Bravotv.com: Do you believe there was true reconciliation between you and Kelly during your lunch together?
Emily Simpson: Again, I’d like to start off by reiterating that I am in no way proud of my behavior at Tamra’s party. I feel like any wife who respects her marriage and her husband would have become as irate as I did. However, I am the ONLY one taking any responsibility for my own actions that evening. And let’s be honest, for a “death threat” to be actionable, the other party has to have an imminent and reasonable fear that their life is in jeopardy. The fact that Kelly continued to scream, “Hit me! Hit me!” and was laughing means she was not scared for her life. Therefore, Kelly’s constant focusing on what I said that night is simply a deflection from dealing with her own abhorrent behavior.
Also, I have to say I’m quite disappointed in the other ladies. Did anyone else notice that Tamra, in her last blog, says Shane likes to cause drama when all he did was stand at a table and have a nice, quiet conversation with Steve? Yet she makes ZERO mention of Kelly’s behavior. Can Shane ever catch a break? Is he ever allowed to speak? If he said nothing, he would be attacked for being spineless. If he speaks up, he’s attacked for causing drama. At the very least, it is laughable that the queen of “That’s my opinion!” is telling Shane to stay out of it.
All of that aside, I am happy that Kelly and I had the opportunity to sit down face to face and work it out. I truly believe you can work things out by owning your own actions, forgiving, and moving on. I feel that we both said what we wanted to say, and we both took responsibility for our own part in the evening. I even texted Kelly after meeting with her and reiterated how I was happy that we chatted and worked things out. At that time, I truly 100% believed that we had resolved the issue and moved on. However, I am currently unsure as to why Kelly stated in her last blog: “I said it then, and I’ll say it again: He’s a little bitch”. That doesn’t sound like a genuine resolution to me if she is just repeating her behavior, so I’m now left disheartened and confused.
Bravotv.com: The other ladies had such strong reactions to the news of Gina getting divorced? Do you understand where they’re coming from? Do you share their concerns?
ES: My reaction to Gina’s news that she is getting divorced did not surprise me. However, it’s not my place to judge or criticize her marriage or the choice to get divorced. Marriages are intricate relationships that no one really understands except for the two people involved in it. I think as friends, all we can do is listen, and offer support, which is what I tried to do, and will continue to do for her. I think the other women are confused by her decision because she is being very positive and optimistic. They obviously had difficult and traumatic divorces so it’s hard for them to understand her positivity.
I really enjoyed seeing Steve plan a birthday party for Vicki and surprise her. I got a little teary-eyed when Vicki was so excited and surprised to see her brother. I am very close with my sister, and my family means the world to me, so I truly enjoyed seeing Vicki celebrate her birthday with her loved ones. I think Steve was a sweet guy to plan such a memorable birthday celebration for Vicki, and it demonstrates how much he cares for her and loves her.