Whenever one of our Real Housewives leaves a franchise, she rarely goes alone: The members of her entourage, who viewers have grown to know and love, also exited. Each week, we'll be looking into the lives of one of these familiar faces. Today, it's The Real Housewives of New Jersey guest star Kim Granatell.
When Kim G. appeared on RHONJ back in seasons 2 and 3, her antics were always a delight to behold: From inspiring laughs with her booty-shorted attempt at pole dancing to the explosive end of her friendship with BFF Danielle Staub, Kim G. could always be counted on to stir up some drama.
But after Kim G.—not to be confused with the show's other epic drama-queen guest star, Kim D. (who's actually her former sister-in-law)—left the show in 2011, things didn't calm down. Her husband divorced her and she struggled with life after reality TV.
"My husband told me to quit the show and change my name or he would divorce me. Of course he divorced me anyway," Kim told Celebrity Magnet in 2012, adding that after exiting RHONJ, "I became very isolated. Everybody had the wrong idea about me."
She coped by starting what she calls "The Ex-Wives Club" with other divorcees and "that really put me on the road back to being in charge of my own life," she explained. "We remind each other that this isn't the end, in fact, it's the beginning of a whole new and better life."
In 2011, she stepped out with a new man: Lindsay Lohan's reality-star dad Michael Lohan. Despite his troubled reputation, Kim had nothing but good things to say about their romance at the time. "He is very outgoing and nice and kind to everyone. He likes to get up before me and makes breakfast or goes out and gets it. I have never had anyone wait on me like that," she told RumorFix, declaring that he was also an "affectionate" lover and that she had become "the calming factor in his life."
But they soon split and Michael went back to his current fiancee, Kate Major. Despite her bad romance, Kim has found time to flaunt her good fortune: Photos and details of her stunning backyard makeover—complete with and outdoor kitchen and resort-style lounge areas—were featured on Decoist in September 2014.
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