Bravotv.com: Were you nervous for Shane to meet all the ladies at Tamra's party?
Emily Simpson: No.
Bravotv.com: Were you surprised when Gina opened up about her marital issues?
ES: I wasn’t surprised that Gina opened up to me about her marriage. We have become very close, and honestly, I could tell something was wrong with her just by looking at her face. I could see it in her eyes. I pulled her to the side because I thought if she had the opportunity to talk about what she was feeling, she would probably feel a little bit of relief and be able to go on and enjoy the party. I wanted her to know that I was there for her, no matter what, and that she could trust me and tell me things without me judging her or judging her decisions. That’s what genuine friends do.
Bravotv.com: Now that you've had the chance to see exactly what unfolded at the party, what is your take on the drama between Kelly and Shane?
ES: First off, let me say that I am not proud of the words I used that night at Tamra’s party. I have never in my life ever said such a thing, and I hope to never say anything like that again. But I also have never felt such a FIERCE mix of emotion: confusion, hurt, love, protectiveness, all mixed into one. My confusion arose from the fact that I honestly couldn’t understand who Kelly was talking about. I was assuming she was referring to Steve when she was repeatedly berating someone and calling them a “little bitch.”
I knew that she had approached the table to speak to Steve because she was angry with him about something he had said about her on social media. You can see the confusion on my face. This is a PIVOTAL moment. This is the moment where I realize Kelly is talking about Shane, and Kelly realizes he is my husband. This is the moment where Kelly had the choice to act like a mature adult, pull me to the side, and let me know she was annoyed by something Shane had said. This would have been the classy thing to do. Instead, she became vulgar.
Watching that scene over again literally brought tears to my eyes because her words were so disgusting and brutal. It was difficult to watch my husband be berated and verbally attacked. I knew that he went to the party with the intention of being peaceful and just meeting with my new friends. He told me that he was just going to hang out in the background and talk with the other guests. He was minding his own business and not causing any drama. Kelly approached their table and instigated an argument with Steve. Steve had no interest in entertaining her, and he snubbed her and walked away, leaving Shane behind. I believe Kelly was irate and she turned her misplaced anger toward Shane. I wish Shane would have walked away with Steve, but honestly, even if he did that, she probably would have attacked him and verbally abused him for walking away. It was a lose/lose situation for Shane regardless. He was caught in the crossfire.
I don’t think anything Shane said to Kelly that night was rude or disrespectful. He honestly had no idea what Steve had said about Kelly on social media, nor does he have a clue what Page 6 is. He never raised his voice, he never called her any names. He tried repeatedly to back out of the conversation. He made a comment about her being drunk because he assumed (justifiably so) that she must have been drinking to act out in such a harsh manner. It’s obvious he didn’t want to cause any drama. If he did, he would have yelled or called her names. In the alternative, he stood behind me, supporting me, trying to convince me to just walk away. However, according to the other ladies’ blogs, he should just be a doormat and stand there silently allowing her to call him every disgusting, derogatory name she could think of. What happened to “When it comes to my husband, it’s game on”? Apparently, that doesn’t apply to Shane or me.
Lastly, yes I am an attorney. And as I stated previously, I am not proud of my choice of words (although apparently if I owned a gym, it’s perfectly acceptable language to use i.e. Ireland). But BEFORE I am an attorney, I am a WIFE, and I am a MOTHER. When you come after my husband, you are attacking the very world that I love and protect. You are attacking my marriage, which is sacred to me, and you are attacking our five children who love their father and think the world of him. You are attacking everything in my life that means something to me, and I will not sit back and take it. I will defend my man, my marriage and my children ALWAYS.
And to those of my fellow Housewives who need something to talk about…you’re welcome.
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