Exclusive: Dorinda Medley Shares Her Current Status With Bethenny and Ramona

I recently interviewed Dorinda Medley about this season of the Real Housewives of New York City and she was quite candid about

How did it feel to return to your second season of the RHONY?
Dorinda Medley:
“It’s not the land of the unknown anymore, and as Bethenny would say, the gild is off the lily, and I now know what to expect. I don’t go in so ignorant — I’m much more aware of things this season. Last year I was playing checkers. This season I’m playing chess, and it’s definitely less fun and much more strategic.”

Which of your cast mates were you close friends with going into this season?
DM:
“Going in??? Hmmm… (laughs) I was good friends with all of them, really. But again — that was going in. The better question would be GOING OUT… (laughs) I was definitely under the impression that all of them were friends going into this thing. And they are… they still are.”

Your relationship with your boyfriend John Mahdessian has been the main topic for this season of the show. How hard has that been on your relationship?
DM:
“Of course it’s not easy to watch someone you love being hurt, but I try not to internalize it and think about where we are TODAY and NOW and not go back to a few months ago. I certainly don’t believe in rehashing.”

Why do you think some people have such a strong opinion of John?
DM:
“I think because John has a strong opinion of himself and he chooses to keep coming on and being on the show. He volunteers as the sort-of… what’s the word… he volunteers to be the colorful character in a scene and people love to run with it. I mean, let’s face it, it makes for good TV.”

Your daughter Hannah recently gave an interview with Bravo where she stated she gets along with John. How have they progressed in their relationship?
DM:
“It wasn’t an interview, but more a comment to a Bravo Daily Dish writer at the premiere party, and she said that things have settled down, pretty much. They’re not grabbing lunch on the corner every Friday at noon, but the intensity has lessened and they’re cordial. Besides, Hannah always errs on the side of privacy — unlike her Momma (laughs).”

What are three things we would be surprised to know about John?
DM:
“1. Nothing 2. Absolutely nothing 3. He’s told you everything. He’s an open book — more of a colorful coloring book for children, if anything. But that’s something I find endearing.”

Are you still on good terms with Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer after their comments about your relationship?
DM:
“Absolutely. We’ve cycled through that and there are always bigger fish to fry. Believe it not, in retrospect, I see it as more of a friend’s concern and not an egregious move.”

What can viewers expect from the rest of this season?
DM:
“Well, I think the focus is shifting away from me and John and move quickly onto the others… not ALL of them, but the ones who are easy prey.”

How has being on Housewives changed your life?
DM:
“Honestly, it really hasn’t that much. It’s made me much more introspective, and definitely more self-aware, and because I have to re-watch and re-experience everything 6 or 7 months later, there’s a weekly cringe that starts around Tuesday morning and fades out by Thursday. You live out the season’s ups and downs week-to-week. What’s next, I ask myself. Fridays are great, Saturday, I’m fine; Sunday, I nap; Monday, I realize it’s happening…Tuesday, I just sit in the corner and pray; Wednesday, I’m a nervous wreck, and Thursday I have to nap again because I’m so exhausted. And then I go out and see friends and have a good laugh while they relive what I just finished reliving. But it’s fine — they pay for drinks.”

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  • kt

    There are some pictures that she looks so pretty and others not so much – mostly when she’s sitting like a man.

    • LOL..I agree about sitting like a man 😀 I will say that I really like her eyebrows in the main picture. Much lighter and matching her hair color.

  • Ramona acted as concerned friend, and “not an egregious move.”?? She has to be kidding right? Everything Ramona does on camera is an egregious move!!

  • PJ

    No, Dorinda, John doesn’t make for good tv. He needs to be gone. HouseHusbands who try to make themselves the center of the universe have very short stints, on the show and in real life.

    • Jane Ginsberg

      Ahhh Myyy, Ur SO Right! He – John – is not someone one would have in good company. He is socially appalling and in some, strange way, perverse. Get him OFF that show!

