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Katie: I Have Never Seen Stassi Really Swallow Pride
Katie Maloney opens up about her relationship with Stassi Schroeder...
Bravotv.com: What was your favorite part of the Hawaii trip?
Katie Maloney: This trip was one for the books. The majority of us had never visited Hawaii and it was such a welcomed escape. Tom and I had just barely got engaged and we had two of our closest friends' birthdays to celebrate! I was all smiles. Anytime we can get away to have fun and leave behind any woes is very exciting. The best part was having no schedule and relaxing. I wasn't bothered by who was there and who wasn't. Of course there was drama surrounding the guest list but ultimately (and contrary to what you saw) I was simply just happy. The beach and weather could not have been more perfect. Also a fun fact: I'm obsessed with pineapples and was in heaven being in the motherland!
Bravotv.com: What was your reaction to finding out Jax was arrested?
Katie: I had no words and still have a difficult time articulating how frustrating and disappointing that day was. We had all separated for mere hours and for something this catastrophic to have happened is purely mind numbing.
Bravotv.com: Do you think he's learned his lesson?
Katie: I can already hear the groans before answering, but I do feel like this has made a major impression on Jax and his future. We all know he has a past of stealing, but this is the first time it has directly affected everyone (aside from his family) that he cares about. I think feeling the weight of severe disappointment has weighed heavily on him and the severity of the possible legal consequences was beyond anything he has ever encountered.
Bravotv.com: How did you feel when Kristen told you that Stassi wants to talk to you?
Katie: I had a very hard time comprehending why someone who had so many choice words for not only me (her former best friend), but Kristen and even Tom, was present. I was left abandoned, confused, and quite frankly heartbroken. I tried my damnedest to be considerate and respectful of her, but also take care of my own life and relationship after a rough couple of months. And to be so carelessly tossed aside was gut wrenching. So, when she just so freely wandered back around, I immediately put my walls up.
Bravotv.com: Tom revealed that it's been 17 days and you two haven't "consummated" the engagement yet. Do you feel like there's been a lot of pressure that's been put on the whole thing?
Katie: This whole scenario is laughable. Tom and I have a perfectly healthy sex life. We had a rough attempt at "consummating" our engagement, but Hawaii was certainly not the time to explore that. Every five minutes someone was pounding on our door. There was absolutely ZERO privacy. And without being too explicit Tom and myself aren't fans of "the quickie" and prefer plenty of time and space for our "business". Thank you.
Bravotv.com: What did you think of Stassi’s sit down with Lisa?
Katie: This was an experience to witness. Honestly, I struggled a bit watching this. On one hand I am just beginning to witness Stassi really claiming and taking responsibility for her actions and it's too hard for me to sum up how I feel about this. I have never seen Stassi really swallow pride and address these sorts of things with anyone. I really see her going there and overextend herself. Lisa is a tough woman. Stassi may have called her an "old woman" and Lisa called it perfectly. Yes she is a woman who has lived half her life and much longer than Stassi and myself. And there is something to be said about that. She is a woman who knows more, who has lived more, and who has learned more. For those reasons, I give her my respect and don't question her. Stassi on the other hand is allowed to feel what she feels. I know firsthand how she was affected by what happened and I will say with all fairness that she was the only one who could decide the severity of her situation. I saw Lisa come in and offer support. Whether that was what Stassi wanted or needed is not for me or anyone else to decide. This is a topic that I have struggled with even though it wasn't my own struggle to begin with. It's so difficult seeing both sides and understanding both sides in such massive ways. I have only wished for them both to arrive at a place where mutual understanding can be felt and understood.