The Untold Truth Of Rehab Addict

The Untold Truth Of Rehab Addict

It would be pretty hard to not love the host
of HGTV and DIY Network’s Rehab Addict Nicole Curtis. Every house she renovates clearly finds a
special place in her heart, and she keeps the historic charm and details of her homes
while giving them a much-needed facelift. But is there more going on than meets the
eye? Here’s a look at the untold truth of Rehab
Addict. Dumpster diver One of Curtis’s design mantras has always
been, “only garbage goes in the dumpster,” which might explain why her house is decorated
entirely with… garbage? She said in an interview with the La Crosse
Tribune, “I garbage pick every day. Any given week I pick up things from the garbage. Broken furniture is my favorite because most
of the time it’s a quick fix. I have a 4,000 square foot home that’s filled
with everything out of the garbage, but I’m okay with it. I staged the entire house off my garbage finds
and Craigslist.” Oscar would be so proud. Undecided It took awhile before Curtis decided on real
estate as a career: she attended colleges in three different states and switched her
major from law to education. Even now she considers herself a teacher first
and foremost, telling Arizona Central “I am still a teacher at heart. My favorite saying is: ‘I love kids; adults,
not so much.'” Blonde power After moving to Minnesota, Curtis struggled,
surviving for an entire year selling antiques on Craigslist while also getting her real
estate license. And then according to an interview with Minnesota
Monthly, she got lucky thanks to her hair, of all things. “Coincidentally, there was this really horrific
Glamour Shots photo of me on my website, and when a production assistant at Magnetic Productions
was scanning for blonde real-estate agents for the show, they saw it. So I met up with them, and they told me they’d
just replaced the original kitchen in a 1920s with a modern one. I said, ‘Oh, that’s horrible.'” And the rest is history. She avoids buying new There’s a reason Curtis is always trying to
salvage as much as she can from the original house. She told Country Living that not only does
this practice save money and retain the house’s original charm, it also saves time. “If you go and rip out an old door, I guarantee
that you’ll spend two days screaming and hollering trying to fit a new door in an old space. .. to me, ripping out old house parts to put
in something new is pretty much like ripping my heart out. Original is always best.” Rehab is in Nicole’s roots Everything Curtis does can be traced to one
place: her great grandmother’s home, which she told Minnesota Monthly was sold while
she was in high school. “I remember screaming, ‘Why isn’t anyone buying
this house?’ My family just let it go. So this whole thing is the result of that
post-traumatic stress. I was heart-broken.” She might not have been able to save her great-grandmother’s
home, but she did later buy her grandparents’ house, and dedicated season seven to renovating
it. Awesome! The title caused problems The title of the show may have been funny
to the DIY Network, but Curtis told the Inquisitr that it caused her some major headaches for
obvious reasons. “The first year we kicked off Rehab Addict,
I had to explain to everyone that it wasn’t about me being a drug addict and that I wasn’t
in rehab.” Whoops! It’s a man’s world Like it or not, Curtis is working in a male-dominated
field. And as she told Minnesota Monthly, she’s experienced
some blatant sexism — even within her own family! “Some days it might as well be 1925 around
here. There are still men that want to speak with
my husband. There are people who will explain projects
word-for-word to me. “My grandpa is 87-years-old, and he’s just
now coming around. Up until the last few years, he was always
trying to marry me off. I’d go to his house, and he’d say, ‘Oh,
I’ll have one of the boys do that.’ Now I go there, and he has a to-do list waiting
for me.” A reality show that’s real Curtis is very open about the fact that Rehab
Addict just happens to follow her real life. Rehabilitating old homes is what she was doing
before the show, and she told The La Crosse Tribune that it’s what she’ll continue to
do if and when the show ends. “With my first house, I bought an old house
and it needed work. The show is off my real life. It’s just kind of what I do. Nothing I do is separate. It’s all wrapped into one. And it’s all self-taught.” LeBron James worked it When it comes to LeBron James, you don’t call
him, he calls you. “A few months ago I got a call saying, it’s
the LeBron James Family Foundation, we’re gonna do a house renovation for a student,
it’s an old home, would you have time to consult.” That sounds like a great chance for some positive
PR. But did the NBA superstar actually do any
of the work himself? “Yeah, LeBron has been there every day with
me. You know this is a family affair for him. His mom’s out, his wife is out, his boys have
been out. TV star and friend of King James? Not bad for a dumpster diver. Thanks for watching! Click the List icon to subscribe to our YouTube
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  1. I love her! It was nice to hear her story. I always wondered how she became so successful I such a male dominated field. I'm the daughter of a contractor and I know my way around a tool shed, but no one trusts me to do anything for them. People just think men are better at it.

