Ariana Madix has been a loyal friend to bestie Sheana Marie, despite not exactly experiencing the same loyalty in return (ahem, Kristen Doute!). But this season’s Vanderpump Rules is testing Ariana’s friendship on a deeper level, as Sheana comes to grips with her husband Mike Shay’s alleged addiction to pills and alcohol.
Ariana says hearing about Shay’s issues made her feel “helpless.” She shares, “I know from personal experience that it can be hard to open up to those you’re close to about serious struggles because you always want to be positive and you don’t want anyone to worry. However, it felt horrible to know that they were taking on such huge issues on their own. I also worried that because I don’t have much knowledge about addiction combined with depression that I would give advice with the best intentions, only to be doing more harm than good. I wanted to urge them to see a professional immediately.”
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The friend-tervention Scheana hosted for Shay when he returned home after being MIA at his folks’ house was a raw, but much-needed moment, claims Ariana. “It broke my heart to see Shay so broken-down, but it was really good to see him and have him back. I’m glad he found his voice because without open communication none of this would be resolved,” she shares. Although Ariana and other friends tried to comfort Scheana while Shay was away, Ariana knew “that nothing could ever replace the presence of the love of her life.”
Upon learning of Shay’s struggles with addiction, Ariana says, “It was shocking because it didn’t sound like him at all. All of the things Scheana told me sounded like a different person and that really concerned me. It made me feel like he must be hiding all of this out of shame and I hated the idea of him fighting this battle alone.”
She continues in her blog, “I also felt horrible that Scheana had all of this bottled up inside and was worried that she would burden me with bad news. She could never be a burden. That’s what friends are for and I’d drop everything if she needed me. All she had to do was ask.”
Ariana’s devotion to Scheana doesn’t seem to have wavered this year, despite Scheana’s continuing
delusional friendship with volatile Kristen, who has basically wished death upon Ariana in the past! It’ll be interesting to see how supportive Kristen is of Scheana and Shay now that things have taken a more serious turn, though.
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