What happens to our Real Housewives once they've left a franchise? Each week, we're looking into the lives of past cast members after their exits. This week, former The Real Housewives of Miami star Larsa Pippen.
She was an NBA wife with nanny drama on Season 1 of RHOM. But now, three years after her run ended in 2011, Larsa Pippen is perhaps more well-known as one of Kim Kardashian's glamorous besties.
Not only did Larsa appear on Kourtney & Kim Take Miami following her RHOM run in 2011, but she more recently joined Kim for a stripper-pole workout on the new season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians—and attended Kim and Kanye West's crazy Italian nuptials. (Larsa and her family almost starred in their own reality show on the WE network called Big Pippen—but after being announced in 2012, it never made it to air.)
Now that Kim is a mom, she looks up to Larsa more than ever. "I always call my friend, Larsa Pippen, for parenting advice!" Kim blogged in January. Larsa certainly knows what she's talking about—she and husband Scottie Pippen have four kids: Scotty, Preston, Justin and Sophia. Added Kim: "I have learned so much from her."
In late 2012, Larsa and her big brood picked up from Miami and moved back to Chicago—the city where she grew up, and where Scottie famously played ball for the Chicago Bulls. Scottie now works for the Bulls as a special advisor to the team's president and COO. "I feel like the people in Chicago are really grounded," Larsa told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's better for our family."
Once they got settled, Larsa dove into charity work with Gilda's Club and Bright Pink (a local organization that promotes screenings of breast and ovarian cancers), which became even more important to her after a health scare. "The doctor sent me a letter that said, 'We found something in your left breast. Come back in six months,'" she told the newspaper. "I was like, 'six months? Are you crazy?'" She quickly found a specialist and was given a clean bill of health—and peace of mind.