Unfortunately it is very sad to realize that the people you love the most are also the people who can hurt you the most.
It is so hurtful and disappointing to see a friend turn a sliver of truth into a mountain of lies. I've always been loyal to Lea and always thanked her for helping me in the past. Her help consisted of buying some paintings from me and she also bought my watch, at a time when I needed it. I first met Lea in 2006, a period in which I was indeed a single mom struggling. I'm not ashamed of that time of adversity in my life -- millions of people go through that! I didn't start dating Frederic until the end of 2008. There is a 2 years gap there, in which I was working really hard trying to cover two mortgages -- my home and my business -- plus providing for and raising my son by myself. Those were very difficult times.
True acts of kindness should never be CONDITIONAL and should not be thrown in people's faces. Keeping tabs on the "purchases of kindness" she made in the past and gossiping about it to everyone else is also a very unkind attitude. From a longtime friend -- who claims to believe in second chances -- I would expect a bit more empathy and only wished she treated me in a less arrogant and belittling way, as had been the case many times in the past.