Bravotv.com: Tell us about the rest of this clash on the street and how you were feeling when it ended. You say that the women just don’t get it – what is that you wish they “got” after this blow up?
Monique Samuels: I just wanted to leave. I know my temper and I knew this whole situation was not going to end well, especially because they acted as if my frustration was some sort of joke. The women don’t get what it’s like to spend most of your life pleasing others and being in the background, doing your job, while others shine. That’s been my experience throughout my life and the work that I do. Now I finally have the opportunity to do major things using my own name and platform, and they’re recklessly jeopardizing everything I’ve worked hard to establish over the past decade with their false insinuations.
Bravotv.com: What do you think about Robyn saying that your comments on money were affecting her and making her relive the blame about her money situation?
MS: I’ve never commented on anything dealing with finances towards Robyn until I had an umbrella to her neck. Those comments were fueled by anger. I went for the jugular because I was upset. Robyn needs to forgive herself for the financial mistake she made. She constantly talks about her own finances, my finances and Karen’s taxes more than anyone else in the group. She’s the pot calling the kettle black. She’s reliving her financial crisis because she chooses to. She needs to forgive herself and move on. Everyone makes mistakes.
Bravotv.com: Tell us about having Karen understand where you’re coming from with the whole clash – have you two become close?
MS: Karen and I have become very close. I appreciate her sincerity and I admire how strong she has been while dealing with the scrutiny she’s been receiving as a result of her husband’s business’ taxes. She of all people can understand when the mean girls have nothing else better to do than to pick you a part. I really wanted her to know that I was sorry for blowing up at her event. That was not the time nor the place.
Bravotv.com: What do you think about this sit down between you and Ashley now? What do you think of her apology?
MS: Now as I watch the early lunch sit down with Ashley, I realize that I let her off way too easy. However, at that point in my life, I no longer had the energy to fight. I just wanted to move forward, be happy and focus on what’s more important. Watching her “apology” now shows me just how fake she is. She didn’t mean a single word of it.
Bravotv.com: What do you think about her saying in interview that she made “no mistakes" about what she said?
MS: After seeing her interview bites, I would have rather Ashley say those exact words to me if she really meant it. She’s a self absorbed, dysfunctional child still dealing with abandonment issues. She’s so accustomed to dysfunction that she recreates it with her lies and almost pushes her friends further away from her, as if she’s already mentally prepared for their departure. She’s made plenty of mistakes and her biggest one is believing her own lies about herself and others.