Every new season of the Real Housewives of New York, new cast members joined the show makes it more interesting than before. In Season 12 of The Real Housewives of New York, Leah McSweeney joined as the main cast. There’s also rumored that Leah replaced longtime RHOY star, Bethenny Frankel.
Leah is the newest housewife with a successful business in New York City. Like most of the other housewives, she is a divorcee and mother living in NYC. There’re lots of things that aren’t uncovered in the media about their new star. Who is her husband? Are they still together? Who is Leah’s child father?
Here’s what everything to know about the new cast of the Real Housewives Leah McSweeney. Take a sneak look below.
Leah McSweeney is Originally From New York
Leah McSweeney was born on August 27, 1976, in New York City, which makes her age 43. She attended Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. When she was thirteen, Leah was expelled from Scared Heart and then moved on with her family to Newtown, Connecticut.
After graduating high school, McSweeney enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York for a short time.
Leah McSweeney Launched a Clothing Line, Married to the Mob in 2004
McSweeney is the new cast member of Bravo’s show, The Real Housewives of New York. Back in 2004, Leah launched her clothing line called Married to Mob. As per public records, the reality star registered Married to the Mob in 2005.
It is one of the first streetwear brands for women by women. Through her business, she proved that women could not only establish themselves as Innovators, designers, and influencers but also as consumers as well.
McSweeney successfully brokered exclusive partnerships MOB with the world’s top brands like Kangol, Barbie, MCM, Reebok, Nike, Burton, LUGZ, Palladium, and more.
According to her website, when she’s not working, McSweeney brings her strong female voice and edginess to women who could hold their own like a man.
Leah Was Arrested in 2002
The 43 years old reality star has a past run-in with the law. Back in 2002, McSweeney was arrested by cops, during an altercation outside Hammerstein Ballroom. She was enjoying an evening out with her friend around 4 am. At the time, McSweeney was 20 years old.
Leah claimed the assault by the officer took placed as she tried to defend her boyfriend when the cops were beating her friend. She had a half-empty plastic bottle with her and then threw it in that direction. As a result, the bottle ended up hitting one of the officers, and then a cop turned around and hit on her face.
McSweeney said she was left with a bruised, puffy face and also lost a couple of teeth. Later, she filed a lawsuit against the NYPD and settled it for $75,000. She invested the money in business and launched Married to The Mob.
Leah McSweeney is the Newest Cast of The Real Housewives of New York
McSweeney featured joined the housewives that premiered on April 2, 2020. The show focuses on the lives of housewives who are originally from New York City and has aired nine episodes. Due to coronavirus pandemic, the show has stopped, but the cast members are still checking on each other from afar.
Prior to, she has appeared in many television shows. Leah first made her appearance as a client on an episode on Bravo’s The Millionaire Matchmaker in 2010. She also has a cameo on television programs like VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York.
McSweeney Struggled With Bipolar II Disorder
The RHONY star suffered from Bipolar II disorder and even talked about it on her podcast. She shared her experience with this disease and how she dealt with it.
According to HybeBae, the RHONY star was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder on her 30th birthday. The Medical News Today details the condition as, this disorder characterized by cycles of depressive episodes followed by hypomanic periods. Hypomania is a period of mood and behavior that is elevated above normal people.
In 2014, Leah said that her life gets back on track after she went into remission and placed on the right medication cocktail. Through the help of her family and friends, she gets out of it. McSweeney started eating healthy meals, and also get solid hours of sleep. Also, she is a strong advocate for mental health awareness.
Who is Leah McSweeney’s Husband?
Unlike the rest of the RHONY housewives, it doesn’t seem like she has been married before. She was in a relationship ex-boyfriend, Rob Cristofaro. Rob is the founder of a clothing brand called Alife. Beyond her relationship with Rob, we don’t think she has had any serious public relationships.
It’s not clear when and how the two met for the first time and began their love story. According to online sources, Leah and Rob’s relationship lasted least for four years between 2004 and 2008.
It was Rob who helps Leah to started her own business and launched a streetwear brand, Married to The Mob. Reportedly, the former couple purchased a property in the Catskill Mountains. They bought a small home in Barryville, New York for $305,000 in 2008.
As of now, the Real Housewives star isn’t looking for a perfect partner. She is quite a busy woman and hasn’t seen any guy at the moment.
Leah McSweeney and Rob Cristofaro Have a Daughter
Before breaking up, Leah and Rob shared a daughter named, Kier Marie, born in 2007. She calls her daughter Kiki for short and just lookalike her. Kier is now 13 years old and has her worn Instagram page.
Kiki was conceived during the New York Fashion week in 2006. She also features in some of Leah’s wildest anecdotes and Instagram videos. Leah took snap with her daughter and posted it on her Instagram on May 3, 2020. She simply captioned the photo that read, “My baebae” with a heart emoji.
Mother and daughter share the same light green eyes, high cheekbones, and ivory complexion. In the above post, they both cozied up in chic sweats. Her castmate Sonja Morgan commented, “Gorgeous girls.” Vanderpump Rules’ newbie Dayna Kathan also chimed in with three hearts.
Leah McSweeney is a Self-Made Millionaire
The RHONY star makes decent money from different ventures. She is the newest cast member of The Real Housewives of New York Season 12. But does he compare to her co-stars when it comes to her bank account?
Leah’s net worth is around $2.5 million, and her net worth is expected to increase through her appearance on Bravo’s show. She has kept her salary under the radar that got paid from The Real Housewives of New York. We assured you that she earns six digits dollars of salary from the reality show.
McSweeney has a Podcast
The single mom also runs a podcast called Improper Etiquette along with Laura Stylez of Hot 97. On the podcast, she and co-hosts, Laura features their perspectives and advice on lifestyle. Also, they occasionally celebrity interviews with current issues.
Leah is an Active Social Media User
She also promotes business using her account and describes herself as Kiki’s mom. On her business account, she posts photographs of her clothing lines.