Little Women: LA is gearing up for season 5, yet I am not fully recovered from the depressing spectre that was the LWLA: Matt and Briana, Ride Or Die 2-part special. Despite outcry from viewers about Matt Ericson (aka Grundhoffer) and Briana Renee even being FIT to appear on this season’s LWLA, appear they do. (A grassroots petition was even started to ban the toxic couple from Lifetime.) Moreover, Matt’s sexting scandal seems to be a major storyline that will continue to play out in weeks to come.
We all know (in disturbing detail) about Matt’s despicable behavior: that he was explicitly sexting other women while his wife, Briana, was pregnant with their son. That he ultimately blamed Briana for having “a part to play” in his gross misdeeds. That he’s an angry, vengeful, and downright frightening dude. We also know that Briana, in her codependent and depressed state, ultimately forgave her bad boy for all of this – and more. But apparently, she’s not too pleased with a new turn of events. Trans model Plastic Martyr – a former friend of Briana’s – has already filmed a scene with LWLA star Christy McGinity Gibel in which she describes the “naked photos and sick messages over Instagram” Matt sent her.
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Radar Online reports details from an eye witness at the beauty salon where Christy and Martyr filmed. The model confessed that she’s still “worried about Briana and doesn’t think Matt should be allowed around their children.” Sentiments many viewers, Briana’s friends, and family share.
Briana is reportedly none too happy about Martyr’s appearance on LWLA (so we can only assume the level of Matt’s anger!), but Martyr plans to return to film another scene in months to come anyway. And, according to a source, the cast of LWLA all “know that Matt sent these shocking messages to her.”
Briana and Matt’s son, Maverick, was born in between seasons, and my guess is that the couple hoped their new little family would be the focus of this summer’s storyline. Nearly the entire cast of LWLA is pregnant or giving birth this year, yet Briana’s baby news seems to have been overshadowed by Matt’s ugly behavior. Maverick is half brother to Briana’s first daughter (with Leif Manson), Leiana.
In their 2-part special, Briana allowed Matt to take Leiana to a Daddy-Daughter dance at school instead of inviting her biological father, who shares custody. Will Leif be more involved in Briana’s affairs as Matt’s sketchy past continues to haunt them all? It’s anyone’s guess. As Dr. Phil (who, ugh, I can’t believe I’m quoting!) says, “This family needs a hero!” #StepUpLeif!
Little Women: LA will premiere next Wednesday, July 13, with Martyr’s scene appearing on its fifth episode.
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