It's been eight months since Mike Shouhed and Jessica Parido confirmed their split, and the Shahs of Sunset star is still dealing with the emotional outcome of the break-up, which came less than a year after the couple said "I do" in March 2015. And he's been relying on the support of his crew, as Asa Soltan Rahmati told The Daily Dish this week.
"It's still really difficult," Asa said, noting that she told her pal that he should take some time for himself before he makes any other moves in the romance department.
"The thing with Mike is that I've known him for a really long time. Mike wants to act like he's a player, but he's really actually not. He's like a serial relationship person. He likes to be in a relationship and he's much more of a lover than he is like whatever he acts like. But, still, I told him take your time. I think when you go through something this extreme — and we can all relate to this — it's just as much a self reflective and personal journey as it is about you and the person you're going with it through. You learn so much."
At the time of the split, Jessica shared that Mike's infidelity was a reason for the divorce (which has been touched upon this season). And Asa says that he's still dealing with the consequences of his actions.
"I told him, 'I know you guys love each other, but you'll live. If this is the separation, you'll be OK and that's something to come to terms with. And you need help with that from your friends.' So, for me, my approach always was, 'Sure Mike made a mistake and it's a great mistake and he's suffering from it the most, so I just wanted to be there from him for the healing aspect of it.' You go through, you admit you made a mistake — and it's a difficult thing, you're dealing with it, [but] I'm here for you. I unconditionally love you."
Mike may appear one way to viewers, but Asa insists there's another side to him that not everyone gets to see. "I've known mike the longest out of everybody. When I moved to America when I was 15 and he was 14, we met at Beverly Hills High School, so I've known him the longest out of everybody," she said. "We're almost the same age, so even though we weren't that close growing up, when you know somebody for that long you immediately have a certain history; you have a bond. And we've gotten a lot closer this year because of his hardship. He's really transforming and kind of tapping more into his spiritual side and just dealing with issues. It's been really hard for me to watch him suffer like that. He's asked me some things and I've offered my advice, whenvever he's asked, and it breaks my heart. It's really difficult to go through that on television and it's very raw."
While Asa and Mike are closer than ever, Asa admits that she is no closer to Jessica than she was before the split. "Last time I spoke to Jessica was at my fashion show when I invited her," she said, referring to the moment below. "But, you know, we're just not friends. It's not like I spoke to her before either. None of us are terribly close with Jessica. She was always Mike's wife and when one of your best friends is married, obviously you're going to always be cool to their spouse. But that was my relationship with her, nothing really closer."
Below, you can catch the argument between Mike and Jessica at Asa's fashion show.