PHOTOS Meet Cristy Rice of The Real Housewives of Miami

Real Housewives of Miami Cristy Rice bikini

The Real Housewives of Miami premieres on Bravo on February 22, introducing the world to six new sexy Bravolebrities from the Sunshine State! BravoTV.com has just posted some photos and brief bios of the ladies so I thought I might compile all that info as well as any other pertinent info or images from around the web like the above super sexy bikini pic for instance!

Let’s get this all things Cristy Rice party started:

RHoM Cristy Rice

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Her Bio courtesy of Bravo:

“As a Miami native who is beyond proud of her roots, Cristy’s sassy Latina flair is evident in everything she does. Recently divorced from NBA superstar Glen Rice, Cristy has entered a new phase of her life, being single and living out loud. When she’s not out dancing at night or dealing with relationship drama, Cristy’s life is jam-packed with being a single mom to her three children and running her own clothing store.”

As it mentions Cristy is recently divorced from retired NBA star Glen Rice.  Part of their split may have been because Glen got arrested for battery back in 2008 for beating one Alberto Perez whom he found hiding in Cristy’s closet!  That takes the concept of “keeping it in the closet” to a whole new level.

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In another piece posted in Miami Herald’s column “Talk Of Our Town” from back in March of 2007 the financial woes of Glen and Cristy are discussed in detail.  I was able to find a repost of the article and here is part of what was written about the Rice’s situation and divorce:

Former NBA star Glen Rice and wife Cristy, owner of a South Miami children’s boutique, were building their dream home — an eight-bedroom on Arvida Parkway in Gables Estates. Now, Rice wants a timeout.

Rice, who filed for divorce, asked the court to ”compel wife’s cooperation” to permit the sale of the residence. The house has become a ”financial albatross” that is ”strangling” them, he says, yet Cristy is determined to move in. She is ”unreasonable, unrealistic and acting inappropriately,” he alleges in court papers filed by his attorney, Andrew Leinoff. Not so, Cristy responds. She says the sale is ”premature and unnecessary,” according to documents filed by her attorney, RaymondRafool.

Rice, nicknamed G-Money, says they don’t have enough money to carry the place, much less pay the taxes, which he estimates could exceed $400,000. He cites ”significant cash flow issues” and some “unwise investments.”

They have spent more than $8 million on the house and must shell out another $3.4 million to finish it, he says. Costs include $190,000 in flooring, $225,000 in tile, $400,000 for a home entertainment center and $256,000 in wall units.

They also own a $1.43 million home nearby.

What is it with these Real Housewives and real estate issues?  Christy’s three children from oldest to youngest are Brianna, Giancarlo and Giovanni.  Here’s Cristy’s official promo shot courtesy of Bravo:

Real Housewives of Miami Cristy Rice

I have to say that I’m looking forward to seeing more of Cristy as she brings the heat to Miami.