When you're a husband on a Bravo "Real Housewives" show, you know you're second fiddle.
You may have storylines but they're almost always related to your wife, a main character. For some insecure men, this could be an ego blow. And if a marriage already has issues, reality TV can exacerbate said issues and facilitate divorces. Talk show host Wendy Williams, in a recent interview, counted 18 divorces or pending divorces so far among the seven different "Housewives" shows to date (though NeNe Leakes is planning to remarry Gregg.)
One of those is plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Paul Nassif and his "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member Adrienne Maloof. They divorced last year after 10 years of marriage and three sons.
Adrienne quit the show after three seasons earlier this year and didn't even show up for the reunion show. "The show is over for us," Nassif said last week in a phone interview before his appearance at Buckhead restaurant 103 West Thursday evening (May 2) for a plastic surgery seminar. "However, if someone wants a facelift or rhinoplasty, I'm there!"
The TV show itself only showed a small fraction of their relationship, which has had its volatile moments. But why did they ultimately break up? It's hard to say.
I will readily admit this is a show my wife watches and I only caught enough to recognize the players. She liked Nasiff but didn't really get a sense why their marriage crumbled because in reality, Bravo didn't show enough of their personal lives to make that obvious.
If you'd like to ask him directly, you can RSVP below and attend the seminar Thursday.
Nassif said he has done "Dr. 90210," an E! show from 2004 to 2008 and mini-makeover shows. But the "Real Housewives" show "automatically takes you to a different level of exposure."
He said his goal was to "come off as a nice person. That way, people can relate to you better."
Nassif believes the show in general has helped his plastic surgery business. In the past, 45 percent of his business was outside of California. Now it's more like 60 percent.
He is hoping to build enough business in Atlanta to come by every six weeks for a couple of days. He also has a burgeoning customer base in the Middle East.
In his divorce papers, Nasiff said he's required to play nice when anyone mentions Adrienne. "We cannot talk about each other at all," he said. "We're working on co-parenting. She's the mother of my children. We want to make sure this doesn't affect them negatively."
So much of the rumors on the Web about their relationship he can't address directly, saying most of it in general "is not true."
He admits this past season was especially stressful knowing his relationship was crumbling. He also said that may have played a part in him getting angry with Brandi Glanville, another cast member, for talking about his family. "It was the only time in three years," he said, "I went absolutely nuts."
One vanity issue from watching the reality show himself: he said he needs to lose weight. "Since the end of the show," he said, "I've lost 13 pounds. I feel fantastic!"
Meet Paul Nassif
Thursday, May 2
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
West Paces Ferry Road
email RSVP@nsainstitute.com or call 678-206-2211