Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge have become the best of besties on The Real Housewives of Orange County. And when you're going through a tough time like Shannon has this season, that's when you need your friends the most.
Still, you have to wonder if it's more helpful or more difficult for Shannon to be buds with someone like Tamra, who we saw crush her first fitness competition last season, as she deals with her weight gain. But Shannon is here to say that she's glad that Tamra is going through this journey with her. "I am so grateful for my friendship with Tamra. She is such a supporter of me, and she realizes that you have ups and downs. I would go through a period where I’d lose a bunch of weight and then we’d take a trip to Iceland and then there’d be drinking and you’re starving or whatever," Shannon explained to The Daily Dish. "So she’s been very supportive through my ups and downs, because she cares about me, and she definitely wants me to lose weight."
Shannon shared earlier this summer that she has lost 15 pounds, and her percentage of body fat has gone down from 40 percent to the high 20s. But even if Shannon wasn't finding so much success in her journey, she knows that she can always count on Tamra to be there for her as "an amazing positive influence" who's "cheering me on." "She’s very proud of me now, for where I am," Shannon said. "But it’s been really nice to have that support because whether I gain it back or whether I don’t, she’s my friend no matter what."
Tamra previously opened up to The Daily Dish about how she has tried to help Shannon overcome this obstacle. "It's difficult. It's so hard to watch Shannon struggle because I know she’s not happy in her own skin. I know that it makes her sad. We talk about it all the time. She cries," she shared. "Well, it’s, that’s another example of how we’re so opposite, where I’m super into fitness and nutrition and she’s not. So working out and eating healthy is a big struggle for her, so I can give her all the advice and I’ve given her advice. [My husband] Eddie [Judge]’s given her advice, and it’s just something she has to figure out on her own. She has the tools to get healthy, she knows what she needs to do. But if you don’t have the discipline, it’s not gonna happen. So I think when you do gain weight like that, obviously Shannon was a very thin girl all her life. This was a struggle with stress, hormones. It’s something that she’s never dealt with before."
The RHOC mom acknowledged that one member of her inner circle has received backlash from fans for how they've reacted to her weight gain. Shannon comes to their defense in the video, above.
Find out how Shannon's weight gain impacted another one of her close relationships, her marriage with husband David Beador, below.