Alicia DiMichele Garofalo has been living in a state of limbo for a while now. The perfect life she though she has been living was completely torn apart after she and her husband were arrested and she realized that she had been unknowingly playing a part in his criminal life. Through the course of this season of Mob Wives: New Blood, we’ve seen Alicia stay strong and care for her three sons while she learned that her husband cheated on her and was later sentenced to prison. Now, she still awaits her own sentencing, all the while dealing with the craziness that is being a part of this cast.
Welcome to your first reunion, Alicia! Have you watched any past reunions?
That’s probably for the best.
I’m winging it today.
What did your husband Eddie think of you joining the cast? Did he think his friendship with Renee would make things easier for you?
Eddie was very worried about me joining the show because he knows that I’m not like everyone else. I mean, it’s obvious, and he was very worried because I’m more timid and I grew up differently, so of course he was very nervous about that. But he felt comfortable because he’s known Ang and Renee and even Jennifer [Graziano], for all those years and felt that it would be okay.
The drama about you being in the paper after Vegas and everything that ensued with Renee: What do you believe really happened?
The same thing I believed then, I believe that Renee speaks to people who speak to other people and it gets out. If everything would have stayed between us on every level — and I think that’s the issue with a lot of things that are happening, it’s outside people, people that are communicating with outside people and then it goes to the media or it becomes gossip — that’s how things happen. I don’t feel like she did it intentionally like, thinking that something bad was going to come out of it, but that’s what happened.
How would you describe your relationship today?
Right now, Renee and I are in a good place. I feel like we left things in the past. If anything is to arise or happen again then obviously we can’t continue in our friendship, but I feel like in my conversations with Renee, she admits that se knows that’s where the problem was coming from, like outside parties, and I don’t think that’ll happen anymore. At least I hope not.
You had a better time creating friendships with Drita and Ang — did you expect to come out of the show with new friends?
You know what’s funny, I thought that the great friendship I would have would be with Renee, just because she had such a long friendship with my husband. And of course Ang knew my husband. But what was so surprising to me was Drita, everybody could see our friendship developed right on TV. You can’t make that up. What everybody saw was real. We have so much in common, the more and more we filmed, it was just this amazing bond. Even when she came to my house for the first time and she saw my kids, she got all teared up, because she knows what my kids are going through because her daughters went through it. You know what I’m saying? On every level, me and Drita can relate and have a bond and I think that’s why she’s so protective of me, I was probably her three years ago. It’s very special and I’m very thankful. She makes things easier. And with her and Lee, she was able to forgive him and be happy — it’s nice to see that that can happen, so I really appreciate our friendship. And Ang always puts a smile on my face, she’s drama-free, she’s honest, I couldn’t say enough wonderful things about her.
Do you have a favorite moment of the season?
Sunday Funday [when Alicia’s family gets together at her home]. That’s my favorite part of my whole life anyway. And after watching it, it made me realize that everything I thought we are, we are.
I saw you tweet recently about what it’s like to see yourself behave on TV, what do you really think of that?
I have to be honest, I feel like it’s a good thing. I see how I am with my boys and it makes me almost like, proud of myself. I don’t like when I see myself get upset, it makes you see what you like and what you don’t. For the most part, I like what I see and how I come across, and I stay true to myself. I don’t like when I come out of my element.
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