Alicia DiMichele is one of two new cast members who has joined VH1′s Mob Wives: New Blood. The docu-soap series also brings back Renee Graziano, Drita D’Avanzo and “Big Ang”. Celebrity Baby Scoop recently caught up with Alicia to talk about the reality show, her three sons, and keeping positive while awaiting potential sentencing on a charge of embezzlement.
CBS: You’re literally “new blood” on the VH1 reality show “Mob Wives: New Blood” airing December 5th. How did you get chosen to be on the show? Did they come to you? Was it an easy or difficult decision?
AD: “I am so excited to be the ‘New Blood’ on this season of Mob Wives. I was chosen to be part of the show because of my real life personal story. You will learn all about it by tuning in on December 5th! Becoming a part of the show was an extremely difficult decision for me to make for many reasons. The main reason why I was able to do so with such confidence is because I have my very loving, loyal family standing right behind me and supporting me.”
CBS: Did you know the other cast members before joining? How are you getting along with them so far?
AD: “My husband has been friends with Ang and Renee for 30 years. I have met Ang several times over the years and loved her, so this was also comforting for me to come on board and be a part of Mob Wives. I have also known Natalie through mutual friends in South Philly. With five girls together, there is always going to be some sort of drama, so you can expect to see a lot of that this season. However, I am known as the peace maker, as I like to see the good in everyone. But if someone dare crosses me, then I am quite a force to be reckoned with.”
CBS: What’s it like going from having a relatively private life to having your life filmed for TV? Was it a big adjustment?
AD: “I am naturally a very private person, so I am still getting used to the fact that my whole life will soon be on public display.”
CBS: You’re originally from Philadelphia, correct? Did you have to relocate to the New York area for the show?
AD: “I am originally from Cherry Hill, NJ, and I now reside in Marlton NJ, which is about an hour and a half away from New York. I did not have to relocate to be a part of the show, because we film in New York, Philly, and Marlton.”
CBS: Tell us about your sons. How old are they? What are they like? How has the show affected them?
AD: “It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I am madly in love with my three sons, Anthony, 19, Rocco, 12, and Carlo, 8. They all are extremely handsome and funny gentlemen who all guard me like pitbulls. My oldest son, Anthony, has always been my rock; I honestly don’t know how I would have made it this far without him by my side. He is so good-looking and genuine, and is loved by everyone he meets. My sweet Rocco is my basketball superstar and a real ladies man. At the moment, he is obsessed with quadding, playing Xbox, and Skyping with girls. [laughs] Last but not least is Carlo, a.k.a my “Badass.” Carlo is the sweetest, most loving boy with a huge heart. However, at the same time, he is more of a man than most men I know. He is very protective of all of the people he loves. At night time, he will sneak in my room while I am sleeping and kiss my forehead.”
CBS: If we asked them what kind of a mom you are, what would they tell us? What’s your parenting style?
AD: “If you were to ask my boys what kind of mom I am, they would tell you that I am always fun and happy, and I’m definitely a pushover when it comes to them. They know that they can get whatever they want from me, but at the same time, I demand respect from all of them. This is really important to me. I love making memories, so we are always doing fun things. I believe in being honest with my boys, so we talk about everything and anything openly. I cook every Sunday and all of our family comes over. During this time, my boys know that they are not allowed to leave the house, but they can have all of their friends come over. Its my way of making sure that they understand the importance of family. As I always say, ‘family over everything.’ My boys would best describe my parenting style as ‘real,’ love, honesty and integrity above all.”
CBS: What are your plans for the holidays? Any special family traditions?
AD: “My favorite memory as a child was my parents hosting Christmas Eve every year at their house with all of our family and friends. Our house was always filled with so much laughter and love, and that is why I now carry on that same tradition with my boys.”
CBS: On a serious note, you’re currently awaiting a potential jail sentence for embezzlement related to your husband’s trucking business. Where does this stand right now? What are your feelings on the possibility of going to jail?
AD: “Currently, I am still awaiting to be sentenced on embezzlement charges from 2010. This has been a huge burden on me, as the unknown of my future is complete torture while trying to keep it together for my boys. However, I choose stay positive and I keep myself busy by now being the sole provider for my three boys, to show them that no matter what we go through we will be ok. I am a warrior and I will not let them down.”
CBS: How do you think being on the show will affect your life?
AD: “My hope for being on this show is to turn the negatives that have happened in my life into a positive. I am hoping to be an inspiration to women who can relate to my story. I want to be someone’s ray of light at the end of the tunnel, a reason for them not to give up.”
Mob Wives: New Blood premieres on VH1 Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 10:00 PM ET/ PT.