|Cheryl Caruso, today|
How are you doing today Cheryl?
I am good Mob Mistress. It's crazy around here. There is so much excitement and commotion going on.
Okay, well let's get started. What was it about Phil that drew you in?
He was such a romantic. He wrote me such beautiful love letters. Phil wined and dined me. I can hear the smile within her voice. Whenever, he would come to pick me up he'd be playing Michael Jackson's I'll Be There.
|Cheryl Herrmann during elementary school|
I was young and naive. I understand many people will continue to think, 'She had to know!' The reality is I did not know. I was spellbound. I was mesmerized. I came from a single parent household. My mother worked hard. We lived from paycheck to paycheck. I wasn't raised in the lifestyle. None of my friends were in the lifestyle. How was I to know? We dated for 3 months. He proposed and I was caught up in planning a wedding for the next 9 months. We get married. Then I am pregnant for eight months and a newlywed. Our marriage was wonderful. I was happy. We had a baby then two. The bills were paid. He got up every weekday morning and went to work in a suit. I visited his printing company. I thought he was a businessman. He never gave me a reason to doubt him.
Are you telling me you absolutely did not know?
I did not know. Phil told me nothing. I grew up in Long Island, not Staten Island. Phil said he would take care of everything. He did until the bottom fell out. I loved Phil with all my heart. I trusted him.
Fair enough, you know I dated someone connected. I did not know.
Really?! So you understand where I am coming from!
I do. More than I care to share.
It was devastating wasn't it?
Yes, I felt like someone had kicked me in my throat. Enough about that, where are you today as mother and business woman?
My girls are 18 and 20. My baby is about to join her older sister at the university. I am so very proud of both of my daughters. When I look at them all the devastation and jobs were worth it.
Do you worry about them falling for a wise guy?
No, they are very smart. They aren't naive as I was once upon a time. We've talked. I don't have any fears that they'll fall into the lifestyle. I want them to reach for their dreams. All I want for them is to live happy lives. Maybe they'll marry doctors, lawyers, or businessmen.
Cheryl you do mean legit businessmen right? We both laugh.
Yes Mistress! Whatever, their mates' occupations I want them legitimate & legal!
|Ms. Caruso's Talero Tequila|
Well I partnered with a spirit company. Together we've developed Talero tequila it's 100% organic. It's a luxury tequila. Do you like tequila?
I wonder who told this woman about my table dancing days in an orange bikini in Cabo San Lucas? Yes, I am a tequila strumpet.
Well I'll send you a bottle! You'll love it. I promise. It has notes of white pepper and citrus. It's very velvetly with a light taste of spice. The finish is smooth.
My mouth waters. I silently pray she sends me two bottles. Thank you, thank you Cheryl! I would enjoy that very much. I know they are rushing you. Let me ask you one last question. Why do I Married A Mobster?
Dan Pearson one of the executive producers happens to be a good friend of mine. We've known one another for years. He knows my life. He witnessed me from my naive days to my finding out the truth to who I am today. He told me that I had an opportunity to tell my journey. At first I was a bit hestitant, but I feel my sharing my story is finally closing that chapter in my life. It's addressing all those who assume I did know. My story is an example to women whatever situation you may find yourself in, we have the strength to get out of it. They have the power to get out of a bad situation. Phil was very good to me. However, keeping me in the dark was ultimately devastating. I've moved on. My children are happy and healthy. I am healthy and happy. It wasn't an easy road for me to get to happy. But I did. I want people to know it's not an all glitz & glamour lifestyle. It's very destructive.
Thank you so very much Cheryl for your time! You know when your episode ended. I was like, "Is that it?" I wanted to watch more of your story.
She laughs. Oh thank you! I am glad you watched and enjoyed it. It's quite a story.
Yes it is. I am glad you made it to the other side. Bye Cheryl.
Whatever your opinion, at the end of the day Cheryl is adament she didn't know. Phil "Philly" Caruso confirms he never told her a thing. I don't know too many marriages which can last without communication on such an important issue. I wish Cheryl Caruso all the success in the world with Talero Tequila and any other business endeavors. Discover what Talero Tequila is all about by clicking here.
We hope you tune in with us each Wednesday to watch I Married A Mobster on Investigation Discovery @ 10:30 PM Eastern/Pacific. For all those who haven't a clue what channel to tune on click here. Look out for the Drita D'avanzo of Mob Wives interview with Chiara soon. Oh and we have a new blogger on our volunteer staff Harley's Angel, she's feisty & jaded. She'll fit right in.
Off topic: My son just said, "Mother, I love you. You are a shooting star to me." I am sitting here with tears running down my face. Lawd hammercy this kid is going to get every nickel & dime out of me.
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