Alexia Echevarria on her son’s hobo punching video, plus update on Frankie’s recovery

'Real Housewives of Miami' star Alexia Echevarria with Frankie Rosello and Marysol Patton

Alexia Echevarria has dealt with plenty of drama on the Real Housewives of Miami, but it’s what has been happening off-screen that has really been weighing on her. In the summer of last year, her youngest son, Frankie (above), was involved in a near-fatal car accident and then, a few months ago, her older son, Peter, made headlines after posting a video of himself committing a hate crime online. Now, Alexia is opening up about her heartache.

“My reality is real,” Alexia explains. Luckily, her son Frankie has been making strides in his recovery but it wasn’t easy, and Alexia had to step back from her responsibilities at Venue Magazine and on Real Housewives of Miami‘s second season.

“Every day is better. He’s a fighter,” she says of Frankie’s progress. “He learned to walk before talking. I knew that was more important to him. My Frankie is happy and healthy, and God willing he’ll be back in school in January of 2013. I think it’s important for him socially.”

Peter Rosello in the homeless man punching video

As for Peter, Alexia feels that he may be acting out after the heartbreak he experienced when they nearly lost Frankie. “That’s not my son. He has a huge heart. He’s very sorry and remorseful. This wasn’t his intention,” she said. “Frankie’s accident destroyed Peter. He became self-destructive. He wrote a letter to me that said that if Frankie hadn’t made it, he would have killed himself. Peter wonders if his brother will ever be back to himself before the accident. I believe Peter’s behavior has everything to do with his brother’s accident. Kids make mistakes and this one is costing him a lot.”

Peter entered a not guilty plea on Friday and is due to appear in court for the next hearing on November 29.

Alexia experienced so much this year, it is truly an inspiration. While many would have crumbled, she remained strong for her son and it really made all the difference in his life. “Everything I’ve been through in my life makes me grateful for what I have,” she adds. “I don’t think too much about the future. I live for today. I leave it in God’s hands. Only a mother can really relate  to what all of this.”

Real Housewives of Miami airs every Thursday night at 9/8c.

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  • Joy

    That is total BS. That Peter kid is a d-bag. Sometimes you have to face the reality that you raised an entitled little piece of trash.
    And newsflash, money can buy you a lot of stuff Peter, but it obviously can’t buy you class. I hope you get what you clearly deserve!

  • anne

    The entire meaning of being remorseful is admitting what you have done. “Not Guilty” = BS

  • Hayzii

    I felt bad for her at first. But seeing her so far this season it’s no wonder her older son came out the way he did. A total bully just like his mom.

  • Mimi

    After the incident where Peter assaults a homeless man by punching him in the privates, I looked for a reaction and am not surprised that this is being excused by his mother. I mean, I just caught a re-run (pre- Frankie’s accident) with Peter being disrespectful of his mother at the modeling agency when he demandingly reprimands her. He could have been ripped with a six-pack if she had told him the right thing when he asked her. She had told him she did not know. Well, he ate something and then reamed her for not telling him that he would have to take off his shirt at the interview.

    Now, her response to him was correct, as far as it went, “You should always be ready.” But what stuck me was her not giving him an attitude adjustment. I think extra-curriculars like modeling are for nice, mature, respectful young men. Furthermore, she looked intimidated by him and his hostility in the way he blamed her. The booker said he needs to work on his personality – wait until he sees how aggravated he gets and he will not send him to clients.

    As parents, it’s important to address attitudes like he had (an obviously volatile one) before society has to endure your brats-turned-criminals. (Yes, I just read about Newtown’s gunman getting his record sealed and this issue makes me upset). Peter didn’t just flip out one day because he was afraid of losing his brother. He was needing attentive professional intervention for a while. That crisis would make an adjusted kid more compassionate, grateful and helpful to his family rather than add to the stress and pain that they already endure by acting out. Maybe he has problems with his emotions, but deal with it so people will see how to address it.

    A not guilty plea teaches him nothing. Let him have a public defender, not a pricy lawyer. Do counseling, including family counseling. Let him and his lawyer alone to plead ‘guilty’ or ‘no contest’ and offer to do manual labor or a real job (not involving people, please) and pay restitution to this man who is homeless through the court, not out of your family money, but his own making it right. After the sentencing and probation is over, you can help the homeless man by giving him what the high priced lawyer would have charged! That’s teaching your son how to be a man, not a modeling career for his “confidence.” If nothing else, don’t have guns at home or teach him to use a gun at the range to boost his confidence. Ughh!

  • Amber Gantt

    After watching her this season I can’t stand her. She is a very messy lady and she need to be worried about her oldest son, because for him to plea not guilty was sad.