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While some couples decide to relocate somewhere quiet when they become empty nesters, Julia Lemigova and Martina Navratilova moved from their rural farm to the hustle and bustle of Miami Beach.
On Season 5 of The Real Housewives of Miami, the model and her retired tennis player wife are adjusting to life now that Julia's daughters, Victoria and Emma, have moved out for college, and to attend high school in Paris, respectively. Though they purchased a farm that's "almost three times bigger than the old one," their primary residence is their newly-finished Miami Beach home.
Ahead of the December 8 premiere, Julia chatted with The Daily Dish about the difficulties of becoming an empty nester while living away from her beloved farm. She also shared how it's affected her relationship.
"Life is about sacrifices, and I know Martina really wanted to be in our new house in Miami, which, of course, I understand — anybody would," Julia explained about how they moved their home base to their beach house. "But, my soul is with my animals, and we're trying to find a balance where we understand, basically, each other's needs."
As Julia explained on Episode 2 of Season 5, her animals (including a goat named Elvis, who was her plus one to Larsa Pippen's dog birthday party) have helped fill the void she has from her kids being away.
"I miss my kids terribly," she continued. "I have more fun at the farm because I'm an outdoor person. I love [being] hands-on with my animals, when Martina would go more to the gym or do paddle boarding. I will learn and do my best to find common ground in Miami."
While Julia wants to find things to do at the Miami house, she also hopes that her wife develop more of an interest in the farm lifestyle as well. In the meantime, she's still escaping to the farm regularly to be with her animals because they "give [her] energy."
"[I'm] also trying to find things to do for Martina [so] that I could lure her more to the farm, and [so] she would have something to do there that she would actually enjoy so we could go together. That would be fun, but it's not a huge deal," she added. "It's about understanding each other's needs, and finding a balance."
As viewers will see on the latest season, Martina and Julia butt heads over the amount of time that they get to spend together.
"I get totally where Martina is coming from. I mean, I do spend way too much time away on the farm," she said. "But, maybe I'll bring a couple of goats to Miami and then see what Martina says. Maybe she'll send me back to the farm."
You can find out more about Julia and Martina's marriage on Season 5 of RHOM.
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