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Should the RHONY Ladies Care Where Tinsley Mortimer Gets Her Money?
In The Real Housewives of New York City finale, the ladies are coming for Tinsley Mortimer.
Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan weren't buying what Tins was dishing out when she claimed she was broken up with Scott Kluth — for good — and was using her own money to buy expensive bags, shoes, and dresses.
The ladies told her to her face they didn't believe she was actually broken up with Scott, and even claimed she was living her fabulous lifestyle due to some sort of arrangement with her on-again, off-again guy.
Obviously Tinsley was pissed. (See more in the clip above)
"I have — thank you, Mommy — family money, thank you, which is nice. But also if they're going to put it on this, I don't have a child that I pay for... Also, they have mortgages and houses. I'm just a single girl on my own," Tinsley said.
Still, Dorinda isn't convinced. And she thinks she deserves answers. "How? Two plus two equals what?" Dorinda responded. "You tell me. Where is she supporting herself?
But is it their place to question Tinsley's finances or relationship?
Relationship expert Fran Greene, author of Dating Again With Courage and Confidence, told Personal Space that demanding answers about someone's bank account or relationship can only backfire.
"Money, like sex, can be considered taboo topics to discuss with even your immediate family," Greene said. "What’s more important is what you are giving up in return for the money."
Greene explained that people in a relationship with financial attachments will likely end up not working long-term.
"Relationships that are based on being taken care of will cause resentment especially if money is the reason you stay," she said. "When being supported — or more likely being paid to stay in a relationship — there is an imbalance of power."
Which seems exactly like what Tinsley has been going through.
"When you feel that you have no power, the relationship suffers and your self-esteem gets chipped at day after day," Greene said. "The kept woman knows that she is only staying for the money and that deep down she feels trapped. It’s likely that she does not want to talk about the money because she does not want to face the reality of her doomed relationship."
There are some signs that your friend is a "kept woman," though. When you can't live your own life freely, when he doesn't take your work seriously, and if you are being controlled, these are major red flags.
As for Tinsley, she has said on RHONY that Scott hates her fame, her public responsibilities, and what she does for a living. Maybe it's time to dump him for good?