The claws come out
This upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Melbourne promises to be the most explosive yet, writes TIFFANY DUNK
BUCKLE your seatbelts, Real Housewives of Melbourne fans: season three is set to get off to a scandalous start.
Bombshells about “booty call” texts from cricket great Shane Warne, threats to sue one another, accusations of cheating and newly coined vicious nicknames are just a few of the things set to unfold in episode one – and there’s plenty more to follow, the reality show’s stars say.
“This season is more dramatic,” Gina Liano says. “It’s definitely a roller-coaster.”
Liano knows drama. Having taken the brunt of the other Housewives’ heat in the first season – only to emerge the decided fan favourite – then taken up the fight for newcomer Gamble Breaux when the women turned against her in season two, she was more than prepared for what would come. But to her surprise, the legal eagle and newly established fashion mogul came into the new season on a decidedly better foot.
“I’d formed better friendships with the girls,” she says, adding many burnt bridges had been mended in the off-season.
One of those friendships that is still flourishing – for now, at least – is with Breaux, who will this season wed partner Rick Wolfe. And Liano is a big part of the day, having been asked to officiate the wedding.
“Well, I couldn’t see her as a flower girl,” Breaux laughs.
“I had a really hard time last year and Gina was my rock. Without her, I would have looked like a crazy person just going off at Janet [Roach, whom Breaux says started rumours of her wild past as a “stripper and a prostitute” last year).”
Breaux says she had no hesitation allowing the cameras to film every detail of her wedding – which, in true Housewives style – promises to be spectacularly over the top.
“It was great having the wedding filmed,” she says.
“They can help you with all kinds of things, like the cake. Plus, we have the best wedding photos ever.”
But while Breaux is all smiles when it comes to talking about her wedding day, she is less enthusiastic when the subject switches to fellow season-two recruit, Pettifleur Berenger. The two weren’t exactly fast friends last year and the relationship certainly hasn’t improved.
The pair clash within minutes of their first filmed scene together in the new season after Berenger claims Breaux met Wolfe on the dating website sugardaddy. com, rather than eHarmony as she claims.
Berenger also gives Breaux a new moniker – Black Widow – which sparks yet another feisty feud.
With other insults being hurled among the group including “grandma”, “perimenopausal twins” and “Lydiot” (aimed at Lydia Schiavello) it looks like the stakes have also been raised when it comes to creative nicknames.
“I wouldn’t say the names were creative,” Liano says. “They’re more childish than creative.”
But while she may once have been at the centre of the insult action, this time Liano says she steered clear.
“I could hear it was getting feral so I thought, ‘I don’t need to be a part of that’,” she says. Adds Breaux: “She does get into arguments later on, though.”
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MELBOURNE
ARENA, SUNDAY, 8.30PM
The women: Susie McLean, Jackie Gillies, Lydia Schiavello, Janet Roach, Gina Liano, Chyka Keebaugh, Gamble Breaux and Pettifleur Berenger.