  • Amy

    i like John because he makes Dorinda happy. He’s not leaching onto her for her money (crooks) and he’s not screwing much younger woman (Mario) !! All that matters is she is happy! Ramona has NO room to say a word about John. The way she went on about her perfect marriage lalalala

    • apple

      I agree Amy.
      I will say I don’t see what she sees in John…but I do not like when women, like Bethenny, tell their girlfriend they don’t like their man…whether he is a date, a SO, or their husband. It has never happened to me but I think I would shut it down immediately, like Dorinda did. I would tell them to tell him to his face…and the next time they are both in the same room, I would call him over. Can you imagine a scenario where a bunch of men sit around telling one of their golf buddies they don’t like his wife? No…cause men just know better…it is none of their business.
      Bethenny should have told John directly what her issue was with him, and left Dorinda out of it.

      • Amy

        Exactly.. And what a great comparison about the golf buddies and their significant others. I have dear friends that I don’t care for their partners but the class in me keeps that to myself

        • Suze☕️

          Amy, I also agree with you and apple. It’s her business not theirs. I can’t say I see anything in him but lots might think that about my Hubbie. My friends wouldn’t dream of saying anything! They have too much class! Xoxoxoxo

  • Naynay

    I’m afraid of Dorinda’s flailing arms and pointing finger and John I can do without

  • ChristopherM

    I don’t get what she sees in him, but I am not sleeping with him, so I don’t have to get it. And neither does Ramona. I do think Dorinda is the rare creature of reality television who gives you exactly who she is. I find her endearing and genuine.

    • Amy

      I totally agree ChristopherM. What u see is what you get and she doesn’t put on a show and most likely never will . She’s not out to impress. She’s confident and feels no need to make false impressions

    • apple

      Me too….
      I don’t care how she sits, or if she gets drunk, or who she sleeps with…she is my girl.

      • Amy

        Ditto

        • Suze☕️

          Again She is the one I like so I agree! Xoxox

  • PJ

    John makes her happy? When? I guess they don’t film that part because I have yet to see him make her happy. He annoys the shit out of her, is too much with the PDAs which she hates and he’s drunk a lot. He also seems to constantly be pawing her. I guess I’m missing something.

    Richard has been dead for 4 years and she’s been with John for 4 years? Sounds like too soon, to me. I believe Ramona called it. He targeted her and caught her when she was at her most vulnerable. I’ve seen men target women in real life and I know the signs.

    • They do fight a lot. I agree, PJ.

    • I totally agree PJ

  • GIGICAT

    First of all, I think she can do much better than John. And it has nothing with him being a dry cleaner, it’s his constant grabbing and touching other women and his not listening to Dorinda. And his constant need to kiss her all the time which she obviously does not like doing in public. He does not RESPECT her and that is what bothers me. Why she thinks she can’t do better than him is beyond me. So Dorinda, if you don’t like what your friends are telling you about him, then stop bringing him around cuz they aren’t going to shut up.

    • PJ

      His pawing her and his constant PDAs are abuse, whether she wants to call it that or not. He is disrespecting her physical boundaries. He’s habitually not taking no for an answer. Abuse.

  • MochaQueen

    I find it interesting that Dorinda has no problem cursing people out for John but no kisses in public. Also what if it was the other way around? If she was asking him for kisses or affection in public and he always said No. I’m thinking I’d think he was cruel.

  • Manny

    Easy Prey? She means Jules and Sonja right? Sence Bethenny hit a wall with Dorinda

  • Gibney

    Hi- first post here. I really like Dorinda and her fury with the rudeness of the other women. That said I think she and John may be enabling each other. Thanks to Bethany’s big fat mouth dropping hints and by that I mean saying it outright that John does a lot of coke I do wonder if both he and Dorinda have a problem. That’s why I can’t stand Bethany. If she senses the slightest weakness or witnesses anything embarrassing about another it goes into her nasty little mind file to use to her own advantage. Ramona does that too.

    • It’s none of Bethennys business! Leave John alone for Dorindas sake. I agree Gibney. Bethenny is rude. It’s just commen sense. All you ladies are classy!

  • I totally agree with PJ

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