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Monique Samuels Opens Up About Leaving ‘RHOP,’ Returning to Reality TV



Monique Samuels.
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Monique Samuels is making her actuality TV comeback — however not in a manner most viewers have been anticipating.

After saying goodbye to actuality TV greater than two years in the past, the previous Real Housewives of Potomac star, 38, is starring in a brand new actuality present, Love & Marriage: DC. The present will give an inside have a look at her life along with her husband, Chris Samuels, and different profitable {couples} as they navigate their enterprise endeavors and their private lives and friendships within the D.C., Virginia and Maryland space.

“Because it’s real. It’s actually what I feel was meant for me — love and marriage,” Monique completely tells Us Weekly after reflecting on her earlier time on actuality TV. “That was my reason for coming to reality TV. The platform that I was previously on — it didn’t really fit with that dynamic.”

The Mila Eve Essentials founder claimed the Bravo sequence was “toxic,” declaring that she had no regrets about leaving the present behind. “It was worth it to me because my peace means more to me than any show, any check, any person,” she informed Us. “As I move forward I only do things that I feel, like, won’t interrupt my peace.”

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Monique’s December 2020 exit from the Real Housewives franchise got here after Bravo cameras caught a bodily altercation along with her castmate Candiace Dillard Bassett. The incident left each actuality TV stars dealing with assault costs however ended up being dismissed by the Office of the State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland.

“It was a growing moment. I am now in a position where I am fully aware of who I am,” she expressed to Us. “I know what my triggers are now after going through that, being in therapy, having a counselor, being open to a more spiritual journey has led me on a path to really know me.”

During the season 5 reunion, which aired in December 2020, Monique apologized for her conduct towards the Christmas Lottery star, who stormed off of the set in tears. “Of course, I’m upset … I’m just trying to explain it the way that I process it,” Monique informed host Andy Cohen on the time. “I literally went from one mental state to the next and then right after that there’s my name in the headlines of me being pressed charges on. … Nothing in that night warranted that but it happened, I take responsibility for my actions and I had a terrible lapse of judgment and I lost control and I own that … there’s no other excuse for it.”

The former costars’ drama continued one month later when Monique alleged on the “Behind the Velvet Rope” podcast that she was handled like “less than a human” on the Bravo sequence. Candiace seemingly threw shade on the claims, tweeting in January 2021, “Smh. I quit a job once that I really hated. I was ELATED to be rid of a place and ppl that were just not for me. After I left, I never talked about that job again. Bc I left of my own volition. It was my choice. Any resentment died w/ my choice to leave. I’ll just leave this here.”

With the feud in her rearview, Monique is trying ahead to viewers attending to see a extra genuine aspect of herself on her new OWN sequence, which premieres on Saturday, May 14. Scroll down for Us Weekly‘s unique Q&A with the Love & Marriage: DC star:

Us Weekly: You’re starring in a brand new present on OWN known as Love & Marriage: DC. How does it really feel to be again on TV after over two years?

Monique Samuels: It’s virtually like I’m again for the primary time as a result of I don’t really feel like folks have been in a position to see the complete image with my first go-around on actuality TV. My preliminary mission was to point out what a Black household seems like, what a Black marriage seems like on actuality TV. There are plenty of stereotypes. And my husband and I wished to point out folks that is how we’re and I don’t know that I ever had that chance. Then quick ahead to Love & Marriage: DC. This was the proper match for me. And I do consider every thing in life occurs for a purpose. Everything I went by way of main as much as this second was for Love & Marriage: DC. We are in a position to actually showcase right here’s our household, right here’s our marriage, right here we’re as entrepreneurs, right here we’re as mother and father, and right here we’re amongst a gorgeous circle of different people who find themselves in the identical place as us and we’re all studying and rising from one another. It’s extra up my alley this time round. And you’ll see so many various sides of me as a result of I really feel as if I used to be put into considerably of a field the primary time folks noticed me on actuality TV.

Us: Love & Marriage: DC is premiering May 14. As everybody is aware of, you starred on The Real Housewives of Potomac. Why did you determine to return to TV with this new present?

