Bethenny Frankel, Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley, Carole Radziwill and Jules Wainstein got into all the drama on the first part of the RHONY season 8 reunion
Reunited and it feels… not so good.
Bethenny Frankel, Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Dorinda Medley, Carole Radziwill, Sonja Morgan, and Jules Wainstein all came to the reunion ready to tackle the season 8 drama and clear up some major misunderstandings. And they didn’t waste any time getting into battle.
Here were five of the evening’s biggest bombshells.
1. Medley wanted to quit the show after this season’s bra party battle
Frankel and Medley clashed early in the season – over Medley’s boyfriend John Mahdessian. The three finally came to blows at Medley’s bra party in an epic argument that had Medley thinking about quitting the show.
“I was so heartbroken after it first happened, and was like ‘Okay – I’m out.’ ” she explained. “I was really paralytic. I whipped out my phone and was like, ‘I’m moving to the Berkshires.’ I started my exit plan, which I always do when I’m upset.”
Of course, Medley was able to calm down. And even though she confessed it’s painful to watch the incident back, she isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. “I’m a strong person and I feel stronger in my relationship.”
2. Medley doesn’t see herself marrying Mahdessian
Speaking of Medley’s relationship with Mahdessian, it may be stronger now than it’s been – but that doesn’t mean the two are following de Lesseps down the aisle anytime soon.
“I don’t see myself marrying him,” she admitted – before quickly clarifying “I don’t see myself breaking up with him either.”
She continued: “I literally have a great arrangement. I see him, we don’t see each other, we see each other – we’re very happy. I just got back from eight days by myself and no one is unhappy about it. He’s not upset and I’m not upset.”
3. Frankel and Morgan accused Medley of doing cocaine
During the bra party battle, Frankel insinuated that Medley did cocaine – a claim Medley refuted on the reunion. “I don’t,” she said. “I do not. I don’t.”
Frankel didn’t appear interested in getting into it this time around. “I think maybe next question,” she said. “I’m not here to ruin people’s lives and I’m not here to f— people over. I don’t think anybody wants to do that. You have social lives and you party and whatever happens…”
“Why are you insinuating you know I do drugs?” Medley asked, saying that she had never gone out socially with Frankel before. “Maybe you’re talking about a lifestyle you have with your friends and your pool house, but you don’t know my life.”
But Morgan had Frankel’s side. “Everybody knows you do drugs,” she blurted out.
“I don’t do drugs,” Medley said again. “How would I do all these drugs when [my daughter] lives with me? I’m home every night.”
The subject was dropped quickly thereafter.
4. Ramona Singer still cries about her ex-husband Mario Singer – but she loves dating
Ever since splitting from her husband Mario Singer, Ramona has been reaping the benefits of the single life. But the split still gets her upset from time to time.
“Don’t get me wrong, there are some days I do cry,” she said, of Mario. “But I realize he was a lot of work. I was the caregiver and I really took care of him totally. No one was taking care of me. And all of a sudden, I don’t have to worry if he’s happy or not happy. I needed out!”
The two remain on speaking terms, taking care of their daughter, Avery Singer and their dog.
In the meantime, Ramona is embracing dating. “I really don’t want to be involved with any man in a sexual way,” she said. “Right now I just want to be with great guy friends.”
Speaking of Avery, she seems to support her mom’s new dating habits – and breast augmentation. “Avery thinks I look great,” Singer dished. “She said, ‘Mom – you look better than most people in their ’30s. You look unbelievable and you’re gorgeous.’ ”
5. Frankel called her boyfriend’s daughter to refute de Lesseps’ affair claims
Frankel and de Lesseps spent the majority of the season at each other’s throats. So it wasn’t a surprise when the Countess defended herself from Frankel’s that she sleeps with married men by turning the camera on Frankel’s own relationship.
The Skinnygirl mogul is dating Dennis Shields – whom she met 27 years ago, when he dated (and later married) one of her high school friends. Though she did not stay in touch with her high school friend, Frankel and Shields shared other mutual pals. Several months after he separated from his wife, they began dating.
“The real hypocrite in this room is Bethenny,” de Lesseps claimed. “Everyone knows it. She was going out with [Shields] while he was married and living at home. I know people that knew them personally as a couple, and I knew this was going on for a long time. So as much as you want to say that he’s separated and you’re separated… that’s not how it started.”
But Frankel didn’t agree. And to prove her point, she called Sheilds’ daughter on speakerphone to prove her innocence.
“I can speak for all my siblings,” the unnamed caller said. “My dad actually had back surgery about a year ago. So unless you were sneaking in the back door, which wasn’t happening, there was nothing happening. You were not really a person in anyone’s life, you were just a good friend.”
That gave Frankel all the fire she needed. Shooting back at de Lesseps – whom she called “Lie-ann” – she shouted, “You are born a liar and you will die a liar.”
We’ll see how de Lesseps handles that in the reunion’s second part.
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