As the first British import to the Real Housewives series, Cat Ommanney brought a little class -- and a lot of drama -- to D.C.
The feisty mom-of-two admits that her marriage to White House photographer Charles Ommanney unraveled while shooting the show, and the couple is now divorcing. Cat told Parade.com that she's struggling to find the silver lining to her stint on The Real Housewives of D.C. Plus, how the show's most controversial couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, let her down.When all is said and done...
"It's been a very interesting journey. I've enjoyed a lot of it. I've met some fantastic people and I really enjoyed working with the crew and the producers and, in general, it's been a good experience. I can't say it was a particularly nice experience getting to know the Salahis, but you can't help everything in life."She's not the "mean girl" you may think she is.
"I'm pretty misunderstood, but I think now a lot of people get me and they know I don't mean to be offensive. I'm just a bit of a truth-teller, and I need to kind of think about what I say before I say it half the time. But I'm true and I'm honest and I'm real."She remains friends with most of the other housewives.
"All of the girls I get along great with, other than Michaele."Coming to terms with her newfound fame.
"There's been no upside of being famous for me so far. I didn't do it to be famous. I did it to promote my book [Inbox Full], to pay for my children's education. I'm a working mom. I don't have lots of staff -- I do washing, cooking, shopping, cleaning, homework, everything myself. I haven't seen the upside yet of doing the show, but hopefully something good will come out of it."The harsh reality of reality TV.
"Obviously, my marriage fell apart and so my life has been completely turned upside down and inside out. I've had to do some major soul searching and I still am. Hopefully things will start to improve."How her two daughters felt about their time on the small screen.
"They really enjoyed it. A lot of English children aspire to be American kids, and they really enjoyed being a part of it and hanging out with the crew. They thought it was really good fun. They definitely had a good experience."Is she up for round two?
"Not sure at the moment, I can't even think about next week let alone next season right now."In tonight's finale, she gets the last word.
"It's a great final episode. I think a lot needed to be said, and I certainly don't hold back in what I say to the Salahis because they've affected my life in many ways. Mostly by disappointment with them choosing to go to that State dinner, which meant that I was uninvited to the White House Christmas party. That was going to be the highlight of my year. I had moved to America to support my husband's career and the new administration, and being uninvited because of my association with them and the show obviously didn't leave me very impressed."A message to her newfound fans.
"I'm getting a lot of fan mail now, which is great. They just keep me going, and the support from all the viewers now that they get me is good to know. And they all say the same thing: 'We weren't sure about you in the beginning, but now we love you.'"
by Erin HillParade