The late noughties were partly defined by the scandalous Bling Ring. Alexis Neiers, inaccurately portrayed as the ring leader of the pack, had been working for 10 years to distance herself from the whole ordeal, when in fact, this pivotal moment changed everything for her.
She agreed to sit down with Netflix for its new true crime documentary about the robbery sprees, titled The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist (out September 21). Now, she is ready to share her side of the story.
"My involvement with the Bling Ring was ultimately the thing that helped me get sober," she confessed to Entertainment Weekly. "I'm sorry that it had to happen at the expense of someone else or lots of other people, my family, obviously the victims. But I'm so grateful."
In the new three-part docu-series, we learn that Neiers was involved with the group of high schoolers breaking into celebrities' homes—the list of stars includes Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Audriana Patridge, among others. However, Neiers actually only participated in the break-in of Orlando Bloom's home.
At the time—the start of the social media hype—she and her mother and sisters had been attempting to break into Hollywood with their one-season reality show, Pretty Wild on E!, a younger generation's answer to the Kardashians. Her court appearances even played out on the series.
But she seized the opportunity to work with Netflix over a decade later so that she could delve into the culture behind those fame-obsessed teens and their motivations.
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"I think the docu-series is so great because in the media reporting up until very recently there wasn't really a space for the nuance and the complexity of what happened in the crime," she further told EW.
In the project itself, she said pressure drove her and her peers to partake in these thefts, but also claimed society turned a blind eye when it came to how they got there in the first place.
The Bling Ring and a failed attempt at reality TV are but a small part of her story. Neiers had been suffering from heroine usage and had a difficult time controlling her emotions to past sexual abuse she had faced as a child. After she had served a little over one month of a six-month county jail sentence for burglarizing Orlando Bloom's home, she was sentenced to one year of treatment at SOBA Recovery Center.
Now, she serves as an AA responsee and a doula. The proud mother of two—who has been candid online about her open marriage and sexuality—runs a podcast called Recovering from Reality and hosts a "life reset course." She's even sat down with media reps and pitched the idea of a show about recovery—"like Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, but about drugs, and I’ll host it," she explained to the Los Angeles Times.
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According to that new interview, she is now looking at different business opportunities, enjoying raising her children, navigating romance and spending time in her garden. Originally, the Bling Ring is something she wanted to erase, but now she appears to have embraced the late-2000s mess.
“The longer I’ve been sober, I’ve realized that we don’t heal by pushing away our recovery or our story, we recover by owning all of the messy, complex parts that often make it really magical,” she told the outlet.
You can learn more about the Bling Ring and where they are now and catch the docu-series now streaming on Netflix.
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