Kim DePaola may operate mostly in The Real Housewives of New Jersey shadows, but this part-timer never fails to get viewers talking.
AllAboutTheTea.com had the pleasure of speaking to the boutique owner/reality diva to dish some dirt about the show and the Season 8 cast.
Fans know that Kim took some heat when Melissa Gorga’s boutique, ENVY, crashed during the off-season. Melissa’s partner, Jackie Beard Robinson, pulled out of their partnership, eventually stripping the store and liquidating the inventory at Kim’s boutique, Posche.
“I’d rather be the villain than the victim,” Kim snarked, when asked her thoughts about the retail drama. “Melissa Gorga can have the victim role.”
Kim is famous for “running with the big boys” and when asked to clarify the expression, she explained the notorious quip.
“‘Big boys’ come with lots of different titles,” Kim explained. “They can be doctors, politicians, Wall Street bankers or mobsters. I play with them all.”
Kim revealed that there are periods of time when she has “no relationship” with Teresa Giudice. She gives a nod to the cheating scandals that have haunted both the reality mom and her incarcerated husband, Joe Giudice.
“Teresa should just keep doing her thing, just like he’s [Joe Giudice] been doing,” Kim said. “Maybe they will make up in the end.”
Controversial comeback cast member, Danielle Staub, has been presenting a reinvented persona — not the “prostitution whore” fans used to love to hate. Does Kim buy it?
“Danielle is pure garbage,” Kim said point blank. “Her return sends a horrible message to the audience.”
“Viewers are absolutely not seeing the real Danielle,” Kim added.
While Kim maintains friendships with former cast member, Jacqueline Laurita, Dolores Catania and Siggy Flicker, cast newbie, Margaret Josephs, has failed to impress the colorful fashionista. Kim shaded the rookie for turning her back on Siggy, to side with the cast veterans.
“Margaret is the epitome of what a friend is not,” Kim said. “Anyone who can turn on a friend for a group of strangers is just no good.”
Kim has been nicknamed “The Godmother,” and believes the moniker is a reflection of her get-it-done attitude.
“People come to me for advice and favors, and I’m always willing to help,” Kim stated. “I get things done.”
Kim shared that she “loves being on the show,” because the exposure has been “great for business.” Does she have any regrets?
“I wish I could have brought out more truth at the reunion,” Kim revealed. “Other than that, it’s all good…and so much fun!”
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