanded huge attention in her lifetime. Images of her, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell are common throughout the show, as if to remind us that she is so unlike the rest of the cast. Likewise, in an interview she stated that she wore Daphne by Daphne Guinness for Commes Des Garcon. Daphne Guinness was the persona that Catherine O’Hara based Moira Rose upon for anyone looking to deep dive into this wonderful woman’s existence. Daphne is enchanting and out of this world. This is first time we are seeing this niche, avant garde perfume house amongst the Housewives. Daphne is since discontinued but it wows upon first scent. Its a huge outstanding tuberose scent, but unlike Fracas it is warmed and bedded by resinous amber, incense and oud. It’s lifted only by a small citrus note. This scent is bizarre and blankets the wearer for days. Its richness is both unique and yet compelling. I imagine that Annabelle was drawn to the feminine formality of the tuberose juxtaposed by such deep incense laden base. In addition to Daphne, Annabelle was known for wearing Alexander McQueen’s Kingdom, which is since discontinued. This perfume like Daphne is dark, brooding and strange. It was intended to express the hidden world of a woman, but many people swear this smells of a woman’s private parts due to the bizarre cumin opening. It’s spicy, floral, ambery and green. This scent smells like nothing I’ve ever smelled before and I can see how it was too strange at the time of its release to find success. Its rarity leads to its heightened cult status within the perfume world. I am happy to think of Annabelle inspiring this bizarrely enchanting scent and wearing it in her lifetime. An iconic scent for an iconic woman. Caroline Stanbury- Caroline is so bold and bitchy as the queen bee amongst this crowd that I truly did not know what to expect from her fragrance wardrobe. Part of Caroline’s personality is that she adores Americanness, flashing money and being extremely loud mouthed. In suit, her signature scent Rose Alexandrie by Georgio Armani is such perfect all bouncy blonde bergamot rose scent. This is a bright citrus rose that can disappear in an office and also shine at an al fresco rosé drenched afternoon. There is a touch orange blossom in this that evokes the St Tropez sunshine of Caroline’s summers. Much like Caroline herself, it’s adored by the masses and once people fall for it they never turn back. I simply cannot get enough of this type of fresh floral. It just never goes stale and always enchants. Caroline Fleming- Remember when I referred to the wearer of Fracas by Robert Piguet as the lady who owns her own yacht and needn’t borrow one, unlike our dear Luann? Imagine my surprise when I was corrected that in fact the wearer of Fracasmore likely owns an entire castle, like Ms Fleming herself. Fracas stands as one of the most elegant, humongous floral signature scents. The tuberose in this fragrance is heady, wet and hypnotic. When you plant your face into a bundle of tuberoses you feel you could almost eat the spongey white petals. This is how Fracas feels. The femininity is unbridled and yet refined enough to be one of the most famous floral fragrances of the past century. Baroness Fleming additionally has a very successful lifestyle range of homeware, cookbooks, hosiery and naturally perfumes. Her first scent is titled Eau de Vie by Caroline Fleming. It is a very wearable day scent of citrus warmed with smokey-green vetiver, cedar wood and Ambergris. Caroline’s second perfume was inspired by her only daughter, Josephine and is named after her. This falls into suit with famous young, pink florals like Miss Dior and Coco Mademoiselle. Josephine is fun, flirty fruits and flowers enveloped in a musky patchouli base. This is a youthful delight that is very marketable. Marissa Hermer- Marisa’s scents lean into her California cool-girl persona with that put-upon snobbishness that she so comfortably tosses around. Marissa herself states that her home away from home scents that remind her of California are Gardenia by Chanel and Kai. Many people find Gardenia by Chanel to be an incredibly lacking scent that does not live up to the house or the flower itself. I think because it was originally crafted in the 1920s it does come off as very bright, but dated. Gardenia scents in perfume now have a rounder, creamier quality more like the actual flower. This is greener and brighter than I would like for a solifore scent attempting to capture the intensity of the gardenia flower. Kai is a scent also worn by Denise Richards and is a perfectly beachy, big white floral California scent. Marisa also attended the release party for Hermes Sur la Toit and keeps it on her vanity. Sur la Toit is a very green, fresh garden after the rain blanketed in summer fruits. I smell a lot of apple and pear in this, and the signature Hermes magnolia that is often used to lift fruity florals. This is a beautiful scent for day to day that operates much like the ever-optimistic blonde that Marissa portrays. Juliet Angus- Juliet is such a fashion victim and truly a travesty to watch on screen. She is so naturally beautiful and does everything she can to cover that up with trends and labels. Her screeching personality and dress sense is challenging to the eye. I cannot in all of the my love for this show even find one moment when she was not behaving like an absolute ass. Her incredible daughter is her saving grace in this cast. In saying that, I thought she could potentially redeem herself in this perfumery category. I was wrong. She has her blog that her three employees work tirelessly on her to use that platform essentially just promoting brands in exchange for discount codes and as sponsorships. In these partnerships she has promoted both Velvet Haze by Byredo and Nomade by Chloe. Velvet Haze is very polarizing and has a huge fanbase. The scent to me is like a warm sweater and a perfect fragrance for balancing the chill of a rainy London day. It’s a dry yet creamy, musky scent that is very hard to put your finger on. I find this shifts a lot though wear and becomes close to your skin scent as the day lingers. Others are very put off by the patchouli note in this, while it does not evoke the hippie patchouli scents of the 60s, it does wear sort of earthy on people. Nomade by Chloe is similar in that it ends with a musky, patchouli base. However, this starts off with a very sweet, fruity, citrus opening that feels much younger than Velvet Haze. Again, I’m not even sure that Juliet has ever worn these, as she simply hired an intern to write about them on her blog. So, what we know about Juliet is more of the same of what she showed on tv. She would do anything and everything to be aligned with high fashion. Sophie Stanbury- How can we properly discuss Sophie Stanbury without mentioning her incredibly luscious brunette waves? This woman’s hair has led me down hours of research and failed attempts to mimic its movement and shape. Truly, if you are looking for hair perfection look no further than her YouTube tutorials. Later on her channel she says that her go to scent that she carries in her purse is Eau d’Hadrien by Annick Goutal. Both my mother and grandmother wore this gorgeous citrus scent and so I am particularly fond of it. It runs the gamut of a traditional citrus eau de toilette, yet there is a longevity and roundness to this fragrance that gets lost with many citrus scents. I believe the aldehydes and ylang-ylang are responsible for the rounded sweetness and extended brightness that this perfume leaves with the wearer throughout the day. This sort of casual, elegant and bright scent so perfectly suits Sophie as her namesake “mum-on the run.” It’s effortless and chic. Sadly, I could not find any press or info on IG regarding Julie Montagu, Noelle Reno or Adela King and their perfume preferences. I refuse to acknowledge the existence of Caprice Bourret from the first season.
2020.10.21 14:05 radiofree_catgirlWhile we're waiting for Justice Part 2; I fed the available Contrapoints scripts into a bot an it wrote this video:
"This is a super fucking vulnerable moment for me but i am majestic trash. I was a genderqueer genderfuck who wants to remain good. Maybe don't be a cis bootlicker of the first times. The enthralling plot twist of the knife between the american dream and the proles is pretty fucking upsetting. Maybe don't try to persuade me to publicly transitioned while making anti roleplay against canceling. Actually i was working on opulence and inequality is women. Like boomers people are aware of trans twitter. When james charles tried to trick straight men into thinking they're gay until they're very deliberately done that 's a lot of people. Whereas gigi gorgeous urges people who are doing it just to get that sinking feeling in your aesthetic. So fucking sinister. Maybe contrapoints is truscum with buck angel being gay married to me. Culture: oh no one has ever been persuaded by that summer i had privately convinced myself that i was identifying with the midlife crisis fantasies of a repressed english housewife. That 's basically sacrificing people who haven't dated women since i transitioned. Comrades are you … heyhowreyou mansion parties uwu. " contrapoints collaborating with hitler today and y'all would be like ' oh well as by transition glow me to the guillotine. I guess i basically like the rich people and i am absolutely furious that i'm ashamed i am resplendent. Sometimes marginalized people are wrong to talk about why people cancel. The american people who associate with me will be ostracized from their own community. Guess this is what happened during the bush administration. Cat girls kissing is hot. Whereas, even though my real sexual attraction is to women is very different types of magic. This country is pretty fucking canceled. First of all this is a sexual attraction to my wife. She 's just very satisfying to me because of the sexual woman and that eagerness is pretty inescapable. I remember one of the first i'll admit that i'm becoming someone who doesn't like that i'm becoming the same thing as hatred of natalie wynn. Meow girldick nya nya nya nya. I honestly don't know what you've heard from my accusers but i'm not allowed to get angry and miserable and despised over another time i was very much of the happiness that you might expect to come along with success. For the last two months i feel like shit, queens who are like me feel like this anime cat girl shit which clearly gets under my skin. white supremacist empire of the american century is the end of reality tv. In ballroom culture which may haunt me and criticized away their wealth and power they've been denied by the way they're used to escalate conflict instead of promote understanding of justice according to which mia responds: " " garish r. Kelly are you following along class? Because this is what i'm about. 🧐 february knows this is what looks mexican and therefore horrifying. Imagine how used to it i am. Anonymous women are freakish without being charming that is testosterone levels of being ostentatious. Criticism of me sucking dick with you is similarly inimical to the movement. Contrapoints is pretty."
