This has been a rough season of Vanderpump Rules for Katie Maloney – to put it mildly. Based on the footage that has been shown, the viewers have not been feeling Katie this season. She even had her Twitter on private for a while. So I am curious to know what Katie thinks of her portrayal and what she has to say about her issues with Scheana Marie and Ariana Madix.
Katie went from being the person everyone was rooting for on Pump Rules to the cast member who is definitely getting the most heat from the fandom. Katie opened up about a lot of topics, from baby plans with Tom Schwartz and their (lack of) birth control method to those rumors about Jax Taylor‘s dip in the man pond back in the day to the downtown action that allegedly went down between Brittany Cartwright and Kristen Doute.
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Even though I feel like Jax was actually right about about being the “number one guy” and (in my opinion the) main cast member on Vanderpump Rules, this season has been very Katie-centered. During an appearance on Heather McDonald‘s Juicy Scoop podcast, Katie was asked if this was the hardest response she’s received from the fans. Katie did not hesitate to respond, “One hundred percent yes.” It has been a tough one – for sure.
Katie admitted, “Those moments were real. It’s not blaming editing because they can only work with what they’re given. When it’s all just kind of condensed down, you lose a lot of the other moments and conversations that happened surrounding it that would maybe better support my side of the story.”
Katie added, “Before I was getting a lot of heat for ‘not having a voice’ or ‘not having an opinion’ and just looking like a doormat or like a follower. Now you’re seeing more of a different side of me: that opinionated, vocal side that has always been there and now people don’t like that. I guess I just can’t win.”
The other criticism that Katie has been getting a lot of this season is that she is a bridezilla when it comes to planning her wedding. Katie said, “I don’t think I’m a bridezilla or tyrant because I was trying to have harmony within the group.”
Katie felt like other people’s drama were taking away from her big moments. “I understand that these petty squabbles are hurtful in the moment or emotionally taxing on you or whatever, but please don’t turn these once in a lifetime events about you and your issues.”
If anything, I would say that other people arguing and looking bad is actually a good thing since it distracts from Katie‘s unflattering moments. Katie added, “If you love me and you love Tom and you’re happy for us and you want to be a part of this day that we’ve asked you to be, just try to be nice to people and suck it up.”
I totally agree that people should not be bringing their issues to events that center around another person, but it seemed like all of the drama could have been handled with more tact. But then again, hindsight is 20/20, especially for me since I am just a viewer.
After discussing all of the Tom and Katie drama that we already saw on the show, Heather asked Katie, “Have you ever made out with someone in six years?”
Katie responded, “According to him, there was a time when I was with him and some of his friends and we were out at this club. I don’t even remember. It was a total blackout night. I think I was frustrated or annoyed. He said there was this guy that looked like Vanilla Ice. In front of him, I made out with him – probably just to piss him off in the moment.”
In regard to Jax‘s former living situation, Heather commented, “He had a past older boyfriend in Miami that we all still wonder about.” Katie didn’t deny the allegations, but she did say, “We may never know. That’s between him, John, and God.” And I, along with the rest of the fandom, continue to be curious about that whole situation.
Another weird soundbite from Katie‘s talk with Heather was when the subject briefly changed to Scheana‘s past with Brandi Glanville‘s ex husband Eddie Cibrian. I always wondered about the timeline of that whole situation since Scheana and Mike Shay got engaged in the earlier Pump Rules era. Katie’s comment on it made the whole thing even more unclear to me. Katie said, “That was before she ever met Shay. That was like ten years ago.” Wait. What?
I thought that Scheana and Shay were high school sweethearts? Were they on and off with a little Eddie Cibrian in between? Was there overlap there? I feel like we will never know, but that is the one question I’ve always had for Scheana. Well – that and something about the color contacts.
Speaking of hookups, I would love to know what Katie thinks of what (or who) went down between Kristen and Brittany. Katie admitted, “It’s hard for me to believe Jax’s stories.” Yeah, but his stories are what have made the plot lines for the past few years on this show.
Heather asked if Katie talked to Kristen about it and Katie said, “Of course I have, but she was like, ‘No. We were just making out.'” Heather then asked, “Do you think she’s gone down on a lot of girls before?” And Katie said, “I don’t know. Maybe.” I mean, Jax did win that poll on Watch What Happens Live. The viewers did believe Jax when it came to whether or not the story was true. Hopefully they clear this one up at the reunion.
