When the Bravo network first came out with their concept of showcasing the lives of the housewives within luxurious homes, no one could’ve predicted how incredibly successful the franchise would become. The original notion focused on how the world always seems to focus on men that have created a vast fortune, but the women are somewhat forgotten. The Real Housewives franchise was going to give a voice to the women behind-the-scenes who were actually living lives that were worth taking a look at. People loved seeing the relationships they had with one another, the lavish lifestyles they were living, and the way the men played a backseat in the episodes.
Over the years, more and more series were created within the franchise, with audience members all picking and choosing which characters and locations were their favorites. From Orange County to Atlanta, there have been breakout stars who have gone on to become household names. There have also been a number of Housewives who have been able to branch out to become far more than just reality TV stars. The shows have become so popular that it’s attracted established actresses and television personalities to become full-time cast members in the franchise. Yet, there has been some criticism over the way this reality series has destroyed families and caused undue stress to some of the couples featured in the shows. Check out our list of the 15 Real Housewives photos that their husbands don’t want you to see, and you might notice that some of these couples have since divorced.
15. Carlton Gebbia
When Carlton Gebbia became the newest cast member to join the rest of the women on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, people were curious as to how she would stand out amongst the rest of the women. They quickly saw what her gimmick was since she claimed that she was a practicing witch and had a propensity towards Wicca and kinky sex. She was often seen pushing the other women’s buttons (or trying to flirt with them), and it wasn’t long before the audience grew tired of her over-the-top antics. Her time on the series was short-lived, and she was promptly replaced by another new Housewife the following season. During her time on the show, this photo began to emerge, and it was surely an embarrassing moment for her husband and their children.
14. Erika Jayne
When Erika Jayne was introduced as the newest cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, it was hard to imagine how she was going to fit in with the other women. Jayne was married to Thomas Girardi, a hugely successful attorney who was old enough to be her father. She was also a pop star of sorts, albeit not very well known or successful in the United States. While her husband definitely must appreciate the kinkiness and sex appeal in the bedroom behind closed doors, he may not appreciate the fact that she puts herself out there for all to see. This particular screenshot has garnered a lot of attention and not just because of the baby girl pigtails. Many people have commented on the odd shape of her leg that makes it look like the photo has been digitally altered. Yet, it’s probably no surprise that Jayne gravitates toward fakeness in order to enhance her beauty.
13. Vicki Gunvalson & Tamra Judge
Vicki Gunvalson is an original cast member from The Real Housewives of Orange County but Tamra Judge is also considered a veteran Housewife. Both of these ladies were married to different men from the start of the series, but it’s their friendship with each other that’s gone through the most tumultuous of times. After Tamra divorced her husband, Simon, she went on to marry her current husband, Eddie, and for a long time, it seemed like they were going to be the three musketeers. Vicki’s friendship with Tamra seemed unshakable, but that was only until Vicki began repeating a rumor that Eddie was actually a homosexual. This caused a huge rift in their friendship and Eddie wouldn’t take too kindly to reminiscing about the times when these two women were close enough to share a smooch or two.
12. Danielle Staub
Danielle Staub left The Real Housewives of New Jersey after Season 2, but the fans of the series haven’t forgotten about her or the drama revolving around her personal life. She had been engaged 19 times, and she recently announced that she’s engaged again. This time, it’s to Matt Caffrey, who seems to be a lot more low key and could be a great equalizer to her over-the-top personality. Staub is slated to be featured again during the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey as a friend of the cast, and the proposal from Caffrey was even caught by the Bravo cameras. Yet, his low-key persona and drama freestyle might be a little shaken after seeing some of the photos from her shady past. She famously appeared in a sex tape that was released, and some of the screenshots from her videos have made it online. While she tries to create a persona of herself as the beautiful soon-to-be little woman on Instagram, those older photos during her wild days are a little off-putting. Caffrey probably wishes everyone would just forget all about those, but unfortunately, the Internet never forgets.