2020.10.21 13:17 scandstudiesI 100% need to get out of here
DISCLAIMER: I never gave my mom any reason to make me live like this and we are NOT POOR. My dad disagrees with most of this actions but is too weak and tired from ACTUALLY WORKING everyday too stop this bs. DISCLAIMER 2: When I say "My mom paid" what I really mean is "my dad worked and gave money to my mom who then went out and paid". I need to get out of my parents' house. I leave a toxic and possibly dangerous situation and I can't bear it anymore.This all started when I was little: I was about 10/11 and first allowed a phone, but while all my friends and smartphones, I had an old nokia. It had to be plugged in in the kitchen after school (so, since it was turned off at school it really had no use) and I could not have any plan so I had to pay for every single msg I sent, making it IMPOSSIBLE to socialize properly because I was only allowed 5€/month (about 40 sms, try to take a look at how many we send now with whatsapp/snapchat/telegram). My mom would go over it every night without me knowing. I only started to be allowed to have a phone next to my bed when I needed an alarm clock but she didn't want to hear it, so I had could use the vibration to wake up in the morning. (Until that day she had woken me up every morning but wanted to sleep longer. She doesn't work or anything, she just role plays Harry Potter every single day, all day.) She never gave me any "extra" money, any allowances, she only paid for my gym membership and for the essentials at school, which means low quality supplies that broke after a week and second hand books, (I didn't even have money on school trips when teachers SUGGESTED parents to give us around 10€ for emergencies ) and therefore started stealing them from her bag. I never liked doing that but I couldn't even buy myself a water bottle if I forgot mine or a pack of tampons if I forgot them at home. (note that my water bottle was just a plastic, not-reusable bottle from the supermarket and sometimes would mold/break. ) This of course has lead to many many fights and threats but never to a solution (yes, my mother threatened of sending me to jail for 5€). I was 14, stupid and trying to have a social life while all my friends went out eating, dinner, lunch, clubs... I could not do any of that. I could not go to my best-friends' birthday party because it was at a pizza place and could not pay. Throughout my whole school years I was not allowed any trip that lasted more than 1 day or costed more than 30€. I once wanted to go skiing with my PE class for a weekend. It costed about 250€, all included: travel, food, skipasses, appropriate clothes if you didn't have any and skiis. She told me to choose between skiing with my friends for a weekend and going to the gym for the next 3 months. Again we could afford it. We are not poor and have never been. She, however, was raised in an era and a family where this stuff didn't exist and she thinks that if she didn't do them, nobody should because they are not needed to grow as a person. Yeah, guess who never developed social skills. Until I was 16 I was not allowed to use the computer for more than 1 1/2 hours on alternate days, for no apparent reasons since I never got in trouble online or downloaded weird stuff. On the contrary I often fixed problems for everybody and I was doing so since I was about 12. This lead me to not choose computer science in high school, because I was not even allowed to use it for homework. I thought I had bad to average grades in middle school but nobody ever bothered to tell me that they where more than okay (mostly around 7 or 8 out of a max of 10 grades), not even when I cried histerically everyday after school because I thought I was going to fail becuase I got one insufficient grade. She jsut kept reminding me that I had a bad grade over and over, and my child mind made me have my first series of panic attacks. She never cared or asked the doctor to help me. She game natural bach flowers. Really useful, mom, thanks, curing a real and worsening condition that no 12 years old should have with NATURE. Real cool. But please give me professional help. (Nah, it costs more than 1€) My second option for high school was languages, but I didn't even try because in my city it's a SELECTIVE school and only takes people with high grades. Also they go on 2/3 school trips every year to places like Spain and China. Sounds like my mother wouldn't let me. I had good grades, and she knew I could get in, but never said anything, not even when I cried because I wanted to be a translator but could not study for it. Talk about supporting your children. I thought I was worthless as a student and went to art high school, which is considered a school for junkies and people who fail at life. She was extremely happy of my choice because she is also creative. And by creative I mean she literally hhas a hoarding problem and has filled two whole rooms with scrapbooking, candle making, gift-wrapping, bijoux making, crafty in general stuff. Two rooms. Cluttered with tree branches that "could be useful one day". I finished high school without having learnt any job or skill apart from drawing boxes and coffee makers. All the friends I tried to make in school didn't last because I could not message them through out the school years. I could not join group chats or anything because even when I managed to have my dad's old smartphone and later a new one, I only had about 2gb of data which ran out pretty fast. Also, until I was 17 I was not allowed out after 7pm, which turned to 11pm after turning 18. Most of the times people would meet at 9pm, but I had to move by bus, which only passed two times between 9 and 11, with the last being at 11:02, getting me at home late everytime. Everytime I got home late (of even 1 minute) I had to "serve a sentence" of the same amount of minutes the day after. So, if I got home at 7:15 instead of 7, the following day I had to be home to 6:45. This of course stacked up over time until I could not go out at all. I once had to give up a school party (with teachers and all, we were having and exibith of our work in a local fair, so not like a rave party) and stayed home. When she came back from her choir session (paid for by my dad) she found me crying on the couch and when I cried at her that she was not letting me live my life, she said "oh, I wanted to tell you that you are now allowed to be out until 12pm... What a pity you are reacting like this, you could have just asked, you know"... ...sorry what? That was the first time I found out my mom is not only toxic, but also potentially dangerous. I started fighting with her about that and she started crying. When I kept going she tried to beat me, which I only escaped by screaming louder than her "what the fuck are you doing mom". This scene repeated a could fights more thoughout my life but I then started to realize it was just better to treat her as a child: whenver she starts crying I stop talking to her, close the door and leave. Not exactly the kind of behaviour you would expect from a parent. Most of the times I feel like I am parenting her. Let's jump to my 20th birthday. I escaped for the summer in Scotland to work and finally have some kind of money. I made 2000€ by working 3000km far from home. When I come back, she doesn't even come to see me at the airport because "you know you way home". This was when I stopped following her rules. I had spent 2 months by myself and there was no need to follow some kind of curfew anymore. I recently also started gaming pretty hard (clandestinely , of course, by hiding at friends home or skipping school)and managed to get my own middle-end gaming build by convincing them to make me a "two christmases and two birthdays gift". Yes, exactly, after getting my pc I did not receive anything for the following 2 birthdays and next christmas and everytime I needed money for anything (driving license, uni, books, clothes and medical expenses) I was reminded that I already had a pretty big present. The first sumer in scotland however took down most of the rules but also triggered me to go out and try to live everything I did not live before. To this day I have a big, pathological (but never diagnosed because professional help seems to be easily substituted by mallow and valerian and weird flowers) anxiety regarding meeting people, meaning when my friends say "should we meet today" I say YES immediately and make sure everybody reads it and that they know I am going to be there and to show up perfectly on time and if I for some reason have to skip one date I go into a spiral of anxiery and panic that is not easy to get out from. All because my mom would not give 10€ to go to birthday parties. So what happened to the 2000€ I made by working abroad? I saved 1500 of them to pay for my whole year of uni, books, and driving license. The other 500 I used to upgrade my pc, buy myself new clothes and to hang out with friends. They lasted about 6 months. The saved ones lasted for about a year, when I then left again for another summer. I also got myself a job in a gym and started making 200€/month. My mom was not happy about how I spent my money and I could have accepted her critiques if she had, ever before, gave me the opportunity to learn how to manage money. But she did not by never letting me have money, so I could not learn and I of course struggled. Keep in mind that for the whole year she didn't have to pay for university or books or food of anykind for me because I entirely paid for it. I have been avoiding medical exams that are not mandatory or urgent for about 6 years now, which means I have the same glasses I had in high school and I am about to finish univeristy. During lockdown they got ruined on a lens and lost like a layer on the lens but she refuses to give me money for it because she says I now have a wage and should pay for them. Replacing a lens would cost two of my current wages: due to covid I only take 90€/month which I would like to save because I might not have a job in a couple of months: there's not enough kids at the gym and we might close forever. But even before, I could have never paid for my glasses to be fixed because my 200€ all went in food, uni books, transport expenses and some regular 2020 subscriptions like netflix and spotify (both at the lower price possible), both of them she also takes advantage of and gets angry if I don't pay them on time. I mostly can't use netflix because Irefuse to pay for more than 1 screen and there's three of us using it. I managed to save 500€, but they all went shit during lockdown because I did not get any money from work while the expenses remained the same as always. Before I started Zoom University I had to eat out everyday. I like cooking so it is not a big deal but also I had to pay for the food I cooked. So everyday, after working, I went spending what I literally just made to buy vegetables and meat (stuff that for some reason does not exist at my house, because all my mom makes is pasta and other carbs) and then went home to cook them for the following day. When I wanted to re-start training I had to negotiate for months before I could get my mom to pay for my membership (I train in crossfit and pay 79€ a month, half my average wage) and that was something I considered easy. Then I asked her to pay for my nutrionist (choosing the one at my gym so I could have a really low price) and trying to keep the appointments to a minimum. I lost 10kg like this and I was pretty happy to be back on track with my life when... she started refusing to pay for it. Literally refusing to pay for a medical expense because "if you don't have the money you shouldn't be going". Like woman you are my mother can you provide basic stuff for me? I am 20kg overweight because you refuse to let me follow a normal diet and only cook 30g of pasta as a dinner forcing me to eat more nad more carbs every single day because there's nothing else at home. Like wtf I haven't received a single euro from my workplace in 4 months bc of covid, can you be a little understanding? Nothing, more fights, managed to get her to pay half of the nutritionist appointment, had to pay the other half my self and APOLOGIZE because she would not talk to me. For wanting to fucking get healthy and not die of heart attack. I... don't know how to react to this. Also I had covid and she refused to help in any way, shape or form, when the doctor said I should be isolating myself in my room she told me "yeah but you have to wash the dishes that's a no". I had to wash the dishes with covid, probably spraying and spreadin the virus all over the fucking place. Did I mention that her job should be housewife but she doesn't clean or anything? I clean my own room and often have to fight with my sister refusing to take away stuff from the floor, the rest of the house's floors haven't been washed by my mom in years. Sometimes I wash them when they get unbearably sticky, but I don't do my parents' room because I don't want to but my hands in their stuff: you know, privacy. She leaves food at the bottom of the sink when washing dishes and never washes the pot where she cooks pasta, she just empties it, rinse it and fills it up again. The sink is always slimy whenver she uses it and it's disgusting. She makes one load of laundry per week and doesn't let my clothes dry properly and sometimes they smell and MOLD. I have to either make my own laundry or intercept her while she folds my hoodies and take them to dry again. Do you know how she complains? She says she needs the rack to dry other clothes. But she only makes another washing in a week and I need the rack for 12 hours. Also for some reason she doesn't think I should pay for my own food when going out with my boyfriend because "what the hell do you have a boyfriend for if you pay for yourself". She is married. I don't- Like how do I-... I need to win the lottery. SOrry if this is confusing or too long.
My bf 53 m and myself 45 f have dated 3.5 yrs. we live together. I’m beginning to feel used and neglected. I have spent the majority of the relationship being a caring and giving gf. He was remodeling his house and his son was sent to prison when we first started dating. I enjoy home improvement so I did t mind helping him. But, slowly our entire relationship became spending every minute working on his house for 3 yrs. we rarely go out or date. He goes out when I’m not around and I feel upset because we aren’t connecting as a couple. His son recently came home from prison and is living with us. It’s put stress in the relationship because he’s always worried about his son and when his son breaks parole my bf is miserable and we fight. Recently he has stared traveling for work and going to dinner and bars and making plans to travel with work. I’m beginning to feel bored and neglected. I’ve told him this and he makes excuses. Am I being ridiculous that I want a relationship and not just to feel like. A housewife?
So this is going to be long but I find it kind of funny how incels and MGTOWS think. I'm still trying to understand why they think it's ok for them to have a 10/10 women but not for her to have a 10/10 man, and how they think it's still ok for women to just stay home and cook and clean and take care of kids and not work and get a job. There's this YouTube channel I've been watching (mostly out of boredom and because he's really unironically funny) where he says stuff like "Women today are afraid to take responsibility for the house and modern women are too scared to learn basic housewife skills when they're children. Women today don't know how to cook, clean, or take care of the kids. They should have learned to do that while babysitting. But now they are only trying to live their best life." Like, ok that makes sense. By your logic a girl is only meant to basically be a sex slave and god forbid she actually uses her God given rights of being able to live their life the way they want. Also, how the hell is someone supposed to babysit if the wife of the children is supposed to be at home all the time cooking and cleaning? I feel like they view marriage as a sex for life thing where they get to have their fantasies acted out by their wife with no consideration for her wants and needs. Now, in their defense, yes there are women who only date for money or looks or status or whatever but those are usually the top 10/10 girls they think they're intitled too. I love the hypocrisy they have in saying women are shallow but they themselves won't lower their standards. Besides, if you truly love someone they're a 10/10 regardless. I don't know I just find this really funny.
2020.10.21 04:51 CommonStrawbearyThe Problem With Wendy
I've seen a few posts about why they don't like Wendy / why the think Wendy doesn't add anything to the show and I have to disagree; the problem isn't Wendy, it's her association with Candiace. The issue with Wendy is she hasn't done enough to reach out to the other women. It's made clear in the first episodes that Wendy & Candiace are friends, so Candiace is her opening into the girls and I think Wendy relied on that. Unfortunately for Wendy, Candiace is also the least liked (at least at the start of the season). On the other housewife series, the new housewife makes a date or something with the existing housewives, but Wendy doesn't do that! She doesn't call Robyn/Gizelle/Ashley/Karen up for a 1 on 1 or even 2 on 1 lunch or anything! And that's the problem, she's too associated with Candiace for right now. Even with the Monique fight, Wendy doesn't call any of the other women to get together and see how they feel about Monique or Candiace or get the lay of the land. She's 100% dependent on Candiance for her information about the women, instead of forming her own opinion. I think Wendy has potential, as evidenced by the Nigerian episode we got this week, but she hasn't made any effort to reach out to the other women. Thoughts?
2020.10.20 16:05 AnniesparkleqofworldAITA for telling BF mom we will not support her?
I ( 21F) and my BF( 21) have been dating 5 years. I love him, and he is seriously so smart and sweet. I am not a fan of his mother however. She is selfish. Let’s call her Anna. We were having lunch two days ago where she randomly said that we need to rethink our lives because me becoming a housewife one day will prevent her from retiring. I asked what she meant by that and she fully expects her son to take care of her. I told her we will help her out, but in no way expect us to supplement her lifestyle. I then asked how much does she have saved, and how much is in her retirement account. She apparently has no savings, and only 1000$ in retirement because even though she has worked for the IRS for over 13 years, she wanted her check to be bigger and only put money in 2 out of 13 years. I told her she needs to figure something out. This is where I may have went wrongs Anna : “I gave my son a good life, he owes me” Me : “ His GMA did, you gambled his childhood away, and my family took care of him during his teens” Anna : “ I put a roof over his head and I expect y’all to help me do the same. I gave him the best life” Me : “ but he slept with a sheet with holes in it until I came along, y’all didn’t have pots or pans until I bought them for y’all, my parents fed him and his sister like 5 days a week whether it was Wendy’s or something we cooked. They also bought yall groceries biweekly. You didn’t want to give him a ride to the ACT because you wanted to spend the night at the casino, you would constantly eat in the car because you didn’t want to buy your children food, telling them to call grandma. When BF got his first job you tried to take his checks, but refused to give him rides even tho you were not at work yourself... if you want equal treatment, we can provide you a room but nothing else.” Anna : “ white people raised you so I am not surprised how selfish you are” Me : “ you gambled all your money away making your family suffer and you are calling me selfish” She left without finishing lunch. My BF says everything I said was true but “ but my mother isn’t smart and she won’t understand your point so keep it to yourself. “ His sister called me furious because now she wants to secure the bag from her instead of her son. She says I’m an asshole because we “will be” the best off. AITA? Excuse the format. First post and mobile.
2020.10.20 15:04 throwawayacc29100I’m a 34 year loser and feel all hope is lost...I’m becoming depressed.
