When they're not embroiled in a screaming match on The Real Housewives of Dallas, BFFs LeeAnne Locken and Tiffany Hendra can usually be heard sharing much kinder words. For example, you may often hear LeeAnne and Tiffany call each other "Fi." "It's just a little nickname that we gave each other," LeeAnne told Bravotv.com (clip above). "Like, I used to be Big Fi, and she was Little Fi. And then she got to a certain age where she was like, 'I'm not Little Fi anymore.' And I'm like, 'OK, you'll just be Fi.'"
That sure sounds nice, but we honestly have no idea what it means. This term of endearment is pronounced just like the word "fee," so does that mean when LeeAnne and Tiffany say that name, they're asking each other to pay up? Just like her now-classic "bow at me" line, we asked LeeAnne to clarify her and Tiffany's mutual nickname. "It's just this endearing term. It's an affection. It's a love. It's when I call you 'Fi,' it means you're more than LeeAnne to me. You're my Fi," she explained. "So we'll always be Fi together. We're Fi to each other."
But if you're not LeeAnne or Tiffany, don't even think about calling them "Fi." "It's weird when you hear other people call you ["Fi"]. You're like, 'No, no, no, no, no. Let me get this straight. We've talked each other off the ledge, so yeah, that's weird. Don't call me Fi,'" LeeAnne joked. "When my boyfriend [Rich Emberlin] started calling Tiffany Fi or Fifers, she was like, 'It's weird.' I'm like, 'I'll work on it.'"
Unfortunately, if you're dying to know what exactly inspired a unique nickname like this, that part's a little foggy for LeeAnne. "I have no idea. I have no clue when we started calling each other Fi. Thirty-year friendship, I'm sorry, I've drank since then," she said. "I don't know where it started, but I can tell you it'll never end."
All right, we'll take it. But at least we know for sure how LeeAnne and Tiffany met.