MS: Because it’s actual. It’s truly what I really feel was meant for me — love and marriage. That was my purpose for coming to actuality TV. The platform that I used to be beforehand on — it didn’t actually match with that dynamic. I really feel like every thing is divinely laid out and I needed to undergo what I went by way of to get thus far. I’m very enthusiastic about household, I’m enthusiastic about my marriage and folks get to see the complete image. They get to see not simply me amongst a ladies’ group, however they get to see me, how I work together with my husband, how we navigate difficulties in our marriage, how we love one another, how we’d blow up on one another and the way we’re elevating these stunning children collectively. And all of the challenges that will come our manner. We have like-minded {couples} on this mates circle. They don’t tear you down. They construct you up. They relate to what you’re going by way of. To me, that’s extra of an instance of what folks undergo in actual life. It’s not a poisonous setting. It’s an setting the place there may be misunderstandings, there generally is a little shade, there generally is a little enjoyable, but it surely’s actual and associated TV. You’ll watch the present and really feel such as you actually know us. All of us {couples} — the Samuels, the Silvas and the Tylers — now we have such a variety of ages with our youngsters. So, we are able to contact on so many matters for all walks of life. It’s stunning. It’s a journey. We begin as social mates and also you’ll see how we navigate that to extra of an intimate relationship, far more open and weak with one another, and also you’ll see a sisterhood and brotherhood develop.

Us: What have you ever been doing because you left the Real Housewives sequence?

MS: As quickly as I stop the present I began utilizing my YouTube channel “Tea with Monique” as soon as once more. It was a Q&A with followers of the present and I obtained so busy that I wasn’t in a position to sustain with it so I rebooted that. I used to be in a position to additionally put collectively “BinderTime Stories” which gave folks somewhat little bit of tea from the binder that they didn’t get to see on the season 5 [RHOA] reunion so it was actually enjoyable. It was very Game of Thrones-ish with the visuals and it was a manner for me to summarize my time on TV for the time being and in addition it was therapeutic for me. I used to be in a position to get all of it out of my system in a inventive manner. Next, I began Mila Eve Essentials, a line of pure, therapeutic important oils. It took off! It is unbelievable. You can apply it to your pores and skin. And I’ve Flawless Glow Toner which is the start of my skincare line that will probably be launching later this 12 months. It’s the bestseller in my retailer! Never a boring second!

Us: Was returning to actuality TV like using a motorbike?

MS: I’m an open e book. Anything goes to be introduced in such a manner the place you’re going to get to know the complete me. I’ve all the time given it 100% when the cameras are round or not round. I’m nonetheless decided to all the time be me. It was extra like using a motorbike as a result of I’m going to be me regardless. I don’t know the right way to be anyone else! As quickly as the chance got here round and we began filming it was like, ‘OK, here we go,’ and it was a significantly better match. Less poisonous and the manufacturing firm was extra like a fly on the wall. It was very actual. I don’t really feel like I’m being edited within the second that I’m truly giving my all. I really feel like after I was on RHOP I obtained the ‘spoiled wife edit.’ It was virtually like we are able to’t present her as a businesswoman. We can’t present her an excessive amount of along with her children. It was like I used to be solely imagined to be the large spender and it was like that’s not likely me. I can do this at occasions, however that’s not the complete individual. I’m a really hard-working particular person and I’m not a saved spouse. It’s [now] good that I’m able to be me 100%. In the midst of all of it, I wasn’t inspired to be in some way. It was simply you be you and so they’re going to inform the story primarily based on what truly occurred.

Us: How is that this present completely different from Housewives?

MS: It’s completely different as a result of that is extra targeted on marriage, enterprise, friendships [and] parenting. It’s extra of a full view of an individual versus on Housewives, [where] you sometimes have simply the ladies it’s targeted on and there may be normally just one entrepreneur, there’s one mother, there’s one one who’s single, there’s one one who’s divorced. Once they put you into that field, that’s the field they depart you in. They’re solely pulling [scenes] with what aligns with no matter field they put you in. So [fans] don’t see a lot of no matter else you’re doing.

Us: What can viewers count on from you and your husband Chris on Love & Marriage: DC?

