BravoTV.com: What was your reaction to the news about Karen and Ray’s tax debt?
Robyn Dixon: I was totally shocked and saddened to hear about the Hugers' tax debt. I understand the stress of experiencing financial difficulties and owing a large amount of taxes, but nothing anywhere near the magnitude of what Karen and Ray are facing. Hopefully, they have everything under control and are able to work towards a resolution.
I must say though, upon hearing about this tax news, one of my immediate thoughts was, "Oh, that finally explains the sudden and mysterious move from Potomac to Great Falls."
BravoTV.com:What were you thinking when she called you – and what do you think now watching her interview and hearing that you were the “one that picked up”?
RD: When I picked up Karen’s call, I could immediately hear the stress and sadness in her voice, so I dropped everything that I was doing to be there for her. I certainly was surprised to receive that call from her, but I was happy to be there to listen and offer any advice that I could. Since Juan and I have experienced financial setbacks of our own, I could speak to her from experience and let her know that she and Ray would be okay in the long run. Ultimately, Karen and I talked for 2 hours and 46 minutes.
Karen told me that she had called Gizelle first, so hearing her say that I was the “one that picked up” was not a surprise.
BravoTV.com: How are things going in your relationship with Juan?
RD: Juan and I are doing very well. Once we got to a place where our finances were not as stressful and money and business were not the only things we talked about, we were able to focus on other things like spending time together and enjoying life as a family. We are still very much a work in progress, but our family bond remains strong as we raise our boys together.
BravoTV.com: Why do you think your conversation with Karen at lunch went so far left? What do you think about her saying you stabbed her in the back?
RD: What was intended to be an open and honest conversation with Karen about my conflicting thoughts about her tax situation — between being 100% sympathetic and also unsure of how truthful she was being — completely went left! I wanted to be honest with Karen and let her know that although I was happy to be there as a friend for her, I wasn’t sure if everything she told me was the truth, specifically that she did not know anything about the huge tax debt. To me, everything started to make sense: the sudden move, Karen’s defensiveness when anyone questioned her about the move, and the huge tax debt. It all fit together like a perfect puzzle!
As soon as the news about the Hugers' tax debt was made public, all of the ladies were chatting amongst each other, sending screenshots, OMGs, and shocked emojis. So Karen thinking that I stabbed her in the back by discussing the news with the other ladies was totally unrealistic. When news like that is made public, of course people are going to talk about it! And after a nearly 3-hour conversation with Karen, I could have spilled the beans about a lot more of what she said. I didn’t see the harm in saying that she didn't know about the taxes. However, I can respect the fact that this is a very sensitive situation for Karen, and maybe I could have approached the situation a little more delicately.
BravoTV.com: What did you think of Karen not knowing what a blog was and her comments on the Washington Post? What do you think of her walking out?
RD: I think I sent Karen into a tailspin, and her usual defensiveness and deflection tactics took over.