A lot of time was spent on Vicki and Tamra, and the poll was, Vicki and Tamra: forever friends or never again?
When asked if she was bothered when Tamra said Jeana Keough was a good friend to her this year, Vicki said, “It didn’t bother me. Jeana’s definitely always in people’s business, so it was a normal thing for her to be in her business.” Andy called attention to the shade. “It is what it is,” she added. “Jeana was very helpful to Tamra and I was not.”
It is the season of Tamra Judge‘s redemption – after becoming a born-again Christian, she has found Jesus and it has saved her from a life of being a hater!
After losing all her friends and getting in fights with all her Real Housewives Of Orange County co-stars, Tamra recognized it was time to make a change. This season viewers will watch her get baptized. Facing criticisms that her new-found religion was nothing but a storyline to gain viewer sympathy, Tamra insists she has changed. And it’s definitely real.
“I knew the journey I was on,” Tamra describes of wanting to make things right from her past. Although Tamra admits she has long way to go – like figuring out how to attend church every Sunday – but she claims she’s had a total “mindset change” since being baptized. “I think in the past six months I’ve felt like a new person. I’m not saying like, I’m perfect and I’m not saying I’m at church every single Sunday. I try to go every Sunday, I’m joining a Bible study …”
Heather Dubrow is all about expanding her empire this season on the Real Housewives of Orange County. One overpriced sink at a time! She shares updates on her massive new home, husband Terry Dubrow’s success on E!’s Botched, and her friendship with new castmate Meghan Edmonds in her Bravo blog. Heather begins, “As you can see our house is coming along. We are hoping to be in by December – fingers crossed! It’s been fun, but a tremendous amount of work. I’m excited for you all to see the progress as the season goes on! (And check out my newly designed website heatherdubrow.com for video updates!).” Not one to shy away from the limelight himself, Terry is becoming a reality star in his own right, as Heather notes: “Terry is doing amazingly well and BOTCHED has become a huge hit on E!”
Noting that her friendship with Meghan is newer than some reports have suggested, Heather clarifies, “Terry and I have been friends with Meghan’s husband Jimmy for many years. I didn’t know Meghan very well when we started filming, but I really enjoyed getting to know her, and you will too!! She has been an amazing addition to the Orange County cast!” So, I guess Heather and Meghan remain allies on RHOC this year? Sounds like it. From the sounds of Meghan’s blogs and interviews so far, there’s reason to believe #teamHeatherTamraMeghan will be taking on Shannon Beador and Vicki Gunvalson throughout filming.
As season 10 veteran on the Real Housewives of Orange County, Vicki Gunvalson is well versed in the ups and downs of reality television. As a twice-divorced woman who’s had to pay both ex-husbands off post-marriage, she is also not adverse to fiercely protecting her assets when it comes to her new living arrangement with Brooks Ayers – even if it means getting a lawyer involved!
In her Bravo blog, Vicki explains the reasons behind, and terms of, her cohabitation agreement with Brooks. “I have been divorced twice, and both times I had to pay my husband’s off,” she explains, adding, “I never received child support with my first marriage, and with my 2nd marriage I had to pay Donn alimony. This way, I am protected if my relationship doesn’t work out with Brooks. We have a legal binding agreement that my divorce attorney drafted, and Brooks signed without any hesitation. This eliminates any miscommunication in a relationship once you put it all out there about what your expectations are, it’s one less thing to worry about. It’s a pre-nup without the ‘nup’.”
Looking to revise (but more likely reprise) her less than stellar image on this season’s Real Housewives of Orange County, resident backstabber Tamra Judge shares why she didn’t invite any of her castmates to son Ryan and daughter in law Sarah’s baby shower, how new girl Meghan Edmonds may have a bigger mouth than her, and why Vicki Gunvalson is already telling lies.
In her Bravo blog, Tamra begins by sharing her excitement about becoming a grandmother to 4-month old Ava, and step-grandma to Sarah’s previous three girls: “Yep it true…I am a Tam-Ma! I finally got the baby I wanted. Ava is now 4 months old and the cutest little girl I have ever seen. It seems like overnight I became a grandmother to four adorable girls. Sarah has three girls from another relationship, Ella 5, Brooklyn 12, and Emily 10. Ryan is up to eyeballs in girls now. My daughter Sophia is so very happy to be an aunt to girls practically her age.” Tamra also thanks her party planners for throwing hay everywhere to “transform” her gym into a virtual honky tonk, saying, “I can’t believe that behind all those bales of hay was our Fitness studio, CUT Fitness, the transformation was beautiful.”
Meghan begins by explaining away “Jimmy’s” gruff treatment of her during their premiere scenes together. “It’s easy to see that Jimmy doesn’t share my happy demeanor, he is stressed about this move because it means that our deal fell through (our buyer couldn’t get a loan for the house while we were in escrow, we lost a lot of money on this failed deal),” Meghan explains. She goes on to list a litany of excuses for his dismissive behavior: “He’s also stressed because he knows that he will be the one flying back and forth between St. Louis and Orange County and his family is once again split up. But he does need to sit back and smell the roses! A little traffic never hurt anyone! And especially on PCH, traffic is practically a prerequisite! As for the wedding ring, he was missing that dang thing for weeks. He finally found it after we moved into our rental house about a month after that dinner with Hayley, it was floating around a rogue suitcase. I think St. Anthony might have had something to do with that discovery!”
After an enormous falling out on last season’s Real Housewives of Orange County, Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge are not sharing the intimate details of their private lives with one another anymore (although they don’t mind sharing them with millions of viewers!). But Tamra is now telling OK! Magazine that she knew more juicy details about Shannon’s probably doomed marriage than any of her castmates, including the fact that David was having an affair, as far back as last year! Tamra explains, “Last year I touched on issues that were being brought up with them. I knew about this last year. I knew that David was having an affair last year.” (Did she mention “last year” enough times yet? Yes, we got it!)
So, what’s the reason Shannon kept quiet back then, but is going public with the affair now? Tamra reasons, “I think too many people knew about it and she was worried that it was going to come out.” Quick to offer fake kudos to her castmate, Tamra offers, “I think that it’s great of her and scary at the same time for her to share that with everybody,” adding, “She could’ve easily brushed it under the rug and said, ‘Oh it’s a lie.’ But the truth of the matter is it’s very real.”
Meghan, who is married to former MLB player Jim Edmonds, revealed they joined the show to tell their “really unique story” - of being the much-younger third wife of a former pro-athlete in a midlife crisis? of being the “hashtag cool stepmom!”
“I don’t know a lot of people who are young stepmoms. It could feel really isolating,” Meghan shares. “I want others to see that this happens and it doesn’t have to be a secret. And not only that, we have a lot of things happening in our lives.” Whoa – deep.