Exclusive: Alexia Echevarria Talks ‘Real Housewives of Miami’ Reunion, Plastic Surgery & Her Sons

How are your sons doing?

They’re doing much better. Frankie continues to progress and he’s shown tremendous growth. He’s back in school all day. He’s in a special program, but I have a teacher that simplifies his work and makes the adjustments and strategies for him to be able to do the work. I’ve been very blessed that I was able to turn a negative into a positive. Peter’s better too. He’s still a work in progress and he just turned 21. This season helped my relationship with Peter and he’s communicating with me. In the last three years he’s gone through so much in his personal life, he dislocated his shoulder, he’s had three surgeries, and sports was his life. He’s in a much better place now and continues to work on his music.

Who are you the closest to in the show?

I think I have the most in common with Marisol. We have a lot of similarities—the way we were raised and the business that she’s in. We became friends and known each other for many years so it was something that happened organically. It wasn’t planned. I find that in these kinds of shows it’s very premeditated. Like oh I’m going to become friends with this one because it’s more convenient or she knows something about me so she won’t say it. That’s not my style. I’m friends with Leah too, even though we had our differences this season. I think I’ve proven to her that I can be a friend. I’ve been friends with Joanna this season and you’ll see that in the reunion. The one I had the most difficult time has been Lisa, because she likes to attack me for no reason. Actually I love fighting with her because it’s so easy to beat her.

Seeing the rest of the cast’s plastic surgery, you appear to be more natural looking?

What happens is that you see yourself on TV, and then you start becoming very critical of yourself. I know that these girls had their surgeries before the show. In my case I look at my neck. I went to a surgeon and he said no you’re too young you don’t need that. But I have no time for any surgery. I believe that you need to feel good about yourself and if it’s something that’s really bothering you then you should take care of it. I don’t believe in changing your face. I think we need to work on your interior rather than your exterior, because obviously you have a problem.

What can we expect from the reunion show?

Miami always brings it in the reunion. I think we’re known for that. It’s always the unexpected! I was very happy to let what I had to say out, because they never let me talk. Usually the conversation goes into a direction that I don’t want to get into.

Watch the Real Housewives of Miami reunion special Monday November 11 at 10/9c on Bravo.