Lisa Vanderpump Isn't Quick to Forget Feud with Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson
It was a tense argument built around a season of accusations from the Housewives claiming that Vanderpump had been manipulating them to engage in discussions they didn’t want to be a part of — including a plot to expose Yolanda Hadid’s alleged Munchausen Syndrome.
But on Tuesday’s premiere season 7 premiere of the hit Bravo franchise, both Rinna and Davidson were ready to leave the battles in the past and move on.
Vanderpump? Not so much.
“I think maybe Eileen Davidson and Lisa Rinna would probably be thrilled if I wasn’t part of this circle of friends,” she told viewers. “But no — I’m coming back. And I’m coming back stronger than ever.”
“I had a really miserable time in Dubai,” she confessed, reflecting on the season 6 trip. “Rinna kept going on at me saying I told her to say something about Yolanda’s health, which wasn’t true. Rinna was just unusually aggressive. And Eileen was just backing her up. Eileen also kept going on at my about mentioning the word ‘affair,’ which she had had. It was just a nightmare.”
Kyle Richards hoped Vanderpump would find a way to move on — but admitted the process might take some time. “I’m sure they’re going to be okay eventually,” Richards said. “I know Lisa so well, and she does hold on to things for a long time. I don’t think she’s losing any sleep over Lisa Rinna and Eileen.”
“I mean, is she sitting there with a voodoo doll?” Richards joked. “Maybe.”
If Vanderpump was, it didn’t seem to be affecting Rinna and Davidson too much. Both women were determined to remain in good spirits after losing parents over the past year.
“When my dad died, it just changed my outlook on every single thing that goes on in my life,” said Rinna. “I don’t have time to worry about what happened with Vanderpump. Like, are you kidding me? I should get a free pass right now for just about everything! I do a darn good job with having to have the life that I have and do what I do and keep calm raising two teenage girls.”
“It’s all about having a good time in my life,” she added. “I feel like last year was so negative in so many levels. And I just want joy.”
Davidson revealed her mother had died before filming last season’s reunion, but she kept it quiet because she didn’t want anyone to know because she didn’t want it to affect anything.
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“Losing my mother has taught me that certain things in life just don’t really matter — they’re not that important,” Davidson said. “I suppose in that way, it’s affected how I feel about Lisa Vanderpump and all that happened because it’s not that important. It’s trivial.”
Clearly, it wasn’t trivial to Vanderpump
She wasn’t the warmest when she finally saw the two Housewives at Erika Girardi’s Studio 54-themed 45th birthday party — which had far less drama than Shannon Beador’s ’70s theme party on Real Housewives of Orange County. (The Housewives love disco, apparently).
With new Housewife and friend Dorit Kemsley as her guest, Vanderpump remained cautious when greeting Rinna. She teased the Melrose Place alum for “always [going] for it” — and threatened that she might give Rinna’s wig “a tug” later on.
“I think it would be well-deserved,” Vanderpump said, joking (but not joking).
“Oh good, game on! We can start taking the piss out of each other again. Yay!” Rinna remarked to viewers, sarcastically. “That’s what we do best!”
It was a different story with Davidson. The ladies barely spoke at all — exchanging tense hellos and then each complaining later on that the other had been cold.
But as Rinna pointed out, neither her nor Davidson could control how Vanderpump’s actions.
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“We all know what happened — can’t change that,” she said. “But you can change how you react to it … How she reacts, that’s her thing … All I can do is do what I want. I’d rather be better than bitter. That’s my new motto.”
“Things change, people change,” Davidson later admitted. “Lisa Vanderpump and I could actually have a meeting of the minds eventually. You never know. I mean, look what happened after the Vietnam war! Everyone’s goings to Vietnam on vacation now!”
The war with Vanderpump may be over, but it doesn’t look like vacations will be happening just yet — especially because Vanderpump seems ready to fight.
“I’m coming back,” she told viewers. “I’m coming back and I’m stronger than ever.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.