(This is VERY long, sorry, I just needed to get it out somewhere) I’m a 34 year old woman and everyday I wish I could be 16 again so I could start all over, I would do everything different. I see teenagers hanging out at the mall and a wave of envy just hits me. Where to start... Throughout my late teens, early and mid 20’s I was the kind of person that would say ‘oh Ill work on it or do it tomorrow’ well tomorrow came and I kept saying the same thing for years. I’m now realising I had so much doubt and fear. The only thing I was interested in was acting, 11-16 I done a few plays and was in a short film at 17. High school graduation came around, everyone was off to college. I didn’t know what the hell I was going to do with my life, I wasn’t the smartest person ever and college wasn’t something I really wanted to do, all I knew is that I liked to act and that was about it. my parents thought I was delusional and just made me get a job in retail and thought that would help me decide what to do with my life. Well a few years later I still didn’t know what to do, I just knew I liked acting and that was it. Even more years later...still in retail. All hope for doing acting or anything I loved felt like it was impossible so I just gave up on my dreams at 24 years old. I didn’t see career prospects look promising for me. Never went to college and honestly didn’t see the point as what would I even do? I’m not the smartest person ever to work in these big salary jobs. Retail seems to be the only option for me. I moved out of my parents house at 26 with very little money I had and lived with my best friend in a crappy small apartment that we rented out. She ended up moving in with her boyfriend so I couldn’t afford to pay full rent so I had to move back into my parents house at 27yrs old. I then met this guy soon after and we stared dating, things were going well and he was the first boyfriend I ever had at 27!!! Things seemed to be looking up for me, he proposed to me when I was 29 and I couldn’t believe it...but he then broke up with me when I was 30 because he said he wasn’t ready... Now completely lost and no idea where I was going in life. 30 years old, single and my anxiety of getting older starts kicking in, how tf am I 30? Sitting around the table with just my parents in my childhood home blowing out the candles wondering where the time went while my friends are all in their own homes surrounded by their children and have bright futures. Me looking around and no one in my life on my 30th birthday. I cried all night. Then the anxiety of getting older kicked in, the next steps in life to start a family seemed to be out the window for me too which caused me to spiral and wonder what the hell my life has come to. I know it’s not something you have to do but I always wanted to have a loving family of my own one day. Ended up moving out again at around 30/31 and got a job in a bar as a waitress, made enough money to get by. I work and work and never have free time to myself, the wages stay they same but everything gets more expensive. When I look at how shitty our society is it makes me hopeless, we have robots and rockets but people are still starving to death. The rich truly do get richer. and well now at 34yrs old I have to once again move back in with my parents because I was laid off. I feel like a complete lonely loser as I sit here in my childhood bedroom staring up at the glow up stars on the roof wishing I could be a kid again, thinking how things were so simple and fun. Thinking back to all those incredible memories I had. Things were simple. And now the nostalgia makes me cry so hard. Wishing I could get a do over. Id do everything different. I spent half my life wanting to grow up and now I regret it. Every day looks worse and I’ve just become numb. I feel left out and behind in life. I find it extremely difficult to make friends at this age, (even more so now with a fucking pandemic) women are off on double dates with their husbands and having children and having little play dates with their kids in their big white houses, my best friend practically ditched me the days she got married and had kids. People who are couples seem to not like to hang out with single people. I have no idea what I’m doing anymore, every single dream I’ve had feels like they have been crushed into a million pieces. Ive had very little experience in acting and under circumstances right now i probably won’t get even a small acting job and I’ve practically aged out of an industry in many peoples eyes, I know so many women in theatre who had directors tell them to lie about their age at fucking 28yrs old. Don’t even get me started on the music industry, I met this girl when I was 25 who was about to be signed to a record label but they backed out last minute because they found out she was 26 and not ‘marketable’ enough. If I was a man my career would be taking off at this age. I wish I was man right now I’d still have time for a career and children. It feels like everything favours men, their age doesn’t matter, their bodies aren’t destroyed, they don’t have to go through pms and menopause and all of this fucking shit I never damn well asked for. I’m so tired and everyday starts to look more and more pointless to me. I’m never going to have my own family and that also has recently started to hurt me, not to mention the judgment from others. Maybe I’ll meet someone one day and fall in love but what men would be interested? seems the guys out there all go for 25yr olds. And when you see 55yr old men having their first child with 25yr old Becky it makes you think how so many things favour men. I wish I could go back. I wish I was better educated in setting up a successful life for myself but I wasn’t at all. It seemed like all women are taught is to be a good little housewife well when I was growing up anyway. I’m so tired. I’m tired of feeling like this and I’m tired of crying. My life looks hopeless. Another 30 years working in retail. I can’t do it. Everyday I wish I was on the beach in some tropical place surrounded by loved ones with our own little flexible business we have or something, travelling and just living. But here I am in this cold wet ugly city, no job, no friends, everything is practically shut down, prices rising, no jobs available, people fighting and everyone locked up in their homes. Just sitting here on my childhood bed crying and wondering what the hell is the actual point of all of this? I don’t know what to do, all hope feels completely lost.
"Karen Huger isn't going to turn against Monique Samuels. In a preview for next week's episode of The Real Housewives of Potomac, Karen, 57, slams Candiace Dillard for what she views as her fellow Housewife trying to make her choose a side following Candiace's physical altercation with Monique, 37. "I'm a little upset that you continuously say I should be against Monique," Karen tells Candiace, 33, in the teaser. "I need to hear from you that you understand what Monique did was wrong," Candiace replies. (As viewers recall, Monique attacked Candiace earlier this season and appeared to hit her repeatedly on the head.) "You want me to choose a side and to totally abandon Monique, and I'm not going to do that for you," Karen yells. Candiace and Dr. Wendy Osefo explain that they don't want Karen to "abandon" Monique, but to simply hold her accountable for her actions."
"After I had the meeting with my pastor, I received this email. My attorney advised that I only speak to Candice with him present. We asked several times for a mediation sit down and she and her attorney REFUSED. She didn’t want to hear an apology! She wanted money." "You missed the part that we tried to arrange several sit downs and she and her attorney refused. All of this was prior to the filing." (link) "When my attorney said no we’re not paying her anything because this was not an “attack” or an “assault” but a “mutually consented” altercation (a warning to back up was given followed by her egging on by saying “what you gon do? You gon drag me?”), her attorney’s response was..." (link) “Well we’re going to sue Monique for MILLIONS and bravo will capture it all!” Then they filed the complaint. Then I countered. Then the state threw both charges out. The End." (link) Monique had plenty more to say on her Twitter last night but these are the main points.
"The Real Housewives of Potomac Executive Producer, Kemar Bassaragh, opened up about the process of asking cast member to return (or not) during the October 8 episode of The Daily Dish podcast. “There’s a lot of people involved in that process and we don’t always say we wanna change it up. It all depends on what is going on in someone’s lives,” Bassaragh explained. “For example, if you’re following me, and you were on my journey, and I got married and had a kid, and you were following all this stuff and then you were like, so what is going on in your life coming up? And I was like, ‘Honestly, that’s really it. Like, I’m married. I have a child. Like, there’s nothing new that I can show you.’ That’s usually what happens when someone doesn’t get invited back to our show, because it’s really because of what’s happening in their lives.” "If they’re at a stalemate, you don’t wanna come back and watch the same exact thing in someone’s lives happening over and over and over again,” he continued. “You wanna see progression and if they’re at a point in their lives when they’re like, 'Guys, you know, everything that I’ve done, I’m tapped out,' it’s usually a mutual decision where everyone is like, ‘well, you know, we really like you, but unfortunately, there’s nothing new happening in your lives, and we’ve already followed you as much as we can.’” Although it can be tough to say goodbye to a cast member, Bassaragh explained that the excitement of having a fresh face come in makes it easier to “move along.” For example, he noted that The Real Housewives of Potomac’s newest cast member, Wendy Osefo, has been an excellent addition. “I’m stealing Candiace [Dillard's] word. Wendy is really Black Girl Magic personified. I love her,” he said. “Like, I love her on every level as a person, and as someone that is new to Potomac because she has so much to offer. She made herself the voice of reasoning, and as you’ve seen, there was a lot of back and forth and Wendy emerged as someone who literally was what we were thinking as people watching the show.”
"Oma" Yolanda is sharing a photo of her new grandkid – 21st century-style. Yolanda Hadid posted a picture Sunday of tiny hands holding her fingers. "My heart is expending with so much love and joy for this little baby girl she is an angel sent to us from above," the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" alum, 56, said on the Instagram post. "Thank you Mommy & Daddy for making me a Oma, I love every minute of it." The little one is the first child of Hadid's model daughter Gigi and her musician boyfriend, Zayn Malik, who confirmed the birth Sept. 23."
"Braunwyn toured ET's Lauren Zima around her workout room, private nightclub room --complete with stripper pole -- her personal theater and her bedroom. When it came to her spacious closet, Braunwyn joked, "No one's allowed in here. Just me!" The star then revealed that Sean is "not living here right now." Addressing speculation and rumors that the pair have called it quits, Braunwyn says the truth is actually quite the opposite. "I love him dearly, we haven’t gotten along this well in a long time," she shared. "We’re redefining what marriage means to us. Not following the old, antiquated rules anymore." "We're finding a new normal. We're renegotiating the terms of the contract when it comes to our marriage, for sure," she shared during her conversation with ET. "We are [and] we will be married forever. We have one hundred percent faith we are going to raise our kids and grandkids together." "That being said, do we have to fall into the social norms that everyone else does? No," she added. "We're doing it our own way. Like I said, [it's a] modern marriage." Braunwyn flat-out rejected the rumors and tabloid reports that she and Sean are planning on divorce, and explained that they've got an open marriage and are making things work in their own way. However, that doesn't mean they haven't had struggles recently. Reflecting on the qualities that have made it possible to maintain their love, Braunwyn said it's all about "honesty and communication." "We had to have some really hard talks, don't get me wrong. This has not been easy," Braunwyn shared. "We've definitely had hard times. So for us sometimes [we] can blow everything up to patch it back together." During this new and unique time in her marriage, Braunwyn has also been working hard to stay sober after a long struggle with alcoholism. The reality star explained that she's been sober since January and reflected on the challenging journey. "One day at a time, 256 one days at a time. I have a lot of gratitude," she continued. "I have a lot of amazing people in my life that have supported me and I'm so thankful that I was finally able to realize that I can't drink anymore. I've tried every way to drink and none of them work and so having that weight lifted off me, that it's not a choice anymore ... it's just, like I said, one day at a time because I don't want to get ahead of myself. But for today, I don't want to drink and I feel so good. I feel great." NEW JERSEY
"The Manzo’d with Children matriarch is revealing how she really feels about her eldest son Albie Manzo’s significant other, Chelsea DeMonaco. The Real Housewives of New Jersey alum once again proved she doesn’t shy away from voicing her opinion, recently taking to social media to give Chelsea, whom Albie started dating last year, her stamp of approval. Caroline showed her support in an Instagram post on October 17, sharing a sweet photo of the couple laughing and looking into each other’s eyes. “Nothing better than seeing your children with a genuine smile on their face,” Caroline wrote in the caption alongside the photo, also adding several heart emojis. This isn’t the first time that Caroline has offered some insight into Albie’s personal life. Several months before Albie and Chelsea went Instagram official, the mom of three hinted that he “might be getting engaged soon.” Back in July, Albie offered his own update on his relationship with Chelsea, sharing his gratitude for her support with some lyrics from a Justin Bieber song. “’Shout out to your Mom & Dad for making you’ -my friend Justin (he’s from Canada) said that in a song once," he wrote on Instagram at the time."