Unfortunately for Katie, the wedding and all of its events have provided a lot of drama. She asked every woman in the cast to be a bridesmaid – except for Ariana. “I didn’t ask her to be a bridesmaid because I knew that would be a weird dynamic. Did she really want to be planning and be in a group text with Kristen and Stassi [Schroeder], who she doesn’t like? We hadn’t been close and she even told one of our mutual friends who’s not on the show that she would be relieved if I didn’t ask her.”
In one of the New Orleans episodes, we saw Katie and Tom argue over Ariana and her involvement in the wedding. Katie verified that he ran it by Katie before he invited Ariana to be a groomsman and that she “thought it was a good idea.” Katie said, “I didn’t have a problem with her being a part of the wedding party. If she had to communicate with Kristen and Stassi [as a bridesmaid] that would create unnecessary drama so if she was a groomsman, that would not be an issue.” We all saw how well that role reversal worked out…
Katie admitted, “But then when the things I was scared of happening with the dynamics, happened anyway, I was just like, ‘This is what I’m talking about.'” Then, Katie made the most ridiculous claim, “She’s the one who’s stirring up the drama and not wanting to apologize to Stassi for hurting her feelings.”
Katie tried to justify that with, “At my bridal shower, Ariana was just kind of condescending when she was like ‘I don’t give a f–k about you. I care about Katie.'” when she was talking to Stassi. I don’t see how Ariana telling someone who is blatantly trying to antagonize her that her opinion is irrelevant is so horrible. All Ariana seemed to be doing was stating the obvious: She and Stassi are not friends and the only thing bringing them together is the fact that they have mutual friends.
Katie defended Stassi. “Stassi was saying things to Ariana- I’m not going to say that provoked Ariana- but she was just trying to have a simple conversation. For Ariana to just throw that out there was a little rude. You might not like the things that she’s saying to you, but you don’t have to be rude.”
It seemed like Ariana was just trying to shut down the conversation. But I guess Stassi is the only one who’s allowed to be rude at Katie‘s wedding events.
Unfortunately for Katie, none of her pre-wedding events went according to plan. Katie shed some light on that awkward fight between Katie and Scheana at the spa day: “The whole summer she had been like, ‘I feel like you don’t want to ask me to do bridesmaid stuff. It’s always Kristen and Stassi,’ and that’s because they take the initiative.”
Katie shared, “I figured Scheana had just recently been married. She knows how this stuff works. I figured that she would take some initiative.” Right. I feel like she of all people would have been able to take charge. Katie added, “But it just seemed like when I wasn’t reaching out, kissing ass, and telling her how much I wanted her to do these things, she just started getting a bit of a chip on her shoulder.”
It seems like Scheana has some PTSD from Season 1 when it comes to being around Katie, Kristen, and Stassi again. She’s always waiting for the other shoe to drop with them.
Speaking of Katie and Tom‘s wedding, the planning, and all of the associated events, I cannot help wondering where the budget came from for all of that. That’s why I’m so happy that Heather asked if production helped with the wedding expenses. Katie said, “No.” And I just want to know how she and Tom spent thousands of dollars on flowers. Maybe fairy godmother Lisa Vanderpump made a contribution? I would not be shocked. It’s clear that Lisa has a soft spot for Katie and Tom.
When asked about LaLa Kent and her mystery boyfriend handing out non-disclosure agreements to Ariana and Tom Sandoval, among others, Katie remarked, “Tom and Ariana have been asked about it multiple times and they’ve denied it. But just the way when people ask about it, it’s almost like a visceral reaction.” This is another topic that I want to be addressed at the reunion (if legally possible) if LaLa actually shows up.
Now that Katie and Tom are married, people are already asking if they plan on having kids. Katie admitted, “We definitely want children, but it’s just not the right time right now. I need to just not be waiting tables if I’m going to be pregnant.” Fair enough. They just got married. Heather asked Katie if she was on the pill and when Katie quickly answered no Heather asked, “Just pulling out?” Katie answered, “Yeah. Condom or that.”
On that note, I cannot wait to see how the rest of the season shakes out and what they rehash at the reunion. Unfortunately for her, I have a feeling Katie will continue to be in the line of fire, especially when Andy Cohen starts reading those questions from the viewers.
TELL US – WHAT DO YOU THINK OF KATIE’S PORTRAYAL THIS SEASON? DO YOU THINK SHE AND TOM’S MARRIAGE WILL LAST? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT HER DRAMA WITH ARIANA?
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