What You Never Knew About Ramona Singer

Ramona Singer is one of the most famous women to ever grace the "Real Housewives" franchise. Not one to be afraid to speak her mind, she's what she calls an "acquired taste." Ramona has become a fan favorite over the years on "The Real Housewives of New York City" and has been giving fans an inside look into her luxurious New York City lifestyle since 2008. Her fans adore her for her strong opinions, hilarious comments, and her amazing taglines. As drama-filled as "RHONY" may be, it pales in comparison to Ramona's life.

Much of Ramona's upper-middle class upbringing was defined by her father's alcoholism and his constant abuse of her mother (via Distractify). When their father died in 2009, he left nothing in his will to Ramona or her sister. According to Ramona's sister, Sonya Mazur, "Ramona didn't get anything because she had already amassed a small fortune through her work" (via Bustle). So, just how did she get to where she is today? There's plenty you probably don't know.

Ramona's love for fashion goes way back

Ramona Singer was obsessed with clothes and fashion from a young age. When she chose to attend college, she chose the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, every fashion lover's dream school. According to Ramona's Bravo bio, she was the first graduate of the four-year honors program at FIT and earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the university. She continued a career in fashion after she graduated from FIT, becoming a buyer in Macy's executive training program.

Interestingly enough, Ramona and Teresa Giudice, from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," both worked as buyers for Macy's, according to Bravo. During their time together on "The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip," they discovered that their fashion careers were very similar. Ramona and Teresa not only both worked as buyers for Macy's in New York City's Herald Square, but they both specialized in handbags. Ramona and Teresa also both worked for Calvin Klein after leaving Macy's, with Ramona specializing in sportswear and Teresa specializing in handbag sales.

She's had various business ventures

Besides her role on "RHONY," Ramona Singer has had many different lines and companies, proving how she's not only a reality television star but a successful entrepreneur as well. Ramona previously started her own skin care line, Ageless by Ramona, which was marketed to older women as a powerful anti-aging serum and developed by Ramona and a top team of dermatologists. Her serum was created to hydrate skin, reduce the look of wrinkles, and eliminate the need for a complicated skincare routine. The serum was also cruelty-free.

In 2015, Ramona and her then-husband Mario Singer Ramona True Faith Jewelry, an online retailer specializing in religious and secular jewelry (via Bustle). The company was a sister company for Mario's family's business. This company was also a big reason why Singer wanted to join the "Real Housewives" franchise, as it would give True Faith Jewelry a platform to do more business. She also had a jewelry line, The Ramona Singer Line, for Home Shopping Network that featured "affordable estate looking pieces," according to Ramona's LinkedIn bio.

Ramona didn't only create beauty and fashion brands though. Ramona also dabbled in wine, Pinot Grigio to be precise, which is known to be her drink of choice on "RHONY." She partnered with Opici Wines to create a Pinot that she knows her fans would really enjoy.

She once threatened her father with a knife

Often described as being without a filter on "RHONY," Ramona Singer's nature often gets her into trouble with the other housewives. However, Ramona's honesty is what made her memoir so compelling. Her book, "Life on the Ramona Coaster," details difficult moments in the reality TV star's life — including her father's alcoholism, the abuse of her mother, and the ending of Ramona's 20-year marriage that broke her family apart.

In the book, Ramona goes into much more detail about her childhood than she ever did on "RHONY." Fans have seen glimpses of a more vulnerable side of Ramona on the show, of course, but it is nothing compared to the surprising, and sometimes traumatic, confessions she makes in her memoir. For example, she detailed just how bad things got with her father — so bad that she threatened to kill him as a child (via Glamour). Ramona revealed that she threatened to stab her father with a knife when he was abusing her mother. "I point the blade directly at his face and scream, 'Stop it. Stop it right now or I swear I will take this knife and shove it into your neck,'" the memoir reads.

This vulnerable side of Ramona gave fans an inside look into what makes her who she is, and helps fans better understand her actions on "RHONY."

She's been a Real Housewife since 2008

As of this writing, the future of "RHONY" is uncertain, with Season 14 of the show rumored to have a cast full of all brand new faces (via E! News). But one thing is for sure: "RHONY" will not be the same without Ramona Singer. Ramona is the original NYC housewife and has been on the show since 2008  — from the very beginning of "RHONY." Housewives have come and go frequently, but Ramona has remained a constant character in the franchise.

According to Andy Cohen, Bravo is planning to give "RHONY" a "rebirth" with an all new cast full of unfamiliar faces (via Entertainment Weekly). However, there is hope for fans who want to keep up with the cast members they already know and love. According to Entertainment Weekly, a spinoff, potentially titled "RHONY: Throwback" or "RHONY: Legacy" is in the works. It could include the most iconic women in the franchise that have left — or been fired — from the show. Names like Dorinda Medley and Bethenny Frankel have been thrown into the mix, and fans are excited for the possibility of a reunion with their favorite cast members. Of course, this means Ramona's "RHONY" future is uncertain, or at least unknown to the public, but we hope that she'll be invited back for a legacy spinoff. She is one of the most iconic women to grace the NYC franchise, after all.

She has already starred in a spinoff

If Ramona Singer were to come back for the "Legacy" or "Throwback" series, it wouldn't be her first time on a "Housewives" spinoff. Ramona participated in the first season of "The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip," which starred Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Luann de Lesseps, and Kyle Richards. The series was filmed in Turks and Caicos for a weeklong getaway from the star's original "Housewives" cities.

