After a confrontation in Bali helmed by Lizzie Rovsek, Tamra has been left virtually friendless among her castmates. Tamra believes Lizzie orchestrated the entire showdown to remain relevant on the show and get some attention.
“For the life of me I have no idea why Lizzie has such a problem with me. I was always so nice to her. One thing that comes to mind is maybe she is used to being the center of attention? So, when things don’t go her way she tries to destroy me and even threatens to destroy her own marriage. She can not handle NOT being the princess of O.C., and she will fight for the RHOC crown. Good luck girl I am not giving that up without a fight,” Tamra says. Oh dear lord…
Princesses, crowns – ladies, aren’t we a little old for this? This isn’t Real Housewives of PreSchool. Oh wait…
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“I am not trying to paint myself as innocent or as the victim at all. I know I throw out a lot of shade and I have NO problem admitting it. What I do have a problem with is being accused of things I never said. I did not say 95 percent of what I was accused of saying — and what I did say was twisted and taken out of context,” Tamra insists.
“Obviously Lizzie had a plan to try and turn everyone against me. Not to mention there is no RECORD of me saying most of the things they accused me of saying.” Well, that’s not entirely true – much of it was shown on camera, Tamra!
“Lizzie is the worst kind of person in my eyes. She is a manipulative person who can lie straight to your face without any remorse. My God, she was sitting in front of six people when she said what she said about Eddie and still she will not own up to it or apologize. Even Heather said ‘Lizzie I love you but that’s not what happened,'” Tamra says.
Tamra feels Lizzie and Danielle started all the problems to save their own skin on RHOC. “When we were at the pool the first day, I had said to them off-camera, ‘You know what? This is your last chance to voice your opinion. You have been really quiet and really boring this season. This is our last group filming other than the season finale, and at this point you both are pretty boring.’ The very next day is when they did this,” Tamra tells All Things Real Housewives.
Now onto the drama at dinner. “When I sat down to dinner I knew something was wrong, Vicki [Gunvalson] kept mouthing across the table ‘I love you’ and she had this very somber look on her face,” Tamra recalls. “I was worried that something happened at home and she didn’t want me to know about until we finished dinner. I was starting to get anxiety sitting there thinking ‘OMG what is wrong, did something happen to my kids or Eddie?’ I asked Vicki to go to the bathroom so I could talk to her and she refused. Wow what a great friend!”
“When Shannon [Beador] came at me with her questions I thought ‘Are you kidding me, is this what this is all about?’ OK here we go!” And go Tamra did – she fled. Tamra admits to making many of the comments about Shannon, but claims her words were twisted. “As you all saw in the flashback, when asked where Shannon heard about ‘bringing the Beadors down’ I jokingly said ‘I don’t know, the green men in her head.’ That’s a little bit different than saying, ‘Shannon is crazy and she sees green men,'” Tamra explains.
“The thing I find funny is all season Lizzie and Danielle talk so badly about Shannon and David behind her back (stay tuned for more of that on the reunion) with no influence from anyone. Lizzie decided, before she threw me under the bus, that she was going to come clean to Shannon about how nasty she was behind her back and blame me for influencing her. . . That makes her the queen of manipulation — and I’m not sure they have a crown for that.” They do – but currently Tamra is occupying it!
As for her issues with Vicki, Tamra is tired of rehashing this. “I am so over being blamed for people not liking Brooks! I think it makes Vicki feel better to blame me because she can’t blame her own family,” Tamra says. “The part that is annoying to me is that I had a talk with Vicki and told her that I would make an effort with Brooks and that I was happy if she was happy. The rest of the season all she did was bash me for not liking Brooks. How the heck do we move on when she won’t let it go?”
“The bottom line is Vicki is my friend and what she allowed to happen in Bali is sick! I would have never allow that to happen to her,” Tamra continues. “I would have pulled her aside and talked to her first, because that’s what friends do. Why would Vicki even entertain what Lizzie was saying when the day before she was referring to Lizzie and Danielle as ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and now she believing everything they are saying? Is Vicki that gullible or was she in on this whole take down?”
Tamra cites this incident as being the nail in the coffin in her friendship with Vicki. “I think that really just crushed our friendship. I could not believe that she did not come to me,” Tamra shares with ATRH. “It’s like she wants me to pay for the fact that I don’t really like Brooks. She has been heard saying that it is my time to ‘go down.’ I’ve never really had a season where I’ve been taken down like she was last year and [she thought] it was my turn.”
No offense to Tamra, but it IS her turn. She’s basically been behind the attack of everyone else on the show (EVEN VICKI) at some point – Tamra even tried to turn on Heather Dubrow this year – likely because she believed it was Heather’s time – so she deserves her due!
Tamra says during the confrontation, she knew she had to leave. “I choose to run away because I was ready to say or do something that I would regret. I now wish I would have stayed and kept my composure and gotten my words out. But that is what the reunion is for!”
Despite everything Tamra and Heather are still tight. “Heather is an amazing friend. I will always cherish our friendship and never forget how she stood up for me. Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies. . .You will understand what I mean after you watch the next few episodes.”
“Thank you Heather for being the only one to stick up for me, even when they tried to fill your head with lies. Thank you for being smart enough to see what they were doing. I am sorry I ever doubted you as a friend, and I love you and cherish our friendship.”
And Tamra did learn one good lesson from all of this – that Alexis Bellino really isn’t that bad! “At that moment I had a flashback of Alexis in Costa Rica — and I want to publicly apologize to Alexis for being any part of that night. I had no idea how bad it hurt to have so many people coming at you like that while being so far from home. But now I do and have learned so much. Like that saying goes — ‘karma is a bitch!’
I guess it’s better late than never to learn the hard stuff…
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