  2. Do one on "Animal Planets – Tanked"… I really want to know how they do those and is kissing celeb ass good for their promos???

  3. I love Nicole.  she is really truthful and really stops to pick thru stuff that people are throwing out.  one mans trash is another mans treasure!!!

  4. I had enjoyed Nicole's show very much, feisty little 'blonde' …. but this video above stopped short of telling more of the Untold Truth of Nicole … like tell us about her children, the older now teen, and the new baby she had about 3 years ago; and she's got a husband now, too? … can't blame her wanting to be home for a newborn and quality time, but miss her still.

  5. Where are all these independent, big brained, frugal Angels that can swing a hammer yet are still feminine?! Are Nicole and my Sainted Mother the last two? I guess I have to move to the mid-west from California to find out!

  6. Haha when this show first came out I loved it! So I taped it, but had forgotten about the name…and got in trouble with my mom because I was 15 and she thought I was watching something inappropriate. Lol

  7. Her design approach is not for everyone. However, it is a reminder that spending for the sake of spending is wasteful. After all, being resourceful and creative is what design is all about. Her show has given us professional designers permission to adopt her brand of "green" design in our designs.

  8. I loved the one she did on her Dollar house, very cool house, but had to do tons of work, including the new foundation/basement

  9. I no longer see her, now that they move to DIY, use to be on HGTV. The title to the show turned me off, I didn't watch it for some time, till I found out it was about refurbishing old homes, then I started watching it, till it moved exclusively to DYI.

  10. She is a hottie.  She is a 10 because unlike most women who breaks stuff, she breaks it and fixes it lol.  Most women, Yell "Honey can you fix this"  Love the show, she had some good ideas.

  11. How stupid ARE some people?!?!? They thought the name Rehab Addict meant she was a druggie?!? That's like somebody saying they're a "Chocoholic" makes them druggies! Idiots!!!

  12. Love the show… didn't understand some of her rants last year on Facebook, they were hard to follow, but she seemed pretty angry sometimes.

  13. I can't lie, the only reason that I have ever watched the show is because she's a hot woman who isn't afraid to get dirty and she's calling the shots. Much love and respect.

  14. Untold truths? This video is stupid. There nothing on here that isnt common knowledge or you could google. What exactly is untold? Dumb.

  15. At our house we like the show, we like Nicole, we admire her, we respect her. If she's ever on the California central coast we have a few small projects where she could help us.

  16. My very favorite re-hab show.  Was on a channel where it was free to watch but now it's o ne you have to pay for.

  17. She complaining about home renovation being male dominated when the reason she has the show is cause she's a fox. Discrimination is all in her favor.

  18. Over 90 % of my household is 2nd hand and what i found on the streets dissed. And not shabby stuff, but only slightly scuffed or so. It is very nice feeling watching the show.

  19. I love this program Rehab addicts, she is the bomb, I love the house she does too there Beautiful Just like Her…

  20. I really like this show but have to admit, I didn't check it out for a long time because I thought it was about drugs.

  21. She rocks and I watched every episode a gazillion times. Glad she is coming back, October 4, 2017. WE MISSED YOU NICOLE. #GreatMom roo~

  22. Nicol is the only person who salvages everything where possible. I gringe to watch all other shows of this type demolishing and trashing the very usable house pieces. She is the only one I watch now. Come on you other guys help save our planet. Thank you Nicol

  23. Rehab Addict is a great name for this show. Nichole shows people on how to deal with a crack problem in your home. If you know what I mean.

  24. By the way. She's located in Detroit. She could buy at least 3 homes for a dollar. She's got plenty of work and the Muslims would love to get one of those homes.

  25. Love Nicole. Her son is so lucky to have her and her brother grooming him from childhood for building and rehabbing as a life option. She is one of the best in the country.

  26. I suggest you people google Nicole Curtis. Because she has a bad reputation with trying to rope her boyfriends into buying the houses she rehabs. In one court case, several of her boyfriends exposed her as a liar and a con artist.

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