MS: This is a model nobody has ever witnessed. We are approaching 10 years of marriage and it’s fairly a battle. It simply so occurred to be filmed the place we’re going by way of some powerful issues and having actually weak conversations. It was like each confessional was like a remedy session. I hope that, in a way, as we glance again on the present it’s going to strengthen our marriage and our bond and take our communication to a different stage. You get to see these friendship circles navigate life and simply doing our greatest to keep up our happiness and peace and uplift one another. But there may be going to be plenty of drama and plenty of scandals. Let’s simply say there’s a scenario when it’s, like, a D.C. scandal. An individual who presents themself in a manner and you then discover out effectively, you might be fully the alternative of what you introduced. It’s good! There’s going to be belongings you didn’t count on to see. Your mouth goes to drop. It’s a full season the place nobody is counting on one other individual for tales. Everyone is related. Everyone is bringing their very own scenario and being open about it.

Us: Fans know you from the 4 seasons you starred on Housewives. You shared a lot on the present however determined to depart after season 5 following a bodily altercation with costar Candiace Dillard Bassett. What are your ideas concerning the present right now after what occurred?

MS: My ideas are nonetheless the identical. There have been costs pressed in opposition to me after which, after all, I countered. Then there have been talks of suing me financially. And it was a really nasty scenario. I used to be in a position to be taught rather a lot from it and that’s the reason I’m the place I’m now. I really feel like when you may truly confront your self and have these powerful conversations with your self and actually develop and transfer ahead, I really feel just like the doorways and home windows open up. It was a rising second. I’m now ready the place I’m totally conscious of who I’m. And I do know what my triggers are actually after going by way of that, being in remedy, having a counselor, being open to a extra non secular journey has led me on a path to essentially know me. I do know what scenario to not contain myself in. I’ve realized that I’m an individual who has by no means dealt effectively with low vitality or low vibrating folks and I’ve by no means been an individual who may be round a lot toxicity. Unfortunately, I didn’t even notice how poisonous it was till I left and was in a position to look again on it. I took possession of my actions. I used to be accountable from the start for my actions. And even in the long run, I can solely be accountable for me. I don’t look to anyone else. And I didn’t go into this sense like [I] wanted an apology. If it occurs, it occurs. And I used to be tremendous to do what I needed to do on my half to apologize to make myself complete and transfer ahead. It is what it’s, and life occurs and typically you act outdoors your self and there aren’t any excuses for it. All you are able to do is be taught from it and develop.

Us: Do you’ve got any regrets?

MS: Not in any respect. I’m glad I made the choice to depart that franchise after I despatched the e-mail to stop. It was value it to me as a result of my peace means extra to me than any present, any test, any individual. As I transfer ahead I solely do issues that I really feel, like, received’t interrupt my peace. And the second it does I’m going to point out the 2 fingers and be like, ‘I’m out!’ (laughs)

Us: Are you in contact with any RHOA costars?

MS: The solely individuals who I acknowledge and speak to are Karen Huger and Ashley Darby. I be in contact with them, they attain out to me. We have been in a position to preserve a gorgeous sisterhood that I’m very grateful for.

Us: Your former costar Ashley Darby and her husband, Michael, introduced in April that they’re separating. Did this come as a shock to you?

MS: It wasn’t a shock to me as a result of Ashley and I be in contact. So we had been speaking so I knew there have been some points. I didn’t notice that it was taking place that highway although, actually. I knew she expressed some issues she was battling, however I assumed there was going to be a manner that they might navigate and get by way of it. And you by no means know! They nonetheless might! Hope isn’t gone. I do know on the finish of the day Ashley goes to do what’s finest for her and her stunning kids. And I do know one factor about Michael, he has all the time struck me as the sort [who] doesn’t need the drama, he simply desires to be comfortable — and if submitting for authorized separation is in the end what makes them comfortable, that’s what they’re going to do. They don’t care what anyone else has to say or suppose in relation to their marriage. They have made that clear over time. I simply want them luck for positive.

Us: Andy Cohen has revealed he’s open and involved in you returning to the Housewives franchise. How do you are feeling about that?

MS: I recognize Andy, we speak offline. We nonetheless keep in contact. He is aware of I might by no means come again to that present (laughs). Not whilst a cameo. Ashley and Karen let me know once they have been internet hosting issues. Even Karen’s vow renewals, she informed me it was occurring and he or she already knew as a result of cameras have been there I wasn’t going to return. So they stunning a lot know the way I roll. (laughs) I nonetheless love you, however when cameras are rolling I’ll love you from afar. But I’m actually humbled that individuals nonetheless take into consideration me and nonetheless speak concerning the impression I used to be in a position to depart after I was there.

Love & Marriage: DC premieres on OWN Saturday, May 14, at 9 p.m. ET.

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