Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Former RHOCheshire Star Leanne Brown Hosts Her First Charity Ball And Reunites With Ampika Pickston, Ester Dee And Tanya Bardsley — See Pics Here!

Former Real Housewives of Cheshire star Leanne Brown recently hosted her first ever Empowerment Ball in Manchester. Brown was championing “Girl Power” while raising thousands of pounds to help women and girls in Africa for the One Woman at a Time charity.

Brown, who announced back in January that she quit the ITVBe hit reality series to focus on family and her charity reunited with her former co-stars Ampika Pickston, Ester Dee and Tanya Bardsley. See photos below!

“We should do a show with just the four of us, then there would be no quarrels!,” Brown told the Manchester Evening News about her friendships with Pickston, Dee and Bardsley.

Leanne was wearing a stunning golden gown by designer Philip Armstrong. Leanne then gave a speech about why she became involved with the One Woman At a Time charity, to help young girls and women in Africa to get into education, to save them from arranged marriages, and to end the torture of female genital mutilation.

“Let’s keep going empowering women all over the world and celebrate Girl Power! That’s what tonight is about.”

Blonde bombshell Ester Dee arrived to Leanne's ball with her lovely mum Zolenka who was looking stunning in a full length glittering gown, while Ester showed off her figure in a black lace jumpsuit.

Meanwhile Ampika arrived with her ex-husband Mark, wearing a full length black strapless ballgown and Tanya arrived in a full length black cutout gown.

As previously reported, Leanne confirmed that she was leaving the ITVBe reality show, claiming that part of her decision was to focus more on her family and charity work.

“It was really difficult making the decision to leave, I loved my time on the show, and I never say never about going back, but with things as they are I won’t be going back, it’s just too difficult, It was affecting me and my family," she told Manchester Evening News.

“At the end of the last series it got too hard, it wasn’t fun for me anymore. Stuff outside of the show wasn’t being shown which was frustrating.”

She continued: “Outside of the show I can distance myself to an extent, it’s still going back and forth between lawyers, it’s heartbreaking.”

Leanne also admitted that another part of her decision to quit RHOCheshire was to avoid Ward due to their ongoing legal drama.

“I just couldn’t be in her space, or talk about what she’s saying any more in the show,” she explained. “I had to stand back and I realised the full truth would never get put out there.”

If you may recall, Leanne Brown and former bestie Dawn Ward allegedly have been feuding for the past two seasons due to an unpaid load. As previously reported, Ward and Brown have been feuding over an unpaid £500,000 loan, which played out during Season 5 and 6.

The feud began when Leanne and her ex-Man United hubby Wes lent t£500,000 to interior designer Dawn four years ago. But they were said to be furious that nothing has been repaid and feel she taken advantage of their kindness and has no intention of giving it back, reports The Sun.

The publication claimed that the couple hit Dawn with a legal letter threatening legal action.

“Filming has been really hard because they don’t want to be near each other,” a source close to production told the publication at that time. “They’re even avoiding going to the same events in case they bump into one another. Leanne feels deeply hurt and betrayed, while Dawn is reeling that their rift was splashed all over the national press.”

Despite the drama, Leanne reveals she has no regrets about being part of the show.

“It has given me a platform, and the space to find myself, it wasn’t all bad. But looking back, I can see that doing that show, it’s been such a journey for me from start to finish, moving away from Dawn has allowed me to become who I am and stand on my own two feet. And just be my own person and do my own thing. It has been quite inspiring to me to find how strong I can really be.”

“When I was filming I was becoming a different person - I was getting upset talking about it, and the frustration that the truth was never 100 per cent out there, that’s down to legal reasons and I can’t get away from that.”

Source/All Photo Credit: Manchester Evening News

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