What happens to our Real Housewives once they've left a franchise? Each week, we're looking into the lives of past cast members after their exits. This week, former The Real Housewives of Miami star Ana Quincoces.
During her brief tenure on RHOM, Ana Quincoces made a big impact: She split with her husband of 23 years, Robert, and later feuded with Lea Black. "Sometimes I feel like an anthropologist studying a tribe of deranged socialites," Ana quipped on The View last summer, "and sometimes I'm just looking in the mirror."
Now, nearly two years after her run, the lawyer, chef, cookbook author and mom says although she has no regrets about her time as a Housewife, she's happier than ever with her life. Her biggest news? In September 2013, Ana became engaged to Miami attorney Marcos Jimenez.
And this summer, she proudly saw off eldest daughter Kati, a second-year law student at the University of Florida, as she headed to Paris for a semester abroad to study international law. "I am so blessed to have such smart, accomplished and industrious daughters," Ana shared on Instagram June 22. (Daughter Beba's doing well too: She just graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in film and video studies.)
But there's always a little bit of drama lurking. The proud Cuban attorney—who's still promoting her second cookbook, Sabor! A Passion For Cuban Cuisine with frequent recipe posts on her blog—also revealed last fall that despite spending "many an episode" defending RHOM's Marysol Patton, they are no longer friends.
"There was no dramatic fallout or any one explosive altercation," Ana blogged last November. "Just the quiet, slow, and painful disintegration of what I believed was a true friendship, and the realization that I had been duped."
Now that her daughters are grown, Ana is looking forward to her next chapter. "During this second half of my life I plan to sleep and exercise more, I plan to consume less sugar and caffeine, I plan to travel more and spend a lot of time outdoors," she wrote in a June 5 post about aging gracefully.
"I plan to share my life with someone special. I plan to continue to work hard, write more books, and develop more great products to make life easier and more enjoyable for others. I plan to appear now and then on your TV screens and maybe share some insight on something very trivial or very important—and have fun doing it."