LeeAnne Locken Says She Had To Dim Her Light To Be Friends With D’Andra Simmons; Thinks Brandi Redmond Has Not Grown As A Person

We have LeeAnne Locken, Brandi Redmond, and D’Andra Simmons to thank for making Real Housewives of Dallas Season 3 a show worth watching. Brandi and D’Andra feuded with LeeAnne all season long.

Sure, the other women brought some comedic relief and even some enlightening moments. However, the discord between LeeAnne and her two former friends was the crux of the season… and most likely the upcoming reunion episodes.


LeeAnne shared her take on the season during a recent appearance on Tony’s Tea Corner podcast. Of course, Brandi and D’Andra were hot topics of conversation.

LeeAnne really went in on Brandi with this scathing dig: “One thing I request from all my castmates is that they ‘grow’. Adopting a child is not ‘growing’ (as a person). That’s just adding to your family, and while I applaud you, I’m still asking for a personal growth from you.” 

Wow. There’s nothing wrong with hoping for personal growth in a potential friend (or even a current enemy), but mentioning Bruin’s adoption was not the most effective way to do that. 

There was a (very) brief time when LeeAnne and Brandi were actually friends. It feels like a whole lifetime ago, but it actually was just one season ago. Will they ever get back to that place? Probably not. It’s tough to imagine a Real Housewives of Dallas season without LeeAnne vs. Brandi as its central plotline. Then again, anything is possible in the Real Housewives franchise.

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LeeAnne claimed, “She is the only block to our friendship. When she needed me, she was willing to become my friend. Brandi bases her friendships off of need. There’s a lot of things that Brandi told me during our friendship that I’ve never repeated. Then, when she and Stephanie [Hollman] became friends again, I was like, uh, what about all that stuff you said?” I have to admit that I’m dying to know what Brandi “allegedly” said about Stephanie. Even so, props to LeeAnne for still being loyal to her former friend by keeping that personal information private.

The Real Housewife of Dallas declared, “Season one Brandi and season three Brandi are identical. I mean if she uses the word ‘pattern’ with me one more time, I’m just gonna have to go to JoAnn Fabrics and actually buy one. For me, I like a challenge, and Brandi is no longer a challenge for me.”

Another person that Brandi “is no longer a challenge for” is D’Andra. She joined the show as LeeAnne’s BFF in Season 2. D’Andra and Brandi did not hit it off that first season. At all. Now they’re co-presidents of the “I Hate LeeAnne Locken” club.

At the beginning of the season, D’Andra did a podcast interview that sparked some outrage among the cast. D’Andra didn’t mention anyone specifically during that podcast,  but she did discuss one of her costars abusing Adderall. Cary Deuber claimed that D’Andra privately confirmed that she was actually referring to Brandi. Now, LeeAnne corroborates Cary’s story. She said that D’Andra told her the same thing. I guess D’Andra and Brandi let bygones be bygones in regard to the Adderall controversy. Or the more likely scenario: they took the “enemy of my enemy is my friend” approach.

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As the viewers know, the awkward strain between D’Andra and LeeAnne turned into full-on animosity between the former besties. Nonetheless, the actual source of that tension is so unclear. LeeAnne was asked, “Did you and D’Andra have a genuine grievance going into the show, or is this stimulation for a storyline from her end?”

LeeAnne was perplexed. She began, “Well, now, now. I’m gonna tell you a little bit about my friendship with her. Our friendship has always consisted of me having to dim my light so she could shine bright and she could feel good about herself.” So what changed their dynamic? The show, of course.

LeeAnne explained, “But when the cameras were around, I stopped dimming my light as much, because I have a job to do- and when I stopped dimming my light, she stopped being my friend.”

Normally, it’s entertaining to watch a Real Housewives feud. However, the demise of LeeAnne and D’Andra’s friendship feels like a slow death via a 9325939942 paper cuts. Is it possible for them to actually reconcile their differences?

Podcast host Anthony Lario told LeeAnne, “I hope you guys work things out because I genuinely liked you guys together.”

Then, LeeAnne replied, “I genuinely liked us too. It would take a lot of genuine apology from her end.  I just don’t see her doing that. I don’t think she thinks that she’s wrong, and that’s the genuine sorry.”


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