‘RHOD’ Star D’Andra Simmons Admits She’s ‘Exhausted’ From Balancing Her Businesses With the Show
On top of filming Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of Dallas, D’Andra Simmons also owns a skincare line and serves as acting president of the parent company. Additionally, the Dallas-native started dabbling in the film industry and plans on releasing a cookbook. In an interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Simmons admitted she’s “exhausted” from juggling all her business ventures with the show.
D’Andra Simmons on ‘The Real Housewives of Dallas’
In 2017, D’Andra Simmons joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Dallas in the second season. Previously, friends with original housewife, LeeAnne Locken, she frequently interfered when the philanthropist got into fights with the others.
She later got into an explosive blow-out with Kameron Westcott, and her relationship with Locken deteriorated. The ladies’ friendship seemingly ended after Simmons implied her friends’ fiancé cheated on her.
Married to photojournalist Jeremy Lock, the two live in an exclusive Dallas neighborhood. She owns a natural skincare line, Hard Night Good Morning, and remained in a power struggle with her mother over the family business and parent company, Ultimate Living.
When Mama Dee finally released the reigns, Simmons realized the business wasn’t doing well financially. However, her mother initially refused to help until finally agreeing after Season 4.
After the COVID-19 pandemic delayed production for a few weeks, it recently picked up as the ladies are currently filming the fifth season.
D’Andra Simmons outside of ‘RHOD’
In 1996, Simmons’ mother, Dee, founded natural health and wellness company Ultimate Living after her breast cancer diagnosis inspired her to live a healthier life.
The reality star also educated herself on nutrition and skincare, which she brought to the company when she began working for her mother fulltime in 2004. Four years later, the Dallas-native created her own subsidiary business, Hard Night Good Morning.
After the ladies bumped heads over it several times, Mama Dee finally agreed to turn over the family business to her daughter. Even though she initially refused to help the new acting president financially, the 51-year-old exclusively revealed to Showbiz Cheat Sheet that Mama Dee agreed to pay the rent last year.
According to Simmons, she and her mother “came to blows” off-camera, and Mama Dee felt bad after realizing faulty decisions were made before the reality star took the reigns.
D’Andra Simmons admits she’s ‘exhausted’ from balancing both
In an interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Simmons revealed she’s also dabbling in the film industry and plans on releasing a cookbook on top of juggling her businesses with the shooting the show.
When asked how she balances it, the 51-year-old admitted she’s “exhausted” and “not doing a great job.” Simmons continued, explaining she’s a perfectionist and “pushes herself a little too hard.”
However, she’s learning she must take time for herself, so she has begun meditating. Additionally, the reality star noted she’s actively “learning to be a healthier version” because she’s getting “close to burning out.”
Simmons and her husband served as associate producers on drama film My Brother’s Crossing, which premieres July 31 in theaters nationwide.