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Last time Gina Neely, formerly of Down Home with the Neelys, was sharing anything about her love life, it was when she was opening up for OWN’s Where Are They Now? about leaving her marriage to Pat Neely and shedding a great deal of weight, changing her life.
“I was thinking about divorce right before we got the TV show,” she said in 2016. “We went to therapy 12 times. I tried to leave five times and I just didn’t have the strength. But the fifth time, I held on to that. It became necessary for me to find my path. And I knew I wasn’t happy. And I said, I’m definitely not going to take 50 and not be happy. So at 46, I started changing my life, I started changing my body and I realized I liked that better.”
And now that so much has changed for Gina, it seems that she might be ready to find love again. She’s joining a new reality show on Bravo called To Rome for Love. And she seems excited about it, sharing the news on social media:
Well the cat is out the bag and what better way or place to “meow” than Italy. These gorgeous ladies and I had such a blast on this journey; some high and some low. You will just have to watch @bravotv to see what happens. Stay tune and take the ride with us! Whooho! #justgina #loveintheair? #emotionsonsteroids #beautyeverywhere
A post shared by Gina Neely (@ginaneely) on Nov 15, 2017 at 8:52am PST
On it, author, wedding planner and “love expert” Diann Valentine takes Neely and four other women (Shay Atkins, Nakita McGraw, Ashley Russell and Mercedes Young) to Italy to find their match. According to PEOPLE, who had the exclusive trailer, Valentine has been taking Black women to Italy for years “where she says Italian men celebrate and adore women of color.”
Neely, now 52, has the chance to see if this is true, as Valentine, her assistants D. Micah Lindsey and Christine “Cece” Counts help to coordinate dates between available men in Rome and the group of women.
In the trailer, the women talk about how hard it is to find love in America because of the stereotypes about Black women, and honestly, they’re over it, with one woman saying, “We are queens, we are beautiful, and we should be going where we’re celebrated.”
Neely, though, seems to be struggling getting back into dating scene in the trailer, saying at one point, “This wasn’t the life I planned for me.”
But in the end, they all end up learning something about themselves as they open up their hearts to the men (not going to lie, they’re mostly white) around them in Rome.
“It’s about them figuring out who they are and what they want out of love,” Valentine said.
You can watch To Rome for Love when it premieres on Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. on Bravo.