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Kristen Doute Still Views Stassi Schroeder & Katie Maloney As “Family” Despite Falling Out On Vanderpump Rules Season 8

When the trailer dropped for Season 8 of Vanderpump Rules last week, it was no surprise to see Kristen Doute on the outs with former best friends Stassi Schroeder and Katie Maloney-Schwartz.

After all, when reports surfaced that Kristen wasn’t present at Stassi‘s engagement party over the summer, the latter’s mother confirmed that the trio had once again fallen out during filming. In a pair of new interviews, Kristen finally broke her silence on the rift and where she stands with her erstwhile BFFs.

“From my POV, it’s like they’re family to me. So it’ll always be that way,” the hot-headed Pump Rules star dished to Us Weekly. She continued, “With every friendship, you have ups and downs — and here is one of our downs. So, ride the wave with us, while you get to see the downs. I think I’ll find out a lot while I watch [the show] as well.”

The next day, Kristen shed even more light on the feud during the premiere of the new Charlie’s Angels movie, reiterating her commitment to her fellow Witches of Weho.

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“It’s no surprise that we hit a low,” she told Entertainment Tonight ahead of the film. “I feel like we’ve been friends for 10 years — family basically, my sisters — and with that comes [ups] and downs…so we’ll kind of just see where it goes. My POV is I’ll love them always and forever and support everything that they do.”

The Pump Rules OG also added that she doesn’t quite know the root of her besties’ problems with her, and honestly, could it really be worse than sleeping with your best friend’s boyfriend and then lying about it for an entire season?

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“You’ll see it on the show, but I don’t really have an answer,” Kristen said of the reasons her fellow SURvers were keeping their distance. “So hopefully I’m given one…I was with Katie last night at the People’s Choice Awards and we had a blast together. Like, we’re still very cordial and friendly when we hang out. We just aren’t in the same place we were at before.”

As for whether she’ll be invited to Stassi‘s upcoming Italian nuptials with Beau Clark, the reality star didn’t have an answer — and told fans not to expect her infamous party-crashing ways to flare up should she not receive an invite.

“Would I crash Rome, Italy?” she queried. “Probably not.”

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