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Meet RHOMelbourne’s Newest Cast Members: Anjali Rao, Cherry Dipietrantonio, Kyla Kirkpatrick And Simone Elliott!

Yesterday, Foxtel unveiled the NEW official lineup for the upcoming new season of The Real Housewives of Melbourne

Newbies Anjali Rao, Kyla Kirkpatrick, and Cherry Dipietrantonio, who were revealed last year in 2020 prior to the show going on a long hiatus due to the pandemic, will be joined by new cast member Simone Elliott.

They will be joined by returning cast members Janet Roach and Gamble Breaux. In a shocking twist, original cast member Jackie Gillies is returning to the series after originally quitting last year. Sadly Gina Liano and Lydia Schiavello will not return for Season 5.

Meet the new Housewives:

Cherry Dipietrantonio: Yoga instructor Cherry is originally from Southampton in the UK.  She met husband Andre in Bali at the age of 18 when travelling the world during a gap year with girlfriends. Inseparable, Cherry and Andre married in Melbourne three years later and together, they have three children. A yoga teacher and qualified personal trainer, Cherry has recently started her own YouTube channel, Mindful Motion.

Kyla Kirkpatrick: Kyla, who is known as the ‘Champagne Dame’ lives in Brighton and runs one of the most successful champagne import export businesses in the country – Emperor Champagne. Kyla and her partner Kyri have a seven-year-old daughter Arlington Rose (named after the area of Scotland from which Kyla’s family originate). Kyla and Kyri also work together in the business. Kyla enjoys investing her money in property, as well as back into her business, and has purchased nine properties to date.

Anjali Rao: A multiple award-winning anchor, Anjali has spent two decades at the top tiers of international television journalism. Most notably, she spent six years hosting CNN’s weekday breakfast news and weekly celebrity chat show, Talk Asia, interviewing the world's biggest names, and broadcast to 220 million homes across the world. Since moving to Australia eight years ago, Anjali has been a regular guest presenter on a number of prime-time television and radio shows. Anjali was raised in Hong Kong, educated in England, and spent many years working in Asia and the UK. Currently single, Anjali is a divorced mother of a 12-year-old son, Izzy.

Simone Elliott: Businesswoman Simone turns heads when she enters most rooms, but don’t be fooled by this blonde with ambition. She has had a diverse and successful career working as a national business manager for large multinational organisations. Qualified in business marketing, Simone also holds a Graduate Certificate in Management and is in the final stages of completing an MBA in business. Despite her busy schedule, Simone always ensures she makes time for her favourite role, being mother to her two adorable children from a previous marriage – Helana, 10, and Spencer, nine.

On top of this, there have been some changes to the returning cast. While Gamble Breaux, Gina Liano, Janet Roach and Lydia Schiavello were originally all scheduled to be back in front of the cameras for season five – since the interruption to filming both Gina and Lydia have had to unfortunately step back. But in one final new twist, Jackie Gillies has raised her hand to put her Housewife tiara back on as well and will join her pals Gamble and Janet. And there's one thing we know for sure – there’s never a dull moment if that trio has anything to do with it!

Phew, with so much drama already behind the scenes, just imagine what’s going to happen in front of the cameras when the series comes to FOX ARENA!

The Real Housewives of Melbourne Season 5 set to premiere later this year

What are your thoughts on the newbies? Sound off in the comment section below!


Photo Credit: Courtesy via Simone Elliott/Instagram