Tinsley Mortimer hopes that by joining the cast of Bravo’s Real Housewives Of New York she will be able to help other women.
The 41-year-old socialite revealed horrific details about the violent relationship she claims to have suffered with ex-boyfriend Nico Fanjul, 31, and her public arrest for trespassing at his Palm Beach home last year.
‘It was horrible. Being arrested was the only thing that broke me out of the cycle of violence. Now I’m done,’ she recently told People magazine.
‘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.’By the time of her arrest in April 2016, Tinsley had spent two years hiding her abusive relationship with Fanjul – whose family controls approximately 40 percent of the sugar industry in Florida.
But police records documented a lengthy history of brutal fights, leaving her hospitalized with head lacerations in one such incident on Christmas in 2013.In the police report Tinsley alleged that Fanjul grabbed her arm which caused her to lose her balance and hit her head.
A few days later cops were called out to their home again, as Fanjul claimed that Tinsley attacked and scratched him, leaving minor lacerations on his chest and back.
But a neighbor contradicted his story and signed a sworn statement that he witnessed Fanjul ‘tackle’ Tinsley and ‘push her head into the pavement.’ In another report, he allegedly vandalized her car, breaking her windshield as she trembled inside waiting for help to arrive.
And in June 2014 Tinsley told police Fanjul tried to ‘smother’ her.
‘When pillows are over your head, you do everything you can to get out of that… I almost felt like I deserved it. He would make me feel like I was the cause.’In several of the reported cases, both parties were reported to be intoxicated. However, when it came to her very public arrest, Tinsley admitted the worst part was how she was portrayed as a ‘crazy girl who just showed up at his house.’
The blonde beauty claimed she arrived at Fanjul’s residence one final time to retrieve her purse when an argument escalated.
Tinsley was unaware there was a trespassing warning on her so she called police as their fight grew more heated and they arrested her.
‘I will never put myself in that situation again,’ she vowed.
Tinsley and Fanjul dated for a year until she said things began to change.’I started to notice there was this quick switch of anger. It’s honeymoon, then tension, and then it’s explosive.’Tinsley previously tied the knot with oil heir Robert Mortimer but they separated in 2009.
But the daughter of a real estate tycoon sees joining the RHONY as a fantastic opportunity.
‘Girls will open up to me and talk to me about similar experiences,’ she said. ‘If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.’ Season 9 of the Real Housewives Of New York premieres on April 5.
‘I felt like I wasn’t going to make it’: Tinsley Mortimer revealed details about her past abusive relationship with Alexander ‘Nico’ Fanjul in the latest issue of People magazine; pictured January 27 b-error
‘It can happen to anyone’: The socialite (far L) sees her opportunity with joining the Real Housewives of New York to help other women
‘I will never put myself in that situation again’: By the time of her arrest in April 2016, Tinsley had spent two years hiding her abusive relationship with Fanjul; pictured February 1