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Exactly what the original cast of The Real Housewives of Melbourne are doing now.

The Real Housewives of Melbourne follows the lives of six wealthy women as they navigate the drama that comes with their privileged lives. For example, in season one there was uproar when Gina Liano was condemned by her co-stars for drying her hands on an expensive hand-towel which she did not have permission to use.

Very important stuff.


Perhaps most bizarrely, it is also Foxtel's most watched reality show in history.

Which is why they're bringing it back in 2020 for season five.

But before you waste approximately 547 hours watching the new season (we've all been there), let's take a look at what the original cast are up to now.

Jackie Gillies

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Jackie Gillies was one of the original cast members of The Real Housewives of Melbourne. Image: Instagram.

Jackie Gillies, who is married to Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies, was on four seasons of The Real Housewives of Melbourne.

In 2018, Gillies competed on the fourth season of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! but was evicted after 39 days in the jungle, coming 7th.

In 2019, Gillies released a memoir, Shine It Up: The Inspirational True Story, published by Hachette Australia, in which she details her unlikely career path from being a corporate banker to a psychic-medium, to finding fame on reality TV.

As for whether she'll return to Real Housewives, Jackie recently told New Idea: "I’m not sure yet.

"If I come back, the only thing I don’t like is the negativity.

"I don’t like sometimes when somebody will just make up a bulls--t story to have a storyline so they can stay on the show."

Chyka Keebaugh

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Chyka Keebaugh was on the first three seasons of The Real Housewives of Melbourne, leaving in 2016 after launching her own online home and lifestyle magazine, Chyka.

She is also a regular contributor to Australia's Women's Weekly magazine and is sometimes a guest on Channel 10's The Living Room.

She has also released a coffee table book in 2018, titled Chyka Home and another one this year, Chyka Celebrate.

Gina Liano

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Barrister Gina Liano was one of the most memorable personalities to come from the reality TV show.

Since then, she has carved out a successful career in the television industry, also featuring on The Celebrity Apprentice Australia.

She leveraged off the national platform to become an actor in 2015, playing Mary Smith on soap opera Neighbours as the adoptive mother of Paige, played by Olympia Valance.

In 2016, she made her theatre debut as the wicked stepmother in the pantomime Cinderella at Sydney's State Theatre.

It's not yet confirmed if she will be returning for the fifth season of RHOM. 

Andrea Moss

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Andrea Moss, married to one of the most successful plastic surgeons in Australia, Chris Moss, left RHOM after just one season.

At the time, she told Daily Mail the reason for her departure: "I love the show and can't wait to watch season two but I had to quit because I ran out of outfits. I had completely and utterly exhausted my wardrobe."

She has since continued working with her husband, who she co-founded Liberty Belle Skin Centre with and co-created Liberty Belle Rx.

The skin clinic business is popular amongst influencers and reality TV stars including Steph Claire Smith and Love Island's Anna McEvoy.

Janet Roach

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Janet Roach infamously 'fat-shamed'one of her co-stars, Lydia, for her size, calling her a "dumb fat b****".

She is now the author of weight loss book, Why It's Healthy To Be A Loser and still has her tea business, Raw Essentials, which she launched with her son.

In November, Roach posted to her Instagram confirming she was returning for season five.

"Drinking all the @rawessentialstea Slim Tea I can today…getting #RHOM ready.

"I can't wait to see you for season 5 xx."

Lydia Schiavello

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After being 'fat-shamed' by co-star Janet, Lydia signed to a plus-size modelling agency in 2018.

It looks like she will be returning for season five of the show in 2020.

Who do you want to see return for season 5? Tell us in the comments below!

Feature Image: Getty.

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