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Wow! It seems that any chance Lea has to make a snarky, nasty comment about me, she takes and goes full force, and now she has taken things way too far. For most of you watching since Season 1, our show was taped a year prior to being aired. I was actually married on March 25, 2010, my husband and I separated in December 2011. After many emotional attempts to reconcile, we went back and forth for months and finally decided to proceed with our divorce this past summer, July 30, 2012 –- knowing that there’s always an option to reunite if it felt right. In no way is it appropriate and out of context to make fun of the downfall of someone else’s marriage. The difference between us is that I don’t find pleasure in hurting others.
As far as Karent’s relationship with Rodolfo, I don’t know them on a personal level and I don’t stick my nose in other people’s relationships. While we were in Bimini, Mom asked me to call her every day to fill her in on what was happening. I can never predict how my mother is going to react, but she was right about Karent’s personal life not being anyone’s business, and I couldn’t agree more. I know everyone felt uncomfortable having the article laying around so Alexia decided to rip it up and flush it down the toilet and it was never brought up again.
Ana decides to cook a lovely dinner and invite the other ladies over to our house. I was really looking forward to a nice meal and pleasant conversation, however the evening’s tone turned very quickly the minute we sat down. Let’s just say, there was no bread to break. First topic of conversation was Lisa Pliner and the big blonde and how he felt that I did not apologize even though I did -– twice. In efforts to eliminate expenses, Lisa texted me that she did not want to use James to host her event if he was going to charge her. Not only did she say it once, but twice in a text message and admitted it on camera to Ana and me -– end of story. She knew she couldn’t lie to me and tell me the story she told everyone else and get away with it, because I had the proof in a text message from her. Why did Lisa and the big blonde go to such great lengths to create all this drama? If I had to guess, it would be a combination of fame hungry sprinkled with the desperate desire to be on TV.Quite often, Lea likes to throw around contentious words like “denial” when she is talking or referring to me. She is right about one thing: I was in denial to ever believe she could have been my friend. She doesn’t know the true meaning of friendship or camaraderie; it seems she doesn’t like other women and thrives on hurting them with nasty insults. Let it be clear that just because someone is louder and more hysterically animated when they speak does not mean they are telling the truth. Just because I am calm and soft spoken by nature, does not mean I am hiding or omitting anything. No one knows what exactly happened at Lea’s gala except for her employees and mine. I know the conversation seemed confusing to the rest of the ladies and probably to the viewers, but that is the language of our business and if you weren’t an intricate part of the daily details, it is difficult to understand this situation.
To clarify, I volunteered the services of my staff to work on the gala press two out of three years, so figure about three months of work per gala (six months in total). We take our work very seriously, whether we are paid or not. The Black’s gala was not properly staffed to assist my team in executing the red carpet. If her donors were so important to her, she should have sent their names to us in advance so my staff was prepared to recognize and receive them on the red carpet. We asked several times for the names and we only received two names the day before the gala. Sending the names (and photos) of your VIP’s or sponsors to a PR firm is essential and is standard event protocol. This insures that people who so generously have helped you create the evening are recognized and are escorted down the red carpet. Neither myself nor my staff could ever begin to guess who gives the Black’s big sponsorship dollars. Many of those relationships are cultivated through personal friends and business associates and are people that are not often in the limelight. The lack of transferring this simple information to my team could have avoided whatever problems she had with the people that were important to her foundation.
I knew she blew everything up at my expense to create drama around her gala again. I’m not surprised by this behavior, since Lea surrounds herself with dregs of society so she must assume that everyone is just as underhanded and calculating (birds of a feather).On one last note, I would like to say that while I was filming this season I was an emotional mess and there wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t break down and cry at least three times. My parent’s health, 50 year marriage, and my marriage were all falling apart and subsequently so was I. I tried very hard to hide my tears and hurt for the cameras, but by the time we got to Bimini and Lea and I argued for what seemed hours, I just cracked. I know it seemed like a touching moment, but at the time Charles Manson could have hugged me and I would have collapsed in tears. I wish I could take back everything I said to Lea when she hugged me. Had I known all the things she had been saying behind my back on camera leading up to that dinner, things would have been quite different.