'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Star Kyle Richards dishes on her costar Lisa Vanderpump, her family and her love for the RHONJ cast
by Whitney Ullman
For many years, the tabloids loved to follow Hollywood socialite Paris Hilton. Her fun demeanor, free spirit and heavy partying, eventually launched her stardom and she became one of the most talked about reality celebrities. Fast forward a few years later, and now the spotlight is off of Paris and onto her beautiful Beverly Hills aunt, Kyle Richards. Kyle is one of the seven cast members on Bravo's reality hit, 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.'
Kyle is a mother of four, wife to a loving husband, former child actor, and an entrepreneur. She is a fan favorite because of her unique ability to stay out of drama and maintain a great balance between her family and friends. As you'll see in our interview, she is a lot like you and me.
Kyle recently visited Resorts Casino in Atlantic City and sat down with NJ.com to discuss her family and life as a reality star.
NJ.com: Have you been to Atlantic City Before? What was your favorite part?
Kyle Richards: I remember as a little girl, my sister Kathy and her husband Rick [Paris's parents], used to take Paris and me to the boardwalk when she was a baby.
Are you close to your nieces, Paris and Nicki? As well as your other family?
Richards: Yes, I am, and I have always been. I was a little girl when they were born, so it's more like a sister relationship. They are the little sisters I never had. It's a lot of fun, we are all very close.
How does it feel to be a part of the 'Real Housewives' franchise?
Richards: Well, initially going into it, I never thought I wanted to do a reality show. I thought, this is going to be an adventure and a lot of fun. It would be like having professional home videos of my life. I had no idea what I was going in to. It is now very challenging and anxiety provoking, which is embarrassing for me to say.
Many people want to know, how real is the show?
Richards: Oh, it's definitely real. It's not scripted or set up. However there are times when people don't know the whole story, which can be very difficult at times. [She recapped the recent story of how it seemed that Taylor didn't know where her daughter Kennedy was, but in reality, all had been worked out, and Kyle and her sister Kim both defended Taylor, but that didn't air either]...So it can be really frustrating at times when you don't get the full story, but it's all real.
They say that being on a reality show can ruin a family, but you seem to have it all together, how do you manage to do that?
Richards: I really just try to separate my life from the show. My husband and kids come first and when I am shooting they work around my schedule with my kids. When i'm not, I just really remove myself. I watch my episodes so I can see what's happening so I can write by blog [laughs]....my life is pretty normal outside of the fact that it's documented on television.
Are you still friends with Lisa Vanderpump?
Richards: Yes. We've had our ups and downs. We're not as close as we were, but it's kind of a work in progress type of thing, but we are still friends.
Where do you get your clothes? Are they from a stylist or your own personal wardrobe?
Richards: NO! We don't have a stylist or makeup or hair person, we are on our own. All of my clothes are from my store, Kyle by Alene Too. We just opened in Beverly Hills and carry everything from jeans, t-shirts and sweatpants to black tie and everything in between. We are a few doors down from Lisa's restaurant Villa Blanca, so it's like 'Housewives' row.
Do your friends/family have any fun nicknames for you?
Richards: They call me Ky. I don't know why. However, when I was little, this is so embarrassing and no one ever asked me that, but when I was born, Kathy called me Doogie. I'm like why do you call me that? So as I got older I said, quit calling me that, I don't like that name and now they call me Ky.
What are three things people may not know about you?
1. I watch 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' and I watch [Real Housewives of] 'Atlanta' sometimes because I like Nene Leakes. Other than that, I don't really watch television.
2. I just started watching, 'The Following', because I know the creator and I like crime stuff.
3. I have really bad anxiety that I do talk about in my book. I don't think people realize how serious I am when i say that. I have a real problem with anxiety. I also have Fibromyalgia and for years I didn't know what it was. I was in so much pain and every time I get anxiety those symptoms kick in....my poor husband, in the middle of the night, i'm like honey I can't feel my arms. He's like, you're fine!
