Cast Blog: #RHOM

No Nonsense

Joanna Krupa explains why she got so heated at the 'Ocen Drive' shoot.

Oh where shall I start?! Haha let’s begin with the Ocean Drive shoot. I was told for months I’d be shooting my third cover for Ocean Drive, and when I arrived, I wasn't aware that I was shooting a special swimwear editorial until my gorgeous sister, Marta, overheard the crew talking. Of course as a loving sister she passed on what she heard. I was shocked. I felt betrayed and lied to, so of course I am not going to smile and be OK with it. I am a business person, and whatever project I sign up for, I always  give 110%. They manipulated a situation, so of course I am going to stand up and fight for what is right. I treat everyone with respect, and I demand respect and honesty back. I agreed to the shoot, because I was told it was a cover. If I was offered an editorial, I probably still would have agreed to do it (as I have done numerous editorials over the years and have nothing against them), but the fact that I was tricked into it made it unacceptable, and I wasn't going to just sit there and go on with the shoot pretending everything is great and dandy.

That being said, I love Ocean Drive, and both the covers I did with them are some of my favorites. I am very grateful to Ocean Drive, because if it wasn't for my first cover, I might have never met my fiancé, Romain Zago, as he is the one that organized my cover party at Mynt, and that was the night we fell in love.

I don't put up with B.S. from anyone; life is tough as it is, and I work darn hard for my money. I don't rely on a man to take care of me, and I have always been independent (I’ve worked since I was 15 as a telemarketer) and taken care of myself. That is why I have such thick skin and don't deal with nonsense, because I don’t have the time for it. I have made many mistakes in my life -- including buying rental properties before the market crashed -- and I have lost a fortune, but you live and learn and that has made me even stronger. I know not to deal with nonsense and things that are not important. I fight for what I believe in, and this was one of my fights to stand up for myself as I would for my loved ones and animals. For those that haven't followed my career over the last 10 years and are meeting me for the first time on the show, I am a huge animal lover/activist. I am always rooting for the underdog, especially when they are defenseless and voiceless. Animals need humans to protect them, since they can't fend for themselves. I’ve done a third PETA shoot and also my protested against the Kardashian Store Dash for selling fur and lying to the media that they don't sell it when I had the proof in my hands with the Dash receipt. I am happy to say the store as of today in Calabasas is closed. As I said in the protest, I will fight for animals until the day I die and for all those that are defenseless like children. My dream is to have my own animal sanctuary together with a therapy center for underprivileged and sick kids, where the kids and animals can heal each other and be away from reality for a few hours every day and be happy.

I have been coming to Miami for years and have been bicoastal between LA and Miami for the past six years. It’s been very hard to find good friends that you can trust in Miami, and I was really looking forward to meeting Lisa’s new group of girls at Smith and Wollensky…so far so good!

Always remember: treat others as you want to be treated…


Lea's Final Thoughts on the Season

Lea shares he status with each of the girls post-reunion.

It’s a Wrap!

It’s been an interesting season. I've been as honest and authentic as possible. I feel I owe that to myself and to you, our viewing audience. I've defended myself when wrongly accused or misinterpreted and in the process unfortunately, ugly truths have been exposed. I haven't gone out of my way to hurt anyone, but if I have, in the spirit of defending myself or setting the record straight, then so be it. I've had some fun, a few laughs, and experienced a lot of unnecessary stress.

I've showcased as many of my friend’s businesses as I could and got in a few shameless plugs for However, I haven't traded on the show or received any freebies, other than borrowing jewelry a couple of times! LOL! Some have interpreted it as being materialistic, I call it marketing. LOL!

I've listened to people re-invent the past, camouflage the present, and stoop to insults, foul language, and ugliness, all of which make me cringe. I've made closer bonds with some and made new friends along the way. I’ve learned to love and appreciate the work that goes into being on the show. Of course, I don't like what I see from time to time, but I hope I've maintained my integrity and what was important to me.I cracked a few jokes at others expense, made a few sarcastic remarks, and rolled my eyes a few times. I just can't (or won't) stop being myself. LOL! I've loved reading all of your comments and tweets. Even when I disagree, I'm OK with it if you were being intellectually honest. But the few comments which were mean-spirited, based upon uniformed conclusions, bias, or outside influence, I disregarded, ignored, and deleted. I have a low threshold for pettiness and unnecessary maliciousness.

Now, for the girls, in my usual style, let me be as honest as I can be.

