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Simon van Kempen Releases a Dance Song

Originally posted 04/21/2011 02:45PM



A Real Housewives star has released a new song but it might not be the Housewife you'd expect. In fact, it's not a Housewife at all.

Alex McCord's husband Simon van Kempen's "I Am Real" hit the Web and iTunes Thursday, and it's a dance track that he says he's been working on for seven weeks and he says he's "very proud" of the result.

The song, which he recorded without the use of Autotune, has a message that Simon says is summed up in these lyrics: "I am real / I ain't gonna change / I am real / I am who I am / And that's the deal / I say what I feel / Love me or hate me / I don't give a damn / And that's my appeal."

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Real Housewives of New York City Feud: Team Alex or Team Sonja?

Originally posted 04/15/2011 02:00PM



There's a new feud in town: On Thursday's episode of The Real Housewives of New York City, Alex McCord and Sonja Morgan launched a new dispute – and it all started at a march for a good cause.

"MEN called, which is the Marriage Equality of New York, and asked me to be the grand marshal. And they said, 'Well, we'll have several speakers, but we want you to kick it off because you're so light and funny,' " Sonja said. "You're such a gay icon.' "

As the women gathered at Sonja's townhouse to get ready for the march, trouble started to brew as Alex (member of the event's host committee) and Sonja (grand marshal) compared their respective official duties.

"So is it Sonja's day or is it Alex's day?" Kelly Bensimon asked.

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Hair Color Plays a Role in Real Housewives of N.Y.C. Drama

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UpdatePosted 04/08/2011 06:00AM

Hair Color Plays a Role in Real Housewives of N.Y.C. Drama

Originally posted 04/07/2011 06:00PM

The Real Housewives of New York City are no strangers to drama, catfights and taking sides, but this season the ladies have taken their differences one step further – division by hair color.

"It's just the natural divide, it's like [the San] Andreas fault," LuAnn de Lesseps, referring to California's earthquake boundary, told PEOPLE recently at Bravo's upfront presentation. "You just can't guess when it's going to split."

The Countess is joined by Jill Zarin and new housewife Cindy Barshop to make up "Team Brunette," while Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan are members of "Team Blond" – but Kelly Bensimon says her ombre highlights (dark at the roots, light at the tips) kept her firmly neutral.

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Bankrupt Sonja Morgan's Housewives Costars Rally Behind Her

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Bankrupt Sonja Morgan's Housewives Costars Rally Behind Her

Originally posted 11/22/2010 01:30PM

Sonja Morgan may be going through some financial hardships after filing for bankruptcy recently, but the Real Housewives of New York City star has the support (and silence) of her costars.

"She'll be fine," Ramona Singer told PEOPLE at GLAAD's OutAuction in New York. "She's a great girl."

As for her other castmates, well, they're being supportive by staying mum.

"The first person to speak about [the bankruptcy] has to be Sonja," Alex McCord said. "We love her and adore her and … we're going to support her by being silent.

Morgan, whose bankruptcy filing listed $19.8 million in debt, still seems to be staying positive, saying at the time, "My current monthly income including support is about $26,000 per month. And I expect this income to improve as new opportunities materialize."

Alex McCord: Salahis Ruined Real Housewives of DC | Alex McCord

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Alex McCord: Salahis Ruined Real Housewives of DC

Originally posted 10/22/2010 03:55PM

After watching the second hour of the Real Housewives of DC reunion, I have to agree with Mary – this season was hijacked. The antics of the Salahis and their absolute refusal to take responsibility for any of their actions, was amazing.

Now that we've all seen the sit-down, now that there has been an opportunity for Tareq and Michaele to open up and try to redeem themselves, can we please pull the plug on them? When faced with direct statements from the Redskins, the Congressional Black Caucus, the White House, etc., this couple stated that everyone lied. You know, one person could lie. Perhaps even multiple people connected to one event could all stick to a made-up story. But when every single story you hear about a couple is dismissed as a lie or a smear, you stop believing them. I know I stopped a good while ago.

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Alex McCord's Blog: Michaele Makes 'Stupid, Insipid' Comments on D.C. Reunion | Alex McCord

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Alex McCord's Blog: Michaele Makes 'Stupid, Insipid' Comments on D.C. Reunion

Originally posted 10/15/2010 10:35AM

Was anyone else surprised to hear the political affiliations of the Housewives? I wondered how Andy would break up the seating chart, but it seems he did it by political party.

