‘RHOP’ Alum Monique Samuels on the Biggest Misconception About Her
Monique Samuels is known as the shade assassin on The Real Housewives of Potomac. For four seasons, Samuels went toe-to-toe with her seemingly bullying co-stars. Now that she’s had time to reflect, she says there’s a huge misconception about her, and it has nothing to do with her fight with Candiace Dillard.
Gizelle Bryant accuses Monique Samuels of bragging about her plush lifestyle
Samuels was introduced to viewers in Season 2 as the friend of Charisse Jackson Jordan. At the time, Samuels and her husband Chris were in search of a family home in Potomac. Upon her first meeting with the cast during afternoon tea, Gizelle Bryant made it clear that she was not impressed with Samuels.
When Samuels made it known that she was looking for a new home, Bryant shot back sarcastically asking, “You don’t have a home?” Samuels replied firmly, “I have four homes.” Bryant took Samuels’ response as bragging.
Throughout the rest of the season, Bryant took jabs at Samuels. Per Bryant, Samuels’ wealth is attributed to her retired NFL-playing husband. She also said in several interviews and to her co-stars that she felt Samuels was flashy and loved to boast. Bryant often referenced Samuels’ “I have four homes” comeback as her reason why.
Samuels denied such and insists Bryant couldn’t take her standing up for herself. She also says Bryant is a jealous person.
The former ‘RHOP’ star says she didn’t like being portrayed as a bragger
During a recent appearance on Tami Roman’s FOX Soul talk show Get Into It, Samuels says Bryant’s constant referencing of her as a bragger created a misconception. In fact, Samuels says she was set up by her co-stars and production to talk about her lifestyle on the show.
“We were asked questions and then I’m answering the questions and then I get called a bragger,” she says. “I’m not one of those people that everybody has to know if I’m giving to someone or helping someone out. I do things all the time and I like to be under the radar, I like to remain anonymous in my giving and that’s just who I am.”
Samuels says it bothered her even more so because before being on television, her own family weren’t privy to the way she and her husband lived.
“A lot of people in my family didn’t even understand or even know what Chris and I had until watching the show,” she explains.
Why Monique Samuels says she has PTSD from reality television
Samuels doesn’t have any plans of returning to reality television anytime soon, joking that her experience on RHOP gave her post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Still, she says she’s open to trying once more.
“If the situation is right and if it was a show that was more family centered, I think I’d be open to it,” she says. “As far as an ensemble goes, I really don’t know. It would have to be the right situation and I would have to feel a little more comfortable with the process when it comes to production because I won’t put myself in that type of situation ever again.”
Samuels is now focusing on promoting her essential oils line, as well as her lifestyle brand Not For Lazy Moms.