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Brandi Redmond Says She Felt "Blindsided" by Stephanie Hollman's Comments About Her Marriage
"It was something that was escalating," the #RHOD mom said of her BFF drama.
It's a new season of The Real Housewives of Dallas, and you better believe there's new drama in the Lone Star State. But Brandi Redmond and Stephanie Hollman are the last two Housewives we'd ever expect to be in a bad place.
But that was the reality in the Season 2 premiere of RHOD. Brandi and Stephanie explained that they had not spoken to each other in four months. Brandi said that her silence was partially inspired by comments Stephanie made in one of her Bravotv.com blogs last season, saying that seeing Brandi disappointed at her husband Bryan for showing up late to a family party "was like watching a slow motion car crash and there was nothing I could do to fix it."
Brandi told The Daily Dish in advance of the RHOD season premiere that she "definitely felt blindsided" by what Stephanie had to say about her marriage in her blog. This would eventually contribute to the biggest rift Brandi has ever experienced in a friendship, she said.
That wasn't the only factor in their falling out, which we'll learn more about this season of RHOD. "First I want to say that I love and adore Stephanie, and she'll always have a special place in my heart. And I've never laughed so much like when I laugh with her, and we get each other's humor," Brandi began while discussing what caused such a strain in her relationship with Stephanie. "But I will say it was something that was escalating, and I kept reaching out to her to try to speak about it, but I don't think she was hearing me. So at the end of it all, it was so much stuff and I just decided to block her out of my life and be done."
Of course, there were times when Brandi was dying to pick up the phone when she and Stephanie weren't on speaking terms, especially when it came to laughing over their shared love of potty humor. "I missed Stephanie. I missed her so much," Brandi shared. "And there were times, I mean, Bryan actually farted on an airplane, and I thought of Stephanie and I wanted to tell her. But I didn't."
Brandi and Stephanie weren't the only ones who were affected by their falling out. It also took a toll on the camaraderie that had formed between Brandi's husband Bryan and Stephanie's husband Travis. "The relationship with Stephanie and I definitely affected Bryan and Travis. They used to go to ball games together and they would go to happy hour here and there together and play golf," Brandi said. "But things changed because it was hard for them not to be around each other and not talk about us. So it was just difficult."
If there was one good thing to come out of all of this drama, it was that Brandi and Stephanie were both able to strengthen their relationships with their husbands as they took a break from their friendship. "The Hollmans and the Redmonds would do vacations together, we were always on the phone together. I mean, we really were inseparable. And so I think instead of making sure the Hollmans can do it, the Redmonds can do it, and always coming together forced our family to do things as just a family and not with other people. So spending that time with just the girls [daughters Brooklyn and Brinkley] and just Bryan, it made us closer as a family and not so much me kind of going off and talking with Stephanie and Bryan with Travis. And so it really, I can see where it made both of our marriages stronger."
Brandi also formed a newfound friendship during this difficult time with Stephanie. Get the scoop, below.