It turns out that Jen Shah’s fabulous lifestyle, as seen on the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, was never what it seemed.
When Jen auditioned for RHOSLC, she claimed she could afford a $50,000 a month lifestyle despite having an unclear job or source of income.
“We live in a gated community…I probably spend at least 50 grand a month,” she said in a tape that resurfaced in Hulu’s documentary “The Housewife & the Shah Shocker,” which details Jen’s reality TV rise and her ongoing criminal case.
“There are like 20 pieces of luggage when we travel, and like maybe 17 of them are mine,” she added, while a photo of her and family boarding a private jet flashed on the screen.
In the audition tape, Jen’s husband, Coach Shah, quipped, “My wife’s shopping habits can be in it of themselves a daily source of my drama.”
In the Hulu documentary, which premiered Monday, culture experts noted that Jen’s luxurious lifestyle didn’t add up.
Jen has always claimed to work in internet marketing while her husband is the assistant coach for the University of Utah’s football team.
“As an assistant coach, he could make a nice, reasonable six-figure salary, but $50,000 a month? You don’t get that salary,” Kelley Carter, a senior culture writer for the Undefeated, noted in the documentary.
Meanwhile, Jen’s former stylist and designer Koa Johnson revealed that much of the glitz and glamour Jen displayed on RHOSLC wasn’t real.
It turns out Jen didn’t own many, if any, of the high-end cars she flaunted on the show. On top of that, much of the expensive jewelry she wore on the show was borrowed.
“She was definitely very secretive on a lot of things,” he said. “The items that you see, like the fur coats, they’re not owned by her. And any of the large jewelry that you see on her, those are leased and borrowed as well.”
He continued, “Did Jen Shah drive around in a Porsche? Yes. Is she driving a Porsche now? No. Why? Well, it wasn’t her Porsche; that’s not her car.”
Attorney Ronald Richards, who’s become an expert on all Real Housewives legal matters, added that Jen didn’t have any assets when it came to putting up money for her bail. Instead of putting up her house or car, Jen had to put up $250,000 in cash.
During the documentary, Johnson also claimed that Jen was a bully.
“Every scene she’s like screaming, and in real life, there are moments where she’s always screaming. She’s actually worse off-screen,” he said.
“She did say in a couple of her interviews that she’s the Wizard of Oz, the woman behind the curtain. I don’t think she’s the wizard; I think she’s the Wicked Witch of the West,” he added.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.
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