Lisa: I feel she and I have a lot in common, and I'm closer to her than the others. I think she has a good heart, but is a little too sensitive. I think she often takes things too personally. She wants to have fun; she has a wonderful spirit and loves a good party. She did get on my nerves while attempting to be “the connector" but I understand the reasons and know her intentions were good. She can always depend on me, and we enjoy a loving and brutally honest relationship.

I'm the next closest to Joanna. I love a lot of things about her. Her love for animals, how much she works , her willingness to speak publically about her very personal problems, endure public scrutiny, and the manner in which she let's things go and moves on are all admirable. She doesn't live or die based upon the opinions of others. I am disappointed with some of the things that she said things during the reunion shows. I know she has suffered for it, regrets it deeply, and wishes she could take it back. But because of some of her choices, I have a reluctance to fully embrace or trust her. She knows exactly how I feel.
Alexia: For three seasons I have defended her, had her back, and given her the benefit of the doubt. Watching her all season, week after week, speak one insult or mean-spirited comment about me, knowing many of them were lies, causes me to wonder if she did it to patronize the hate club, play all sides, or if she has some hidden resentment towards me. Perhaps she did it for air time in an attempt to make herself more relevant? Maybe she just doesn't like me and doesn't want to say it? Whatever reason she got her digs in, it is not justifiable; they were uncalled for and she should regret it and say so.  Whenever the cameras weren’t rolling, she’d tell me how much she loves me and what great friends we are. So even though she threw me under the bus several times, as recently as the reunion, I'm not interested in going tit for tat. I wish her and Herman well, and I have a lot of empathy for her personal issues.

Now to Adriana:  Everyone knows how I feel about her. The one thing she did which showed her real inner self is when she ripped my son’s heart out and stomped on it. She intentionally, out of hatred, kept her son away from my son. To this day, I know that I’ve done nothing but try to help her or defend myself against her lies.  She has expressed her gratitude by stabbing me in the back. Whatever her motivation (I have my own conclusions), nothing will ever put Humpty Dumpty back together again. I can put the past in the past and be amicable towards her, but let me make the following point crystal clear: I will never fully trust her. And I really just don't like who she is. Since the show either she has changed or who she really is showed up. Either way it’s not compatible with who I am and what I want in my life.
Marysol: Again, I've called Elsa many times over the months, and I've continued to do so, whether Marysol chooses to believe it or not.

And to set the record straight, yes Frankie is a friend of mine. He is a comedian and has a You Tube channel of impersonations, he is a Broadway star and an entertainer. He only impersonates people he finds interesting. No, he never knew Elsa was sick and no, I didn't see him make the video, and no, I wasn't in the background. All of which can be proven. But if it was a big secret, he wouldn't have posted it on You Tube.

And by the way, he made the You Tube video months after the show was no longer filming. But of course Marysol brought it up about 5 months later, so she could justify and explain away her behavior of the season.

Overall, it’s been a learning experience. I've been surprised to discover how people will behave and how far they will go for attention, relevance, a storyline, or to make someone look bad. I've always said reality TV brings out the best and worst in people, and I stand by that belief.

My tag line “I live my life like everything matters, because I think it does" is true for me. As easy as it may be for some to just live in denial and brush things aside, I believe everything we do matters, including who we are to ourselves and to others. And who we are produces consequences, both good and bad. I choose to live my life trying to create good consequences and limit negativity.
Not all drama has to be negative. One doesn’t have to criticize others in order to justify their own poor behavior or make themselves feel better about their lives.

So maybe I'm a fit for reality TV or maybe I'm not, that would be up to the viewers. The one thing I am certain of is that my real friends, my family, my son, and my husband understand me and are more important to me than anything and everything else. They know that my charitable work, being true to myself, living like everything matters, giving more than I take, my sense of right and wrong, making a conscious effort to live a life of purpose, setting a good example for my son, and being mindful of future generations are the most important things in my life.

I love nice things and love living the good life, and sharing it, and I've earned every right to do just that. I will never apologize for my lifestyle, but I won't be defined by it either.

Thanks for watching. Life is time, and you took time out for us, and for that I am forever grateful. Whether you enjoyed me on the show or not, know one thing, I put as much into it as I possibly could, and then some. LOL! Thank you POP, our amazing producers and their incredible team, the Bravo Network, and the viewers for the opportunity to cross paths. Did we bond yet? LOL!

Spread the love and keep the peace.

Love, Lea

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