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Alexia Nepola’s son Frankie knew marriage to Herman wouldn’t last

Alexia Nepola’s youngest son, Frankie Rosello, has good instincts when it comes to the men in his mother’s life.

The 26-year-old tells Page Six exclusively that he knew his mom’s second marriage to Herman Echevarria would not last.

“Zero,” Rosello says in response to whether there was any chance of Nepola and Echevarria getting back together when they briefly separated in 2016.

Meanwhile, the “Real Housewives of Miami” star says she still held out hope because they had called it quits on “friendly terms” and their separation was only supposed to be a little “time out.”

“As a woman, when you’re in the situation, you don’t see certain things,” Nepola says.

Alexia Nepola and Herman Echevarria at an event together.
Alexia Nepola’s youngest son, Frankie Rosello, predicted her mom’s second marriage would not last.
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The Bravolebrity was married to Echevarria from 2004 until 2016, when he died unexpectedly of a heart attack at age 61.

Reflecting on the marriage, Nepola can now see that there had been red flags in the relationship for a long time.

“I felt like I was in a bird cage with Herman for so many years,” she says. “We were happily married for many years, but he was very controlling. He was very possessive.”

Alexia Nepola taking a selfie with her son Frankie Rosello.
Rosello says he thought there was “zero” chance of Nepola and Echevarria getting back together after their split.
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Alexia Nepola posing with her arms up in the air.
The “RHOM” star said she felt like she was in a “bird cage” when married to Echevarria.
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The reality star also found out after his death that her former spouse was bisexual, which she had talked about openly on “RHOM.”

“Once I would have found out about that, I think I would have probably divorced him,” Nepola adds.

The “RHOM” star, however, has found her happily ever after with her third husband, Todd Nepola, whom she wed in December 2021.

Alexia Nepola posing with Todd Nepola in a pool.
Nepola has been married to her third husband, Todd Nepola, for more than a year.
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The New York-born businessman has been a strong support system for his wife as she returns to the spotlight on the newly revamped “RHOM.”

Alexia shares that since she’s been back, she’s received all kinds of messages on social media. She says the ones that tug on her heart strings the most are those about her beloved son Frankie, who was in a near-fatal accident in 2011 and suffered brain damage as a result.

Alexia Nepola posing with her son Frankie Rosello.
Nepola says she has cried “hysterically” over DMs she’s received about situations similar to Frankie’s.
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“I get so depressed,” the mother of two admits to Page Six. “One day, Todd came into the room … and he sees me and he goes, ‘What happened? Why are you crying?’ I was in my bed, like, crying hysterically .. I’ve never been depressed in my life.”

Alexia says the comments from families who experienced similar situations really hit home because she “knows that pain.”

Frankie Rosello kissing his mom, Alexia Nepola.
The 26-year-old is still recovering from brain trauma he experienced in a near-fatal car accident.
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“I wish I could do more,” the Alexia and Frankie’s Beauty Bar owner adds before concluding, “All I can do is pray and give them that strength and that encouragement to keep on going to never take ‘no’ [for an answer], don’t give up.”

Alexia also shares a 30-year-old son, Peter, with her first husband, Peter Rosello Sr.