Brandi: Lisa R. Should Be Disappointed in Herself
Brandi thinks Lisa R.'s comments about rehab were reckless.
Here we are go again for another weekly round of Housewives.
I hope everyone is happy, well, and invested in the season. It’s certainly a dramatic one.
This episode plays like part two of last week. Please realize that it's one game night that is spread over two or three weekly episodes when it's actually two or three hours it takes place over.
We previously saw Yolanda on the East Coast with her girls taking the New York modeling world by storm. Gigi has only been modeling two years and is a household name. Bella had just arrived and is also a making a name for herself. I’m impressed. It’s hard to leave home as a teenager and be thrown into the very adult advertising and fashion world in a strange city. Take it from me, I know. Kudos to their hard work. This week we see Yo trying to master facetime on her iPhone, preparing Anwar for sports practice and soccer, and adjusting to a somewhat smaller nest. One of the thigs I have in common with Yolanda is that we are both mothers that would do ANYTHING for our children. You do see me a bit snappish at the jewelry party with Yolanda, but it was frustrating being lectured on events that she wasn’t present for, and it’s not representative of our relationship. I do love Yolanda, yes, even if sometimes she “mothers” me. I know it’s because she cares, and it comes from a good place, and that’s what’s important.
We began again with poker night, where we left off last week. I have to thank Vince for being so patient and for teaching us a few new tricks. He was very sweet, although the night didn’t go as planned. I really do think I should apologize to Eileen and Vince for disrespecting their home. I should have taken a page from the rest of the women and said one thing to their faces and a completely different thing behind their backs. Apparently that is what “classy” women do.
Kim. What you need to know is that Kim is a very dear friend who I talk to daily and spend time with. I take pride in being a loyal friend to Kim and many others. I have a large group of friends who have been in my life for over 20 years. We are there for each other. Period. Kim was having a rough time, and I just wanted to protect her and get her out of this situation as soon as I could see something was wrong. As most of you know, her first love and ex-husband Monty has been staying with her as she nurses him through terminal cancer. That’s hard enough for anyone. I cannot imagine taking care of my great love and best friend in those circumstances and planning a wedding and sending a daughter off to college. Kim is a STRONG lady. That week Monty had just gone missing, no call, no show for a few days and then returned. Kim has also been in physical pain and was still in pain without relief after her doctor visits. It was long drive out to Malibu and Monty had just returned, gave her one of his pain pills, and it was obviously too strong a medication for her. The party was too much for Kim, and she needed and wanted to leave despite Kyle wanting this to play out in front of the other women.
Kyle keeps saying that I do not know the history between them, but it's now been five long years of history I've spent watching this sisterhood. More often than not, they’re not getting along. In Season 1 Kyle mortifies her sister by outing her dependency on national TV (I was watching). In Paris, Kyle is the first one to doubt her sister's sobriety...once again for an audience. Her inability to keep this private matter, well, private is concerning. Kim was not herself. I was slightly intoxicated, but my goal was to get her out of a bad situation as quickly as I could. If something was actually wrong it didn’t need to play out in front of everyone, but Kyle, as I wrote earlier, didn’t share that same opinion.
To ME, it was about what Kim needed that night and no one else. My priority was Kim’s comfort, both physical and emotional. My girl needed support, not judgment, not interrogations, not a sister making drama, and not a public shaming. Kim can be seen whispering to Kyle, “Don’t,” “Stay away from me,” and “You were out of line in there,” but Kyle kept coming at her. As you saw, it was all about Kyle. I cannot believe she grabbed me so hard she knocked the food out of of my hand, then after I twisted away from her grasp, she grabbed my arm AGAIN and my skin was scratched open. She can try to change the facts to suit her victim narrative, but it’s all on tape (try watching it without the sound). I just wanted what Kim wanted--to get out of there to see Kim safely home, which I did. Sorry Eileen and Vince. Unfortunately, it’s The Real Housewives, not the Brady Bunch.
The statements Lisa Rinna made about me needing rehab were reckless. Given her own first-hand experience, she should know that addiction and alcoholism aren’t terms that should be lightly tossed around for entertainment. Lisa R. is charming and delightful to my face but a snake behind my back. I barely know this woman, but if she truly thinks that I have a problem, the proper thing would have been to come to me before talking to Kyle about it behind my back. I really don’t want to believe that she is this careless, because everyone on the show has kids that can be affected by comments like these. These are very serious accusations and throwing them around for public fodder is simply irresponsible, and she should be disappointed in herself. This show centers around social activities, and I'm a social drinker--that is it. This group of women can be intimidating and stressful and when we are socializing together there is ALWAYS alcohol around, so I partake.
Other then this madness, I’m in a great place, a happy place, at peace, enjoying my life and successes, learning, succeeding at being self-sufficient, awaiting new challenges, new opportunities, and the next chapter of my life, trying to stay as optimistic as possible. I truly hope that we can all move forward one day as friends, real friends, and support each other as we grow and meet life’s challenges.
Until next week, prayers and love to Yolanda as she continues her health battle, and a big congrats to Kim for snagging some new cool acting roles!