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After Caroline invited Sara Al Madani over to meet her childhood friends, Brian and Adam, the conversation turned to parenting (clip above). Caroline asked Sara what she thought of sending children to boarding school. “Academics are really important to me, and I want to see my son excel far beyond what I ever had,” Caroline explained. “If I feel like there’s something that could put him ahead, I want to do it.”
Sara said she didn’t think it was a good idea for children to go to boarding school. She then expressed her opinion on Caroline’s approach to parenting her son, Adam. When Brian appeared to back up what Sara was saying, drama broke out at the dinner table.
However, we are happy to report that Caroline and Brian are still the best of friends. In fact, Brian and Adam came out to support Caroline as she made her Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen appearance on July 13. “I’m stunned to find out that Caroline’s friends are still speaking to her,” Andy Cohen joked while noting that Brian and Adam were in the Bravo Clubhouse audience that night.
Andy kicked off Wednesday’s WWHL by polling the audience on several Bravo topics, including whether viewers were on Caroline or Sara’s side in their discussion about boarding school. Caroline’s fellow WWHL guest, Nina Ali, also weighed in. “I’m friends with both of them. Like, I saw both of their point-of-views,” she said. “You know, she’s a mama bear, I’m a mama bear. Nobody wants to be told what to do with their children or how to raise their children.”
Caroline then addressed her moment with Sara. “I love Sara, and I know her intentions weren’t bad ’cause I love her,” she shared. “But I asked her about boarding school; I did not ask her about tucking my child into bed.”
Later on in the episode, Andy read a question from a fan asking, “Why isn’t Brian allowed to have an opinion on how you raise Adam when it’s evident he cares for him since he was in the delivery room and cut his umbilical cord?”
“Well, that was the first time Brian actually saw Adam again in almost five or six or seven years. So that was a little bit outrageous,” Caroline responded. “But no, he was being a catty little brat. Brian was just being Brian, and Sara doesn’t know Brian, so Sara thought, ‘Oh, he’s on my side.’”
Nina also shared her take on Caroline’s reaction to her friends advising her against sending her child to boarding school. “The thing is, each mother has their own opinion on what she wants to do with her child,” Nina said. “We might not always see eye to eye, but if she wants to send her son to boarding school, that’s her choice.”
Caroline clarified, “I don’t want to send my son to boarding school. That was a topic. My ex-husband went to boarding school, and he loved it.”
Caroline also shared that she didn’t know about Caroline Stanbury’s traumatic experience in boarding school until she watched the episode. She added that it “a hundred percent” made her more compassionate toward Stanbury. “It actually explained so much [as] to why she is the way she is,” Caroline said. “That kind of sealed the deal for me that my child is never going to boarding school.”
Caroline later confirmed in her Instagram Stories that she has no plans to send her son to boarding school. “Calm down everyone. My little munchkin isn’t going to boarding school unless he wants to. I don’t force Adam to do anything he doesn’t want to do. It was a conversation not a decision. Adam doesn’t even know what boarding school is to this day because I’ve never even talked to him about it,” she wrote on July 14. “He’s happy being stuck to my side like glue and I’ll keep it that way for as long as I can.”
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