The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 12 is already dishing out some serious drama.
And new cast member Diana Jenkins is making big waves.
Here's what you need to know about the Bosnian refugee turned millionaire, including deets on her fiancé Asher Monroe, her Neuro drinks business, and her net worth.
After the premiere of the 12th season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, one star in particular was already racking up a pretty high-profile fan base.
While season 12 brought back fan faves like Kyle Richards, Dorit Kemsley, Garcelle Beauvais, Erika Jayne, Sutton Stracke, Lisa Rinna, and Crystal Kung Minkoff, two new members joined the drama this time around. This season, viewers are introduced to Sheree Zampino, 54, (who shares one adult son, Trey, with actor Will Smith), and Sanela Diana Jenkins, 49. (She goes by Diana.)
And Diana made quite the impression in the trailer during an exchange with Sutton.
"I think you're a soulless person," Sutton tells Diana. And Diana responds coldly, "You need a new villain? Here I am."
While Diana may not be warm and fuzzy with the cast, she has certainly has her fans elsewhere. Ahead of her debut on the show Wednesday, Sir Elton John and his husband showed some very public support on Instagram, lamenting the fact they couldn't tune in to watch the show.
"So, Diana, thank you. Good luck tonight. We love you so much. Thanks for all your support, and we’ll be cheering from a long way away,” John said in a video that Diana shared on her own Instagram account.
But who exactly is Diana? And how does she know Elton? WH has got all the deets.
She has one child with her partner Asher Monroe.
She was previously married to her ex-husband, Barclays banker Roger Jenkins, from 1999 to 2011, per Page Six.
Since giving birth in 2020, she’s experienced some health problems.
Diana had a miscarriage five months after giving birth to Eliyanah, and delivered her baby stillborn, she explains on the show. Her recovery has not been easy and the housewives' recent Mexico trip also complicated things, as this week's upcoming episode shows: "'Doctors are putting me on bed rest to stop bleeding,'" Kyle says Diana texted the RHOBH group chat after the trip, per E! News.
"'This trip and flying and drinking and burning my candle both ends after losing baby, bleeding for eight weeks straight after miscarriage, and four major surgeries that followed in last few weeks to save my uterus was not very intelligent thing to do,'" the other cast members say Diana texted them during their confessionals, per E! News.
Diana is throwing some serious shade at Garcelle this season.
After their Mexico trip, Diana sends a snappy text to the cast group chat, basically RSVPing "no" to Garcelle's birthday festivities, which makes sense given her health issues and the fact she is on bed rest.
She alerts the group of her situation, and a few housewives read the text aloud during their confessionals: "'I usually wouldn't share this in a group text because it makes me look like a whining b*tch,'" Lisa Rinna reads. Then Garcelle adds in the kicker: "'But Garcelle,' which she misspelled, might I add, 'might think I'm rude, so there it is,'"
Looks like Garcelle won't be getting a birthday present from Diana this year.
Diana runs Neuro, a functional beverage company.
When she's not stirring the pot on RHOBH, Diana has a few businesses to juggle. In 2009, Diana purchased the swimwear line Melissa Odabash. And now, she runs Neuro, a beverage company, and D Empire Entertainment, which described on their website as a “full-service music label.”
She's a Bosnian refugee.
Diana was not only born in Bosnia, but she was also a Bosnian refugee who has been extremely involved in advocacy for the last 20 years.
Per Page Six, she has launched several advocacy programs, including UCLA’s Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project and the Jenkins-Penn Haitian Relief Organization, which she formed with actor Sean Penn. She was also named one of the World’s Top Three Justice Innovations by The Hague Institute, according to her foundation’s website.
She is close with Elton John.
Apparently, Diana has worked alongside Elton with his AIDS foundation, per Bravo. But it's still unclear how they met.
"...I am very involved with this charity. I have been made sponsor of this charity event for a very, very long time. Elton and his husband, David, is a very good friend of mine,” Diana explained during an interview on the show, per Bravo. “That charity is something that is very, very close to my heart. It’s very personal.”
She's a world traveler.
If you check out her Instagram page, it's obvious that Diana takes full advantage of traveling. In 2019 and 2020, she spent the summer in Hvar, Croatia, and has posts in tons of places like London, the Dead Sea, Japan, Africa, Machu Picchu and more.
...and her net worth is big.
Her hard work and business have clearly paid off. According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, her net worth is $300 million. (She has earned those Hermes bags!)
She dives headfirst into the drama.
In a sneak peek of the June 13 episode from E! News, a group of the housewives is arguing at dinner (naturally). While the current feud lies mostly between Sutton Stracke and Crystal Kung Minkoff, Diana hops in the ring, too.
"Last night, you said you hated me then liked me," Crystal tells Sutton. Sutton denies it, but Diana confirms that she did indeed hear Sutton say it.
Then, the clip pans back to what Sutton actually said about Crystal: "I like Crystal. I like her. As much as I hate her, I like her."
More words are exchanged. Sutton eventually says, "Here's the thing, Diana. I'm a good person," to which Diana denies that she ever stated the opposite.
How did the clip wrap up? Diana is in a confessional, recalling Sutton's words. "To turn on somebody who is trying to help you, it's really not normal behavior," she says. "Not if you're a stable person."
Oof. I'm here for the drama, and I can't wait to see how this situation resolves—if at all.
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