August 16, 2012 10:15 am DailyBeast…
Well, great. So this season of the show: Aviva, Carole, and Heather. Do you think they brought on new people to clash with you?
Who did I clash with? I did not clash with Aviva. I did not clash with Carole. The only person I clashed with was Heather.
Talk about Heather.
I think Heather and I are very strong, independent women, and actually, on paper, I thought we would probably get along the best, but initially we got along the worst.
I felt her being fake and phony. That’s how I felt. Now, she might not have been that way with anyone else, but I’m a pretty good reader of people, and that’s how she was with me.
What do you think that’s about?
No. 1, she’d never filmed before for a TV show and it could be that she was uncomfortable and couldn’t be natural. And because I didn’t really know her before the show, I could read her unnaturalness and her uncomfortableness and I took that for phoniness and fakeness. Does that make sense?
I think so, but do you think it’s possible that she just didn’t like you?
I really can’t analyze it. I think I am a good reader of people. I’m very straightforward. I don’t pull any punches. She pretended she had a different feeling for me to my face than she did behind my back. Does that make sense?
I guess. Were you insulted that Sonja asked Heather for help with her toaster-oven business and not you?
No, I wasn’t insulted. I mean, I’m a successful businesswoman, Heather’s a successful businesswoman. To tell you the truth, I don’t think mixing business with pleasure is good. It’s one thing to ask me for advice, but to have me do something full-time as a project, it just gets murky. I’d rather just come in as an advisory point of view. Does that make sense?
It does. So, you’re watching the show for the first time when it airs and you’re seeing what your castmates say about you in their interviews—
Yeah, I hate that part. When I see these things in the interviews about me, it’s like, Holy shit!
When you’re watching the show and you’re seeing what everybody else is saying, what bothers you most?
I have to say, I’m kind of like a dichotomy there: I have a thick skin, but I get hurt easy. It’s hard to really say because I grew up with a lot of crap, so things just kind of roll off me. I can’t take things too seriously. I roll with it, and you go on. Aviva was trying to be my BFF, and all of a sudden she turned on me in St. Barts for really no valid reason, and that kind of hurt me.
Does that happen often? People turning on you?
Some people seem really sweet and nice in the beginning, and then you get to know them and you realize they have a lot of psychological problems.
Why are people always getting on your case?
I don’t know, you tell me. I mean, I’m definitely a very strong woman. I’m very emotional but I have a heart of gold, but if someone pushes me against a corner, sometimes I lash back.
You’ve described your cast mates as “not true friends” and “women who don’t care for” you.
You’re only seeing one part of me. Number one, I have such a close relationship with my daughter Avery to the point where other moms have commented, I hope I have that with my daughter, or, How do you have that? They’ve yet to show the way I am with my daughter, that love and warmth and bond on the show, it’s major.
Why do you think you were saved when some of your cast mates were fired?
It’s really funny in life, and I tell my daughter this and I give this advice to all people who want to know what to do in business and life: you can’t look behind you or to the left or the right, only stay to your own course. I don’t think about why this one and why that one. I just know I’m on my course, I know what I’m doing, I’m true to myself. I’m not a phony, I don’t act for the cameras, I’m just me.
I notice people use words like “unfiltered” to describe you. On last night’s episode, Heather called you “difficult,” “out of line,” and “unfiltered” in one sentence.
I don’t think I’m difficult at all. I’m very strong-minded and I know what I want and I know what I like and I know what works. When I was looking for apartments—multimillion-dollar apartments—I’d say immediately, Put an offer at this price. I go to the store to buy a pair of shoes, I pay, boom, boom, I’m outta here. I know what I want. That’s not being difficult. It’s just being strong-minded. I’m not difficult at all. I have to go play tennis now. Can you call me back later?
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