Danielle Bregoli… remember her? The potty-mouthed teenage tearaway who went on American TV and had a row with her mum in scenes that went on to become viral? Come on, course you do. It was only last year.
Well, since saying ‘cash me ousside’ and sending social media into a frenzy, the 15-year-old has done good for herself.
Very good, in fact. By all accounts, Bregoli is now a millionaire thanks to a less-than-extraordinary foray into the music industry.
Hollywood Life reported last July that she was earning $50,000 per show after signing a deal with Live Nation.
She also makes wonga through ‘endorsements’ and YouTube, a site by now we all know to be an absolute goldmine.
In a recent and brief catch up with TMZ, Bregoli revealed what exactly she’s spent her riches on:
There we have it folks: ‘I only spend my money on nails and eyelashes.’ Fair enough to be honest. Quite a smart move. Let the money build and treat yourself later on in the game. It’s tough out there.
Not everyone thinks she’s sensible, however. Take her dad Ira Peskowitz, for example. He has spoken about his battle to gain custody of his daughter in order to save her from a ‘downward spiral’.
Ira, a police officer in Florida, has been paying child support for the last 13 years whilst constantly battling with Danielle’s mother Barbara for more involvement in his daughter’s life.
Since Danielle appeared on the TV show, her mother has taken her from Florida to Los Angeles, and signed her up to the same agent as singer Pitbull, with apparent hopes for a reality TV career.
Ira’s close friend and representative Elliot Cohen said to UNILAD:
This isn’t something new for Ira, a lot of people are talking about how he’s some Johnny-come-lately dad. Ira’s been trying to help Danielle and get back into her life for years, long before Dr. Phil.
Danielle’s mother has really blocked this at every turn, she’s really been the obstacle for Danielle getting the help she wants.
If he has to go to court, he’ll do it, but this isn’t new for him. He’s been paying child support for 13 years, it’s just new to everyone else because of Dr. Phil.
During the interview, Elliot expressed how Ira’s worst fear for Danielle is ‘that no one steps in and stops her spiralling out-of-control lifestyle that involved hanging around with dangerous people, documenting every dysfunctional moment of her life on social media, this isn’t how you raise a daughter, but this is how Danielle’s mother is choosing to raise her daughter’.
Ira’s mother has full custody of her daughter, which means that it is easy for her to block Ira from having contact, despite his numerous attempts to organise supervised visits.
Instead of using Ira’s insurance to get therapy and help for Danielle’s mental health, her mother is bringing her ‘Hollywood, agents, Instagram fights, dysfunction, and hanging out with dangerous people’.
Ira has not been able to reach his daughter for the years that he has been trying. He’s going to court now because it’s the last resort. This is hopefully the move that will get him some influence in his daughter’s life and begin the process of saving her from a destructive and incredibly dangerous lifestyle her mother has put her in.
Over the years they have communicated, they’ve had lunches. Ira has suggested supervised visitation because Danielle’s mother wouldn’t allow the two of them to be alone.
So Ira tried to organise some supervised visitation. They had a date and time lined up, and then Danielle’s mother prevented her from showing up.
Let’s hope this situation comes to a close with all parties happy.