LynnNChicago Exclusive Interview with Brandi Glanville! The Reunion, Gerard Butler and MORE!
Thank you to Brandi Glanville for taking the time to speak with me.
Jetting off to New York City to prepare for her appearance on Watch What Happens Live last Monday, Brandi and I spoke for about 20-minutes then we finished our interview a week after she returned home to LA from New York. She’s a busy lady! Admittedly my schedule was a bit crazy too which delayed things even more.
I asked Brandi about the reunion that will air tomorrow night and she was surprisingly open! The original five Housewives minus Kim will appear for the majority of tomorrow night’s episode and Brandi will be introduced toward the end of the first night. (Dana will only appear in the final episode for a few minutes – Yeah!)
Brandi told me that she knew the ladies had met and discussed reunion strategy before filming, without Lisa! With the exception of Camille, the other ladies had pre-arranged the attack on Lisa at the reunion but Brandi refused to be a part of any of it! When Brandi was brought out onto the stage, Brandi said that Lisa was crying. Brandi had been waiting backstage for hours and wasn’t allowed to watch or hear what was happening on stage. Brandi knew in advance that the plan of Kyle, Taylor and Adrienne was to slam it to Lisa and so Brandi admits to coming out with a chip on her shoulder.
“It was like Survivor, they meet up to go after one or the other and so you’ll hear me say, ‘I’m sorry I couldn’t make the meeting’ they planned it all beforehand” Brandi said. ”They all decided to have a go at Lisa and it’s all silly, petty stuff!”
Now having watched the previews and seeing their ridiculous claims it all comes together, “Adrienne was upset over Lisa dubbing her shoes “The Maloof Hoof” for example. Really? That’s all they’ve got?” Brandi says she became angry at the way the ladies were treating Lisa, it just seemed so unfair because it was senseless.
I asked Brandi if she thought that Bravo had any influence over what they did to Lisa, in other words did she think Bravo encouraged them to gang up on her. ”No, I really don’t think so, no one at Bravo ever told me what to say, there was plenty of drama, there was no need for Bravo to create any.”
I asked Brandi about the rumors that she got into it with Taylor at the reunion, Brandi confirmed they did have a few words, “she asked me a question, and then didn’t like my answer.” Brandi told me, Brandi is nothing if not honest, she doesn’t tell people just what they want to hear so as she says, “Don’t ask if you don’t want to know!”
Kyle was confronted about her behavior toward Brandi at game night and the hiding of Brandi’s crutches. (Which I thought was really cruel) Brandi said that Kyle blames it on Kim at the reunion, Brandi told me that Kyle says, “It was Kim that hid your crutches”. Wow, I guess Kyle is as immature as she seems to be, clearly Kyle was in cahoots with her sister and could have ended it easily by simply telling Dana where the crutches were hidden. Brandi told me that the evening we saw was just 40-some minutes of hell, but it was an evening that went on for hours and hours for Brandi! Kyle would have been better to have been apologetic for her horrible behavior, particularly when she certainly did admit after the show aired that her behavior was childish and asinine! Why try to defend your behavior and blame it on your sister, who happens to be absent, months later? We know Kim did the hiding but Kyle was certainly guilty for giggling and ignoring the horrible behavior.
Brandi told me that she thought there was a lot of sibling rivalry going on between Kyle and Kim. ”Kyle seems to almost enjoy the anomosity between her and Kim, it’s like a competition.” Brandi said, “you know, they were both child actors but Kim was more successful and it seems to have followed them to adulthood.”
Brandi has been very active on Twitter and so I asked her, about her recent Twitter confrontations. Two weeks ago Kyle Richards and her husband appeared on Watch What Happens Live and they seemed to have a little Brandi bashing party.
Brandi told me that her feelings were hurt, “I really like Mauricio, he’s a nice guy I think he just had to choose the Housewife that his wife disliked the most”. When I suggested that possibly Mauricio thought that Brandi would be his easiest response because he knew that Brandi was cool and would forgive him, she wasn’t so sure.
