June 05, 2011 08:00 AM by Shayla Perry
We all know that she loves her Pinot, but Ramona Singer of Bravo‘s Real Housewives of New York City says that she’s no alcoholic. In an interview with Hamptons Magazine, Singer defends her drinking habits and blasts the network for trying to push the bogus storyline.
“Do I overdrink? No. I drink with responsibility,” says Singer. “I drink with a beautiful dinner. I would rather have my one or two glasses of Pinot Grigio than dessert which is 700 calories.”
And though she may have very specific tastes, Ramona points out that drinking (socially that is) is all a part of being a Real Housewife.
“All I can say is, we’re filmed in social events,” Singer, 54, explains. “If you look at anytime I have a drink in my hand, look what LuAnn [de Lesseps] is drinking. The other people are drinking. The only person who doesn’t drink is Jill [Zarin]. She only drinks Diet Coke – and you wonder why? But anyway, all the other Housewives shows — they’re all drinking.”
Ramona Singer decided to seize the business opportunity and create her own wine label, taking full advantage of being able to use the show as part of her marketing strategy, but wasn’t too pleased when she saw the footage of this season of The Real Housewives of New York City as many of her castmates expressed their concern over her so-called drinking problem.
“I actually said to Bravo, I called them up I said, ‘Wait, is the story line so bad you have to make [my drinking] a story line? Because you know I don’t have a drinking problem,’” says Ramona, noting, “I’ve been on the show for four years. How can I have five businesses, be married 19 years, have a daughter who’s a straight-A student? I cannot even be a … functioning alcoholic if I had all of this stuff going on. It would be impossible. Do you ever see me fall down on TV? So you ever see me slur my speech? Absolutely not. Do I have a drink or two with dinner? Absolutely.”
To Ramona Singer’s husband, Mario, it’s all good. Good for business!
“You know what? It promotes the Pinot Grigio,” he says of the many (MANY) scenes showing his wife with a drink in her hand. “So if they want to make a big deal about it…that’s [fine].”
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