2020.10.17 17:19 slayermousePosted on FDS, was told to repost here - basically ranting about my father and seeking advice for my mother
I'm adding this here at the start after I've finished writing it all up, and it's REALLY long. So be warned. This is literally my first ever reddit post, and I decided to write it after discovering fds a few weeks ago. But I just feel like I need to talk about something. I am 20 years old and I've never had a boyfriend and won't anytime soon, but that's not the problem. I want to talk about my parents. My dad attempted suicide when I was 12 years old, and was in a vegetative state for a year and a half until he passed away, when I was 14. Of course I was extremely sad because I loved my dad a lot and as a child, he seemed like the perfect father and he had never really done any wrong in my eyes. But since discovering this sub it has made me realise a lot about him. First of all, he was a terrible husband to my mother. He worked in the daytime, so he would be leaving for work as me and my sister (who is 4 years older than me) were getting up and getting ready for school. My mum would get us up and ready and take us to school. Then, while we were at school, she would spend most of the day doing housework, cleaning and vacuuming etc. She would also cook our evening meals at some point during the day I guess, because they were always pre-made when it came to dinner time. She also made and packed our lunches before school, and I actually think she made my dad's sandwiches too. After school, my mum would pick us up and take us home and then at 5ish pm she would go to work, around the time my dad got home to "look after us". My mum worked nights and she didn't get home until long after we'd gone to bed, maybe 11pm-midnight. And she'd wake up the next morning at like 7 to do it all again. And I even remember one year, my mum got a second job at Argos (probably close to minimum wage) for a few months before Christmas to pay for our presents. I understand that my mum "could" work during the day because we were at school whereas my dad "couldn't" because actually needed to be there at night so we weren't all alone in the house, but neither of them worked most weekends. My dad could have got a weekend job, no? But he didn't, it was my mum who got the second job. My dad did not do any housework. Like at all. I mean maybe wash the dishes sometimes, but even my sister and I would take turns to do that as kids. My mum did everything else. I don't remember one time my dad so much as vacuumed the carpets. He also didn't do ANY of the cooking. Like I said, my mum would make our evening meals (including his) before she went to work for us to just heat up later. But something that I didn't exactly notice as a child, is that every night my sister would put the food that my mum prepared in the microwave. Not my dad. My sister. My dad couldn't cook, I mean already that's not great but even then, he didn't even heat up our meals. Why was my like 10 year old sister doing that when my dad was upstairs? He also didn't do a whole lot of "looking after" us, he mainly just left us to it all night while he watched tv or whatever. When I was a kid, I didn't get that much stuff. At the risk of sounding spoiled, I was often very upset because I didn't have the same things that my friends did (many of my friends were from quite nice families and got expensive clothes and gifts). I didn't get a lot of new clothes and I wasn't given any pocket money/allowance so I couldn't really buy anything for myself. Very rarely my mum would take me and my sister shopping and she would buy us a couple of things but not much. Only very recently I found out (my mum told me) that the reason was because when she bought us new clothes, she was paying for it with her own money. Not their joint account. My father earned more than my mother. Why was SHE buying THEIR daughters' clothes with HER money? I also want to touch on the fact that he wasn't exactly a great father to my sister. He was fairly obvious with his bias towards me. I don't know why but I was his favourite, and he didn't exactly try to hide it. He would always side with me, which would in turn force my mum to side with my sister. When I was younger I honestly thought my mum liked my sister much more than she liked me but actually I think it just seemed that way because she was trying to balance my dad's favouritism for me. I believe when she was very young he also used to smack my sister when she was naughty, which I don't actually remember because I don't think he ever did it to me. What I do remember, though, is this one time, my sister dragged me by my legs through her door, which obviously hurt and I cried and told my dad. Instead of telling her off or idk, any other punishment, his choice was to drag her by the legs through the door "to see how she liked it", which resulted in her hitting her head on the door and needing to go to hospital to get it glued back together. Back then I just thought, "Well, she did it to me first", but now I'm like, "yeah but she was a kid and he was an adult". I also wonder what he said to A&E, I wonder if he told the nurse it was his fault? She wasn't exactly beaten up and the cut wasn't severe but I feel like it would still look a bit... suspicious? This happened when I was maybe 6 years old, so I really don't remember well. But I also want to mention that while my dad never hurt me, as a child my sister was very emotionally (and occasionally physically) abusive to me, and I actually wonder how much of it she picked up from my dad, and whether it was anything to do with the fact he was meaner to her so she took it out on me. Finally, we get to his death, and the lead up to it. Basically, my mum wanted a divorce. As a child I didn't understand why, because all I really wanted was for my family to stay together, but as an adult I certainly see why (and I'm sure you can too). In his defence, I genuinely think he still loved my mum at the time. He was brought up in a very traditional house where his mother was the typical housewife (even though my nana did have a job) and the husband was the breadwinner. He honestly might not have even realised what he was doing. But I know why she wasn't in love with him, and why she needed her life to be different. My dad did not want the divorce. He didn't want to move out. I remember him suggesting we convert the garage into another bedroom so he could still live at home but not necessarily be in a "couple" with my mum. Once again, as a child, I was fully supportive of this idea because of course I didn't want my dad to leave me. But obviously now I realise it is a pretty ridiculous idea and it's unsurprising my mum didn't agree. She would have been stuck still doing all the cooking and cleaning and basically still being his housewife, the only difference would be sleeping in separate rooms. My dad tried to kill himself somewhere in the middle of the divorce. I don't want to ever call suicide "selfish" (well, except maybe for criminals) and I know he was actually struggling with mental health, but still, it's like he didn't think of his family AT ALL. Even if he'd have succeeded, he still would have left my mother mid-divorce and he would have died (and he still did die) with them still married (my mum has since changed back to her maiden name though). The problem was, he didn't succeed. And he was in a vegetative state. He was in hospital and then a full time care home for the remainder of his life, so fortunately my mum wasn't stuck caring for him, but what she DID have to do was all his laundry, for the first like several months that he was in hospital (the care home did the laundry so thankfully she didn't have to do it the whole time). She also had to deal with a whole lot of shit from her mother-in-law, who seemed to blame my mum for the suicide. It was not my mum's fault, it was my dad's choice. So basically, an illusion has been shattered. When I was a child and actually up until very recently, I honestly thought the world of my dad. He seemed like the perfect father and I loved him and he did love me and I missed him a lot. I didn't used to understand why my mum and my sister didn't seem to love him the way I did, and why they weren't as upset as me when he died, but it's because he didn't love them or at least treat them the way he loved/treated me. He was a terrible and possibly even abusive husband/dad to them, even if he was nice to me. I also feel guilty about all those years in my childhood when I actually loved my dad more than my mum. Obviously I never told her that, but I don't think I hid it well either. She used to say I thought my dad was nicer because he was barely ever there, and I thought it was nonsense, but tbh it was true. My mum did 90% of raising me. My mum is amazing. I love her. This is the final paragraph, don't worry. But it's incredibly infuriating. After my dad died, my mum met and started dating a new man, and they've been """together""" (that is a stretch) for 5 years. And he is literally worse than my dad. Much, much worse. He doesn't live with us (luckily for me because I still live at home and frankly I do not want him here) and he only comes to visit her like once a month. Before lockdown I mean. He has come once since lockdown but in fairness our area is under higher restrictions bc higher covid cases so he can't actually come. But even before that, he still barely saw her, he would come over very very occasionally, and she would cook him burgers (because he likes them - she doesn't) and have sex and then he'd leave and not come over or even call her back for ages. And she would be crying on the phone to him because she missed him, and he would block her. She would use my phone to try and call and then I got blocked. But she always seems to forgive him???? Like time and time again. I KEEP telling her to dump him, and she says "I have" but he always comes back. Always. Not only that, but he is openly sexist and racist. He literally admits it. He said something about women belonging in the kitchen, I told him he was sexist, and he said, "Yeah, I am". He also has a Hitler tattoo. He is LITERAL trash. But I can't get her to get rid of him!!! When I asked her why, she said "it's not like I have anyone else" but doesn't she see no one is better than that asshole? My sister is also about to get back into a relationship with a LVM she dumped a year ago but that's another story. In conclusion, thank you for enduring all that, I hate men and wtf do I do to stop my mum going back to this man? Which book should she read? I doubt she'd listen to reddit. She needs feminism desperately.
2020.10.17 15:24 readingrachelxHousewife highlights/Daily shit talk - October 17th, 2020
'RHOP' Cast Questions Candiace Dillard's Choice to Press Charges Against Monique Samuels (ET Online exclusive) "In ET's sneak peek at the next episode, the cast (sans Monique Samuels) is gathered at a celebration for Wendy Osefo's baby, Kamrynn. The conversation quickly turns to the latest update in the saga of Candiace Dillard vs. Monique. After an argument got physical between Monique and Candiace at a group event days before, Candiace decided to press charges against her co-star. Gizelle Bryant brings the fact up, mentioning to Candiace that her phone "vibrated off the table" with messages asking about why Candiace decided to take things to a legal level. "I'm stressed," Candiace confesses. "I only very recently filed the charges and it was everywhere in five minutes. I was not expecting it to happen that fast, like…" "So, is the goal for her to go to jail?" Robyn Dixon asks. "The goal is for the court system to do what the court system needs to do," Candiace replies. That's when Gizelle mentions that the charges could lead to a 12-year jail sentence for Monique. Both Gizelle and Robyn say no one wants Monique to go to jail, to which Candiace replies, "We don't?" Candiace's mother, Dorothy, says "there should be consequences" for what happened. That's when Ashley Darby chimes in to say Candiace may not be innocent when it comes to what unfolded between her and Monique, even though Ashley wasn't around to see the altercation. "Is she paying you, as well, to speak for her and be her mouthpiece?" Candiace asks, alleging that Monique asked Ashley to defend her to the group while she took time away from it. "I'm already married to a millionaire, what do I need to be paid for?" Ashley asks. Candiace replies, "Congratulations… not for long." In the coming weeks, viewers will see Monique file her own charges against Candiace. Ultimately, the charges against both women were dropped. The Real Housewives of Potomac airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo."
Robyn Dixon Opens Up About Her Tax Issues: "I Take Responsibility for It" (Bravo) I was doing my own taxes, I was filing them late. It was just a hot mess. And I put it on the back burner. OK, I'll get to it one day, I'll get to it one day, I'll get to it one day. Finally, when I decide to get to it, it's out of control," she explained. "But it definitely was a combination of things of even how I got there. I had some old taxes from before my bankruptcy. It was just a big juggling of things, and I was irresponsible, and I take responsibility for it." However, Candiace noted during the After Show that it seems like Robyn has been able to successfully move forward from this. "I trust that it has been handled, because they are still in their home, and she is still getting her hair done," Candiace said."
Real Housewives of Potomac's Ashley Darby gives update on marriage after photo scandal: 'That was a hard time for us' (AOL) "Ashley Darby has gone through the wringer during her five seasons on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” but she’s grateful for the effects that those hard times have had on her as a person. “I’ve learned a lot on this journey. I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I can tolerate and what I can’t tolerate. I’ve even become more comfortable speaking my mind, because in this group it’s sink or swim,” Darby told In The Know’s Gibson Johns on the latest episode of “We Should Talk.” “You really do have to be able to stand your ground, say what you mean and stick by it. It’s been a growth opportunity for me, and my skin has gotten really thick.” “Becoming a mother changed me so much more than I ever anticipated. My patience is elevated even higher,” Darby explained. “There are so many things that you realize don’t have significance.” On where she stands with her husband, Michael Darby: During the current fifth season of “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” photos leaked of Michael with another woman. While Ashley told us that there are more tough times ahead, the couple ultimately gets through them. “That was a hard time for us for a minute. It’s not as though we just magically came out of that and all of a sudden our relationship was perfect. We worked through quite a bit of stuff, and we document all of that on the show,” she said. “There’s still quite a bit of a ride left on the rollercoaster with us, but as of now, especially with quarantine, we’ve had the chance to reconnect quite a bit and learn more about each other, so we’re even closer now than we’ve ever been.” On the scene where she confronts Michael about the photos and a producer steps in to intervene: “I really did not expect any of that to air. The conversation was already a little bit difficult because Michael and I, we kind of jumped around. I was like, ‘Man, I wonder how this is gonna transpire,'” Ashley said. “Then when James stepped in I was like, ‘Finally, I can just relax a little bit.’ I didn’t think that that was gonna be included. […] Turns out, whenever the cameras are on, it’s all fair game.” On other casts not being as open as the “Potomac” cast: While Ashley and most of her co-stars on “RHOP” have shared nearly everything with viewers, regardless of how tough or significant the topic, women from other “Real Housewives” franchises get away with avoiding similar life moments. “You’re really hitting a sore spot for not just me, but a lot of my cast mates, we feel this way. There’s a lot that we’re willing to share. It doesn’t make sense for us to not share certain elements of our lives, and we feel that,” Darby explained. “I don’t know how other franchises can get away with not being as transparent as us. I don’t know how some pieces of the puzzle can completely be omitted.” On avoiding the hot seat during Monique and Candiace’s fight: Right before the two castmates’ altercation, Ashley shared with the group that she and her husband had once had a slightly open marriage. That revelation was quickly overshadowed by what transpired between Candiace and Monique. “I had really hyped myself up to handle whatever they hurled my way, because I’ve been very vocal about opinons I have about other people’s relationships,” she laughed. “I was giving myself a little pep talk in the car, and then when that happened it was kind of like the Homer Simpson meme where I slid back into the bushes.” On where she stands with Monique vs Candiace: “Monique is well aware that I am not okay with what she did. I don’t condone what she did, and we’ve been very clear about that,” she told ITK. “She also knows that irrespective of that action, I still support her as her friend and I still care about her and I’m sill going to have her back no matter what.” On expecting her second child: “It feels good to finally be able to talk about it, since I talk about it so much with my family and with my friends, sometimes I slip and I would say things to people that aren’t as close to me. So, now, it’s nice, I can just… [sighs] sigh relief that I’m not going to spill any beans accidentally. It’s all out there.”
