Even though Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Erika Girardi is the new kid on the reality series’ block, she is already turning out to be a fave among the series’ watchers. Erika might have bimbo looks but don’t get it twisted, the doll is likable–smart, tough and definitely, a straight shooter. A Beverly Hills lawyer’s wife by day, then club queen, Erika Jayne, when the sun goes down, she recently chatted with Celebuzz about life with her series co-stars, and in particular, bff Yolanda Foster, who is still struggling with Lyme disease battle.
When it comes to forming close bonds with the RHOBH crew, Erika does not discriminate, she’s an equal opportunity friend to all despite their shade and shenanigans, “I think that we’re all friends and I talk, text, and visit all of them.” Erika’s bond with Yolanda however goes way beyond the surface as evidenced on a recent show, where the mega wealthy performer privately jetted her ailing friend from the hospital and back to her home. As far as the scuttlebutt among the RHOBH ladies with regards to Yolanda’s health, Erika is not adding any fuel to their fire. In true blue friend fashion, Erika has proven herself to be a ‘ride or die’ friend to Yolanda, supporting her during her roller coaster Lyme disease ride. She brought Celebuzz up-to-date on her girl’s health struggles, “She’s having her good days and not so good days. I think there are more good days than bad days though. I think she’s doing better now than when we shot the show, but she’s certainly not out of the woods yet. As to why Erika have formed such a tight bond with Yolanda, the answer is simple their relationship is just simpatico, she explains, “I think Yolanda and I are just compatible, loving people that just kind of like the same things. When you find that kind of connection, you keep it.”
This week’s episode ofThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hillsdidn’t seem all that dramatic on the surface, but really, a lot went down in that short bit of time. Lisa Vanderpump is sorry but maybe not quite THAT sorry for things she said. She is speaking out tonight to defend her reasons for revealing what Mohamed Hadid sorta, kinda disclosed about Bella and Anwar’s Lyme disease diagnosis. She wishes she could take it back, but..Reality TV.
Lisa believes the topic wasn’t “off the table” since Yolanda Foster herself is the one who announced to the world that Bella and Anwar had the disease. So, that part she isn’t sorry for – all topics are fair game when you sign on for reality TV. “On the subject regarding Lyme disease, I can’t stress this enough: I believe when we initiate conversation on a reality show, whether inadvertently or not, we open the doors for discussion. I have initiated sensitive subjects myself, with regard to my children, for one… Max’s adoption, with the full understanding that as cameras were documenting this, it would be flung into a forum where many would speculate. It was a conscious choice, so people would gain a better understanding of our family dynamic.”
Look – I’m just gonna say it, because it has to be said: Yolanda Foster should not be part of Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills this season. If Yolanda is too ill to fully participate, she should have taken a leave of absence to selfie from the comfort of her bed.
It’s not that I believe illness or family tragedy have no place on a mostly fluffy reality show. I fully agree the storylines should be real and provide an honest-ish glimpse into these women’s lives. But Lyme Disease has infected everything! Plus Yolanda is not giving us realness (about her own life or, apparently, allegedly, her children’s?), nor is she giving us the aspirational living required from the WEALTHIEST Housewives zipcode. Instead she’s giving us… well I don’t know if it’s Chronic Lyme, misdiagnosed menopause, Munchausen by Wikipedia, denial over an ailing marriage, or silicone poisoning?
Yolanda starts off by sharing her disappointment in her co-stars. “Tonight’s show was disheartening. Still, I am the subject of conversation amongst “friends.” Looks like I got out of dodge right on time at that barbecue. The only thing I saw grilling was gossip. I have nothing to prove and know that my journey is public due to the job I’ve chosen as a Housewife, but I can’t accept something so delicate as my children’s health being talked about in such a way. I know I’m not the only mother who would speak to this… It’s one thing when your integrity is doubted, spoken of behind your back, but it strikes another cord when it’s your children.
About last week’s episode,Erika shares, “I appreciate that the women and I were able to sit around the dinner table and have a deeper conversation. I felt like I got to know them better, and I am starting to see more of who they are.”
Our favorite reality TV stars cannot get enough of the spotlight during their regularly scheduled time slots, so they take to social media to share even more of their lives with us. And we would not have it any other way. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite snapshots and selfies from this week. Enjoy.
Above: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster shared, “Just because some ppl are done with your journey, doesn’t mean your journey is done. #AnotherWastedSaturday #LifeFromTheSideLines #Spoonie #LymeDiseaseAwereness #DeterminedToFindACure #AffordableForAll PS: Bad Selfie Day”
Besides being a stunner, who knew Gigi Hadid could burn in the kitchen but in a good way! Gigi, who is the daughter of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ Yolanda Foster, competed on the Fox show, MasterChef Celebrity Showdown on Monday night and won a whopping $25,000. What made the win even more delicious for the supermodel was that the monies she won will be donated to a cause that is very personal to her, Lyme disease. The ailment is one that has not only stricken her mom Yolanda but younger siblings, Anwarand Bella as well.
Gigi, who loves to cook and is a self-proclaimed foodie, competed against Victoria’s Secret model Devon Windsor whose dish, squid ink spaghetti with shrimp also won praises. But it was Gigi’s signature ‘Gigi Burger’ made with a special sauce, cheese, pickled jalapenos, salt, five spice and crispy onions that won the judges over hands down. Even though the supermodel strictly adheres to a healthy lifestyle in order to stay fit, she always makes room for a good hamburger. As a matter of fact, the 20-year-old’s mantra is “eat clean to stay fit and eat a burger to stay sane.” The show’s main judge is the famous no-nonsense chef Gordan Ramsay and when he sampled Gigi’s creation he didn’t mince words stating, “Gigi your burger is f**king delicious!”