You're a big advocate for the fight against cancer, what is your motivation
Richards: I lost my mom to breast cancer, lost my father to cancer, I lost 3 half siblings and 2 uncles. So for me it's not just breast cancer, but all cancers. I'm a mother of 4 and it's very important to me to try to do as much as I can to raise money for it. Hopefully one day, my kids don't have to worry about it like I do.
by Whitney Ullman
If the lyrics "run 'em, like, run 'em, run 'em, woop" were stuck in your head last summer, it's probably because you heard DJ Havana Brown's hit "We Run the Night" playing on your local radio station nonstop. Now's your chance to sing-a-long live with Havana in Atlantic City.
On Saturday, February 23, DJ Havana Brown will spin some of her award-winning mixes inside Borgata's Mur.Mur at 10pm. After her Atlantic City appearance, Havana is headed to Australia (her home country), Mexico, and the Bahamas.
In addition to hitting the road on an international tour, Havana has created a special mix for American Eagle, which will play in stores nationwide. She is also celebrating her incredible success with her second #1 hit song "Big Banana", which topped the Billboard Club/Dance charts this year.
Check out this high energy, incredibly talented, gorgeous songstress and DJ this weekend at one of Atlantic City's most popular night clubs.
by Whitney Ullman
'American Idol' champ Scotty McCreery is Back on the Ground for his 2013 Weekend Roadtrip Tour and recently performed for a sold-out crowd at Atlantic City's Golden Nugget.
At only 19 years old, this country artist has had many accomplishments after winning the 10th season of 'American Idol' in 2011. He was the program's youngest winner, as well as the first male country winner (superstar Carrie Underwood was the first country winner). The celebration continued as his first album topped the country album charts at number one, making him the youngest man in history to achieve that honor with a debut release. He remained number one for six weeks and then earned platinum status in just 13 weeks.
NJ.com spoke to Scotty and got him to dish out the details on his life's journey.
NJ.com: When you auditioned for 'American Idol' did you feel that you would get this far?
Scotty McCreery: Oh never, I mean it's one of those things where you are obviously hoping to, that's why you try out. You're wanting to try and win but you never really think it can realistically happen. For me to win it and keep on going like this, I am blown away and ecstatic.
Do you stay in touch with your fellow 'Idol' alums?
McCreery: Yeah, we try to stay in touch as much as we can, but everybody is kinda off doing their own thing now and living all over the country. So we don't see each other as much. We will send out a group text every now and then to make sure everybody is doing well.
How does it feel to be on your Weekend Roadtrip Tour?
McCreery: Feels great! I spent all last year out on the road with Brad Paisley and now I have my own headline tour. It's exciting. The band and I are pumped up to play our new music for the fans, everyone has that energy about them on this tour.
How does it make you feel when fans tell you they love you?
McCreery: It makes me feel great. It's a mutual love, without them I wouldn't be here. They have been so loyal and so great to me. A lot of artists can say, we wouldn't be here without the fans while they are on stage, but for me it's literal because they voted me through and have continued to support me. That love goes right back from them to me and me to them. It's great!
Are you going to stick with Country music, or do you have other musical interests as well?
McCreery: I listen to the top 40 and make sure I'm in touch with what's current in today's world. I'd say that 95% of the music I listen to is Country, but I venture out every now and then to see what everyone else is listening to.
What's your favorite rap or hip-hop song?
McCreery: (snickering) Oh, my favorite rap song, you're asking the wrong guy. A lot of times with rap or hip-hop songs that I hear on the radio, I'll catch on to the chorus. So I'll sing the chorus but won't know song title or verses or anything.
Do you have aspirations of expanding your empire beyond the music industry?
McCreery: I think for right now, I need to focus on my music and make sure all is going well there first. If I end up having this career for the rest of my life, like I want, then things will go as I want them too. But who knows what can come down the road in the future. If we get offered something, we might jump on it and take an acting role or something, but for right now it's just music. But I've been in a play and musical before in high school, so I did a little acting there.
Tell us 3 things that people may not know about you?
McCreery: Well..hmm..this is tough coming off of American Idol because they make you tell your whole life story.
1. Everyone kind of knows that I am 1/4 Puerto Rican.
2. Another interesting tidbit, is that both of my grandfathers served in World War II, one in the Navy and the other in the Airforce.
3. My whole family sings. I'm just the one that's outgoing about it. They are all going to be on my next record with some background vocals.
Would you come back to Atlantic City and what place would you want to check out?