Real Housewives of Orange County's Braunwyn on why it's "good" original Housewife Vicki Gunvalson exited (Digital Spy exclusive) "I think it's good not having Vicki there because a lot of what she did last year was manufactured, fake drama and lies against [co-star Kelly Dodd]," Braunwyn told Digital Spy exclusively. "I'm not into that kind of thing, I don't really like that when women do that do each other." However, Braunwyn does feel Judge's loss on the show: "For me, I miss having Tamra there. Tamra and I got along great. She's still my friend… I miss having Tamra there. On camera and off camera, Tamra is a friend of mine. I think that will be the case forever. "It's just like with anything. When you graduate from college, you don't see your friends anymore. It's sad." "It definitely gave Shannon a chance to make closer relationships with other people," Braunwyn noted. "I'm glad Vicki's gone, I miss Tamra."
Jo De La Rosa Says Gretchen Rossi and Ex Slade Smiley’s Relationship Was ‘Hard to Look At’ (US Weekly exclusive) “I don’t think anybody likes to see their ex move on. Not that they don’t like to see it, but it’s always weird when they do,” De La Rosa, 40, tells Us Weekly exclusively on the Friday, October 9, episode of the “Getting Real with the Housewives” podcast. “You see it on Instagram or you hear about it. It doesn’t matter if you’re over the relationship or whatever. It’s always weird.” The “PopCandy” podcast co-host was just 26 when she made her debut on RHOC, but left the Bravo franchise after season 2. She admitted that she “needed time away” from reality TV. Additionally, Smiley, 46, and Rossi’s relationship was “hard to look at” and she was “really immature and didn’t understand it.” “It’s been years now and I feel like we’re all in such a great place and time heals all,” the Date My Ex alum tells Us. “So I think if I was asked to go back [to The Real Housewives] I’d definitely consider it and I would definitely do it.” Smiley and Rossi, 41, welcomed daughter Skylar, 14 months, in July 2019, while De La Rosa recently celebrated her 40th birthday. “I think everybody ended up exactly where they were meant to end up,” De La Rosa tells Us. “He’s happy, it seems like, I’m really happy, and so it all worked out as it should.”
Page Six linked to an old article about Kelly Dodd from 2016 that I had never seen before and omg this headline: What this ‘Housewife’ learned from comparing her husband to Hitler (Page Six) "Kelly Dodd’s husband, Michael, wasn’t too happy when his wife compared him to Adolf Hitler on national television. “He knows I call him that as a joke, because he used to act like that. But he was disappointed,” the “Real Housewives of Orange County” newbie told Page Six on Monday. “Nobody really wants to hear their spouse talking trash, but it made me look at myself and say, ‘I can’t do that. It’s not right.'” Dodd has since gotten used to her newfound fame and her 9-year-old daughter Jolie has also embraced life in front of the cameras. “My daughter loves it,” she shared. “The eighth-graders, the older girls, will talk to her about it more than the kids in her grade. I don’t think they even watch it.” As for Dodd’s future with the franchise, nothing is set in stone. “I would say there’s more good that came out of it than bad,” Dodd explained. “It was a great experience, a learning experience. I’m not quite sure if I want to go back because of how I was treated and I don’t need to be treated that way. “I was going on the show thinking it would be a lighthearted and more fun rather than in attack mode all the time,” she continued. “I’m not saying I’m perfect, I’ve said some things that weren’t appropriate, but you know, I think people like to see that and then again, I think a lot of people don’t.”
Join These Real Housewives for the Spookiest Virtual Halloween Happy Hour (Bravo) "Happy hour just got a million times better. Fans now have the opportunity to chat and virtually sip cocktails with their very favorite Bravolebs, thanks to Happy Hour by Bravo. To get in on the fun, you can purchase tickets at HappyHourbyBravo.Eventbrite.com. Some of your favorite ‘Wives are getting spooky with a BOOze-filled Happy Hour, hosted by Daryn Carp, the host of People TV’s Reality Check and Oxygen’s Martinis and Murder*,* as well as assistant to the one and only Andy Cohen. Join Shannon Storms Beador of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Gizelle Bryant and Ashley Darby of The Real Housewives of Potomac*,* Jackie Goldschneider of The Real Housewives of New Jersey*,* and Stephanie Hollman of The Real Housewives of Dallas for a night of juicy Q&A sessions and fun Halloween-themed games. You’ll also get the chance to meet a few of the ladies of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City*,* including Mary Cosby, Meredith Marks, and Whitney Rose. As part of the celebration, Bravo will make a donation do Donors Choose, an organization that provides supplies and resources for teachers to have the most successful school year possible."
Tinsley Mortimer ‘proud’ of herself for leaving ‘RHONY’ (Page Six/Reality Life with Kate Casey Podcast) “I was really taking a leap of faith and really trying to trust my gut and follow my heart,” she explained of leaving the show on the “Reality Life with Kate Casey” podcast. “When I see myself driving off, I am proud of myself for doing it.” “Doing a reality show with all these strong women, it is really the best therapy you can ever have,” she said of her time holding an apple. “You are just in this intense world. It is your life, but amplified and so intense … There are these strange hierarchies on the show and these fourth wall issues that come on to camera. You have to be on your game and to be strong. When I joined the show I was at the lowest point of my life, I was so humiliated. I had been in a relationship that was awful. All of a sudden the script was flipped on me basically, the way the press was portraying it … It might have seemed like the wrong time to join a reality show, and be part of it but for me it seemed like the absolutely right time because there was no place to go, and to be in New York.” While she said the “chapter is closed” on “RHONY,” she maintained that her and Leah McSweeney developed a genuine friendship. “We had met and I had sort of tested her, filming together,” she explained. “We hung out a couple times and when she got the show I was so thrilled to have a younger girl on the show. I definitely had moments with different people. Sonja [Morgan] was more like an older sister to me, so in a way I didn’t feel like I could be wild and crazy. To have Leah there was really great.” She added, “I am still friends with Leah and talk to her all the time. I adore her. Hopefully, when the world gets to a place that is somewhat normal I will go back to New York, and I will see people. Can I say that I will reach out to some of the girls on the show if I am in New York? Probably not. Mainly Leah, and maybe Sonja. Of course, I will still watch the show. Maybe filming a scene or two in New York with Leah.” Now, Mortimer is focused on building her life with Coupon Cabin king Kluth. “We do want children, of course,” she said. “At this point we sort of feel like 2020, we are waiting for 2021 to do the things we planned like the wedding, and then we will work on the baby. That’s the plan.”
Teddi Mellencamp Feels She ‘Came Out Unscathed’ After ‘RHOBH’ Exit: ‘I Was Being Looked Out for’ (US Weekly exclusive) “In the big scheme of things, I came out unscathed. My kids are healthy and happy and my marriage is good and my friendships are good,” Mellencamp, 39, tells Us Weekly exclusively on the Friday, October 16, episode of the “Getting Real with the Housewives” podcast. “I’m still friends with a lot of the women on the show and I wish everybody a ton of success. I think that especially what we’re going through right now in the pandemic and all of these things, I feel like maybe I was, like, being looked out for in some way.” Mellencamp, who joined the cast of RHOBH during season 8, isn’t ruling out a return to the Bravo franchise in the future. “I’m not at that place where I can make that decision right now. I do know that I wouldn’t want to be in a situation where I was thrown in just make me feel uncomfortable,” the All In Founder tells Us. “So I have to see the situation then play it by ear.”
To be taken with a grain of salt: Tori Spelling to Join RHOBH in a ‘Friend of’ Role! (Celeb Magazine exclusive) "CELEB has received exclusive confirmation that a Hollywood superstar, Tori Spelling**,** is set to join the exciting next season in a, “friend of,” role. CELEB spoke exclusively with a source who has revealed that actress Spelling will be joining the RHOBH cast in 2021. An insider dishes, “Tori Spelling is doing Beverly Hills’ Housewives with her mom, Candy. People who have followed Tori know her relationship with her mom has been contentious for many years. Kathy Hilton – Kyle Richards‘ and Kim Richards‘ sister- is also expected to join, and she has some issues with Candy as well. Tori is expected to join in a similar vein to Kathy – specifically as a friend of the Housewives. Tori is also expected to come on as Kyle’s friend.”
Real Housewives' Seema Malhotra's excitement after dressing 'ultimate girl' Beyoncé (Daily Star exclusive) "The Real Housewives of Cheshire star Seema Malhotra has dressed everybody from Catherine Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge to Miley Cyrus. Now, she can proudly add singer Beyoncé to her list after being approached by the Destiny's Child star's personal stylist. "I feel like we have great UK brand ambassadors, Amanda Holden is a great fan of the brand," she said. But, there is one name that she still struggles to wrap her head around. She excitingly revealed: "Beyoncé's stylist started following me, to me, she is the ultimate, someone like Jennifer Lopez, they embrace their curves, they to me stand for really powerful women, very natural. "When we were contacted by the stylist, it was all so exciting, we did send out, pre-lockdown, some pieces to Beyoncé but we've not seen anything yet."
Too Hot to Handle’s Harry Jowsey Says He’s ‘Only Just Met’ Larsa Pippen Amid Dating Rumors (US Weekly) Not so fast! Harry Jowsey addressed the romance rumors surrounding him and Larsa Pippen after the two were spotted at dinner earlier this month. “So, the craziest thing is in this moment, like, we all have friends, we all hang out, and we all go to dinner,” Jowsey, 23, said on the Thursday, October 15, episode of the “Let Me Finish” podcast. “But the craziest thing in this space, which I’m quickly realizing, is if I go to dinner with anyone and there’s photo taken, we’re automatically dating and expecting a child.” Jowsey, who revealed he’s currently on a “sex ban,” added that Pippen is “great” and “she’s doing well” before noting that a romance between the two isn’t totally off the table. “She’s a lovely human,” he said. “I’ve only just met her, so who knows what will happen?” The Australia native and the former Real Housewives of Miami star first sparked relationship rumors this month when they were seen looking cozy at Italian restaurant Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills. Later in the evening, Pippen shared a video via her Instagram Story and revealed that she “called my friend Harry” for help after deciding she needed dance lessons."
Also to be taken with a grain of salt as it's not been verified: Teresa Giudice and Jackie Goldschnider reportedly feud this season about cheating allegations, which caused a rift between Jackie and the entire cast! (Hollywood Life/realhousewivesfranchise Instagram) “Jackie was initially upset because Teresa said [her husband] Evan [Goldschneider] was cheating on Jackie. Then, they got together to resolve that, but then, Jackie put gasoline on the fire by digging into Teresa and Teresa’s fiery personality took over and things between them got worse,” a source told Hollywood Life. That conversation led to Jackie skipping the cast’s Season 11 trip, but then they got together again and “resolved everything.” The source explained, “They both wronged each other. They both apologized and moved past it — they are now in a good place.” “This season will be the season of Jackie. At one point, she was only talking to Melissa [Gorga] because everyone else sided with Teresa and she felt it was ridiculous that they were choosing sides. However, Melissa continued to stay neutral and always had Jackie’s back.” Production did “take a pause”, however, “as Jackie refused to film because she was so upset that the women would all side with Teresa over everything. She was over the drama of people always siding with Teresa no matter what and not having their own voice or opinion. Even Margaret [Josephs], who has always had [Jackie’s] back, strayed a bit and that upset Jackie, so she distanced herself and needed a break from filming.” The insider continued, “Now that the two ladies have made up, Jackie is so much more at ease.” Plus, “it’s really helped bring the group together now that Teresa and Jackie have made up again.” RHONJ season 11 films until the end of October, with a February 2021 premiere date."
2020.10.17 11:19 RedheadeddangerHe said he’s getting a lawyer on Monday
We’ve been together 12 years, married for 7, fighting for 2, and separated for like a week. He says he is just done and I believe him. The pandemic has taken away everything else that made us happy and being trapped in a house together for months on end with no break in sight has only exasperated things. I’m panicking now because his text about the lawyer means it’s real and I’ve been living in a dream world where I thought things would magically be ok somehow. Probably because I daydream everyday that it could be how it was years ago if only I could figure out how. He’s the only person I’ve ever dated and I’ve spent my 20s as a housewife so the thought of starting over completely while heartbroken is extremely overwhelming. I keep wanting to pull the covers over my head and pretend it’s not happening but that won’t help anyone. Our kid is just old enough to notice him moving out and I can’t stop thinking about how this will impact them. Unemployed single mom with no real job history during a pandemic is not where I saw my life going at all, I honestly thought I’d grow old with him and have a bunch of babies and grand babies. I am not looking forward to telling my friends who will all be blindsided because I was too cowardly and ashamed to talk about any of my marriage problems. I’m also not looking forward to being disowned by my sexist divorcée shunning religious family, especially since I’m losing his family too. I already know they’ll blame me for the divorce and being unable to make him happy, they’ve done it before when another family member’s wife left because she was cheated on, she became a villain overnight, which is probably my future as soon as the word gets out. The reality of the situation is really hitting hard right now. It’s all I can think about for the moment.
