SECOND WIVES CLUB
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ART consultant Gamble Breaux – yes, that’s her real name – heard a grim warning in her first round of media interviews for The Real Housewives of Melbourne.
“I said to one of the journos, ‘ Oh, I think I’ll be funny’. And she said: ‘ That’s what Andrea Moss said’,” Breaux recalled. Moss left the show after season one, with echoes of an alleged c- bomb ( hurled by Gina Liano) ringing in her ears. But Breaux said Moss was unpopular with good reason.
“I went to a friend’s Real Housewives viewing party, and Andrea was there. She got up and said, ‘ Right, girls, Jackie’s a bogan and Gina is an absolute b---and I hate her’, or something,” Breaux said. “We actually thought it was a bit off to get up in front of 100 people and say that. “She wasn’t unpopular for no reason. I mean, she already turned 100 women off and they hadn’t turned the TV on yet.”
When fans switch on for season two, they’ll meet two new cast members – Breaux, 44, and property developer Pettifleur Berenger, 50.
Breaux is a blonde beauty who loves botox and has a weakness for blokes. She counts calories religiously and lives in bayside Melbourne – “Toorak by the sea” – with adoring partner and eye surgeon Rick Wolfe, 18- year- old stepson Luke and badly behaved pomeranian Cash.
She hadn’t properly met Liano, Lydia Schiavello, Janet Roach, Jackie Gillies and Chyka Keebaugh before filming started, but had no illusions about being the new girl.
“You don’t walk into the show thinking the other girls are going to be nice to you,” she said. “It’s not that sort of show. It’s not like the Playboy mansion. It’s the Housewives.”
It’s just as well Breaux prepared herself for the worst, as it came quickly.
By the second episode, she had clashed head- on with an unexpected foe: Roach.
“I never saw that coming,” Breaux said. “I struggled with Janet. She had the reasons, not me. Let’s just say she got me really riled up, really upset.”
Roach tells Breaux on camera she had heard some unsavoury rumours about her. Breaux assumes she’s referring to the very public court battle she had with an ex, in which insults were traded as they fought over a luxury Mercedes. But that wasn’t it. “They’re saying you’re a stripper and a call girl. As a job,” Roach tells Breaux. “Also there are stories going around that you’re having all these sex parties. Oh gosh, it’s viral among the people that I know.”
Breaux laughed off the stories off as “malicious bulls---, absolutely vile”. She was mostly upset because her mum would be watching.
“I was pretty upset and I had to sort of sign off on the storyline, or else people wouldn’t have known why I was so p----- off,” she said.
Despite problems with Roach, Breaux formed real friendships during filming ( late last year). She particularly likes Liano, who she sees as a strong role model for young women, and Gillies, wife of Silverchair drummer Ben.
“She’s a raw diamond,” Breaux said.
Another topic Breaux warms to, on camera and off, is her interest in cosmetic procedures.
“I talk about it more than anyone else,” she said.
“Women are curious about it, so I talk about it a lot. I’m not scared of the knife.
“I actually went out with a cosmetic surgeon for five minutes. I know a lot about it and I love talking about it.”
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