Reality Roundup: Custody Battles, Cat Fights, and Court Dates!

Tamra Barney (Source: Judy Eddy/WENN)

The Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney remains entangled in a brutal custody battle with ex-husband Simon Barney.

Tamra’s RHOC co-star star and on-again-off-again BFF, Vicki Gunvalson is shooting down rumors that she’s a neglectful mother.

“When Tamra told us how hard it was for her to share her children 50 percent of the time with Simon, I felt so bad for her,” Vicki wrote in her Bravo blog last week. “Having the void of not having the three kids around when they are at their dad’s I’m sure is huge.”

Last month, Simon filed paperwork seeking modification of his and Tamra’s child custody agreement. In the documents, Simon claimed Tamra was an unfit mother and does not properly feed the children or keep up with their hygiene.

“This has been the most devastating week of my family’s life,” Tamra wrote in her Bravo blog last week. “I want to thank my family, friends, therapist, fans, and complete strangers for their support.”

“My children are my life, and I love and cherish them with all my heart,” Tamra continued. “I believe that divorced children should have both parents in their lives. I have always told the children that it would be great if their dad could live right across the street so they could see us both every day. It’s unfortunate that he doesn’t feel the same way.”

Simon “knew the papers would be made public,” Tamra told In Touch. “It’s sickening that he would do it this way, just to hurt me.”

The jig is up! Apollo Nida, husband of The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Pheadra Parks, was charged with fraud earlier this year. Now, in U.S. District Court Wednesday, Apollo Nida’s co-conspirator Gayla St. Julien has pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Gayla’s plea resulted in a 61-month prison sentence, according to the Atlanta Journal.

Apollo and Gayla worked together from 2009 until 2013. The pair allegedly laundered close to $3 million together through fraudulent bank accounts and companies.

Apollo is still working out a plea deal of his own. According to court records obtained by Radar Online, Nida allegedly created companies “purporting to be collection agencies,” the documents read, “in order to obtain access to the personal [information] of others,” and then used that information to take out loans and purchase checks.

Despite the harsh consequences Apollo may be facing, “we’re still staying positive,” he told Radar. “I feel good about the support I’m getting…All the support’s been needed.”

The sixth season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey may have encountered a production delay!

Bravo doesn’t have an air date for the upcoming season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey because of Teresa Giudice’s prison sentencing hearing,” an insider told Radar Online.

After pleading guilty to multiple fraud and tax evasion charges last month, Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe Giudice, are currently awaiting their sentencing hearing scheduled for July 8th.

“Obviously, Teresa is going to be a key character in the upcoming season, and Bravo wants to maximize her storyline,” the insider continued. “Having Teresa available to do press interviews and promotions is essential.”

“Teresa’s legal team absolutely won’t let her do any interviews before the sentencing hearing because it could impact her sentence,” the insider added. “If Teresa was out doing press interviews promoting RHONJ before the July 8 sentencing, it would look like she wasn’t taking the process seriously which she definitely is. After the sentence is handed down, it’s expected Bravo will officially give season 6 a premiere date. 

Although Teresa is holding out for house arrest, she and Joe could potentially face years behind bars.

Bravo executives are “hopeful that Joe will be sent to prison first, and will be ordered to serve time before Teresa’s sentence is served. Teresa is contractually obligated to do press for the show, but the network is working with her because of her legal problems.”

Despite the unconventional drama, Teresa “is trying to keep things as normal as possible for her daughters.”

It wasn’t the first time hair was pulled on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but the brawl that happened on the RHOA Reunion this past Sunday was one for the history books!

The altercation, which happened on March 27th, led to an arrest—Porsha Williams Stewart was charged with simple battery against her co-star Kenya Moore.

The 31-year-old reality star was immediately released after posting $2,000 bond.

Over 4.1 million viewers tuned in this past Sunday to witness Porsha grabbing Kenya’s hair, pulling her to the ground, and dragging her across the floor.

“I’ve sat through many reunion shows, but this one takes the cake for me,” RHOA co-star NeNe Leakes wrote on her personal blog. “My feelings are simple! You TAUNT, you INVADE people’s personal space, you PUSH, you PROVOKE, you LIE and yet you don’t condone violence! Well, what message are you sending?”

“I feel like I’ve been put in provoking situations all season,” NeNe continued. “If I had reacted in a violent manner in any of these situations I would be considered the bad one, the one that is wrong, the one that is mean. But at the same time is all of THIS really okay? When is it ‘okay’ to BULLY someone, then question retaliation?”

Porsha will break her silence when she appears on Tuesday’s edition of The View to discuss the incident.

Part two of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion will air tonight, Sunday April 27th at 8pm.

Catch a clip of the brawl below:

Editor’s Note: Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Kathy Wakile‘s daughter Victoria underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor last week. Though friends of the family told us they did not know, the news became public when both Kathy and Victoria tweeted and instagrammed about the surgery which appears to have been successful. This is the second time Victoria has had brain surgery of this kind, the first when she was a child. We wish Victoria a speedy recovery.

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Brent Osborne has always been loud, a little brash and unapologetically truthful. Prior to joining TBB, Brent founded and authored the successful Real Housewives blog, ThatHousewifeGuy.com and the Starpulse.com column of the same name. Brent’s industry experience is extensive and includes interviewing former Real Housewives of New York City star, Jill Zarin. Inspired by his former teachers, Brent is currently pursuing a career in Childhood Education with hopes of becoming a High School Guidance Counselor. With coffee running through his veins, Brent works numerous jobs and attends school full-time. Brent’s mantra is “Love what you do and work with others who do the same.” He’s grateful to his supportive family and friends for cheering on all of his endeavors!

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