Ramona did get into some trouble on the spinoff show, especially with co-star Kenya Moore from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" (via People). The two got into some verbal disagreements, including an especially heated argument on the private plane on the way to Turks and Caicos, which left the other cast mates on the spinoff annoyed with the way Ramona was handling herself.

De Lesseps, being from the same city as Ramona and also being her close friend, was the first to call out the star's bad behavior. When E! News asked de Lesseps who was the most "uncool" on the trip, she wasn't afraid to call out her "RHONY" castmate. "I gotta say, Ramona [Singer] started off with a bang being uncool," said de Lesseps. "No surprise there." Towards the end of the trip though, Ramona seemed to have gotten less argumentative and seemed to make genuine connections with some of the other housewives.

Why Ramona and Mario Singer really divorced

In 1992, Ramona married Mario Singer, with whom she had one daughter, Avery Singer, born in 1995. Mario was featured in the first season of "RHONY," and the couple renewed their vows on the show in Season 3. At the time they renewed their vows, Mario and Ramona had been married for 17 years. The vow renewal was sweet — they both expressed their love and dedication to each other in matrimony. However, their marriage only lasted four more years.

In 2014, Ramona filed for divorce. According to Us Weekly, Ramona and Mario initially tried to save their relationship with couples therapy, but ultimately went their separate ways. In her memoir, Ramona revealed what exactly happened. "Things started to go downhill when Mario found out how much I was making for Season 6 of The Real Housewives of New York. Mario had just turned sixty and his business was struggling," she wrote. "[But] his wife had become famous and was earning a great salary. He was on a path leading him farther and farther away from our marriage."

According to Ramona, Mario cheated on her and continued a relationship with the other woman until they broke up in 2018. Ramona has since dated multiple men, as depicted on "RHONY," and seems to enjoy living her best single life.

She quarantined with her ex-husband and daughter in Florida

Avery Singer, Ramona Singer's daughter, has grown immensely in the time since her mother premiered on "The Real Housewives of New York City." When the show started, Avery was only 12 years old. She's since graduated from the University of Virginia and works in finance in New York City.

During the pandemic, Avery, her mother, and her father quarantined together in Boca Raton, Florida. Avery shared what it was like to hunker down with her divorced parents on her Instagram Stories. The trio stayed together for longer than they expected, Ramona told E! News. Avery was happy to spend quality time with both of her parents, though. "We've all been kind of coming together — minimal fights, we kind of have this great routine going. ... I actually turned 25 the other week, and I realized it was my first time celebrating my birthday with both my parents in eight years," Avery told Us Weekly.

She had a furry sidekick for nearly two decades

For almost two decades, Ramona Singer had a furry sidekick named Coco. When the beloved Shih Tzu passed away, Ramona and her daughter Avery were heartbroken. The "RHONY" star posted a heartbreaking tribute on her Instagram that featured a collection of sweet pictures of her time with Coco. "Coco was in our lives for 17 years and was like another child to me. She was truly a family member & my sidekick on #RHONY. Coco brought so much joy to us over the years and will be incredibly missed," Ramona wrote in the caption. "I love you so much Coco...your memory will always live on with us."

On Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," Andy Cohen called Coco an "OG dog of Bravo." The small dog was often seen in Ramona's home on "RHONY" and was frequently shared on Ramona and Avery's social media accounts. Coco lived a long life of being pampered by Ramona and her daughter, and fans no doubt miss her presence.

She created a 'disaster' for a fellow Housewife

Drama ensued when Ramona Singer leaked the details of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice's wedding online. Ramona posted a Story to her Instagram — which was taken down after she was notified it contained private information — showing the invitation to Teresa's wedding. Ramona posted it on her story because it was one of the "most beautiful" wedding invitations she has ever received, Teresa explained to People. Despite its beauty, it contained the date, time, and location of Teresa's wedding, as well as the password to her wedding website. Other stars, including Teresa herself, admitted that they believed it to be an honest mistake on Ramona's part — there was no bad intention involved (per People).

Ex-"RHONY" cast mate Dorinda Medley told "Daily Pop," "I literally was watching it like, 'Ohhh no!' Because it wasn't just the date and time, it was the passcode to the website [with] the guest list. I could just see the disaster happening" (via E! News).

According to People, Teresa then had to rush to send out new invitations for the big day so fans and paparazzi didn't have access to her privacy. Although it seemed like a hassle for Teresa who would already be stressed having a high-profile wedding, there seems to be no bad blood between the Housewives.

She bought a condo next to a familiar face

Ramona Singer may be a New York native, but she also bought a house in Palm Beach, Florida (via Bravo). On the Season 13 finale of "The Real Housewives of New York," it was revealed the star bought a waterfront condo in Palm Beach, which is close to a very familiar name among "RHONY" fans. Harry Dubin is Ramona's new neighbor, and fans have learned a lot about him over the course of the franchise. Dubin has dated Sonja Morgan and Luann de Lesseps, married Aviva Drescher, and kissed Ramona. He's been around for a long time, and Ramona's move near the familiar face means he may not be going anywhere anytime soon.

In addition to purchasing a condo, Ramona has become a licensed real estate agent, according to Bravo. She's familiar with "Million Dollar Listing" star realtor Michael Lorber, who met with Ramona to discuss her career in a very "competitive business," per Bravo. Ramona is officially on Douglas Elliman's Micheal Lorber team, of which Lorber's father is chairman.