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Bravotv.com: What made Matt and you decide on the rotating living situation?
Gina Kirschenheiter: We knew it was best to separate, but finances make it hard to figure out the logistics of what will work. We needed to find a solution that would be first and foremost the least impactful transition for the kids and also what we could afford. We simply could not afford to carry Matt’s apartment in LA, our mortgage, and another apartment for Matt down here. When Kim offered to rent me the Casita, it all just seemed to click into place. And honestly, although a pain in the butt to have to pack and leave for Matt and I both, I’d much much rather that than the kids have to adjust to a new living situation. Nothing really changed too much for the kids this way, and I think that made it a no-brainer.
Bravotv.com: Were you feeling "divorce remorse” at Shannon's house?
GK: I wasn’t regretting the divorce, I was just feeling the painful part of this process. It is a difficult transition that you have to walk through. When you realize you weren’t meant to be with someone you have been with for a third of your life, it is hard to break up. There are these little “emotional landmines” that pop up at unexpected times. Something as simple as a bikini can be linked to such a strong memory, and not all memories are bad. And it’s really hard for me to be away from my family in general. I am such a big part of Matt’s family. I am daughter Gina. I am aunt Gina. I am cousin Gina. I am granddaughter Gina. I am sister Gina. His family truly is my family. And the distance obviously already made us less involved in each others' lives. I think this was just me acknowledging that things are changing for more than just Matt and me, and it scared me.
Bravotv.com: How has Shannon's treatment of you differed from the other ladies in the group?
GK: Shannon has never really gone out of her way to be friendly to me. As a friend of Tamra’s being introduced to her, you would think that would be enough for her to at least try and get to know me. I get that she’s busy, but we all are. And I am not asking for a lot. It would be nice if when I am literally in her home trying to engage in a conversation with her that she simply tries to engage back. Ask me where my kids are. Ask me how my day is. Tell me you like my shirt and ask me where I got it. Literally anything! LOL I am pretty sure even the busiest of business moguls have the time to perform common courtesy, so her excuse is just totally bogus and offensive. On what planet is it OK to continually ignore and intentionally not engage when a new friend is brought into a group and then the excuse is, "I am too busy to try." She has time to get Kelly special booze but no time to ask me how my f---ing day is?! Give me a break. Nicholas is in kindergarten, and they have a pretty clear name for that. That right there is a classic BULLY! Can you imagine being the new kid in class and being ignored and then told by the other kids they don’t have time to try and be nice to you?! At the end of the day, at least this experience has made me a better parent. I take the bully pledge VERY seriously in my house!