Jackie Gillies, Janet Roach, Gamble Breaux and Susie McLean in a scene from the TV series The Real Housewives of Melbourne.
Jackie Gillies, Janet Roach, Gamble Breaux and Susie McLean in a scene from the TV series The Real Housewives of Melbourne. Martin Philbey

New series of Housewives dials up the drama

MELBOURNE'S Real Housewives are back and more fired up, and glammed up, than ever.

Season three sees the return of the reality show's seven larger-than-life women and the addition of an eighth housewife, Susie McLean.

The stars of The Real Housewives of Melbourne, from left, Gamble Breaux, Janet Roach, Jackie Gillies, Chyka Keebaugh, Lydia Schiavello, Gina Liano, Susie McLean and Pettifleur Berenger.
The stars of The Real Housewives of Melbourne, from left, Gamble Breaux, Janet Roach, Jackie Gillies, Chyka Keebaugh, Lydia Schiavello, Gina Liano, Susie McLean and Pettifleur Berenger. Martin Philbey

Sunday's premiere ended in a screaming match and there's plenty more drama to come.

But it's a health scare that will bring everything into perspective for property developer Janet Roach.

"I was diagnosed completely out of the blue with an illness," Roach tells APN.

"The whole time I've been on Housewives I've had this illness that slowly gets worse and worse, and I kept thinking surely I'm just having a rough trot," she says. "The good thing is that was nearly six months ago and I'm coming out of it and feeling amazing."

The mum-of-two decided to let producers film her health struggle as she came to terms with post-traumatic stress disorder.

"Initially I didn't want to because I was a bit embarrassed," she says.

"I had a really long think about it and a long talk to (my son) Jake about it. He said a lot of people when they find out what happened to you they might be in the same situation and you may just get other people (to go see the doctor)."

She said the new season would delve deeper in to the personal lives of all of the Melbourne socialites.

"There's still plenty of fun but we're delving deeper," she says.

"I think it's nice the producers are showing these girls have substance.

"You try to keep some privacy but I think that it's good to show people that it doesn't matter if you have a little bit of money, sh*t still happens to you."

The Real Housewives of Melbourne airs Sundays at 7.30pm Qld, 8.30pm NSW on Foxtel's Arena channel.


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