The Naked Truth: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewife of New Jersey--In Her Own Words

The Naked Truth: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewife of New Jersey--In Her Own Words

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by Danielle Staub

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Meet the Real Danielle…

You’ve seen her on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, turning heads, raising eyebrows, and igniting feuds with her feisty suburban neighbors. Now, the always fascinating Danielle Staub gets real about her scandalous past in the year’s most explosive tell-all memoir. . . .

When she signed on to appear in a reality


Meet the Real Danielle…

You’ve seen her on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, turning heads, raising eyebrows, and igniting feuds with her feisty suburban neighbors. Now, the always fascinating Danielle Staub gets real about her scandalous past in the year’s most explosive tell-all memoir. . . .

When she signed on to appear in a reality TV show, Danielle had no idea what she was getting herself into. Hoping for a new lease on life after her recent divorce, the single mother of two became the target of vicious gossip, heated arguments, and endless controversy. When her housewife costars confronted her with the true crime book written about her ex-husband, the you-know-what hit the fan. Danielle knew she could no longer keep her checkered past a secret—and she had to set the record straight.

This is the real Danielle Staub, in her own words, as you’ve never seen her before. The child of an unmarried Italian teenager, Danielle was born in Pennsylvania (under the name Beverly Merrill) after her mother was pressured by her well-to-do family to leave Italy and not return until after she’d put her baby up for adoption.

After years of sexual abuse, she fled to Miami, where she became a model, living the kind of lifestyle she could only dream of as a child. She partied like a rock star and with them as well, but ended up marrying a deceitful man who held dangerous secrets of his own. Soon Danielle was caught up in a tangled web of lies, drugs, and abuse that landed her in the hospital more than once.

How she survived—leaving her husband, changing her name, and finally giving birth to two lovely daughters—is one shocking story you have to read to believe. If you thought The Real Housewives of New Jersey gave you the real story of Danielle Staub, you don’t know the half of it. Filled with glamour and grit, heartbreak and heroism, this brave, no-holds-barred memoir reveals the naked truth behind reality TV’s most talked-about star.

“You either love me or you hate me, there is no in between .” —Danielle Staub

For the first time ever, one of the stars of the hit television show The Real Housewives of New Jersey tells her side of the story, including . . .

• The truth behind Cop Without a Badge, the book that shocked the other housewives in the first season’s explosive finale.

• Her flashy, fast-paced life as a Miami model—and exotic dancer.

• Her controversial arrest and time spent in prison.

• Her wild hookups with famous celebrities, including an Olympian and a Miami Vice star.

• Her abusive childhood, rocky marriages, stormy divorces—and her triumphant rise as one of television’s most intriguing personalities.

It’s all here—and all real—in this straight-from-the-hip memoir from the Real Housewife who has all of New Jersey talking . . . and the whole world watching.

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The headline on the flyer handed to me at the Chateau hair salon in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, said “Jersey Girls: My Fabulous Life.” It was advertising the casting of a new televised reality show, and the flyer created quite a buzz among all the local girls, who imagined that their “fabulous” suburban lives would fascinate audiences everywhere. My reaction was quite the opposite: “My life sucks, so no thanks.”

Six months later, I was again approached about appearing on the reality show. The only show airing on Bravo within the Housewives franchise at the time was The Real Housewives of Orange County and I hadn’t seen it, but it had gotten a stamp of approval from my eldest daughter, Christine (who has become my “go-to” girlfriend for all of my big decisions), so I checked the show out for myself. I definitely liked what I saw.

After viewing an episode, I found it offered refreshing insight into families as well as friendships among married and single women alike. Single moms on the show were going through their problems while getting advice and support from their castmates. This made me think I should consider participating in the show.

In the beginning, I believed being on The Real Housewives of New Jersey was going to be an uplifting, quirky, fun, joining-of-the-hands experience that would perhaps entail a little drama shared by all of us. I soon found out how wrong I was. I became the focus of a character attack delivered at the hands of those who would, I thought, be holding mine in friendship. As the first season played out, my castmates’ biggest source of ammunition was a book (that came to be referred to as “the book”)—the expose written about my first husband, Kevin Maher.

Ironically, being exposed on TV forced me to reconcile my present with my past and realize that those experiences, for better or worse, made me who I am today. As I dealt with the scrutiny of my castmates, something clicked. People were taking so much interest in someone else’s take on my life that I decided they would perhaps like to know how it had really happened. And my fellow housewives had no right to turn what was my tortured past into the present. I realized that if the public had this much interest in my life, then it was time that I told my story in my own words. There are no two sides to one’s life story. If you didn’t live it, it’s not yours to speak of. don’t want to pretend or claim to be a voice for every housewife. But I have a voice and I intend to use it. I will lend my life as an example for others.

I get notes every day from people who pour their hearts out to me about their own challenges and how they can relate to my life’s struggles on many levels. These are the people whom I wrote this book for, as well as my children and myself. Every story that’s been written about me—and there have been a lot—has been edited. This book is the unedited version of my life. What you read in the following chapters is what happened the way I remember it.

