It's been several seasons since Adrienne Maloof gave up her full-time role on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," but she's been plenty busy. With more time to focus on other ventures, the entrepreneur decided it was time to get back to her roots.
Adrienne, 54, comes from a long line of hardworking people. Her father, George Maloof, instilled in her a work ethic and the importance of giving back. In an interview with International Business Times, Adrienne said her family has been thriving in business “for over 150 years.” She added that during that time they’ve always made it a point to “take care of our employees” as well as others — a tradition she still takes seriously to this day. Adrienne, a self-proclaimed firm believer in karma, told IBT that, in her opinion, we exist for four key reasons — “to be successful, to do what we need in life, to help people grow their businesses and, most importantly, to give back.”
The former full-time “RHOBH” cast member admits the Bravo series was integral in promoting the many causes she’s chosen to get involved with over the years. The decision to do the show, however, was not an easy one. Adrienne told IBT that she struggled when the network first approached her, but she saw the potential for greatness and decided to move forward with it.
“I was hesitant, as most people are, because I was a businesswoman first,” she said. “But then I saw the platform — an amazing platform — that Bravo can give your philanthropic work and your business. I looked at it as the glass half full and I went into it like that. Was it a difficult show to do? Extremely. It was also great because it allowed me to reach people and give them a voice. It was worth it.”
While participating in “RHOBH” provided a platform that she might not have had otherwise, it also brought with it a few negatives. Appearing on a reality show meant Adrienne had to allow fans into all aspects of her life — good and bad. During Season 3 of the show she and then-husband Paul Nassif went through a nasty divorce, much of which played out before Bravo’s cameras. Adrienne admits that she wishes that could have been left on the cutting room floor.
“There are a lot of positive benefits to the show, but in terms of things that played out that I wish hadn’t — my divorce. It was very difficult, but then I look at it again as the glass half full,” she said. “I inspired women going through a divorce and showed them that they can get through it, so it was worth it.”
Since filming for “RHOBH” slowed down for her, Adrienne has found time to align with several organizations and causes and has made it her mission to bring awareness to them. At present Adrienne is focused on philanthropy in two key areas — animal rights, LGBTQ activism — though she is passionate about several other causes. The jewelry designer is currently working closely with the American Humane Society on their K9 Battle Buddies campaign and the Hedrick-Martin Institute, which assists at-risk LGBTQ youth.
“I’m doing very powerful things in my life. I’m bringing a voice to things that I think are important. These are real issues affecting our country,” Adrienne said of her charitable efforts. “I was a businesswoman before I came on [“RHOBH”], but it gave me a platform which I am really grateful for.”
Adrienne may not be as prevalent on “RHOBH,” but still managed to pop up here and there during Season 6, which wrapped on April 12. Part one of the multi-episode reunion airs Tuesday, April 19, at 9 p.m. EDT on Bravo.