Carole Radziwill talks about her current relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Adam Kenworthy.
Years after he was accused of stealing Adam from Luann de Lesseps‘niece on’ The Real Housewives of New York City, the Bravo alum candid about the past romance and turned the tables with her former castmate by revealing that Luann had actually dated her niece’s former partner.
“After [my relationship with Russ Irwin] was over, I felt like I’m on this show and it’s really hard to have a private life and really go out with someone of importance that I really like,” Carole admitted on the Nov. 8 episode of the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcasting.
After her divorce in 2013 from Russ, formerly of Aerosmith, Carole met Adam and embarked on a longstanding relationship, much of which was featured on RHONY.
“[Being on a reality show] weighs on you. It’s hard to be in a relationship and show that on the show without the show affecting the relationship,” Carole noted. “We had a great run and we’re still friends now. He was someone in my life at that time where he was exactly what I needed and I was there for him and it worked. But we’ve been hit a lot.”
Looking back at Luann’s suggestion that she actually stole Adam from Luann’s niece, Carole said the story was “crafted” and “made up” but made “good TV.”
“The whole thing about [me] to steal [Luann’s niece’s boyfriend] it was a fabrication made up by Luann and then Bravo walked away with it,” Carole explained, adding that Luann was actually “going out with her niece’s boyfriend [Jeff], That [Heather Thomson] and I never talked about it.”
According to Carole, she and Adam officially broke up in 2018 and continued to see each other occasionally over the following year. When the world came to a standstill in 2020, the couple reconnected, but only as close friends.
While Carole, a respected journalist and author, said she doesn’t regret anything she said or did on the show, she admitted she “greatly regrets” her time with Bravo.
“My big regret is really… made myself smaller on purpose to fit in. I made myself smaller,” she revealed. “As if I had a lot of travel experiences. I should have had the confidence to just get up… But I didn’t trust the Bravo machine. So I felt nervous to be labeled [as a] smart ass.”
Carole then said that when it came down to it… Sonja Morgan‘s claims to have spent time with John F. Kennedy Jr.her late husband’s cousin, Anthony Radziwill, her former co-star’s statements were “not true”.
“I don’t like to hear that, because A. It’s not true. B. No one who knew him really called him ‘John John’. And then the idea, you know, this is a man who had died 10, 12 years earlier. So you don’t really talk to them about parties. I just thought the whole thing was a shame,” she said.