VIDEO Details on RHONY’s new season, including new housewife Dorinda Medley


Real Housewives of New York City is back with a new season, a new cast member and the much-anticipated return of old housewife Bethenny Frankel.

“The name of the game in season seven is change as the ladies face betrayal, crumbling marriages, new love and endless wild nights,” Bravo said in a press release today. “After a three-season hiatus, Bethenny Frankel makes her highly anticipated return joining Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and new housewife Dorinda Medley.”

Two of the biggest storylines promise to be from Bethenny and Ramona, who are both going through divorces and trying to figure out their new normals.

“It’s Bethenny like you have never seen her before as she struggles with finalizing her divorce, looking for a new place to live and coping with being a single mother,” Bravo said. “In another emotional journey, Ramona’s 25-year relationship with Mario ends as she looks to her longtime friend, Dorinda, for support.”

As for what we can expect from former “friend of the housewives” Dorinda, the widow of wealthy hedge fund manager Richard Medley is wading back into the dating pool three years after his death — although her friends don’t know if her new man is “Mr. Right” or “Mr. Right Now.”

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Before joining the show, Dorinda started her own high-end cashmere company in London with her first husband. After finding success there, she and her daughter moved back to New York City in the 2000s, at which point she met and married Richard.

“Together they worked on fundraising for causes with the likes of Desmond Tutu, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Hilary Clinton. After the tragic loss of her beloved Richard, Dorinda and Hannah became each other’s strength through the difficult time and are now closer than ever,” Bravo says of Dorinda. “She is currently dating John Mahdessian, owner of Madame Paulette, the leading cleaning and restoration establishment of worldwide couture garments in the Upper East Side.”

Dorinda is on Instagram and — as of this morning — Twitter. (The account isn’t official, but she’s followed by Andy Cohen and Bravo.)

For more, check out the new preview for Real Housewives of New York City

Real Housewives of New York City premieres on Bravo on Tuesday, April 7 at 9/8c.

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