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Real housewife Janet Roach thrilled with outcome of show

THEY’RE BACK: Former Gympie woman Janet Roach, left, and Gamble Breaux in a scene from the TV series The Real Housewives of Melbourne.
THEY’RE BACK: Former Gympie woman Janet Roach, left, and Gamble Breaux in a scene from the TV series The Real Housewives of Melbourne. Martin Philbey

AFTER all the in-fighting and a fiery two-part reunion special, "real housewife" of Melbourne Janet Roach was ready to quit the show.  

The 56-year-old property developer, who was born in Gympie and jokes "half of Gympie is my relatives", told APN she didn't think she could continue to balance the reality show with her business and caring for her son Jake, 26, who was badly burned in a house fire three years ago.  

"I was really having issues just getting him back into life," she said.  

"After the operations he was getting better, but the reality was daunting when you've got to deal with the psychological aspects of it."  

But Roach realised the exposure of the cameras was something she could use for a good cause.  

She and Jake decided to start their own foundation to help fund reconstructive surgery for burns victims.   

They have launched a website selling their own brand of herbal teas, Raw Essentials, to help fund the charity.  

"I told the producers I didn't know if I was that interested in coming back unless they followed my story with the foundation and the tea, and they said they would," she said.  

Jake also appeared on the show for the first time in Sunday's season two premiere, which featured his mum's birthday party.  

"It's very confronting for him. He hadn't seen himself on camera," she said.  

"I didn't know if he was going to come or not, but he did come. It was amazing.  

"You could give me $10 million or $100 million but it wouldn't be worth to me what I got out of the show.   

"I got my child back interested in life so I'm really thrilled."   

Two new housewives, Gamble Breaux and Pettifleur Berenger, join the show this year after Andrea Moss's departure.

"Although we may disagree amongst ourselves, let someone from outside say one and thing we're very protective of each other," she said.  

"We're a bit like sisters... we're a dysfunctional family.   

"I can't imagine what my life would be like without them now."  

The Real Housewives of Melbourne season two airs Sundays at 8.30pm ADST on Foxtel's Arena channel.  

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