“The reunion opened some old wounds, we were ok and then we had to rehash the past arguments, it brings it all out again.” Brandi told me. ”Kyle and I had some tough arguments but when it comes to my parenting skills, and my kids, you just don’t go there.”
Brandi had a Twitter battle a while back with Dana Wilkey, it wasn’t tough to see what happened but I asked Brandi what she thought was going through Dana’s mind when she re-tweeted that horrible comment about Brandi’s parenting skills.
“Dana is desperately trying to get back onto the show for next season. She’s trying to stay relevant” Brandi told me, “She has a publicist that tells her exactly what to do and she does it.” Brandi went on to say that Dana had a good heart and that whenever Dana has asked for Brandi’s help and support she has always been there for her, which has apparently been quite frequently.
“I’ve forgiven her but I don’t forget things.” Brandi said. This season has been tough for Brandi, it seems as though none of the ladies made it easy for her. Any friendships or alliances that Brandi built, she fought hard to get there. The ladies seemed guarded and prepared to dislike Brandi but when all was said and done, it’s tough to not like her once you get to know her.
Brandi and I talked again during our second conversation about Dana, I questioned why Dana would have a publicist, Brandi didn’t know but she knows Dana is fighting hard to get back onto the show for next season. This attack on Brandi by Dana could be all her publicist’s idea to get attention but it isn’t getting a charge out of Brandi, “I refuse to be Dana’s punching bag.” Brandi has blocked Dana on Twitter and is ignoring her.
Brandi said that Dana is so interested in fame that she would ask Brandi questions like, “When do you think people will start to recognize us?” During the season a few of the Housewives had a go at Dana about her home, with minimal furniture and personal touches in the home, some wondered about whether it was really Dana’s home, in fact it turns out it was rented by Dana and her fiance, John Flynn who was there on Game Night but refused to be filmed.
Dana has since rented a 6-story home with an elevator seemingly to impress Bravo in hopes to be on Real Housewives next season. Brandi admitted to not knowing anything about Dana’s finances and would never make fun of anyone’s home but when I asked about the $25k sunglasses, Brandi speculated that it could have been a borrowed thing to promote them on the show. “Maybe she was hoping to get a pair for free if she wore them and talked about them on the show”. We know Dana did something similar with the $1 million diamond lollypop holder. I don’t imagine Bravo appreciates being used like that but that’s Dana’s business.
We talked about her son peeing in the grass, I told her I didn’t think it was a big deal, I know some people were outraged but I wasn’t one of them, Brandi said ”they still do it, they get into trouble but they still do it, I’m trying to teach them but they’re little boys, they do that”.
Brandi’s son’s are into sports, the oldest Mason (8 years old) plays soccer and wants to be a doctor or a lawyer when he grows up. Little Jake (4 years old) has announced that he wants to be a gangster rapper and chastises Mason telling him he’ll have to work every day as a doctor or a lawyer while Jake will have it much easier as a musician. Hysterical! Brandi has no idea how he came up with that logic! Adorable!
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
I asked Brandi what she didn’t like about being a Bravo Housewife, if there was something she could change, what would it be? ”Nothing” Brandi told me, “I know it sounds odd but I really love it, there isn’t anything I would change, I am blessed.”
Bravo hasn’t offered Brandi a spot on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for next season but I asked Brandi if she would come back if offered a spot on the show. Brandi said ”I would come back but not as a ‘friend’ of the Housewives, it needs to be a full time kind of thing.”
“Kyle and Lisa will be back next season but everyone else is up in the air” Brandi told me, “We probably won’t know anything until March, they like to wait until the last minute.” (Word is Bravo is scheduled to begin filming the next season in March)
Brandi was introduced to the show and brought on by Adrienne Maloof but Brandi tells me they don’t see each other at all now that filming is complete, “Adrienne is a really busy lady, she works hard, she is a businesswoman.”
