The Real Housewives of Sydney shape up for reunion fight night
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