The claws come out

This up­com­ing sea­son of The Real House­wives of Mel­bourne prom­ises to be the most ex­plo­sive yet, writes TIFFANY DUNK

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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 women: Susie McLean, Jackie Gil­lies, Ly­dia Schi­avello, Janet Roach, Gina Liano, Chyka Kee­baugh, Gam­ble Breaux and Pet­ti­fleur Berenger.

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