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Lisa Vanderpump Teases What Her Drama with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Is All About
"I wasn't as prepared for combat as I should have been," the RHOBH restaurateur said.
There's been a lot of chatter surrounding the upcoming Season 9 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills long before its premiere on Tuesday, February 12 at 9/8c, especially concerning where Lisa Vanderpump stands with her fellow 90210 ladies. We get the impression that Lisa has had some drama with Kyle Richards and Dorit Kemsley from the trailer for Season 9 of RHOBH, which you can check out, above.
Lisa set the record straight on her rumored tension with her fellow Beverly Hills Housewives during a recent interview with ET. When asked if the drama is "really all just about Dorit and a dog, or is there more to the story," Lisa replied, "You're gonna have to watch. Unfortunately, I think that's all this is about. But, you know, it's always good television. Obviously, I'm not gonna feel like that because when you're the recipient of being, you know, being kind of bashed. But no, you've got to watch."
Lisa also said during the interview with ET that she was coming off of "a tough year, personally," which included the passing of her brother, Mark Vanderpump, last spring. "I just tell my truth and keep going," she shared. "The audience have normally been very supportive, and I thank them for that, even if the women have, like, ripped me to shreds."
Lisa went on to explain that she wasn't in "a good situation" while filming Season 9 of RHOBH. "I think this year with where my mental state was — and I've been very honest about that, you know — I struggled a lot, you know, after my brother's suicide, so the first few months were really difficult. And I was kind of searching for happiness," she explained. "So when I think something really significant in your life happens, maybe it does change you, you know?"
Even Andy Cohen, who is an executive producer of all of The Real Housewives franchises, told Lisa that she really should have taken this season off. "He said, 'I think in your mental state that you weren't really prepared to deal with it. It was very emotional,'" Lisa recalled.
Lisa opened up more about how she "was in a different place" during the upcoming season of RHOBH in an interview with The Daily Dish podcast in January. "I've been accused in the past of not showing my emotions. Well, this year was very difficult for me. I struggled; I floundered; I didn't do well after my brother passed. [Husband] Ken [Todd] will attest to that. For me to start taking antidepressants and going to therapy and counseling — grief counseling — I've never been to therapy. I've never taken any drug. But I didn't do well; I was more emotional, I was weaker, and I wasn't as prepared, and I honestly did talk to everybody about coming back to Housewives," she said. "We were way behind schedule and with Tom Tom opening, I was exhausted and doing Vanderpump Rules, which is such a big show and everything else I had going on. And I was emotional. If I broke my nail, I'd burst into tears. And I think it really took me until about, maybe, October to really try and pull myself together. And for me to reach out for help was something I'd never done either."
Prepare for Season 9 of RHOBH by getting all the updates on the ladies since Season 8, below.