‘I owe you an apology’: RHOS villain Athena X Levendi says she’s ‘working on a new version of herself’ after the show – as she deletes her Instagram
Former Real Housewives of Sydney star Athena X Levendi has apologised for her behaviour on the Foxtel show.
The socialite, 44, told viewers she was ‘sorry’ in a statement posted to Instagram on Thursday, before deleting the rest of her feed.
Athena said she was ‘working on a new version of herself’ after her stint on reality TV.
‘I feel like I owe an apology to the viewers’: Former Real Housewives of Sydney star Athena X Levendi (pictured in March 2018) has apologised for her behaviour on the Foxtel show
‘I feel I owe an apology to the viewers who experienced some form of trauma or personal offence when watching Athena X on RHOS,’ she began.
‘Just so you know it wasn’t easy playing a strong character or digesting the viewers’ perceived impressions for my on-screen reactions or “character”.
‘These days I’m working on a new version of myself!’
Statement: ‘Just so you know it wasn’t easy playing a strong character or digesting the viewers’ perceived impressions for my on screen reactions or “character”,’ she wrote
‘I’ll keep you posted, love Athena,’ she concluded.
The Real Housewives of Sydney aired for one season 2017, before being axed for ‘being too nasty’.
Back in May last year, Athena went on an Instagram rant slamming her co-stars and claimed they were all ‘actors’ playing specific characters in staged scenes.
Athena unleashed on the show after being accused of taking a swipe at her former co-stars in a previous cryptic post about fake friendships.
‘I wasn’t referring to RHOS. Just to clarify, the ladies that were cast were never in my friend zone. Just a group of random women forced to act like friends,’ she wrote.
‘For those who might be confused and ignorant, RHOS was a produced television show. I was cast to be portrayed a certain way (I refused to be manipulated or bullied). Just to make it very clear, I was never friends with any of them.’
Axed: The Real Housewives of Sydney, which aired in 2017, was axed for ‘being too nasty’ after just one series. Back in May last year, Athena went on an Instagram rant slamming her co-stars and claimed they were all ‘actors’ playing specific characters in staged scenes
Athena went on to say that appearing on the show was ‘just a job’ for the cast.
She claimed that none of her co-stars wanted to be friends with her away from the cameras, with the exception of Matty Samaei, Melissa Tkautz and Lisa Oldfield, who were ‘somewhat fair and at least kind’ to her during filming.
Athena added: ‘RHOS was not real life and I don’t see any of those “actors” in my real life. I say actors, as that’s my perception from that experience!’
She went on to reveal that the exposure she received from appearing on the show was detrimental, and created ‘jealousy’ among her real-life friends.
The reality star concluded by saying her real friends ‘couldn’t handle my newfound temporary fame’ and believed the ‘fake narrative’ on the show.
It comes as The Real Housewives of Melbourne cast make headlines this week.
Lydia Schiavello offered a puzzling response after fans accused her of maliciously Photoshopping an image of her co-star Chyka Keebaugh to make her look heavier.
The 50-year-old socialite claimed on Wednesday she did not edit the photo herself but had instead been sent it by someone else, and naively uploaded it to Instagram because she thought it ‘looked great’.
Spot the difference: Real Housewives of Melbourne’s Lydia Schiavello has denied Photoshopping an image of her co-star Chyka Keebaugh to make her look heavier, instead claiming she was sent the doctored image by someone else. Left: the edited version Lydia posted on Monday; right: the original photo uploaded in 2014