Robyn Dixon: It hurts my heart to see Charrisse struggling with her marriage. I know how much her family means to her, so I understand her pain and dilemma. Gizelle’s advice to Charrisse was great and on point, but in my opinion, it’s just not that simple for Charrisse. It’s clear to me that Charrisse does not know where she is with her marriage. She has spent years living apart from her husband, which probably makes it a little easier to not have to face reality and address her problems. But the reality is, Charrisse is lonely and would love to have companionship and a healthy marriage. My advice to Charrisse would be to give herself a deadline while truly working to save her marriage. She and Eddie should work together to seek counsel, seek God, put each other first, and give their marriage the attention it deserves. If things don’t improve by that deadline, then it may be time for Charrisse to make the ultimate decision.
Bravotv.com: What is it like watching Ashley Darby bring up your financial issues with Katie Rost at the park? How did you feel when you found out that Ashley was talking about your financial situation with Juan?
RD: I’m a very direct and honest person, so when I heard that Ashley was talking about my financial issues behind my back, I immediately felt angry, annoyed, and disappointed. Filing for bankruptcy was a very serious matter and a result of a series of unfortunate events. Ashley’s decision to discuss my business with Katie in a very insensitive and gossipy way was extremely tacky and immature. If Ashley was so concerned about my life, I would rather she called me to address whatever it was that she felt the need to know, which ultimately was none of her damn business anyway! For someone that is so eager to fit into a tight knit circle of women, Ashley certainly is doing an awful job working her way in!
Bravotv.com: Tell us about your confrontation with Ashley – do you feel the beef was squashed?
RD: Knowing that Ashley had been running her mouth about my finances, I was in no mood to attend her birthday party. I honestly did not even want to go, but I knew that I needed to take the opportunity to address Ashley face to face, birthday party or not. And she actually lucked up that it was her birthday party, because otherwise I would have handled her quite differently!
I can’t say that Ashley’s explanation for gossiping about me made sense either. She claimed that I am stand-offish and guarded so that’s why she had to dig up information on me and talk about it. That sounds like total B.S. to me! And then the little girl challenges me on the nitty, gritty details of my situation. She has no clue what I have been through! Actually, if I felt like she was being genuine and caring, I would have been happy to share my story with her, however I did not walk away from that confrontation feeling that Ashley was truly caring or sympathetic. At 27, I still had a lot to learn about life and Ashley is certainly no different. The beef is squashed for now, but Ashley better not go there again!