In this memoir, I’m finally baring it all. The title, The Naked Truth, doesn’t refer to being naked without clothing. It means naked as in stripped down and laid bare. It means naked without skin—totally raw to the bone. That’s exactly what this book is. No matter what has happened in my life, good or bad, I am now in a place where I can make some sense out of it and hopefully help some others to do the same. It’s time to set the record straight and correct all the lies. If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, then hell is a quaint suburb in New Jersey and the woman scorned is resident housewife Danielle Staub.

You either love me or you hate me, there is no in-between. But people are going to pay attention when I’m around.

© 2010 Danielle Staub

Meet the Author

Danielle Staub is a real New Jersey housewife and the mother of two daughters, Christine and Jillian. For more information, visit

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the other review someone calls her warm, etc....serial killers and sociopaths are very good at getting people to warm up to them...and are naturaly charismatic. They say the she was victimized by scandalous gossip....she admitted on previous shows that she had phone sex with a complete stranger that she met on (or something like that)...she gave herself the was not assigned to her - she earned it. Maybe this book could be re-allocated to fiction. She is a liar and narcisscist! Please do not support her craziness or debauchery. I hope the show and book will give her husband the evidence she needs to get full custody...before her daughters end up like her.
WoWzA More than 1 year ago
I read the book, and I must say... It seemed quite strange. It had a sense of fake-ness to it, and a type of 'poor me' feel to it. Although, to be fair, after reading this book I did some research. And after what I read, I am positive that this woman needs help. Apparently, she changes her stories around, and when she claimed her ex-husband was lying about what he said in HIS book (that Danielle was a prostitute, major coke head, and kidnapped to pay for coke...) he took a lie detector test and was told to be truthful. Since Danielle refused to take the same test, I think it is obvious that she is lying. It also turns out, Danielle is being sued on three different accounts. Anyway, the point is, do some research on this Danielle girl, once you know the TRUTH and not what she claims... She seems a lot scarier. Hopefully she will find help, a doctor or something. She needs to get a real job instead of trying to be a celebrity. Hope her children are well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alright so first off I just want to address that this book is really complete garbage. Second off, I want to go over some points in the book as I was reading it. First, she is really over dramatic. Some of the things she describes that happened to her are pretty unreal and far fetched. The text sounds as if she is telling a made up story. Second, contradictions. She contradicts her self numerous times in this book. I guarantee this woman has a multiple personality disorder because one page she would be talking about not ever doing one thing and the next so would be doing that exact thing. Crazy! Lastly, there are multiple grammar errors. It's sad that there are two authors working on this book and not one of them has the mental capacity to notice these ridiculous mistakes. So there you have it. This woman obviously needs help. Her 'memoir' is completely unreliable and just straight up garbage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I told myself I was not going to buy this book, so I borrowed it from a friend who had purchased it and advised me it was terrible...I still took time to read some of it. Complete waste of my time, talk about a drama filled book, I wondered what was real and what was "fluff". The book is returned to it's owner who will likely sell it at a garage sale for 25 cents and I can honestly say I DON'T have to pay attention to you any longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to read this book but it is painfully awful. TOTALY waste of money. She isn't interesting, she isn't funny or charming. She is just a low-life who is trying way too hard to be famous. Worst book I have ever read. A third grader could have done a better job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and I want my money back, I can't believe I wasted my time reading this book, I thought I'd give it a chance, don't bother reading.
Pebbles730 More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book to get more info about the Real Housewives of NJ, this is not the book for you. This is all about Danielle's early life. To me it seemed that she was hell bent on proving to the world the truth about all the things that Teresa called her in the last seasons finale. I think maybe 25% of it is true. She talks about having an imginary friend when she was little but the curious thing is that the "imaginary" friend still talks to her to this day. I am not sure if Danielle is bipolar or if she is just looking for people to feel sorry for her. I think it is probably the latter. I really think that this is what this book is all about, for people to feel sorry for all the troubles she had endured. If she was abused as a child as she says, then that is not her fault and I do feel sorry for her for that. But all the other things that she got herself into is her own fault and I HIGHLY doubt that she went to prison for ALL false charges. I usually like reading peoples stories, but this is not one that I would recommend to someone or even lend out in that hopes that they would like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of the RHONJ. I decided that I needed to read this book to satisfy my curiosity about what the outrageous Danielle Staub would come up with next. After reading other reviews and seeing how poorly it was rated I thought, well at least Ill get a good laugh and that I certainly did. This book is badly written. How it got published Ill never understand, and the editing, was it edited? Did anyone with a degree proofread this book? My guess is no. This woman is a nut. She begs for sympathy throughout the book and blames her bad choices in her adult life on a childhood that frankly Im not convinced even happened. There are so many contradictions in this book its hard to even keep with. I have learned through life experiences with people that if it doesnt make sense, its not true. Next on my list is Cop Without A Badge. Now I need to satisfy my curiosity for the truth, you wont be getting that from Danielles memiors. But you will be getting a good laugh while reading the ridiculousnous in this book. Ill give it two stars for that. Bravo Danielle, Bravo. You managed to finally convince the rest of your audience that you truly are a lunatic!
NY-readerKP More than 1 year ago
I don't no what is worst the fact that such garbage was printed in the first place or that i waste my time attempting to read it. Please save your time and your money dont even touch this book the garbage might contaminate you
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