If anyone – anywhere – in any universe thought that Michaele was a suffering wife under the spell of her husband, those thoughts should be laid to rest now. Wow.

My jaw was on the floor over Michaele's solemn pronouncement that Cat should have love in her heart and then perhaps her husband would come back. What a stupid, insipid, completely ridiculous thing to say to a person! It's incredibly presumptive to assume, firstly, that Cat would want Charles back and, secondly, that Cat's lack of love in her heart somehow drove her husband away.

Michaele revealed herself to be pretty misogynistic there, in my opinion. Or perhaps just incredibly anti-Cat.

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Alex McCord: Are the Salahis Sociopaths or Just Shameless? | Alex McCord

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Alex McCord: Are the Salahis Sociopaths or Just Shameless?

Originally posted 10/08/2010 09:40AM

Watching tonight's finale of the DC Housewives, and continuing into Watch What Happens Live with the Salahis as Andy's first guests, I found myself trying to understand why Tareq and Michaele felt vindicated by the episode.

Tareq referred to a smoking gun, but I didn't see one.

What I did see is something we dealt with once or twice a little further north of the Beltway: To deflect actual accusations, Tareq refuted something he wasn't accused of. He proudly stated that they did not climb a fence and did not give a false name at the state dinner.

Admittedly I'm not too familiar with the minutiae of the case but I do know how to operate Google, and after a search I'm not aware that anyone accused them of giving a false name. Nor am I aware that they were accused of scaling a fence to get past a checkpoint.

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Alex McCord: I Still Don't Trust the Salahis | Alex McCord

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Alex McCord: I Still Don't Trust the Salahis

Originally posted 10/01/2010 09:35AM

Well, if you don't want someone at your fashion show, giving photos to security is a good move. It's an even better move if the security guards on duty actually see the photos – but either way, the Burkina Faso event went off without a hitch,

And without the Salahis.

The only thing that was a bit off to me was Cat's incredulity at the models' seriousness, which made me think she'd never seen a show before. No matter what city you're in, the models always look mad – almost as mad as Erika.

Some of these ladies have to remember that when you're being filmed watching something, try not to pull faces, as it never looks good.

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Alex McCord on the Ice 'Scream' Social, Cheerleading and Marriage Equality | Alex McCord

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Alex McCord on the Ice 'Scream' Social, Cheerleading and Marriage Equality

Originally posted 09/24/2010 09:00AM

This week we open with trouble in a marriage – at least that what it looks like as Cat makes the most of finally having her husband's attention for an hour, by overanalyzing the graphic design of her book cover. The travel schedule he recited seemed so intense, and his rundown of the trips so matter-of-fact, that I wondered, did Charles not tell her what his life was like before they married? Did she not believe him? As the series goes on I keep waiting for the "I knew what I signed up for" speech, or the "I knew he traveled a lot but I thought I could handle it" statement, but we haven't seen that. Did Cat have blast-from-the-past blinders on when she married Charles? Did he, so much so that he didn't tell her what his job was really like when she agreed to move to the States? Questions for the reunion . . .

Michaele joined (for the first time, perhaps?) the Redskins cheerleaders at the first home game, and was very enthusiastic, though not necessarily in step with the other girls. Apparently she defended accusations that she'd lied bout her cheerleading past by admitting she lied about her age. If you are worried about looking bad, wouldn't you be more concerned with showing up on time and learning the routine?

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Alex McCord On When to Cry and When to Buy – Real Estate | Alex McCord

Alex McCord On When to Cry and When to Buy – Real Estate

Originally posted 09/17/2010 08:00AM

Isn't it funny – this week two Housewives broke down and cried, and sparked two completely different reactions in my house.

My first thought was that a human with feelings ought to be touched when Michaele cried about Tareq and his family. But I wasn't. Why? It's the build-up of the seemingly self-inflicted strikes against them in the media. The Congressional Black Caucus, the White House, the Redskins, that Whoopi beat her up, that they want to fund an $8 million house through their business, which doesn't appear to be doing well given the defunct winery and the lawsuits. It makes me – and everyone else I talk to – unsympathetic, to the point that when we heard sirens at the winery I just wondered whether Tareq and Michaele didn't have permission to film there and that's why the sheriff showed up. Haven't the police arrived each time they've been to the winery?

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