Tinsley Mortimer is joining The Real Housewives of New York City for season 9 and ahead of the show’s April 5th premiere, we’re starting to learn a little bit more about what makes the New York City socialite tick. In a new interview, Tinsley opens up about moving on from her violent relationship with ex-boyfriend Alexander Fanjul and says that her arrest for trespassing actually helped break her out of the cycle.
As seen in the sneak peek at RHONY’s upcoming season, Tinsley is coming back to New York City with a whole lot of baggage. After being arrested in April 2016 for trespassing, Tinsley tells People that she had spent two years covering up a violent relationship with Fanjul, whose family owns 40 percent of Florida’s sugar industry.
The outlet reports that police had been called to their shared home multiple times to deal with some pretty scary situations. On Christmas Day in 2013, for example, police were called and Tinsley was taken to the hospital with head lacerations. In a separate incident, a neighbour told police that he saw Fanjul “tackle” Tinsley and “push her head into the pavement.” Obviously, Tinsley was in a pretty bad place and only now feels comfortable opening up about the years-long ordeal.
“I had moments of feeling like I wasn’t going to make it,” she explains. “I was going to be one of those tragic stories you see on TV.”
While Tinsley claims that he was “super fun” when they first met, things changed as their time together went on. “I started to notice there was this quick switch of anger,” she says. “It’s honeymoon, then tension, and then it’s explosive.”
Those close to Tinsley, however, started to become concerned and after her parents asked her to separate from him, she started sneaking around with him as she was understandably still in love. “When it was good, it was so good,” she says of their relationship. “It was, I love you more than anything. You are the love of my life.”
It wasn’t until the violence escalated that Tinsley began to reconsider things. “When pillows are over your head, you do everything you can to get out of that,” she reveals. “I almost felt like I deserved it. He would make me feel like I was the cause.”
“It took the arrest, the mug shot — all those painful things for me to recognize his lack of character,” she continues. “I will never put myself in that situation again. It was horrible. Being arrested was the only thing that broke me out of the cycle of violence. Now I’m done.”
On the new season of RHONY, viewers will get to witness Tinsley as she attempts to make a name for herself — once again — in the big city. In the trailer, the women are heard discussing her past relationship and it seems like we’ll get to hear more about her struggle on the show. From what we can see so far, Tinsley really does have so much to be happy and thankful for, and it’s scary to hear that she was in such a dire situation. Thankfully, she seems to have the support she needed to get through things and is now stronger than ever.
The Real Housewives of New York City premieres April 5th on Bravo and Slice.