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Gina Kirschenheiter Opens Up About Her Recent Weight Gain (Bravo) "I've put on some happy pounds — some love chub," Gina shared in the October 14 premiere. "Being in love it's kind of like, you know, the freshmen 15," she said, referring to her new relationship with Travis Mullen. "You just get there, you're really excited, you're eating everything in sight, there are no rules, and then before you know it, you look down and yeah, you have a situation to handle. So, I have a situation to handle." While en route to hot yoga, Gina also told Kelly Dodd, "I've just been like eating wheels of brie and not working out at all." She added, "I just gotta get my butt back in it and that is so not like me." Gina confirmed her relationship with Travis in October 2019, shortly after her divorce from ex-husband Matt Kirschenheiter. Since then, the couple has moved into a new home together with their collective six kids, including her three children, Nicholas, Sienna, Luca, and his son and two daughters from a previous relationship.
‘Real Housewife’ Sutton Stracke Nabs Bel Air Tennis Court Estate (Variety) Even though she still owns another large mansion elsewhere in the neighborhood, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” personality Sutton Stracke has paid $5.35 million for a rambling Bel Air estate that “needs updating,” per the listing. The L.A. socialite’s new project was once owned by the late Lakers owner Jerry Buss and certainly makes for a pretty canvas; the 1930s Georgian-style house hadn’t been on the market in 35 years but includes hardwood floors throughout, wood beamed ceilings, and a large balcony overlooking lush grounds. The estate is sited on a notably busy artery road, but gates and a towering hedge keep things on the one-acre lot mostly serene. A concrete motorcourt spans the full length of the house and offers secure off-street parking for a dozen or more automobiles. Guests are welcomed to the house by a wide brick porch. Inside are a sea of neutral and earthy tones — crisp white walls, auburn-hued wood floors, and at least four brick fireplaces, one painted a light cream. Though both are decoratively dated, the eat-in kitchen contains a commercial-grade Wolf range and a Traulson glass refrigerator that must’ve cost a fortune when new, while the upstairs master suite has a wall of windows overlooking the nearby hillside. The large master closet should comfortably accommodate Stracke’s world-class collection of designer clothes and accessories. Additional amenities are not limited to a large pool set into a flagstone terrace, sweeping lawns, and carefully terraced grounds. Perhaps the property’s most notable amenity is its full-size championship tennis court, which is lighted and privately wrapped by privet hedges and flowering bougainvillea plants. Stracke, who is officially a “friend of” the full-fledged RHOBH cast members, is divorced from wealthy financier Christian Stracke, with whom she shared her former mansion elsewhere in Bel Air. That property, acquired by the couple in 2012 for $7 million and now owned solely by Sutton, is currently on the market for $8.25 million and in escrow to be sold, per online listings."
2020.10.15 21:17 Sim_a_natorPLEASE HELP! My child's health and wellbeing is at stake here. Desperate for advice. WARNING: EXTREME GRAPHIC VIOLENCE OF SPOUSAL ABUSE *NSFW*
TDLR: There is none. I feel every single detail is important. I'm aware like 96% of you won't bother reading and that's understandable. But I am BEGGING you to please put the time aside to do so. Please, my son and I are human beings and we need legal advice desperately since in my state, I am NOT entitled to a lawyer if I cannot afford one. Although, again, if not, it's totally understandable and I'm not knocking ya if you just can't keep up. Ok...here goes State located (all party's involved): CT (very close to Yale University in New Haven which may be my only hope) Summary of my relationship with ex: I am the mother of ourv14 yr old boy. His father and I never married, we had our son when we were both 20 yrs old and we were in an abusive relationship together for 12 1/2 yrs when I left him. I say abusive because although we got along through most of it, there were a handful of extremely violent outbursts. WARNING:EXTREME GRAPHIC VIOLENCE One example which was extremely traumatic for me, was when my ex and I were arguing, I ran to the living room and tried to keep the door shut from him coming in, and he pushed the door with such force that a piece of the door broke creating a hole at face level. So I (regrettably) grabbed a long piece of another part of the door that broke off, stuck it through the whole with the intention of getting him away from the door and it ended up hitting him in his face close to his eye. I KNEW in that moment I was screwed. This caused him to become beyond enraged like I've never seen in any human before and it terrified me so much that I just started screaming "I'm so sorry!" Repeatedly and ran. This did nothing to help me as he almost seemed possessed with rage. He grabbed me by my hair, and started smashing my face on the hard wood floor over and over and overbagain as I was continuously screaming "I'm so sorry!". Eventually as he kept smashing my face on the ground, I saw my front tooth go flying. Finally after he stopped he started crying and saying I bring out the worst in him, etc. My son did not witness this as he was waiting in the car because we were about to leave somewhere. But as I came outside to get in the car, he (being around 4yrs old) started crying when he saw me, asking mom are you ok bc my face must have looked a mess even with make up on . Now I added this bc it is relevant to know the dynamic of our relationship. I am no saint either and although I was not violent, I was not a very good housewife. Whole he was the sole provider of our income and with me being home, I should and could have done a much better job with the housework and I should have put effort into finding a job so we could have more stability. I was lazy. As a father, he was NEVER physically abusive to our son. I would sum up his relationship with our son as he was jus disinterested. Wouldn't greet him when he came home from school. Never spoke to him. No interest at all in anything except when we had our son play football as he would enjoy watching his games and practices. That didn't last as my son didn't end up liking the sport. On the other hand, as my mother put it, me and my son were best friends. When I left: This is where I screwed up and it eats me alive!!!!Now it's important to say my ex and I are both recovering addicts. We were clean and stable for 10 years (we first started using when my son turned 1 but went on methadone by the time he turned 2). 3 1/2 yrs ago I had enough of being with my ex. There were MANY factors in this. We decided to separate, letting our son stay at home where he was most comfortable and me staying with my dad on his couch (Not much room for my son). Shortly after I met someone. Now this is where I made mistakes and will never forgive myself for choices I made. I started taking pills with this new guy (therefore relapsing) and having full intentions of moving in with him with my son, my family and my ex rightfully so, fought against that. (Although it was at this time my ex found a gf and also relapsed..he even asked me to use with him as a way to get me back) My poor son smh. So my son stayed living with his father but spent 90% of the time with mother. It took me a year to snap out of it but by this time it was too late. I lost everyone. I even ended up homeless for a short time until I met someone who (is sobeno drug issues)had recently gone through a nasty divorce and has a daughter he is allowed to see a couple times a week. He lives in his mom's basement that is set up as a studio apartment and he pays his mom rent (small amt) and invited me to move in with him. It's been a wonderful relationship and I've been able to see and have a relationship with my son up until February of this year. (Ironically this is the same time my ex's girlfriend moved in with him.) His mom so has a separate bedroom that, if I can win custody, can be my son's bedroom. I'm suddenly cut off all contact with my son: On new years of this year, my ex and I decided as a new yrs resolution, we would communicate better regarding setting up a consistent schedule of me being able to see my boy. That was the last I spoke with him that month as I very shortly after found he had blocked me!! Like what??? After we just talked about our new yrs resolution?? Now, my son has an extremely close relationship with my mother. But MY relationship with her is toxic. However I was able to contact her and get her to agree to allow me to visit my son at her place. Little did I know this would be the last time I would see him. Everything went wonderful between me and my son but my mom and I got into an argument over something so petty (I unintentionally said something that offended her about her not monitoring my son's use of the computer). So she kicks me out and I had to walk home and have never seen my son since!!! Legal aspects: My ex has a very good job with great pay. (Which played a roll in my decision to allow my son to stay with his dad when I moved in with my father as I had no job.) He and his family have alaways been terrified, since the day they found out I was pregnant, that the day would come where I would go after him for child support. (He was in college and is very smart and his family all "have money". But make no mistake, that meant NOTHING to me when I was 17 and decided to date him an had an unplanned pregnancy with him.) They are actually the reason we never got married in our 12 yr relationship. MOST IMPORTANTLY: my ex's uncle is a family custody lawyer whereas I come from what some would consider a "white trash" family with little education and money. In other words, financially I am alone. My mother sides with my ex because they have a deal where she fraudulently claims my son on her taxes makes too much) and they split it. She even went as far as to spreading rumors that my son was autistic just so she could somehow get more money. I went to court yesterday to see if I could speak to family relations and LITERALLY broke down in tears when I was told that I would NOT be appointed any lawyepublic defender to help me on my behalf. So what do I do? The only thing I have going for me is that I'm the mother (and being sober, I'm a damn good one at that, I truly am the better parent.) IM TOLD I CANT EVEN CALLED DCF BC THEY WONT TAKE ME SERIOUSLY AS I JUST COME OFF AS VINDICTIVE. The police are useless because A) my ex's sister is engaged to one of the sergeants B) when I was 16 my best friend's dad was a sergeant and he sexually harassed or assaulted me (I don't know how to categorize it) and I filed a police report about it and he is now the top sergeant. C) I have been continuously harassed, humiliated and was even LITERALLY falsely arrested by them even the prosecutor was pissed and threw out the charge. My point? They are useless and obsessively HATE me. Nevertheless, I have called multiple times for welfare checks. Examples that show my ex is a neglectful father: -he has many guns including shotguns, that are not stored properly -my son's bedroom floor is COVERED in animal feces and urine. They hide it by throwing a throw rug over it. -My son has extremely poor hygeine. He doesn't know how to shower at 14 years old and doesn't know how to ride a bike or tie his shoes. No regular hair cuts at all. My ex's dogs get treated better. -he is constantly being ignored and unmonitored while being kept in his bedroom all day on his computer using the internet doing who knows what. Barely any human interaction at all except when he sees my mother. -I keep in touch with their neighbors (who used to be my neighbors) and she told me about an incident where there was such a loud fight between my son and my ex's gf and it was heard that she screamed at him "no wonder your mother wants nothing to do with you!" -Me ex allows my son to consistently go with my mother even though he is VERY AWARE she drinks and drives with him. Sadly this is the only other human interaction he gets! I have been BEGGING both my mother (who never responds to my texts) and my ex (who recently unblocked me for some reason) to see/talk to/interact with in any way with my son. Especially as his birthday approached on Oct 4. My exes first response to me was "no bc I don't want to deal with your drama". His other texts call me a drug addict (I get drug tested regularly in the program I'm on, my ex and I are both on a methadone) and I have been clean and given clean results for over a year. He calls me mentally unstable even though I have been seeing a psychiatrist for depression (I mean duh, I had to transition from being a full time mom to suddenly dealing with guilt of my mistakes which lead to me having no control of even seeing him). He tells me my son wants nothing to do with me, I'm a dead beat, there's nothing I can do bc of the pandemic and I can't even take him to court bc of it. In April he said I can see my son bc that's when the pandemic would be over but of course when that time came he accused me of still being "unstable" bc I called the police to do welfare checks on my son. Another exact text: "Sending a cop here and do that to him (my son) your a terrible mother im done goodbye." Another text said "I was gonna let you talk to him but since he got to tell the cops he's ok, there is no point in him teralking to you". Since he refused to let me see or even SPEAK to my son to wish him happy birthday, I asked if I could at least drop a gift off and he has not responded in over a week. TO THOSE WHO STUCK THROUGH AND READ POSSIBLY THE LONGEST POST ON REDDIT: Whether you think I deserve my son or not, I thank you SO much for taking the time to read this. This is a matter of potential life changing for many people including a child and is extremely important to me as a fellow human being. You are probably in like the 4 % that is compassionate enough to care about another human being other than yourself.