McCreery: Oh, heck yeah. I'm sure I'll be back there soon. Although I am still under the casino limit, the boardwalk was pretty cool. I'd love to go around and see it. We were on the Idol tour there a couple of summers ago, so it would be nice to get back up there.
Friday, Feb. 1
Bring the family to Boardwalk Hall for the action packed Midget Indoor Auto Racing (Fri. & Sat.). A course will be set up on Boardwalk Hall’s concrete floor and will feature events that include a minimum of 24 Three-Quarter Midgets which can hit speeds of over 70mph!
Throughout the day, the Tropicana celebrates National Wear Red Day to promote heart health for women. There will be many FREE events including: blood pressure screenings, body fat testing, a Zumba class, then a Red Hot Fashion Show in Boogie Nights featuring the stores of The Quarter and then ending the evening with a performance by Vicci Martinez -Season One of NBC’s The Voice- inside of Tango lounge. Plus if you book a hotel room for this evening you’ll get a great rate of $129 along with a $20 drink credit at Tangos, Boogie Nights or Rumba as well as $10 in free slot play. Call 800-345-8767 and use booking code TDRESS (offer only valid Feb 1).
On the other side of town, check out Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Don Henley at Revel’s Ovation Hall. The former founding member, vocalist, and songwriter of the Eagles will perform his greatest hits at 9pm.
If you’re looking to do something that you’ve probably never done before, then check out the most outrageously fun adult bingo game - Diva Bingo - Sinners & Saints Theme at Resorts Casino starting at 8pm. This Sinners & Saints themed event will give away prizes such as overnight stays, show tickets, dinner and many other fun goodies to lucky winners who arrived dressed in the nights theme.
Saturday, Feb. 2
Emmy-nominated comedienne, Margaret Cho, will grace audiences in the Tropicana Showroom with her newest stand-up show “Mother” at 9pm. Cho proclaims that this is her edgiest show to date, filled with riotous observations on race, drugs, sexuality and much more. It’s a show that offers an nontraditional look at motherhood and how we look at maternal figures and strong women in as she says, a queer culture. Nothing is sacred, and that is why all patrons must be at least 18. The show is intended for mature audiences only. Plus if you show your ticket at the door of Boogie Nights, you’ll get $5 off admission. Check out our Access AC Live interview with Margaret.
If comedy isn’t your thing, don’t fret because the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort is offering a night that will bring back memories! It’s the Freestyle Free For All concert inside the Mark G. Etess Arena at 8pm. Fourteen legendary acts will perform over 30 hit songs from the 80‘s and 90‘s. The nights lineup features: Lisa Lisa, George Lamond, Judy Torres, Lissette Melendez, Sweet Sensation, Expose, Tony, Angle and Aby, Coro, The Jets, C+C Music Factory, Noel Suave, Seduction, Angelo Venuto and Voices.
Going back another decade, if the 70’s is your favorite time period, then head on out to Harrah’s Resort because Tony Orlando will perform at 9pm.
Rock & Roll will also be in AC tonight with the American rock band, The Used, at the House of Blues @ Showboat Casino 7pm for their Take Action Tour.
Earlier in the day, revisit your childhood when you take the family to see Theatreworks USA’s production of “Seussical” at the Stockton Performing Arts Center at 10:30am.
Award winning epic illusionist, Steve Wyrick, performs his new multi-media show at the Golden Nugget until Feb. 24th. Every night, this amazing magician will have your imagination going wild with his sleight of hand tricks and his awe inspiring illusion of making a full size airplane appear on the stage!
Comedy clubs are also filled with great acts this weekend. Check out Lucas Bohn and Brian McFadden until Feb. 3rd at the Comedy Stop Cafe & Cabaret inside of the Tropicana’s Quarter. On the other side of town, check out Max Dolcelli, Larry XL & Don Gavin inside the Borgata Comedy Club at The Music Box.
Super Bowl Sunday:
You can watch the game from so many locations in Atlantic City. According to one website, here are the top 5 places to view Super Bowl XLVII.
However, while the boys are watching the game, The male revue show at the Tropicana, Savage Men will host an exclusive event called the Savage Bowl inside of Boogie Nights. The show will feature male exotic dancers, music and contests. Doors open at 6pm and Showtime is from 7-9pm.
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