Exclusive: RHOP’s Monique Talks Gizelle’s “Jealousy,” Show Reunion & New Charity

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“Real Housewives of Potomac’s” Monique Samuels said she’s learned what many of her co-stars haven’t: she’s found out how to cope with being on the receiving end of Gizelle Bryant’s jibes.

Gizelle has questioned Monique’s life, income and family, once branding her speech “hood trash” and even took the putdowns public when she dissed her at a party in Monique’s own house.

But the mom of two said she takes dealing with her frenemy all in stride.
“I’m used to women assuming whatever because I’m married to a football player,” Monique said. “Once she made it clear it was jealousy, I knew how to handle her.”

The Atlantic City native said she wasn’t entirely sold on appearing on reality TV, but it was her husband, former NFL player Chris Samuels, who urged her to sign the family up.

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“Initially, I was a little hesitant,” Monique told BOSSIP. “But my husband was like, ‘You only live once.’ And what I thought was, me and husband, we have a great marriage, a great family and a great dynamic.”

Although she’s appeared to struggle in finding her place in the Potomac set, and described filming the second season reunion special as “intense,” Monique said she’s definitely down for coming back for a third season of RHOP.

“I’ll just continue to be who I am,” Monique said. “Some people think I’m extra. I’m always laughing. I’m always happy, unless you get on my nerves.”

In between filming the Bravo show, Monique said she started the “I’m Boss” Foundation, a leadership and mentoring program for kids, as well as a natural remedy website, http://www.NotForLazy Moms.com.

“While I have this platform, I want to use it to the best of my ability,” Monique said. “I want to change people’s mindset.”

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