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BravoTV.com: What did you think about Monique Samuels' comments about spying?
Ashley Darby: Like I said, what is there to spy on? Is this a matter of national security? Are we discussing the nuclear missile crisis? No, nothing was of that magnitude so it made no sense. I really enjoyed the essential oil production because I use them throughout my daily life. I'm learning about Ayurvedic medicine as a part of my holistic health journey, and that's where my focus remained. Monique must think I'm a sidekick because that's how she views friendships - no need to project that on to me. Let's just make some damn oil.
BravoTV.com: Tell us about calling Karen Huger out on lying, the Florida move and about her ring.
AD: At the point in time that we were sitting at that restaurant in Cannes, I had about all I could take of Karen's fables. It's very hard for me to sit next to someone who doesn't value truth yet claims that she 'walks' in it - she first needs to learn how to crawl toward authenticity. By no means do I aim to contribute to Karen and Ray's issues; however, I firmly believe that Karen could be capable of actually understanding how fed up people are with being lied to. Because I think we can be genuine friends, it is worth confronting her for truthfulness. I gave her the option to step out of her comfort zone and build genuine relationships, yet access was again denied.
BravoTV.com: Why did you decide to tell Monique that Charrisse Jackson Jordan had been actually not a very good friend with her talking behind her back? Did you know that Monique had no idea?
AD: Monique and Charrisse had voiced such strong opinions about each other to everyone, but never discussed it amongst themselves. It became a huge elephant in the room that had to be addressed. I know Charrisse is a very genuine person, but I could sense she was not being true to what she actually felt. I've witnessed her take bullsh-- for the sake of protecting other people and at this point in her life that isn't necessary. If the friendship between Monique and Charrisse was real, then they should be able to take this blow and have their friendship be stronger than ever. The conversation that ensued demonstrated otherwise.
I think Monique was truly surprised because up until this point Charrisse had been tiptoeing around the Kyndall issue. The ingredients were there, I just had to stir the pot to get things cooking.
BravoTV.com: What were you thinking when Charrisse confessed that it was her that wanted to bring Kyndall around?
AD: When Charrisse admitted that she masterminded the Kyndall Konspiracy, I was momentarily surprised. In the few years I've known Charrisse I haven't witnessed any shady dealings, but we all have mischievousness deep inside and eventually, it surfaces. It made sense that she wanted to lightheartedly retaliate against Gizelle Bryant for the fireman comment, but it's not in Charrisse's nature to intentionally draw bad blood. The way the situation escalated told me that there was another influence involved.
BravoTV.com: What do you think about this conversation between Monique and Gizelle?
AD: First of all, that background was incredible and the pancakes looked delicious. As for the word duel, I was thoroughly entertained. Gizelle's ninja comment was interesting because it was evident she fully understood Monique's intentions with bringing Kyndall around. Even though blame was being thrown back onto Charrisse, Gizelle was able to see through the lies.
I commend Monique on initiating the breakfast in the first place, and even enjoyed seeing her and Gizelle share a laugh. It gives hope to the two of them foraging a real friendship. I'm not holding my breath though!