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Adrienne Maloof brought some business-savy sass to Bravo, as a member of the original cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills back in 2010. The mother of three of sons may no longer be on the series (or with her former husband Paul Nassif, whom she divorced in 2012 after 10 years of marriage), but that doesn't mean she's any less busy these days. Adrienne currently lives in L.A. and has a number of projects on her plate, including helping to run the glamorous Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas with her siblings, working on her new supplement Never Too Hungover, and making a cameo on RHOBH later this season. Ahead of the appearance, she spoke exclusively to The Daily Dish about what her life is like since she stepped away from living in front of the cameras, and what it's like to co-parent with an ex.
Were you excited to come back and make an appearance on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?
Adrienne Maloof: I was excited to come back. I was excited to see the girls again. We've all been through so much together — that's a family bond.
Do you feel like the show's changed a lot since you were on the show? Or, do you feel like there are still the same elements there from when you were on?
Well, I think the show has become a little more in-depth with the drama than before. Overall the brand's been consistent. It amazes me that they continue to grow. It's been in different countries, so they have an amazing marketing power.
Would you ever consider a full-time return to the cast?
Well, not at this time, but stranger things have happened. You never know.
Obviously you're a working mom, how are your children? What's it been like since we last saw Christian, Gavin, and Colin? How are they doing?
It's a process and a lot of my time with my children — they are my priority and it's learning how to manage your time. Scheduling is very important, but they always come first in my life.
How is your relationship with Paul right now?
It's constantly changing and [we're] working on co-parenting and being better parents. But it's a process. It's always evolving.
What advice then do you have for other parents who aren't together and who are also trying to find that balance and co-parent?
You really have to find solutions. You've got to find answers. You have to be able to seek help if you need it. And in our case, we both needed to have a third party to help us through and guide us through this process.
What are you most excited for at the moment?
Of course, we have our hangover supplement [Never Too Hungover]. It's in over 17,000 stores and over two million bottles sold; and it's growing rapidly. I'm excited about that. And, of course, my jewelry line.
Talk a little bit about the hangover product and why you wanted to expand your empire to include something like that.
It's a niche market. It was originally formulated for our [business] partner's sister who had lupus. And, overall, she started taking it and it started helping to cure her lupus. So he approached us to consider this product. I take it everyday as a vitamin supplement. So I'm a believer in it. And when others have tried it, they're having a good time; they're maybe mixing drinks — eventually for some surprising reason, they felt just fine the next morning. No hangover.
The Palms hosted one of Democratic debates in October. Talk a little bit about that experience.
My family are Democrats. [It was] very exciting [to host the Democratic debates back in October at the Palms]. We've known Hillary for a long time and she's been a friend of ours for quite some time, so it was very exciting to be there.
What was the energy like in the room that night?
It was very positive. She was very focused. She's an amazing woman. I admire her. I look forward to possibly having the first female president in [U.S.] history. But it was very exciting.
You have so many different projects on your plate, what's the one thing that still really excites you when you sit down?
That I can be creative, that I can come up with an idea and then see it push [through]. [I can] come up with a concept and then put it into place and let people take it. That's what I love to do. I love the creative side.
With everything on your agenda these days, are you making time for yourself? Making time for a love life at all?
[Laughs.] Yes, I'm dating a little bit but nothing serious. I'm really kind of focusing on my projects and excited about that. But being a single mom, that's of course an adjustment and we'll see what happens. We'll see what happens in the future. So far, it's friendships but nothing too serious
What are you most excited to accomplish this year?
I think in my downtime to kind of focus and celebrate that I have these beautiful children in my life and really kind of pay attention on that and focus on that.
If the right reality TV project were to come your way would you ever consider a return back to television?
If it was the right project, yes.
It would have to be, maybe, more focused on your business?
Yes. Absolutely and I've been approached to do several different projects. I get approached daily. If it's the right project, and that's something I'm kind of working on now, then yes. I would most definitely be in a position to want to go back.
And potentially a few more Real Housewives cameos?
Yeah, I actually do enjoy doing the cameos. This is a bond with these girls, and maybe [we're] a dysfunctional family but it is a family-- I say that all the time. But we have a bond. The original cast has a bond. Only we understand what we've been through, what we've accomplished, what we celebrated. So in that respect, they know what I've been through and I know what they've been through.
Check out some throwback photos of Adrienne, below.
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