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Jennifer Aydin was definitely a breath of fresh air on The Real Housewives of New Jersey this season. Coming from a traditional Turkish background, the mother of five and wife of a plastic surgeon was happy to share her life on screen — but was disappointed to learn that not everyone saw her for who she really is. When speaking with The Daily Dish podcast, Jennifer was asked what the "most hurtful misconception from fans this season" was, and she jumped at the chance to answer and clear things up.
"That I am a materialistic, pretentious snob," she replied. "I mean, I went to China for my furniture. What about that says pretentious? I mean, you want to call me cheap? I feel like cheap is maybe a negative word for practical. I'd rather have that than be the pretentious, materialistic snob that only cares about money. That is so far from the truth. I am the most hospitable person; I always tell my kids, we invite people over, we feed everybody... Everybody tells me, 'Oh, you're not going to take it to the grave.' I'm like, what are you talking about ? I help all my siblings; I help my parents, my sister, I help everybody. I'm the one who pulls all the strings."
As the Garden State mom put it: "I was prepared for people to not like me; I just was not prepared for them to not like me for reasons that are so not the truth."
Another misconception Jennifer wanted to correct was the perception some had of her marriage. "A lot of people think that I need permission from my husband [Bill Aydin] to do anything; that is so far from the truth," Jennifer said. "Anything that I ask my husband is purely out of common respect and courtesy and the love I have for him. It's like, 'Hey, I'm doing this. I hope you're OK with that.' Obviously, I had already booked my trip to Oklahoma. I was already going on that trip; it was not open for discussion. But there's a courtesy there: I would not like him coming home, saying, 'Oh, by the way, I'm going for a bachelor trip this weekend with my boys. No. It's, 'There's a bachelor party going on. I was thinking about going. What do you think about that?' That's just respect that you have in any relationship. That's not because someone's like a dictator or anything like that."
In fact, Jennifer specified, "I rule that house. I did everything. My husband has no idea what we spent on the house. I take care of everything. He just pays the bills."
Get ready for more Jennifer when the RHONJ Season 9 reunion Part 1 airs next Wednesday at 9/8c. Preview, below.