After finally learning from Bethenny Frankel that her fiancé Tom D’Agostino, Jr. kissed another woman at the Regency Hotel, the 51-year-old Countess appeared to hit all of the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
But while de Lesseps eventually agreed to forgive her beau of his indiscretion – and still plans on walking down the aisle with D’Agostino, Jr. this winter – she may have nearly ran over fellow Housewife Dorinda Medley on her road to happiness.
According to Medley, de Lesseps and D’Agostino, Jr. called her days after returning from their Florida vacation – begging her to help clear D’Agostino, Jr.’s soiled name amongst the cast.
Medley recounted the call to Ramona Singer, explaining how D’Agostino, Jr. told her he planned to bring two waiters from the Regency over for an on-camera meeting so she could then “take a bullet for Luann and bring it to the rest of the girls and make it right.”
“I don’t care if he brings over the waiter, the bartender, the President of the United States – I’m not going to represent them, lie for them, or be part of this,” Medley told viewers. “I’m out.”
Medley told D’Agostino, Jr. that she wouldn’t participate in the cover up: “I said, ‘Here’s the problem, Tom – you can bring the whole of the Regency over to my apartment. You can pay them all to say what they want. But there’s a smoking gun: the pictures!”
His response was unexpected.
“He said ‘If you’re not doing that, you’re not coming to the wedding and you’re not going to be friends with Luann anymore.’ And slammed the phone down on me,” she described.
The move did not sit well with Singer, who quickly called D’Agostino, Jr. “an a——.”
“I am in shock,” Singer said. “That’s even worse than kissing the woman. Just admit it and try to move on. Who wants to cover up and be lying?”
Frankel told Housewife Carole Radziwill that she felt de Lesseps was only focusing on the appearance of D’Agostino’s affair, not the implications it actually has on their relationship.
“It’s all about the headline,” she said. “They’re trying to say that the kiss wasn’t real or it wasn’t that night. They’re going to come in with something that’s him trying to get himself out of it.”
She joked, “Do they think Dorinda’s like Harry Houdini? I don’t know what they thought. They’re trying to get Dorinda to David Copperfield this scandal away.”
While Medley hoped de Lesseps would apologize “for trying to wrangle me into this story” – she never heard an “I’m sorry” at Frankel’s event the next night. Instead, a visibly upset de Lesseps felt paranoid that her relationship was the topic of conversation, and fled after sparring with Frankel.
“I just want to be with Tom and live in my bubble,” she confessed.
De Lesseps and Medley appear to have moved past their problem though, with Medley supporting her friend on PEOPLE Now recently.
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“I don’t want to talk about the past anymore,” she told Jeremy Parsons. “It was such a difficult thing, not only to go through at the time but to now relive again. So I’m really trying to respect her privacy and support them both.”
A source close to the Countess told PEOPLE, “She and Dorinda are the best of friends and everything is fine. It was a very stressful and confusing time.”
As for whether the incident will come up during the three-part reunion, fans will just have to watch what happens.
The Real Housewives of New York City airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.