2020.10.15 15:11 MolidayzI’ve been dancing around the idea for too long
I (26f) have been in a relationship with my partner (31m) for a little over 4 years. When we started dating I was back in my home state “temporarily” with plans of moving out back west. We worked together and started sleeping together privately. I know this sounds cliche....but a few months has all of a sudden turned into 4 years in the blink of an eye. At the beginning of our relationship I expressed my disbelief in love and marriage and I knew I was keeping him at an arms distance but that is what I wanted. In the early years I was sleeping with other people and although we didn’t openly talk about it it was a known fact. One year he “got in a fight with his dad” and got “kicked out” of his house which as time goes on I think he may have just worded it in that way so that he could move in with me- I could be wrong of course maybe I’m just bitter. He has never spent a holiday with my family, though I have with his. He does not get along with my little sister who is my best friend and partner in life in many ways. They fought enough that we got separate apartments in an apartment building to stay close but separate. Day to say we get along and have a good home life but over the years and especially during quarantine we had many nasty fights with screaming and fighting over nothing In particular. Phone chargers being moved, dishes, groceries. I’ve tried to break up with him a few times and each time he tells me he might as well kill himself if I leave him. I know it’s usually a lie but I get so afraid I take back what I said. I do love and care for him but I feel like I am an emotional hostage. I feel like I’ve lost myself and what I want for his comfort. I don’t want to get married, I don’t want kids, yet he is always talking about our future together and the house we can build one day. I don’t think I love him anymore. I often don’t want to sleep with him. I feel like a sad, pathetic housewife and I’m not sure when this all changed but I have found myself suddenly stuck between feeling extremely unhappy and not wanting to send him back to this dark place he goes when we are not working out where he acts like someone I don’t know. I think he needs help but he shrugs off therapy or talking to someone. I have begun to develop feelings for a co worker and I find myself dreaming of feeling young again and dating and getting to know someone new yet I feel...like I said, like I have these emotional shackles around me that I don’t know why I can’t summon the strength to break. I guess I know what everyone will say- just rip the band aid off and be honest. It’s just going to make everything difficult. We have bills to pay and are so comfortable with each other but I can’t summon any passion or excitement from our comfort anymore. I feel selfishly frustrated because I feel like I’ve been clear from the start this isn’t what I wanted yet I know IM going to be the bad guy for expressing how I feel. Uhg. Why is love painful and temporary.
2020.10.14 23:15 Uncommonthoughts3Why wont he verbally commit but is physically commiting?
Why wont he commit UPDATE: so after all that jazz⬇️ I started to distance myself a bit, he became more needy and wanted to see me more in which I eventually gave in. I see him like 5 times a week now and things from his end have been WAYYYYY more romantic. He has set up a little shrine of me basically in his house of everything I have ever made and given him & even has my name as his passwords for his medias. He texts me EVERYDAY first. And im also 10000% certain Im the only girl hes talking to since im always with him and my stuff is all over his house. Things seem more intense romantically but I still dont get it lol —- What is this and what to do Here I am yet again, and I will update you all on everything. So I have been talking to this guy for nine months and we started the relationship finding each other on the dating website hinge. We hung out things started getting serious and we started having sex and stuff and two months and I followed up with a question like where do you want this to go because I really like you and basically he gave me a run around and told me” I don’t want to rush into anything serious but i do like you” So I respected it and I didn’t bring it up for a while things started getting more serious though with actions on his part. He wanted me over literally every other day and I would sleep over all the time. All his friends know who I am and what I am to him because I even had one of his friends come to me and tell me that I was a really good person for him and that I was a good girl for him, I quickly told his friend saying I’m not too sure on what our status of relationship is but I appreciate it thank you. Months go on of us talking every single day and me being there literally four times a week and we started acting like boyfriend and girlfriend. I would help him clean his house and do little projects and help him with basic needs as much as I could because I cared for him. Basically I was showing him that I was housewife material and was in hopes that he would eventually verbally lock me down one day. He started to show a bit of jealousy, in which secluded my thought on that he may be more into me then I thought he was. He would pretend to have my phone and pretend to be going through it even though he didn’t know my password is in a joking way. I never took offense to it. One day in particular he was brushing my hair for me and was telling me” see I take care of you, I brush your hair I feed you I make sure you’re satisfied, who else does this for you?” Im also his password for his hbo i found out because I asked him if i could use his account and he sent me his info and I was suprised to see I was his password. So it felt good knowing that he kinda recongized me in a weird way. A couple months go further on and things are getting more serious and he comes to me for emotional stressors and starts opening up to me about certain things that normal friends wouldn’t do, especially just friends with benefits. The month of my birthday came along and I reminded him that my birthday was in a week and he has told me that he’s really bad with birthdays and that he barely even remembers his mom birthday and which is in same month as well. I didn’t say anything more about my birthday until the day my birthday came, I fell asleep at his house the night before my birthday and woke up on my birthday and he didn’t say anything to me, he forgot. So I went out got cute and I posted on Instagram for him to see that I was celebrating my birthday. He instantly saw and he was so upset text me saying that he so sorry and that he such a jerk and then he invited me over the night of. So in my brain I was thinking OK he feels bad and he wants to make it up to me so I go there and he told me he was sorry and then ordered $100 worth of sushi and we ate sushi and called it a night. I was still hurt that he didn’t remember my birthday, but then I realized that maybe it’s not that important. I was just more so looking for some sort of validation that I was important to him. Three days after my birthday he started texting me a lot, like I’m talking more than normal and I was really short with him because I was unsure on how I was going to start the conversation again of like what are we, who am I to you because I’m confused. He texted me and he said miss you, and then I said no way you don’t even think about me. He then shortly followed up, what? I texted you like 100 times today He then shortly followed up, what? I texted you like 100 times today. Then I said to him that I appreciate all the text but sometimes it’s hard for me because I always keep thinking about when we first started talking he told me that he didn’t want anything serious with me and I was unsure on what role I was playing in his life and in this relationship. All he said to me was I don’t know, I haven’t been having sex with anyone else though. In which I already knew, because I know his routine and as much as I’m over there he had no time to literally do anything else. I left him on red and then he sent me a song called “Stay High” by Brittany Howard. Me, the way that I am I read the lyrics and it really confused me. So I sent him back a song “clay” by orange. Because if he wants to try to tell me something through a song that I’m gonna try to tell him something for his song. We haven’t texted each other since. But every time I post an Instagram story he is literally the first one to see my story, so he’s actively seeking out what I’m doing but you won’t say anything to me. It’s been two full days of us not talking and I’m hurt and I don’t know what to do. Like, I’m OK with just strictly having sex and all that but I need to make sure we are on the same page so that I’m not isolating myself, because eventually I want a secure relationship and somebody that calls me their girlfriend verbally too. I really like this guy and I really like him as a person. To the point that I have been learning his native language to show that im interested in commiting into even knowing his culture, ( i never told him I was learning, every now and again I would be cute and say a phrase in the language to just see his reaction). We also have an age gap. 26 (f) and 35 (m) Im sad because I don’t understand why he wont verbally commit to me, but yet commits to me physically 100% in every action form. What would you do in the situation?
2020.10.14 18:53 mar480Mad Men - how do the character's personal brands stop them from being happy?
I have to admit that, when everyone responded so positively to myMr Robot vs Breaking Bad postlast week, I was overwhelmed. To be honest, I've been going through a rough time lately and the sudden influx of compliments and attention helped me pick myself up a bit. A lot of people asked for more thoughts, especially on Mad Men and Bojack Horseman, so I decided to take you up on your offer and create a subreddit. I hope you enjoy this one - it was much harder writing without a question so do feel free to send in topics you think it would be fun to read about! _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Before changing my career, I worked in marketing, advertising and branding. There are subtle but important differences between these three things: marketing is the process a business uses to promote its good and services and reach the audience; advertising is part of that marketing strategy and generates interest and enthusiasm in the goods/services through creative use of words and images; branding is the business' personality and the values that the audience associates with it. Let me give an example from the first episode: Lucky Strike has a marketing problem: because of the government's new rules they cannot say that cigarettes are safe so their communication strategy has to change. They want to solve part of the problem through advertising - how can they creatively reach consumers and drive sales in this new environment? Don's solution is branding:
"But everybody else's tobacco is toasted." "No. Everyone's else's tobacco is poisonous. Lucky Strike's is toasted."
When talking about branding, there are five types of brand personality and they have specific attitudes that we the consumer associate with them. Most brands are a mixture of two of these: Sincerity (Household goods and food - Campbell's Soup, Fairy Liquid etc.):
Excitement (Technology - Apple's new iPhones, the PS5/XBox, cars):
Competence (Services - Couriers, B2B):
Sophistication (Luxury brands - perfumes, fashion, gourmet food and wine)
In this example, I think Don is pushing for ruggedness and sincerity. There's something masculine, honest and earthy about his tagline. It does make you think of the Carolina sunshine and the high quality of production that goes into each cigarette. Of course, this is the exact opposite of the truth as presented in the episode: everyone is coughing at the start of the meeting, they are lying about the dangers of smoking, Lee Garner Sr is old and saggy, Lee Garner Jr doesn't know how the cigarettes are made, there is no difference between Lucky Strikes and anyone else's cigarette brand. This is a key theme of Mad Men - how we communicate and bridge the gap between appearance and reality. This is something that is investigated for each character as an individual, how they relate to each other and in the wider historical context. Characters use the techniques of advertising and branding as part of their psychological marketing strategies to control their identities and understand their place in a shifting world. We could broadly brand each of our main characters (with the caveat that these characters change substantially over the course of the show) with one of the personalities above - Peggy is sincerity, Joan and Megan are excitement, Don is competence and ruggedness, Betty and Roger are sophistication - but these only really capture these characters when they are performing (advertising) in public, making sure that others see them they want to be seen (marketing). In private, each character often displays the opposite characteristics of their brand personality. Peggy is shrewd and rejects maternity and domesticity for her career. Joan is desperate to be married and actively encourages others to get married even as her marriage is falling apart and while she comes to terms with her rape. Don is impulsive and careless and largely indifferent to the suffering he causes others, especially his children. Betty is a deeply ugly person on the inside who carelessly abuses her children. And then, of course, there's Pete Campbell who is the opposite of all of these brand personalities - a dishonest, miserable, incompetent, snivelling, jealous, balding weasel of a WASP manchild - an anti-brand, if you will! Since these five brand personalities are insufficient to make up a real identity, the characters are constantly forced into confronting the darker aspects of their personalities, which cannot, by definition, be encompassed in branding. The Big Five Personality Traits is a useful framework for exploring this further. It breaks an individual's personality down into five areas:
Conscientiousness: impulsive, disorganized vs. disciplined, careful
Agreeableness: suspicious, uncooperative vs. trusting, helpful
Neuroticism: calm, confident vs. anxious, pessimistic
Openness to Experience: prefers routine, practical vs. imaginative, spontaneous
Extraversion: reserved, thoughtful vs. sociable, fun-loving
Let's use Betty Draper as an example. Her Sophistication brand identity can be reconfigured as:
highly conscientious (advertising) - she is organised and self-disciplined with her hair make-up and clothes, high achieving ("you're painting a masterpiece...."), deliberate with her actions ("...hide the brushstrokes")
highly extrovert (marketing) - she likes to be seen, enjoys being the centre of attention, receiving compliments, complains bitterly about how she's stuck at home with the children
closed to new experiences (branding) - she has an extremely traditional value system passed down from her mother that values beauty over all other things, and is completely unable to adapt to the shifting roles for women in a changing America. It is inevitable that she would die (sending Sally her dress and makeup requirements) because she no longer has a place in this world.
highly neurotic (real life consequence) - she was bred for beauty and marriage so she has no identity of her own and very limited coping strategies for when the world is not as she expects it to be. She is anxious, irritable, stressed, erratic, impatient, depressed. Her psychiatrist diagnoses her as having the emotions and reactions of a child. Her best friend is Glenn - it's easier for her to talk to a strange child than to her husband or her own children.
Disagreeable (real life consequence) - because she's trapped at home without any hope of change, in a housewife/mother role she is ill-suited for when she prefers being the belle of the ball, with a traditionalist mindset that is at odds with the real experiences of those around her, without any coping mechanisms beyond retaining her beauty at all costs, she is demanding, stubborn, unsympathetic to others' feelings, quick to insult or belittle her children and tends towards violence.
We could do this for all of the characters but, to save space, here's a few summaries of some real life consequences that stem from relying on a personal brand:
Roger's brand of sophistication is revealed to be empty and meaningless. He is not conscientious at all, basically doing nothing round the office and even losing Lucky Strike because of his laziness. His extroversion and general agreeableness is undercut by his acceptance of existential nihilism. He's only open to new experiences in the pursuit of youth that distracts him from how old he is. His story ends quietly, wrapped in the arms of an age-appropriate companion and a far cry from the naked man riding a 20 year old round the office.
Megan's excitement brand is corroded by contact with reality. Don is an old man with traditional ideas about how his wife should behave and she does not fit that role easily. As the shine comes off and she refuses to be controlled by him, her extroversion becomes isolation (her S7 home "is like Dracula's castle"), she becomes more disagreeable, increasingly neurotic, and closes herself off to new experiences.
Joan's conscientiousness and openness to experience takes her in a direction that she never imagined for herself as she moves past her excitement brand that so intrigues men and starts her own agency under both of her own names.
