The latest series of hit reality show ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ has not yet hit TV screens – but a new member is already causing controversy. For it has emerged that Marlo Hampton has a long criminal track record and was snapped for seven different mugshots between 1999 and 2003. – HSD / Splash News
It has emerged that Marlo Hampton has a long criminal record and had seven different mugshots taken between 1999 and 2003.
Hampton, who is engaged to NFL player Charles Grant, was booked on a string of different charges by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department while living in Tampa, Florida.
She has been arrested for aggravated battery with great bodily harm, probation violations, buying items with a worthless cheque and possession of a firearm.
Hampton, 35, said: ‘I am not ashamed of my past as that has helped me become a better woman today.
‘We all have a past and my hard-knock childhood in and out of the foster care system is a reflection on a bigger issue we are faced with here in America, a broken foster care system.
‘My present charge in life is to live with God in my heart and help young women especially from the foster care system avoid the challenges I faced.’
And Drita’s kids are luckily adhering to their mother’s advice. “Aleeya had an incident when she first moved here — girls not wanting to be nice to her. She came home crying,” remembers Drita. But Aleeya didn’t raise her fist. “She actually said, ‘I was so mad that it was so hurtful, but I remember you said ignore them and I did.’ I was so proud of her because I was in kindergarten when I punched a kid in the face.”
“When people say mean things to you, you have to feel sorry for them and pray for them to be a better person at night,” Drita always reminds her kids.
But Drita still fears that Aleeya’s emotions could cause her problems down the road, because that’s exactly what happened to her father, Lee D’avanzo. “Why I want to get my daughter help in therapy is because my husband had anger issues with the fact that the feds killed his father,” explains Drita. “He immediately had a hatred towards the law. His mother said he became a totally different person when he woke up.”
“Not that that’s Aleeya’s case,” continues Drita. “She can get angry at the world because her father’s not around,” but she keeps it all inside.
Drita just doesn’t want to see her daughter ever react like Drita does under pressure. “The last incident that I had just went to show me that really I could just end up in jail,” says Drita referring to the season finale fight where blood is drawn. “These kids have no business not having both parents around”
“Do I overdrink? No. I drink with responsibility,” Ramona told In the Mixx at a recent event for Hamptons Magazine at the Southampton Social Club. “I drink with a beautiful dinner. I would rather have my one or two glasses of Pinot Grigio than dessert which is 700 calories.”
Though she admits her name has become synonymous with the white wine, she’s using that to her advantage with her own line, Ramona Pinot Grigio.
And besides, the 54-year-old explains, drinking comes with being a Real Housewife.
“All I can say is, we’re filmed in social events. If you look at anytime I have a drink in my hand, look what LuAnn [de Lesseps] is drinking. The other people are drinking,” Ramona said. “The only person who doesn’t drink is Jill [Zarin]. She only drinks Diet Coke – and you wonder why? But anyway, all the other Housewives shows – they’re all drinking.”
Does it bother her that her costars, like Jill, have said they worry about her drinking? Or that she’s portrayed on the show as always wanting a glass of her beloved wine?
“I actually said to Bravo, I called them up I said, ‘Wait, is the story line so bad you have to make [my drinking] a story line? Because you know I don’t have a drinking problem,’ ” she said.
She also noted: “I’ve been on the show for four years. How can I have five businesses, be married 19 years, have a daughter who’s a straight-A student? I cannot even be a … functioning alcoholic if I had all of this stuff going on. It would be impossible. Do you ever see me fall down on TV? Do you ever see me slur my speech? Absolutely not. Do I have a drink or two with dinner? Absolutely.”
And that, according to her husband Mario, is good for business.
“You know what? It promotes the Pinot Grigio,” he says of the frequency of Real Housewives footage of Ramona drinking. “So if they want to make a big deal about it … that’s [fine].”