Lisa Vanderpump runs a skincare line called Epione, owns swanky restaurants, appears on a reality show, and writes for a magazine, but playing mom is still her top priority.
"People seem to, I think, relate to my passion as a mother," The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star tells TV.com about her connection with the show's fans. "I've adopted one child and they found that very touching, that episode."
The British restaurateur's jovial attitude and love of pranks made her a fast Housewife favorite, but initially agreeing to be on the show was a difficult family decision. She didn't worry about people getting the wrong impression of her, though. It was son Max who was the focus of Lisa's concern.
"I adopted him from foster care and I really had to be on the same page as him in saying, 'It's possible that maybe your birth parents will come forward.' But he's 19 next month, and I just said, 'You ready? Because we're in a public arena and they might recognize us.' But I'm very open about it. If I cry, I cry. If I laugh, I laugh."
Now that both Max and daughter Pandora have left the nest, it's Lisa's four-pound dog Giggy who she's currently raising to continue the family's philanthropic legacy.
"I want him to go to the children's cancer wards, because Giggy doesn't have any hair. He struggles with alopecia — that's why he always wears coats. And I want him to go to the children's cancer ward and say, 'Well, I don't have hair, but look at me.'"
Lisa I think it is wonderful what you've done for Max! My husband and I adopted both of our children from foster care as well. I can certainly understand your nervousness to be seen on camera by all. Much love
hmm...Would be commendable, but I read it as "I WANT him to go to cancer wards"...not "I have taken time from my life to actually go"!
Lisa - You are the best. I actually appreciate all the housewives (with the exception of Camille). I find all of you to be extremely down to earth and and, actually, REAL. Love the show, love your relationship with your husband! Keep doing what you are doing and have a joyous and wonderful holiday season!
It is so sweet that you take Giggy to see the children and share his story with them to help them with their life challenges. You are my fav Housewife of all time; especially being so truly caring and down to earth! I lost my Dad three months ago and had to place my beloved Mom in a nursing home. Watching you each week helps to put a smile on my face through it all.