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Dorinda Medley Talks Life After ‘RHONY’ And Shares An Update On Her Friendships With Former Cast Members; Says “I Was A Great Housewife”

Despite being fired from The Real Housewives of New York City, Dorinda Medley admits that she “of course” misses being part of the show.

“My mother said to me when the whole thing happened with Housewives, ‘Sometimes God does for you that what you cannot do for yourself,’” Medley told Us Weekly. “And it’s been a blessing to have the time off, because every once in a while, it’s important to stop reset, think, regroup. Because we get lost, right? Lost in whatever this is: Housewife fame. The city. Wants, desires.”

Medley noted that it has been “really nice just to kind of reset and find Dorinda again. Not Dorinda the Housewife. Not Dorinda, John Dan’s daughter. Not Dorinda, Richard’s wife. Just Dorinda. I found it very empowering.”

She explained that her break amid the coronavirus pandemic has led to a “beautiful reset.” She has been spending a lot of time at Blue Stone Manor, her Massachusetts estate, and with her parents, which she said she “never really” had the chance to do years prior.

Dorinda revealed that she feels “happy” after gaining some distance from the Housewife world, saying that she has “no hard feelings” about how it ended.

“I was very quiet because I don’t have any bad feelings about it. I think everything has a time and a place,” she said. “And I think that that was their decision. Things change and you have to accept change. And a lot of times, if you sit quietly and you wait, it ends up being the best thing for you.”

Medley also shared that her friendships with her castmates have also remained intact, five months after her departure.

“I’m still very close to everybody. I feel positive about it,” she told Us Weekly. “You know, Andy [Cohen] checks in every once in a while and everyone checks in. I was really friends with these people. They were part of my life before the show. This wasn’t a show thing. This was a real thing.”

Medley is pleased with how her life is going post-RHONY, but she admitted that there are parts about the show she misses, saying, “I was a great housewife. I brought it!”

Dorinda explained that she “really enjoyed” being a part of the franchise and is pleased that she “let the audience see me just as I am.”

She added: “You could love me. You can hate it. I am an authentic person. Like you’ve met me in real life. I’m not really different in real life than I am on the show. So, I’ve really grown to respect myself for that. Like me, hate me. I’m doing Dorinda Medley. And I always make it nice.”

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