At a premiere party on Tuesday, Singer and the other Housewives dished fights, younger men and family

By Jennifer Heyde
April 08, 2015 03:10 PM
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Everything old is new again in season 7 of The Real Housewives of New York City – and everything new means lots of drama.

Ramona Singer, 58, a Housewife since season 1, told PEOPLE that season 7 – which premiered Tuesday night – is all about “the three Fs: fun, feisty and we fight a lot.”

And don’t forget frenemies – Singer and the rest of the ladies are welcoming back another season 1 Housewife in as Bethenny Frankel (who left the show in 2010) returns. Though Frankel, 44, was reportedly in L.A., the rest of the Housewives gathered at New York City’s AOA restaurant on Tuesday to celebrate the show’s return with endless glasses of Singer’s favorite, pinot grigio.

The premiere party, where guests also sipped Ciroc cocktails, also introduced the newest RHONY cast member: blond bombshell Dorinda Medley, 50.

According to Sonja Morgan, 51, Medley really “hit the floor running.”

And, as with any newbie, it wasn’t always pleasant: “Dorinda and I throw down,” said Heather Thomson.

For Thomson, an acquaintance of Medley from the infamous Berkshires, this came as a surprise. Said Thomson, 45, “She and I had a summer romance. So, when I saw the Upper East Side Dorinda, I didn’t even recognize her. And so I learned this whole new side of her and it wasn’t all positive.”

As for Dorinda, who felt like her first season was a lot like “being back in college,” there was some unexpected friction. “There was some conflict I didn’t expect,” she said. “Definitely some side things that came out of left field,” said the socialite.

Fellow Housewife Carole Radziwill – who was rumored to exit the show before this season due to her own tension with Aviva Drescher, 44, last year – told PEOPLE she’s glad she stayed because “this season we just really kill it.”

“The friendships are real, the fights are real. When we’re angry we’re angry. It just feels like a group of girlfriends who genuinely kind of piss each other off,” said Radziwill, 51. “The audience is very smart and they can see through bulls— and contrived situations, and I think they’re going to be really happy.”

While Thomson, Radziwill and Medley are throwing down, two of the other ladies are hooking up.

Morgan, who has been known to date younger men, has upped her minimum age for boyfriends – slightly: “I have a new guy, he’s 24. The guy last year season was 23. So I’m moving up. It’s exhausting.”

Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, who split from her boyfriend Jacques Azoulay in 2013, is also trying her luck at love again: “I’m at a point in my life where I’m independent, and I feel really good. I’m dating. I’m having fun. But no one I’d like to introduce to my children.”

As for dating younger? “I’m not a cougar,” said de Lesseps, 49, “I like 20-year-olds, and 20-year-olds like us. Mrs. Robinson, hello! But it’s not my thing. My daughter is 20.”

For the married wives, things are going well. Kristen Taekman, 37, who hit a rough patch last year and went to therapy with her husband Josh, said they’re in a good place: “We’re stronger than ever. Last year was really eye-opening for us. It really just comes down to communication and finding the time to spend with each other. You take it for granted. So we were like, ‘Wait a minute, we’ve got to take time for each other now.’ ”

The Real Housewives of New York City airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.