The Real Housewives of New York City newbie Tinsley Mortimer is quick to confirm to Dorinda Medley in the Season 9 trailer for RHONY that she has a mugshot. And the ladies talk a lot about how the Big Apple socialite was once a prominent “It” girl around town before landing in some trouble, which stemmed from an April 2016 arrest for trespassing at the Palm Beach home of her former boyfriend, Alexander “Nico” Fanjul. Now, Tinsley is opening up about how the relationship she was in with the Domino sugar heir led to her arrest.
“It ended up that things did get pretty dark and it was physical and emotional abuse [that was] involved and I found myself in a very lost, dark place that I never anticipated ever being in. And it was bad,” she tells PEOPLE. “I had moments of feeling like I wasn’t going to make it. I was going to be one of those tragic stories you see on TV.”
TInsley said that there had been abuse that she had been hiding for years, adding that there were many relationship highs and lows when they were together. “When it was good, it was so good.