Bravotv.com: Why do you think you're trying so hard to make Shannon like you?
Emily Simpson: The point of the trip to Jamaica was a “girls’ trip” to celebrate friendship and Shannon’s success on QVC. I was introduced into this new group of friends, and when I meet friends of my friends, I make an effort to get to know them. I think as women, we can ALWAYS learn so much from other women and be inspired by our girlfriends and their accomplishments.
I now can see that I try harder with Shannon than I ever have before, likely because Shannon has been more resistant and indifferent than other women I have come across. This resistance and indifference from Shannon toward Gina and me is disheartening and unnecessary.
Bravotv.com: Did it surprise you when Tamra says she feels sorry for Shannon?
ES: It doesn’t surprise me that Tamra says that she feels sorry for Shannon. I imagine that is the backbone of their relationship. From what I have experienced, this is not a healthy “friendship.” Tamra made it clear to Gina and me on the beach in Jamaica that Shannon has not been a great friend to her. What other reason would she have for remaining friends with her unless she felt some level of obligation or sympathy for her? It’s apparent to me that Shannon thrives on others feeling sorry for her, yet she lacks empathy and compassion towards others.
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