01/30/2014 10:21 am ET Updated Jan 30, 2014

Brandi Glanville Says She And Ex Eddie Cibrian Were 'Ghetto Rich'

Brandi Glanville might be living as one of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" now, but when she was married to Eddie Cibrian the California lifestyle was not so easy to maintain.

"We lived in Los Angeles, surrounded by some of the wealthiest people in the world, but Eddie and I were never truly rich," Glanville told the Times of London in a recent interview. "We were ghetto rich. We had the nice cars, the nice house and the nice jewels, but we probably had a second and a third mortgage. We were living pay cheque to pay cheque, with no savings."

She said it wasn't her job to keep track of the finances in the relationship, but rather to have a hot dinner ready every night and look "great on his arm."

Glanville and Cibrian married in 2001 and split after it was revealed he was having an affair with LeAnn Rimes, who is now his wife, in 2009. After their divorce, the reality star says she was left broke.

"I was a 36-year-old woman who couldn't lease a car and couldn't lease a house. For 13 years, my name wasn't on one account. I am still building my credit," she told the New York Post in 2012. "We were living way above our means in a 10,000-square-foot house. There wasn't a lot to get, honestly."

She told the Times she eventually turned to reality TV and joined Season 3 of RHOBH because she needed to pay rent.

"Am I getting notoriety for being an a--hole on TV? Yes. But guess what? I've saved X amount of dollars in the bank and will be fine without a man taking care of me," she said. "I thought to myself, 'What have I got to lose? A husband? No. A house? No. Riches? No.'"

Glanville has a new book coming out next month, titled Drinking & Dating: P.S. Social Media Is Ruining Romance.



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