11. Gretchen Rossi
When Gretchen Rossi was featured as a cast member on The Real Housewives of Orange County, it was difficult to truly get to know her due to the shocking difference in age between her and her fiancé, Jeff Beitzel. She was instantly pegged a gold digger, but she constantly tried to prove that she was a caring person who truly did love him. Jeff passed away before they could ever wed, but she quickly moved on to Slade Smiley. This new couple tried to portray themselves as the new “It” couple, but there were so many photos that surfaced online to negate that appearance. From her nude photos while posing with a vibrator to the photos of her sitting on the toilet, Rossi wasn’t exactly portrayed as the innocent girl-next-door. Yet, the most damning photos came when allegations emerged that she had been cheating on her ex-fiancé while he was dying. Photos of her with Jay Photoglou showed her as a real gold digger without a heart, and it’s something that Slade Smiley would surely like to cover up for good.
10. Tamra Judge
When Tamra Judge was first introduced on The Real Housewives of Orange County, she was married to Simon Barney. People thought of them as one of the most loving couples in the series because of the way they were always together and the lavish surprises and gifts Simon would give her. Yet, there was trouble behind-the-scenes, and the couple ultimately divorced. However, it wasn’t long before Tamra moved on and didn’t seem to hesitate in bringing her new man into the series. The most memorable moment was when she let the cameras see her and Eddie having an intimate moment in the bathtub, which later became a huge source of contention for Simon. He was infuriated that she would show something like that, especially when she was supposed to be co-parenting with him for the sake of their children.
9. Larsa Younan
When Larsa Younan was first introduced on The Real Housewives of Miami series, people wondered why she would want to participate in a reality series. Yet, rumors about the failing finances of her and her husband, Scottie Pippen, created allegations that she was participating in the series to help out her family with money. After her time on the show concluded, she dropped out of the spotlight until the couple announced that they were planning to divorce. Larsa was then photographed with the rapper, Future. Scottie had posted a photo of Larsa and him with their children with the caption “#TeamPippen stronger than ever!” Yet, Future went on to release an album with a song that stated, “I just slam dunked ya b**** hall of fame.”
8. Kandi Burruss
Kandi Burruss has been a constant favorite on The Real Housewives of Atlanta and even had her wedding to Todd Tucker featured as a fairytale event. While she was portrayed as a bombshell bride with her ultra-feminine physique and overall look, she wasn’t always considered to be a beauty by any standard. Before becoming a cast member in a hugely popular reality series, she was just a member of the girl group, Xscape. With the group starting a comeback, there have been a number of appearances these four women have embarked on to try and bring their music careers back into the spotlight. The group appeared together onstage at the 2017 BET Awards and announced they would be appearing again on tour. Yet, their emergence has also brought back photos from their earlier years, and many of them aren’t very flattering to Kandi.
7. Joanna Krupa
Joanna Krupa was already a successful model before she was featured on The Real Housewives of Miami, but the reality series helped to add to her star appeal. There was no doubt that she was a beautiful woman, but many people enjoyed the storyline regarding her romance with Romain Zago more than her professional pursuits. The two were ultimately married in 2013, despite having a myriad of problems in their relationship. There were some who criticized him for his controlling ways, so it should seem obvious that he would be bothered when she had a wardrobe malfunction while out and about. The two were hounded by paparazzi while spending a night out, and the bright lights of the cameras were able to see through her shirt. In regular light, it was fine that she was going braless, but the black tone and the glitter didn’t hold up against the paparazzi lights.
6. Melissa Gorga
When Melissa Gorga was first introduced as a cast member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, it was immediately apparent that she didn’t get along well with her sister-in-law, Teresa Giudice. Melissa was portrayed as a gold digger and a liar and, of course, there were a number of rumors regarding her past. Melissa was constantly accused of being a stripper prior to marrying Teresa’s brother, Joe Gorga. Both Joe and Melissa have denied that she was ever a stripper, but their claims have differed over the years. First, she was working at a bikini bar and then she was a bartender at a strip club, so it became difficult to know exactly what was the truth. In recent years, Larry Guarino, the former manager at Lookers Gentleman’s Club, claimed that she actually was a stripper for a year at the club. With photos like these surfacing online, there’s no doubt that Joe probably wished his wife never playfully danced on tables or pretended to work a stripper’s pole.
