Lala has come a long way since her early days on Vanderpump Rules, when no one would talk to her except DJ James Kennedy. She managed to win over most of the cast, befriend all of the girls, and was even a bridesmaid in Brittany Cartwright’s wedding. Along the way she got engaged to her movie producer boyfriend, Randall Emmett, and is about to be married to the love of her life. Everything should be great in Lalaland.
But this year, the Utah gangster has definitely gotten more comfortable on the show. One might say too comfortable. She seems angry and annoyed most of the time. She has turned her back on James. Lala has attacked poor, sweet Raquel Leviss multiple times. And she spent her free time in the off season engaging in social media battles with 50 cent. Now she has issues with Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix. Could it be that Lala has now become the mean girl she once claimed to stand against?
In a recent interview with People, Lala explained her issues with Tom and Ariana, as only Lala can. Lala , “You know, I think Tom and Ariana are, like, really great people. You know, they were there for me when I was struggling, but that is just their M.O. They seem to only appear for you when you’re really, really struggling and I need a friend whether I am struggling or thriving.”
Tom and Ariana do seem to be beginning to show a pattern of becoming friends with the outcast. They like to show everyone else how open minded and inclusive they are. But they were welcoming to Lala before any of the other cast wanted anything to do with her, so it is surprising that she seems so ungrateful towards them now. The point is, they were there for her when she was struggling. Shouldn’t she be at least a little appreciative of them for offering their friendship when no one else would?
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Lala clearly does not see it that way and does not think she owes them a thing. She seems to believe they try to get close to whoever is the hot mess at the moment. Case in point: Kristen. Lala explained, “I mean, like, I just don’t connect. And how crazy is it that now they’re like Captain Save Kristen? Like, it’s like, the primo, how convenient! She’s struggling and there you are, ready to be her best friends!”
That is kind of strange. Kristen is Tom’s ex-girlfriend who cheated on him with his best friend, and Tom cheated on Kristen with Ariana while they were still together (allegedly). Tom and Ariana hated Kristen. Even if they manage to be cordial now, for all of them to be friends now is a bit much. But that does not really have anything to do with Lala? If Tom and Ariana want to be there for people who are struggling, that should be a positive quality to have in a friend, right?
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The root of the issue might run a bit deeper. Lala says she took offense to comments that Ariana made about the death of Lala’s father on the Vanderpump Rules reunion last year. Lala explained, “Like last year, even at the reunion, talking about the death of my dad and Ariana saying, ‘You need to toughen the f*** up.’ And she was like, well, I was more talking about me and what I went through. I’m like, how is the death of my dad coming back to you?Just say sorry. Just say f***ing sorry.”
We all know Lala is heartbroken over the loss of her father and gets defensive over anyone having an opinion on her grief. It is somewhat understandable. Clearly, Ariana was trying to be a friend and help her to move on. However, Lala did not see it that way.
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Lala summed it up saying, “It’s just, they’re great people, they are just not for me. But that’s fine. I’m not everyone’s cup of tea and they’re not my cup of tea. So it is what it is.”
I guess Lala can afford to pick and choose who is her “cup of tea” now that she is no longer on the outside. It does seem like she is picking on people around her for no reason. It is not a good look. Is this the real Lala?
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She might want to look back at Stassi Schroeder’s fall from grace after Season 2. Stassi thought she was better than everyone and did not need them as friends. She eventually had to come groveling back. You never want to burn your bridges with anyone in this group. Lala should be grateful to have people in her life who care about her. And she might want to think about drinking that cup of tea with a big ole slice of humble pie.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF LALA’S COMMENTS? IS SHE RIGHT ABOUT TOM AND ARIANA? WERE ARIANA’S COMMENTS ABOUT LALA’S FATHER’S DEATH INAPPROPRIATE? HAS FAME GONE TO HER HEAD? IS THIS THE REAL LALA WE ARE FINALLY SEEING?
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