Bravotv.com: How are you liking your new home? Why did you decide to stay living with Juan after the move?
Robyn Dixon: Moving from my home and into the townhouse was very difficult and emotional for me. I lived in my previous home for 13 years, since I was about 23, and experienced almost every significant milestone as an adult in that home, so it was just very emotional to have to leave. On the other hand, I have been through a lot over the past few years and welcomed a fresh start in a new home that didn’t carry a lot of bad memories. I’ve actually been enjoying the new home. It is brand new and beautiful and has really simplified my life. We got rid of so much junk that we didn’t need and didn’t have room for and it’s so much easier to keep clean! The moving process from a larger home into a much smaller one was so hard though! It was kind of like trying to squeeze Karen’s breasts into Ashley’s bra! My biggest struggle continues to be size of the bedrooms, closets, and storage space. I guess I need to continue to purge!
Bravotv.com: What is it like trying to work on your relationship with Juan? Have things gotten better since we saw you at the Reunion
RD: Juan and I chose to continue living together for very simple reasons. First, we didn’t want to incorporate too much change into the kids’ lives and thought that forcing them to move from the only home they knew and loved as well as starting a new school would be enough disruption for two little boys to handle at once. Things would have been a lot more difficult for them had their father moved elsewhere. Also, continuing to live together makes the most financial sense for us both right now. We are able to live somewhere comfortably that we all enjoy without having to overextend our budget. We are both in a building phase in our careers and lives and feel it makes the most sense to create as little financial stress as possible.
My relationship with Juan continues to grow as we continue to support each other in our daily lives. The everyday stress of just being a busy working parent often gets in the way of remembering to have fun and making time to enjoy one another but we are able to spend a lot of time together as a family. This move has definitely brought us closer.
Bravotv.com: What are your thoughts on Gizelle and Charrisse’s situation? What is it like being caught in the middle?
RD: As I sit back and think about the situation between Gizelle and Charrisse, I am really dumbfounded and can’t even figure out how we got here. Both ladies have gotten completely out of line and delivered low blows, but for what reason?! Although I think both Charrisse and Gizelle were wrong for the things they said, I think what Gizelle said was far worse and really took their beef to an all-time high. Watching Gizelle spill Charrisse’s private business on national television, without really knowing if it is true, was so shocking and disappointing to see. It is extremely difficult being in the middle of this conflict because they both really are my dear friends and being in social settings with the two of them at odds makes it very uncomfortable for us all. As a friend, I had to tell Gizelle the truth about how I felt about the situation so that we can all try to patch things up and move forward. I know Juan advised me to stay out of their beef, but I really can’t have an open and honest discussion with either one of them without speaking my honest thoughts. That’s what real friends are for!
Bravotv.com: What did you think of Ashley’s performance – and Gizelle’s comments about her and her partner Teon?
RD: I was so impressed by Ashley’s performance! I could tell that she put a lot of hours and preparation into her dance. And the way her little booty was flopping all around proves how much passion she put into it! Of course, Gizelle would find something to say about Teon – he’s cute, in shape, can dance his butt off – I really think Gizelle wanted him for herself!
Bravotv.com: As someone who tried to facilitate peace, how do you think their confrontation went?
RD: Ughhhhh! The confrontation between Charrisse and Gizelle in the alley of the theater was nowhere near what I was expecting, especially after talking to Gizelle and helping her understand that she was wrong and needed to hash things out with Charrisse. I really thought these two grown women would have been able to hear one another out and move forward. At this point, I think I need to be done with this situation.