Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador did not start out too buddy-buddy when they first shared screen time on The Real Housewives of Orange County, but they’ve come a long way since then. Tamra, in fact, seems to be one of Shannon‘s staunchest allies this season, in particular. Maybe Jesus fixed it? Hallelujah!
In her blog this week, Tamra shares her shock at learning Shannon’s mother in law was basically in on the affair that David Beador had last year. She also majorly side-eyes Vicki Gunvalson’s newest
shady ploy for retribution insurance/charity cancer scheme, which kind of makes me love Tamra’s little black heart just a little bit more this week!
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After Tamra’s watched her “tispy date” with hubby Eddie Judge at the sushi restaurant, she wants to clear something up. “Eddie usually stays pretty neutral about stuff. He is a no drama kind of guy. But with the sake flowing he made a comment about Shannon that I think was totally misunderstood. Eddie is the nicest guy and he absolutely LOVES Shannon. He would never want to say anything to hurt her feelings. He just knows how stressed out she has been ever since the ‘70s party, the move, her mother-in-law. Eddie never raises his voice and is pretty even tempered (unless he’s hungry). He’s just a zen kind of guy. I know he wasn’t trying to single Shannon out or say anything hurtful, he just thought it would have been nice for her to go and relax.”
Before getting deeper into the Shannon situation, Tamra takes a moment to sympathize with Kelly Dodd about her marital issues. Noting the “lack of respect and love between Kelly and her husband,” Tamra admits, “Hearing the conversation Kelly is having with her mom reminds me of a conversation I had with my mom shortly before I left my ex-husband. My mom told me that I needed to prepare myself because some parents use the children to hurt the other parent. My mom told me to prepare myself for the future; she was worried that Spencer would end up living with his dad since they were so close. Not uncommon in divorces, kids picking sides. We never thought it would be Sidney and to the degree it is. My dear sweet beautiful daughter that was so close to me.”
When Tamra heard “the truth” about Shannon’s mother in law from Vicki at their spa day, Tamra admits she was totally blown away. “I was absolutely SHOCKED when Vicki told me about Shannon’s mother-in-law, Donna having family dinners with David’s mistress. To me that is just absolutely disgusting. Not only does Shannon have to deal with the affair, she has to deal with the fact that his family was also cheating on her. Who does that?!? To know that David’s mother condoned cheating? That is just next level horrible. To me that says something serious about Donna’s character.”
“NOW I understand why Shannon reacted the way she did at the party last week. I would have freaked out too!!” confesses Tamra, who claims she had no idea about the issues between Shannon and David’s mother. She did know about drama Shannon and her sister in law had brewing, but when David’s mother approached Tamra at the Beador children’s concert to say Shannon “pushed” David to have an affair, Tamra maintains she was blindsided.
Tamra defends telling Shannon about her mother in law’s comments at the concert: “Shannon is my good friend and I didn’t want it to come out later without her knowing about it. So I told Shannon and it upset her, which I totally understand now that I know Donna was inviting David’s mistress over for tea and cookies!! I just can’t even wrap my head around that. It’s heartbreaking to see a family torn apart like that, especially right after David and Shannon’s vow renewal. The whole situation is just messed up.”
As for Kelly‘
obviously doomed marriage to Michael Dodd, Tamra asserts that she doesn’t want to get too involved. But she can relate. “I felt bad for Kelly, I wanted to help her. I’ve been there myself. I know what it is like to be in a bad marriage. My words to her were just advice. I know from experience that the aftermath of divorce can be devastating. I don’t want anyone to go through what I have had to deal with.”
Finally turning her attention to Vicki‘s jacked up scheme to revive her credibility (ha!), Tamra ends her blog by asking, “Am I the only one who doesn’t know what to think about Vicki starting an insurance program for cancer patients? The way it was explained was more about making money and convincing people she had nothing to do with Brooks [Ayers] cancer scam. Michael sure called her out on some of her lies. Yikes.”
Yikes is right.
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