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The Real Housewives of Syd­ney shape up for re­union fight night

Herald Sun - Switched On - - FRONT PAGE - AMELIA SAW NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

In show busi­ness, they say, you should never work with chil­dren or an­i­mals.

Per­haps we should add ... or a Real Housewife of Syd­ney.

When “spir­i­tual” housewife Athena X Levendi ar­rived for Switched On’s cover shoot — with TV ri­val and co-star Krissy Marsh — it was clear she was de­ter­mined to clash.

While the brief called for ball gowns or cock­tail dresses, Levendi was hav­ing none of it: “I’ve talked about it with my style coach and it’s not me.”

Marsh, a for­mer model, just rolled her eyes at the the­atrics.

It’s a sim­ple snap­shot of the past nine months since Marsh, Levendi and the rest of the Real Housewives — in­clud­ing Ni­cole O’Neill, Vic­to­ria Rees, Matty Sa­maei and Lisa Old­field — be­gan film­ing the first, ex­plo­sive sea­son of Fox­tel’s pop­u­lar re­al­ity TV fran­chise.

While Levendi’s wardrobe wob­bly may seem mi­nor, it’s sym­bolic of her bat­tle with Marsh and just one of the wars in this week’s re­union spe­cial. There are tantrums, tears and an off-cam­era al­ter­ca­tion which saw Levendi re­strained by a pro­ducer as she tried to at­tack Rees.

Ac­cord­ing to Levendi, her prob­lems on the provoca­tive se­ries be­gan with Marsh.

“If the col­lec­tive chooses to alien­ate one per­son, then it’s easy for ev­ery­one to join that col­lec­tive. Once Krissy went on that cam­paign of say­ing I was nasty, I just kept hear­ing it in ev­ery episode,” she says.

But if mem­ory serves, it was Levendi who made waves first, re­fer­ring to Rees as “a fat lit­tle girl”.

“We re­ally fo­cused on one word I said, the F-A-T word, and that was purely in de­fence. I never even said it as an ac­cu­sa­tion, that was a de­scrip­tion,” she ex­plains.

Levendi, who mar­ried into the Levendi Jewellers fam­ily, claims she was bul­lied by her co-stars, who she al­leges trolled her on In­sta­gram and used “brain­wash­ing” tech­niques to turn the au­di­ence against her.

“I feel like Cin­derella and they were the three ugly sis­ters,” she says of Marsh, O’Neil and Rees. “They had spe­cific key words they used ev­ery sin­gle episode to brain­wash the viewer and con­vince the viewer, and I find that very cal­cu­lat­ing and very cun­ning.”

Marsh laughs off the mind games ac­cu­sa­tion, ar­gu­ing: “I’ve tried with Athena but it’s just eas­ier not to en­gage at all.”

The pair have not had con­tact since April, when the re­union episode was filmed.

Given the ac­ri­mony and drama, will the women re­turn for a sec­ond sea­son?

Marsh says, “I don’t know. I’d have to think about that,” while Levendi is also un­sure.

“I’d have to go into a very deep med­i­ta­tion, go into an­other di­men­sion and hope­fully meet my guides and ask them.”

WATCH THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF SYD­NEY: RE­UNION, FOX­TEL ARENA, SUN­DAY, 8.30PM

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