5. Caroline Manzo
While Caroline Manzo was never really thought of as the most beautiful cast member in The Real Housewives of New Jersey, that didn’t mean that her husband wanted her to be seen as the ugliest. Every man wants his wife to be seen as attractive and appealing since it does reflect on them, in a way. Yet, Caroline never seemed to bother herself with what others thought about her. This is the quality that proved that she deserved her own spin-off series since there were many people that wanted to see more of her and the way she interacted with her family. Yet, this screenshot of Caroline shaving her face like a man took things a little too far. Her husband probably wishes she would have saved this for a more private setting, rather than broadcasting it for all the world to see.
4. Kim Zolciak
When Kim Zolciak was introduced in The Real Housewives of Atlanta, she was seen as the bombshell blonde beauty who far surpassed anyone else in the series. When she became romantically involved with the NFL outside linebacker, Kroy Biermann, it seemed like she had met her Prince Charming. Their wedding was a fairytale dream, and television audiences loved seeing their romance blossom. Over the years, Kim has solidified herself as a gorgeous beauty and has even passed down that reputation to her eldest daughter. While it’s obvious that she’s no stranger to plastic surgery and even advocates it for her children, seeing a photo of her during her younger years is still a tad jaw-dropping. Her husband probably wishes no one would ever see some of these pictures of her prior to her plastic surgery because he probably would never have married her if she still looked like that.
3. Camille Grammer
When Camille Grammer was featured in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, she was the most well-known cast member due to her actor husband, Kelsey Grammer. Yet, he was only featured in a brief little segment, and then, he was off to shoot on location. She was left alone to fend for herself (with her multiple nannies), and she quickly made a name for herself because of the controversy she stirred up. It was later revealed that Kelsey was having an affair with a flight attendant, whom he later left Camille for and married. Yet, he still had to co-parent with Camille and deal with the fallout from having an affair. While he started a new family with his new wife, he’s undoubtedly embarrassed by who Camille was when he first married her. She had previously posed in Playboy and was known for being super sexualized. She’s not exactly the ideal woman that any man would want raising his children.
2. Lisa Rinna
When it was announced that Lisa Rinna was going to join the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, there were many who criticized her decision. Reality television shows are known for breaking up seemingly happy marriages, and it seemed like a poor choice for her to add that kind of stress to her life. Her husband, Harry Hamlin, is a famed actor who’s beloved for his role on the hit series, Mad Men, and it wasn’t like he needed any negative press. Yet, that’s exactly what happened when Lisa Rinna started acting crazy in the Real Housewives series. From smashing glasses to getting in people’s faces, she showed a completely different side to her. Yet, when she posted a photo of herself sans makeup, the damage was truly done. Her husband probably didn’t like the fact that she showed off her natural look for all the world to see.
1. Teresa Aprea
When Teresa Aprea was introduced into The Real Housewives of New Jersey, she wasn’t alone. She and her sister, Nicole Napolitano, were a package deal in the series. Yet, it seemed like their addition to the show was more about dredging up the sordid rumors about Teresa’s husband, Rino, rather than adding a sustainable Housewife to the series. The rumors surrounding Rino having sexual relations with his own mother-in-law were definitely shocking even though it was adamantly denied. Yet, the old adage “there’s no smoke without fire” comes into play, and it’s hard to deny that there definitely was some awkwardness surrounding their family. A photo of Teresa surfaced online with her posing in lingerie, and it was more than just a little scandalous. This probably isn’t something Rino would like the world to see, but he doesn’t have much room to complain about his wife’s behavior.
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