She also worried that the show’s history will perhaps repeat itself, and she wondered how Real Housewives of Miami can film if the castmates “hate” each other.
“I wasn’t around 10 years ago when they did season 3, but I can tell you — from what I saw and what I read — that season 3 got really toxic, and there comes a point where people don’t respect other people’s boundaries,” she explained in an interview with ET. “When you come for people’s families, you come for their careers, you come for their children, then you start to hate your fellow castmates, right? And hate’s a strong word, but when people can’t get along, how do you film a group ensemble?”
“If you can’t sit across a dinner table without wanting to basically poke each other’s eyes out, like, how do you do a whole season?” the doctor added. “I’m honestly worried that we’re teetering very close to that line, where it’s gonna be hard to recover from some of the accusations and damages between OG and OG. … I’m really hoping that people can be accountable for their choice of words and their actions, because people need to apologize or there’s no place to move forward.”
She then addressed the cast trip to the Bahamas.
“I love to travel,” said Nicole. “Like, I am the first one to jump on a plane and go anywhere for any amount of time, and this is probably the one trip I regret taking. It was exhausting.”
Though it started off alright, Nicole claimed things changed after “the first 24 hours,” seemingly suggesting when Marysol arrived.
“The OGs have a very complicated relationship that I am not even going to attempt to understand,” the star continued. “Their relationship spans over a decade, and there’s definitely deeper rooted issues than what happens during this season. I think there’s a lot of pain and triggers from things that have happened … 10 years ago, and I think a lot of that kind of comes up during an argument in the Bahamas.”
“It makes me feel like I live rent free in their heads,” said Nicole of their comment, “and to be honest, I don’t give them an ounce of thought when I am not filming. So, I don’t know. Kudos to me for living rent free.”
She then reacted to Alexia and Marysol’s denial that an OG-vs.-newbie dynamic even exists. “Yes, Guerdy, Julia and I are all delusional,” said Nicole sarcastically. “I mean, when you have three grown women here who are independent, strong, successful women? I am sorry, but we just don’t create problems in our heads, right? Like, there is a division because one has been created — and it wasn’t created by us.”
“These women … are not happy to share the spotlight with new faces. At least that’s how it feels to us,” said the star. “Honestly, if they wouldn’t have come for me, I would have never done the things that I did … I’m very happy just kind of staying in my lane, and minding my own business. It’s like, don’t mess with me. … Don’t poke the bear. You play stupid games, you get stupid prizes.”
Addressing Alexia’s “lawyer luncheon” — when Nicole gave the attorney her Amex Black card to be able to ask her own questions — she explained, “[Beforehand], I told her, I was like, ‘I think it’s a really weird concept.'” The star then referred to Alexia’s alleged suggestion that Nicole ask questions about prenups (amid her engagement to Anthony Lopez).
“I’m like, ‘If I am going to plan a prenup with anyone, it’s going to be with Anthony,'” Nicole added, “and she was like, ‘Ay! Nicky, don’t be like that…’ She’s like, ‘Come ask whatever questions you feel are pertinent…’ She’s like, ‘Knowledge is power!’ I will never forget, ‘Knowledge is power!’ and so I went, and I was like OK, if knowledge is power, what’s the one thing I feel like I need to ask to educate the group? Well, people felt like it was okay to slander, so I am going to ask him a question about slander. Don’t give me a platform to ask a question and then take it away … and then, when you take it away from me, if you take it away from me on the premise that you are paying for the time, well, I will [pay] for the time to make my point, because you clearly need to learn about slander.”
She also addressed the lunch with husbands, who fought over the same issue — though castmates and some fans were offended by the men’s involvement.
“If you don’t want the husbands to get involved, don’t invite them to [film],” Nicole commented. “If you don’t want Anthony to get involved, don’t talk about his spouse — and don’t talk about his child. All of which they have done, right? Larsa last year insulted [our son] Greyson and tried to like question his legitimacy, and then she tried to start this [other] rumor, and so if you question a man’s child and a man’s partner, he is going to get involved. I think that’s what any respectable partner would do. So either, don’t invite them or don’t talk about his people.”
Regarding Larsa’s rumors, which she allegedly heard from a source via DMs, Nicole claimed, “That comes out later on in the season … It [all] comes from Marysol.”
During the reunion taping, Andy reportedly yelled at Larsa.
“It was impressive,” recalled Nicole. “I was like, ‘I hope they don’t edit that out!’ ‘Cause you have to think, we film for almost like… I don’t know 10, 12 hours? We start at 8:00 in the morning, we finished at 8:00 at night, and this gets cut down to be 3 hours. So, I was like, I hope he doesn’t edit out his yelling at her because, in my mind, it was well deserved.”
“He was just like, ‘Are you serious?'” the star went on. “Like, do you not see the problem with what you are saying? And no, she didn’t see the problem with what he was saying, hence the yelling.”
The doc also said she and Larsa got “nowhere” as they ended the taping. “We leave reunion the same way we went into it, just not seeing eye to eye,” she said, and then she mentioned Marysol again.
“I think it all started, really, based on these rumors that Marysol began last year in the Hamptons,” Nicole explained. “I think Alexia brought me into the show her … and Alexia and I had a lot in common. We were growing close in the beginning of season , and I just think that Marysol being an OG, being Alexia’s friend, is very controlling of Alexia and the friendships she makes. She was like, ‘Yeah, you’re not gonna get my best friend…’ and so she just just decided to create a rift with these alleged rumors, that have yet to be substantiated, and at the end of the day she just keeps coming up with one rumor after the other after the other, and we have yet to see anything with any proof.”
During the “intense” reunion, Nicole was placed in the “first seat,” an honored position in the franchise.
“I definitely felt like it was a hot seat, but I feel like everybody kind of had their moment in the hot seat,” said Nicole. “It was like a rotating hot seat … a Lazy Susan. It just seemed to come often to me … I want to say we left reunion and everybody was like, ‘Oh, everything was hunky-dory,’ you know, in the words of Kathy Hilton … But, yeah, no. Things are left unresolved, and it’s just going to be interesting to see where we go next season.”
According to Nicole, her biggest takeaway was that “alliances run deeper than you think.”
“I’d like an apology from so many people from the show,” she added. “I don’t know, that would be nice, you know? I mean, there was some pretty s**tty things that they said, and it would be nice to be like, ‘Hey, it was wrong. I should’ve had your back, I get you…’ [I’d like] for OGs to no longer have blind alliances. For them to be like, ‘Hey, for this one time — like, OG, you were wrong I side with the newbie.'”
New episodes of The Real Housewives of Miami season five begin streaming every Thursday on Peacock.