Shiva Safai Explains Why She Didn’t Want To Be On Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills

Even though Shiva Safai is currently staring on the new reality show Second Wives Club, she previously had an opportunity to join a more established reality show. This shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to reality TV junkies, but Shiva was offered a spot on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

This makes total sense since Shiva is engaged to Mohamed Hadid who used to be married to (and raised supermodel daughters with) former RHOBH star Yolanda Hadid. Not only that, but Mohamed hangs out with OG cast member Lisa Vanderpump and has appeared on camera with her many time. So has Shiva. So why didn’t she join that sure thing instead of taking the gamble with a whole new show?


It seems like such a no-brainer for Shiva to join Real Housewives of Beverly Hills back in the day. She comes with an immediate story line. Plus it would have (easily) been the least annoying story line for Yolanda. It could have saved us all from watching arguments over seating charts and lemon picking for years.

Shiva opened up about the potential to be a Real Housewife in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. She admitted, “I did go back and forth a few times, debating whether it would be the right fit. I just thought between Lisa Vanderpump and Mohamed’s ex-wife, Yolanda, I wouldn’t be necessarily in a good place.”

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As a conflict-avoiding human being, I completely understand that. As a Real Housewives super fan, I would have absolutely loved watching that drama on the sidelines. There was always an unaddressed tension between Lisa and Yolanda on the show and I always assumed it had something to do with Lisa and Mohamed being BFFs. Shiva joining the show could have finally brought those issues to the surface. This was definitely a missed opportunity…for the viewers at least.

Still, I totally get why Shiva made the decision that she did. She explained, “You know, I don’t want to stir any drama or go against either one of them, so it just didn’t feel right.” I feel like there was so much story line potential there. It’s a shame. Shiva even joked, “Personally, it would’ve been better if I lived under a rock,” but she did the opposite and joined a reality TV show herself. I feel like Housewives would have been a more legitimate choice (obviously), but props to her for striking out on her own.


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