While the Real Housewives are known for their affluent lifestyles, you might be surprised by how many of these women and their significant others have had to file for bankruptcy. From Sonja from The Real Housewives of New York to several of The Real Housewives of Orange County, see who’s had money problem from coast to coast.
Lynne and Frank Curtin
The most uncomfortable cash-strapped sitch of the bunch is certainly that of Lynne Curtin, whose daughters famously answered the door to their home on camera only to receive an eviction notice. Lynne only flirted with bankruptcy – it appears she and her husband Frank never ended up filing – but her money problems, which were notable enough to earn ink in The Wall Street Journal, seemed to only get worse after her exit from RHOC. In 2013, TMZ reported on legal documents in which Lynne, then newly divorced from Frank, claimed to have just $100 in total assets and $3,000 in income per year.
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Alexis and Jim Bellino
The OC Register reported the couple defaulted on their $4.6 million dollar loan but ultimately avoided foreclosure. Jim took issue with the report, claiming the Chapter 11 reorganization was “commonly done” and went so far as to defend himself on a section of his website that he’s dedicated to myth-busting rumours of alleged shady business dealings.
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Tamra and Simon Barney
The filing was the culmination of a no good very bad year for Simon that started with his split from Tamra and also included an arrest over domestic violence.
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Real estate troubles have long plagued Peggy. In 2011, there were reports she may lose her mansion in Irvine, California. She managed to hold onto it but four years later she was still struggling with the same problems. After viewing court documents, Radar Online reported she still owed $1.54 million on the house – which was way more than it was worth after the real estate market took a dive and its value sunk to $840,000.
Teresa and Joe Giudice
Things famously snowballed from there, leading to a 2014 sentencing and lengthy prison stays for both Joe and Teresa. In June 2018, People reported the couple was finally no longer in the red, though they’re still on the hook for regular payments to the IRS and the NJ Department of Treasury.
Jacqueline and Chris Laurita
According to Jezebel, Chris has a very long history of money trouble that dates back to the eighties. The site reported that in 1988, the United Jersey bank won a judgement against him for more than $18,000 and American Express won another in 1990 for nearly $3,000.
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Taylor and Russell Armstrong
In 2011, Russell and Taylor were sued for $1.5 million dollars over claims his company had misappropriated funds. The next month Russell committed suicide.
Michaele and Tareq Salahi
Sonja told E! News she had to sell her homes in France and Colorado as a result of the bankruptcy, but she was able to hold on to her New York townhouse (which she’s now renting out). While she finally got out of Chapter 11 in 2017, she’s still being sued by a legal firm for unpaid fees.
Dorit and Paul Kemsley
The Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas sued PK after he allegedly did not pay the casino back on a $3.6 million dollar marker he was given back in 2009. PK agreed to make payments to settle the debt, but the casino claims he stopped in May 2018 and is now going after him for the outstanding balance.
Her debt included $747,900 in legal fees, $86,000 in unpaid rent and $25,000 in credit card debt, according to Radar. The upside? Unlike some of her OC counterparts, Barbara is raking in serious cash: she reportedly makes $20,000 per month.
Robyn and Juan Dixon
Robyn and her ex-husband Juan Dixon both filed for bankruptcy in 2013, a year after their divorce, and lost their home to foreclosure in 2015. Robyn has brought her setbacks with her on the show and discussed them in the open as she’s tried to rebuild her life.