She was bullied on The Real Housewives of New Jersey and bullied as a kid because she was adopted.
Danielle Staub, with The Insider’s Brooke Anderson, Hairspray’s Nikki Blonsky, soap star Freddie Smith, and Grammy winner Colby O’Donis spoke at the Children Uniting Nations Seventh Annual National Conference in Washington, D.C. Congress members Karen Bass, Linda Sanchez, Adam Schiff, Judy Chu, Ed Markey, Xavier Becerra, Henry Waxman, and Karen Waters attended the event, co-chaired by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator Mary Landrieu.
The organization is dedicated to “at risk” and foster youth in regards to bullying, keeping sports programs in schools, and mentoring foster youth. “I was inspired by these kids,” Staub said.
“The Congress people couldn’t have been more embracing. The day lasted from 7 a.m. till midnight, but was exhilarating. ”
Staub had been bullied since pre-school. But she found her strength at an early age. “I got into sports to become stronger physically and mentally.” It paid off. The very fit woman just turned 50 and is in better shape than some women half her age. She tweets about her love of boxing.
On The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Staub was bullied by cast members because of events that happened many years ago. The infamous table-flipping scene caused by housewife Teresa Giudice was meant to hurt her. “I decided to quit the show. How much could I take? After that torment, I had my hair yanked by someone I used to drive with in the carpool.”
Staub reports that violence continued off-camera. “The family came to my house and threatened me. I finally had to move away from the area.”
Although her kids went through bullying at school for the family’s appearance on the show, they are her rock. “I have the most supportive kids in the world. Christine is modeling internationally and starting college and Jullian is a wonderful young singer.”
After Housewives, Staub joined Famous Food on VH1. She is announcing a major new project in the next few weeks. Even though she has been absent form the show for several years, her name is still mentioned, as her character was memorable.
“There are 45 housewives in all. Why are they still mentioning me?”
At the conference, Andersondiscussed how she was pushed to the ground by her peers in middle school and high school. Blonsky talked about how she was physically and mentally bullied for her size. She described what it was to play the role of someone who was “different” in Hairspray.
Smith addressed bullying and the importance of keeping physical education programs in our schools.
Colby O’Donis spoke and entertained the group with his music. Blonsky sang her hit “Good Morning Baltimore” from the film.
Children Uniting Nations Founder and National Conference Chairwoman Daphna Ziman remarked, “We are all wounded. Some of us are the wounded that wound others while others are the wounded that heal. We have all experienced bullying.”
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