While Brandi Glanville seems to enjoy the perks of the high life these days, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star claims that prior to her career as a reality star, she was barely making ends meet.

Brandi tells the UK’s Times magazine (via RadarOnline.com) that while she was married to ex-husband Eddie Cibrian, the pair were spending money they didn’t have just to keep up with appearances.

“Eddie and I were never truly rich,” says Brandi. “We were ghetto rich. We had the nice cars, the nice house and the nice jewels, but we probably had a second and a third mortgage. We were living pay cheque to pay cheque, with no savings.

Despite the couple’s financial insecurity at the time, Brandi says it didn’t much concern her, as earning money wasn’t a part of her agreed-upon role in the relationship.

“I had a hot dinner served on time every night and I looked great on his arm,” she says. “That was my role.”

These days Brandi, who is estimated to have a net worth between $1 and $5 million, says she’s got more than enough cash to take care of herself and her two sons, and she’s using her money wisely.

“I don’t live beyond my means,” she says. “I go to the 99 Cent Store… I’m not trying to keep up with the Kardashians.”

Do you think it’s tacky for Brandi to be talking about Eddie’s money?

Source: The Times / RadarOnline.com