I had the opportunity to speak with Mob Wives Chicago star Nora Schweihs, the daughter of Frank “The German” Schweihs, and ask her about her experience on the show, her relationships with the other women, and of course, the fights. And as you well know, there were many.
Mob Wives Chicago’s finale is set to air this weekend and the reunion shows will follow in the week’s ahead, so we thought it would be fun to get a little insight from Nora. Here’s what she said.
Spicy: You and Christina developed a strong bond on the show. Are you close off camera?
Nora: Yes we did. Sometimes the people you meet come into your life at the right time and they are the ones you need the most. This is how I feel about Christina – she saved my life. She has a heart filled with gold and compassion. We learned we had mnay things in common since we bagn filming togetherand it now has turned into a real friendship that I can honestly say is 100% real. I am thankful for finding a friend like Christina that speaks her mind like me and always speaks the truth. She is a wonderful mother and friend.
What was the deal with Renee and the text messages?
Renee made assumptions on what she thought she saw. She had no concrete evidence so she was going off of what she thought she saw which created conflicts.
Were you surprised she failed to apologize to Christina?
Not at all. Saying you’re sorry when you’re not is the same as saying nothing. It’s best to just stay quiet.
You were involved in some pretty major fights on the show. Were you prepared for the violence?
Violence is an understatement. I don’t think you can ever prepare yourself for what I went through. Being attacked by people you know is like being attacked by a stranger. To fight with people I considered friends made the situation not only physical painful but emotionally as well.
How do you feel about Renee and Pia today?
I am still speechless following how they treated me. I have come to the realization that if this is the way they treat their “friends”, it is in my best interest to separate myself from them. I know Renee’s family very well and have known them for most of my life which makes the situation even more difficult for me. As for Pia, we have always had a love/hate relationship. At the end of the day, we all need to get past our differences and act like mature adults out of respect for each other and our families.
What did you learn about yourself on the show?
I wear my heart on my sleeve, I have a deep trust for my true friends and I always speak the truth. Watching the season back, I see how stressed I was with school and exhuming my father’s body. This caused me to say some things I regret. I said some things to Renee that were not appropriate. They were said under a tremendous amount of stress and heartache. I attempted to apologize to Renee but the finger pointing and voice messages got in the way. Most importantly, I never thought I would be strong enough to walk into a room and see my father’s corpse. At the end of the day, I did it for my father, my family and me. We needed to close that door that was so brutally left open the day of my father’s funeral. We hope everyday we find the closure we need, soon.
How is your wine, “The German” coming along?
I am so excited, I am almost speechless if you can imagine that! The day I began this process I never dreamed I’d be holding a bottle in my hand. It has an exquisite taste that is very distinct. I now own the rights to the name and label. I am working on a distribution plan so you’ll be enjoying it soon!
As a little bit of background, I decided to create a wine in my dad’s honor because we both had passion for wine and his name “The German” will live on for his family to enjoy. It will give my family the opportunity to hear “The German” as a positive connotation and leave the negativity behind. My dad was the most wonderful man in the world; kind, classy and had a great heart. There is no greater memory I have than talking with my dad over a nice glass of wine. I thought this would be the perfect way for his memory to live on.
I heard you got your master’s degree, congratulations. What inspired you to further your education?
After my father passed away with so many unanswered legal questions, this inspired me to further my education in this area. My schooling became therapy for the heartache I was experiencing since my father’s death and my drive to succeed in finding answers was overwhelming. I focused on my career and my future. I graduated with my master’s degree in business this year. As you can imagine, this was a lot of work in a short amount of time and I was inspired by my father never giving up.
One thing I think everyone wonders when they first hear about the show is, “How are they doing this without pissing off ‘The Outfit?’ ” Any comments?
The show was never about The Outfit. An outfit to me is something that I wear. When Jen Graziano approached me about doing the show I didn’t hesitate for a moment. Her father and mine were in jail together and Jen knew what I was going through since my father’s death. She realized that this would be a wonderful opportunity to gain closure and I couldn’t agree more.
Everyone in this world would be lucky to have the oppotunity to gain closure and speak their mind. I lived my entire life through what others said and how the media portrayed my father. As I mentioned before, I was the luckiest kid in the world to have such a caring and wonderful father. Being on the show gave me the chance to tell the world who my father really was. My dad was never convicted of murder and you are innocent until proven guilty.
Tune into the Mob Wives Chicago finale Sunday, August 19.