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Bravotv.com: What were you thinking in the car when you could hear the other ladies discussing your friendship with Julie?
Annabelle Neilson: Hurt and disappointed in Jules not have the guts to say that was not true. She had asked me to go with her on every trip, and I had taken time out of my schedule, which is always busy, to try and make her feel like she could take over Mapperton when it came to it. Luke won’t be seen with anyone but me, so I made myself available to help her. I did that for her and for Mapperton, which has always been like a home to me. Caroline was just being a cow, but that seems to happen every time she opens her mouth.
Bravotv.com: What do you think about your confrontation with Caroline Stanbury about Julie?
AN: Caroline called Jules my bitch, not to my face but behind my back. And Jules says she always says these things to your face, but that quite obviously is not true. Caroline then said Jules had her head up my ass, but then all of a sudden I had my head up Jules'? Please make your mind up and wash your mouth out too.
Bravotv.com: Tell us about finding out about the press involving Alexander McQueen and opening up to the other ladies. What did you think of their comfort?
AN: Looking at the press in The Daily Mail and other papers, it was awful what they had written. It was actually so shocking and hurtful. I was also talked about in it, as well as other friends of mine. How did I feel? I felt abandoned and even when I told them, I really didn't feel they cared; no one hugged me, no one came to see me, and I was left on my own in a strange house getting awful, upsetting phone calls from London . It was unkind and really disappointing on all fronts. I tried my best at dinner and for the dancing, but then I excused myself and went and cried in my bedroom.