Pete's anti-brand actually reverses itself entirely! He becomes more conscientious, more agreeable, less judgemental, kinder and more empathetic. He fits in better and wins back the love and respect of Trudy and many of his co-workers.
WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW - too many to comment out All of which is to say that you cannot live a happy life if that life is built on a foundation of illusions, lies and a refusal to accept reality (i.e. the very nature of advertising). This, of course, is the failed brand of Don Draper. He's a man living inside a dead man's skin; a deserter masquerading as a veteran. A man whose shame over his past as a poor abused child from a brothel drives him to remake himself so he can join the elite WASP circles that Roger moves in. He's a man in perpetual decline even as he represents the high ideal of what every man imagines they are supposed to be, even to himself. He becomes increasingly more impulsive, careless and disorganised as his competent, rugged brand persona disintegrates. He was always brusque and a bit of a show off but he becomes outright cruel to those who notice what's happening or want to help. He was always fairly introverted but he increasingly runs away from his chosen faked life - to Anna, the commune etc. - in the hopes of finding another answer in his search for his real identity. He is open to new experiences on that quest, but is a traditionalist at heart, and he cannot help himself from seeing things through the lens of the fake reality of advertising; even when meditating in the final scene, he sees a way to co-opt this movement to increase sales. And, although he finds a sense of self-acceptance in S7, his anxiety, fear of vulnerability and general hostility remain. By contrast, Peggy, who represents all the best part of Don, has almost the opposite experience. By being straightforward and stalwart, even in the face of overwhelming rejection and challenges from the status quo, her sincerity brand triumphs. She is able to adapt to the world around her, building high competence and diligence in her professional identity, an emotional stability that steers her in the right direction, a curiosity that creates empathy and an open-mind, and allows her to discover who she really is rather than who people tell her she should be. Her brand doesn't preclude her from experiencing real human emotions so she doesn't suffer in the same way as the other characters (this makes sense as she is the audience surrogate character so she doesn't come pre-set with a brand like betty or Don). There's so much more I could say - I have a few paragraphs on the state of America during the events of Mad Men and it's brand identity and I didn't even mention Sally - but I think this is long enough! I'm really looking forward to your comments and questions and do let me know what you'd like to hear more of next.
2020.10.13 17:29 SmartalumTHE book on cults: "When Propacy Fails"
It is probably one of the most important books written in the last 60 years. Three professors wore a book on a bizzaire cult based around the automatic writings of a Housewife who predicted the arrival of aliens. What interested the authors, and why it is so important, is how we process congiative dissonance. In other words, when our belief system is challenged by events, how do we react, and what needs to happen to actually change our opinion. Since then the book has been used to understand ISIS, and more than a few have applied the book's lessons to political and religeous beliefs. What surprised the authors was that in the face of evidence that contradicts with our belief system, we often actually tend to become MORE committed to the belief and not less. In the specific instance the aliens did not arrive on the date predicted. But groups members actually became more committed after that. From wikipedia, here are the requirements for believers to become more committed when confronted with contradictory evidence. Much of NVIXM fits this criteria. The last bullet point explains why Keith wanted people in Orchard Park. The second explains the importance of collateral. It is probable Keith read this book.
A belief must be held with deep conviction and it must have some relevance to action, that is, to what the believer does or how he or she behaves
The person holding the belief must have committed himself to it; that is, for the sake of his belief, he must have taken some important action that is difficult to undo. In general, the more important such actions are, and the more difficult they are to undo, the greater is the individual's commitment to the belief.
The belief must be sufficiently specific and sufficiently concerned with the real world so that events may unequivocally refute the belief.
Such undeniable disconfirmatory evidence must occur and must be recognized by the individual holding the belief.
The individual believer must have social support. It is unlikely that one isolated believer could withstand the kind of disconfirming evidence that has been specified. If, however, the believer is a member of a group of convinced persons who can support one another, the belief may be maintained and the believers may attempt to proselytize or persuade nonmembers that the belief is correct.
2020.10.13 14:15 readingrachelxHousewife highlights/Daily shit talk - October 13th, 2020
Porsha Williams says she’s ‘been’ single (Page Six) "Porsha Williams is on the prowl. The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star, 39, and her on-again-off-again fiancé Dennis McKinley have split again. McKinley commented that he was “SINGLE ASFK” on a now-deleted Instagram story, while Williams commented on an Instagram post that she has “been single.” McKinley first proposed to Williams in October 2018 with a 13-carat ring and they welcomed their daughter in March of that year. But they never made it down the aisle, as they split eight months later following a cheating scandal. They eventually got back together, but their reconciliation didn’t last and their relationship problems were a storyline on the Bravo show."
Stripper Denies Allegations Of Sexual Activity With Any Real Housewives Of Atlanta At Cynthia Bailey’s Bachelorette Party (Reality Tea) "In an Instagram post, Michael Bolwaire, aka Bolo the Entertainer, aka “not just A stripper, THE stripper”, wants to set the record straight. He flat out denies anything happened. Michael says, “I’ve built an entire brand on professionalism and it doesn’t stop here. The rumors and allegations going around right now are straight bullshit. Although I’m flattered to be in the same conversation with these beautiful women, nothing happened,” Michael shared. He also said that his followers, fans, and supporters from over the years can attest to the fact that he is nothing but professional. And if you require further statements of denial from this gentleman, he pretty much sealed the deal with, “I don’t need any unnecessary mileage on my dick.”
RHOP's Karen Huger Explains Her ‘Press Charges’ Comments To Candiace (bossip.com) "The Grande Dame shared on Twitter that she’s “not a fighter” so SHE, Karen Huger, would’ve taken action immediately. ” I would call for help 911,” said Karen. "If it were ME, which it was NOT because I am not a fighter and when there IS conflict, I look for solutions and am known to take a time out- I would hope never to be in that situation. But IF by some miracle of miracles it did happen to me, I would call for help." She later expounded on her words on The Bravo Aftershow and told producers that she was trying to be supportive of both ladies, but if she were Candiace, the police and ambulance would have to “pick her up off the floor.” “I wasn’t going to choose one friend over the other, that was clear out of the gate for me,” said Karen. “Whatever you all needed I was going to provide for either one or both of them and I respect her as a grown woman. She [Candiace] asked me what would I have done if it were me and I answered her.” “Now see, here’s the caveat,” she also added. “I would have pressed charges at the fight, I’m not Candiace but if I were Candiace, which I am not—if I were in a fight y’all would know I would be innocent. And so 9-1-1, right there, okay?! Oh no, I wouldn’t have moved! My wig would have been on the floor, stayed on the floor with my body. And the cops and the ambulance would remove me, I’d be in shock!”
‘RHOBH’ Bravo Executive Reveals Why Production Broke the 4th Wall This Season (cheatsheet/Bravo's Daily Dish) "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills made the unprecedented move of breaking the fourth wall this season. Erica Forstadt, Vice President, Current Production at Bravo, explained exactly why season 10 was shot this way. “The only way to tell a story is to tell it’s truth,” Forstadt told Bravo’s The Daily Dish. “And I think we had no choice but to break the fourth wall this season with what was happening with Denise [Richards] and the other women. It was the only way to tell an honest and true narrative.” Forstadt said production had no choice but to allow certain moments that would normally be cut to flow with the season. “And that really came from the production company,” she said. “They pitched it to us. They said, ‘This is how we’d like to tell the story.’ And both Kathleen and I, who also oversees the show, agreed.” “I think [breaking the fourth wall] is incredibly important,” she continued. “As a fan of the Housewives, and I’ve watched so many different seasons of shows. And even Beverly Hills, and this was before I worked on it, there would be times where there’d be conversations between, let’s say Lisa Vanderpump and somebody else.” "And they were kind of talking in code,” she said. “As a viewer, I was always trying to figure out what they were talking about. And sometimes I just didn’t understand. If you remember the season where Lisa and Kyle [Richards] and [Lisa] Rinna … it was the year of Munchausen. ‘You brought me out and you wanted me to say it.’ I remember watching it and saying, ‘But what really happened? Because I don’t really understand what they’re talking about.'” “I think it’s still enjoyable,” she said. “And I still loved watching it as a viewer. But with this season, no way we could tell the story without doing what we did.” Forstadt said she learned later in the evening after Glanville told Teddi Mellencamp and Richards she hooked up with Denise Richards. “The showrunner and I talk all the time,” she remarked. “So that night I believe he texted me the information and I immediately called him. That was shocking.” She also addressed the timing of when Glanville told Mellencamp and Richards and the trip to Rome. Some fans wondered if the conversation between Glanville, Richards, and Mellencamp was staged too. “I would like to put that rumor to rest,” Forstadt said. “And say that that was actually shot exactly when it was shot. It was shot before they went to Rome.” “So the reaction of Teddi and Kyle in that moment,” she added. “And not knowing what to do, because they were going to be seeing Denise shortly, it was completely real.”
'RHOBH' Lisa Vanderpump's Husband Sued For $80,000 Over Alleged Villa Blanca Unpaid Rent (The Blast) "According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Golden Triangle Building LLC is suing Blanca Investments LLC and Kenneth Todd. The plaintiffs accuse the defendants of breach of lease and breach of guaranty and declaratory relief. The suit says the defendants signed a lease with them in 2009 to open Villa Blanca. The plaintiff says “Defendants are required during the Lease to pay Base Rent and Additional Rent.” Further, “Notwithstanding the requirements of the Lease, Tenants failed and refused to make all the payments of Rent due under the lease. The lease was not terminated …. and Plaintiff does not intend to terminate the Lease.” The landlord accuses the defendants of failing to comply with applicable Covid-19 ordinances such as “they have no protections in connection with the amounts due and owing.” The suit says Ken claims to have paid a $40,000 security deposit but they have no record of it. The suit says the defendants claim to have terminated the lease agreement themselves. The landlord says they had no right to terminate the lease and believes it’s still active. The suit is demanding the Villa Blanca defendants pay a total of $80.236.86 for October’s rent. They are seeking an additional $80,236.86 in additional damages."
An RHOC Producer Shares the "Touching" Thing Shannon Did for Him Amid Coronavirus (bravotv.com) "While discussing what it's like to be a part of the show, one of Shannon's "favorite producers," Bobby, recalled the memorable thing Shannon did for him and the rest of the crew on the the day production shut down due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "You were strangely calm, I think, for all of the stuff that was going on. Here we are coming into your home," he said. "Set up on your table, you had all of these supplements, all these things for all the crew. It was just a really touching moment." According to Bobby, it was far from the first time Shannon made taking care of the crew a top priority. "One of my first times working with Shannon, I remember that you just kept looking at the crew. We were in a restaurant, you kept looking at us like, 'Aren't you hungry? Aren't you hungry? It's getting late,'" he recalled before revealing what mouth-watering food she bought for the team because, as Bobby explained, "It was late and, yes, we were hungry." Noting that she loves "the sense of family" that the RHOC cast and crew has, Shannon explained, "Everybody looks after each other and, you know, we go through things together."
For anyone who missed it yesterday: Bethenny Frankel splits from boyfriend Paul Bernon after two years together (Page Six) "Bethenny Frankel and boyfriend Paul Bernon have called it quits after two years of dating, Page Six has exclusively learned. “They broke up a couple of weeks [ago], and are saying it’s because of distance, but you know Bethenny,” a source told us. The couple met in 2018 after Frankel’s on-and-off boyfriend, Dennis Shields, died. “I remember telling Tinsley [Mortimer], ‘I really like him,’ ” Frankel said of Bernon during her final “Real Housewives of New York City” reunion (she left the Bravo show in 2019). “And I felt like an idiot, because I was saying I felt like it could be the one or something. I was really into him and we went out a couple of times. And I just wasn’t really ready … I wanted someone to give me a guaranteed, ‘This is the guy’ because I didn’t want to get hurt.” Frankel and Bernon, who lives in Boston, often posted selfies from their getaways and doted on each other in Instagram posts. “I like me better when I’m with you,” she captioned one selfie last year, referencing Lauv’s song “I Like Me Better.” He responded: “I’m good as long as you’re here with me.” The duo even celebrated #NationalCouplesDay in August. But they split just as they were to hit their two-year anniversary in September. Meanwhile, Frankel is still fighting to get divorced from her estranged husband, Jason Hoppy, after ending their relationship seven years ago. “I’m still married,” Frankel revealed to Andy Cohen when she appeared on his “Watch What Happens Live” show last month. Splits aside, the Skinnygirl mogul recently launched her new “Just B” podcast and it’s “going great,” according to another insider. “She is lining up really good guests, A-listers! She’s featured at the top of new business shows on Apple,” said the insider, who was mum on the split. Frankel previously hosted a daytime talk show, which lasted one season."
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