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‘Mob Wives’ Drita D’Avanzo On Privacy, Parenthood, and Celebrity Charity

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We’ve talked about the stress Karen Gravano endured growing up as the daughter of one of the most notorious mobsters of modern times and Renee Graziano’s battles with addiction, but what’s going on with some of the other ladies of VH1’s hit reality show Mob Wives?

Well, Drita D’Avanzo, one of the original Mob Wives, recently sat down with OK! Magazine to talk about her good and, well, less-than-good experiences since signing on with the show.

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Drita walks us through sacrificing privacy for the show, monitoring her daughters’ exposure to the episodes (as well as asking her oldest daughter, Aleeya, for permission to film!), and using her celebrity for good.

“If you can help somebody, being famous, you should.” – Driva D’Vanzo of Mob Wives

Drita started the Single But Not Alone Foundation, in September of 2012 to help single mothers who are struggling financially and need help supporting their children.

Single But Not Alone has partnered with several companies to help provide items for children and their mothers including clothes, school supplies, and gift certificates, as well as counseling for single mother to help them understand they’re not along and to live their lives and take care of their children the best ways they can.

Of course, D’Vanzo doesn’t leave out her husband, Lee, who’s been incarcerated for the past several years and who, in a surprise ending to last week’s episode, unexpectedly showed up at the couple’s home. Given that Drita had no idea he was coming home and her former best friend, Karen Gravano, used to date and live with Lee, things are probably going to be pretty tense tonight.

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Tune in to tonight’s brand new episode at 10 p.m. to find out how Drita balances that drama.

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‘Mob Wives’ Drita D’Avanzo On Privacy, Parenthood, and Celebrity Charity

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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