I was interested to know how it happened that Brandi went on the trip to Hawaii but Dana wasn’t invited, “I don’t really know” Brandi said, “I didn’t think I was going to be invited and I had a trip to Cabo planned, they asked me to cancel it and go to Hawaii. To be honest I didn’t want to go.” Brandi explained that this group of girls weren’t exactly all warm and fuzzy to her and after Game Night she wasn’t thrilled about spending time with this group.
She enjoyed the trip in the end and became much closer with Lisa in Hawaii. As we talked Brandi was on her way to meet Lisa at the airport as they were flying to New York together, we saw them both on Watch What Happens Live together.
Brandi did admit to having a week long fling with Gerard Butler, he later denied knowing who she was but he certainly got the name right when he repeated it twice. (after the reporter said her name vaguely and while barely breathing.)
It was interesting that when Andy questioned Brandi further, it turned out her fling was during last season’s filming, how did Bravo’s cameras miss that?
Brandi told me that she’s spoken with Gerard on the phone and have had numerous text messages, she’s apologized to him and if she could take it back she absolutely would. ”If there is one thing I regret and would take back, it’s that!” (telling the world about their week long fling) Brandi told me that when Andy Cohen asks you a question his eyes are like truth syrum. “His eyes get really big and you have to tell him the truth.” she laughed.
“One thing I am not, is a liar, I said it and I can’t take it back.” Brandi told me. ”What am I going to do now, go back and say I lied about it? No, I’m not going to do that!” It’s out there and Gerard is going to have to deal with it. You can only apologize so much then you have to move on. Gerard tried to deny he even knew Brandi by telling a TMZ reporter, “Who’s Brandi Glanville?” but it was pretty clear when he repeated it the second time that he knows exactly who Brandi is. He overplayed his hand a bit! Yes, he’s upset with Brandi but as I told her, he’ll get over it! Two consenting adults, both single, they did nothing wrong so why deny it?
Brandi’s Workout / Diet
Brandi clearly has an amazing body, I asked her how she maintains that and she told me that before having her first child she really didn’t have to work out too much, but like most women after that first baby and as age creeps up, Brandi now works out three times a week with a trainer and she has done that for the past 9-years, “Power Pilates” is what she and her trainer calls her main source of workout. A combination of Pilates with Cardio. Due to her tough workout schedule, she doesn’t feel like she should have to watch what she eats but does practice portion control. ”I won’t eat the whole plate of pasta, but I AM ordering the pasta!” Good for you Brandi! I love it!
Other Housewives Series
I asked Brandi if she watches any of the other Housewives shows and she admitted she does watch Orange County, Atlanta and a bit of New Jersey. While she hasn’t met any of the other housewives yet, her favorite is Kandi Burress. ”Kandi is sweet and a single mother, she’s got her toy business going on and I just love her!” Good choice Brandi!
A Few Other Tidbits
Some thought that Andy Cohen was a little hard on Brandi as he hosted Kyle and Mauricio on Watch What Happens Live but Brandi says that she and Andy have a great relationship. Andy even set her up on a date with a friend of his while she was in New York! It was filmed for Bravo and we’ll see it on an upcoming Valentines special!
Brandi didn’t appear on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills finale, she wasn’t invited to Pandora’s wedding but she told me that she didn’t expect to be invited. ”I didn’t know Pandora at the time, I really had only just gotten a little closer with Lisa in Hawaii.”
Brandi is dating but there isn’t anyone special in her life right now.
After Real Housewives – The Cast
We talked about Brandi’s cast mates, she keeps in touch with Lisa just about every day and she talks to Camille several times a week. ”With Camille it’s tough to get her out of the house because she’s got her hot man but we’re going to get her to go to dinner with us tonight.”
Brandi spends time with Lisa at Villa Blanca whenever she can but she doesn’t keep in touch with the others right now. ”I was going good with Kyle until the reunion.” Bravo forcing these ladies to renew old arguments and re-live Game Night, for example, has completely put their relationship back from bad to worse.
I asked Brandi what she thought about Taylor returning to the series next season. ”I just hope she takes some time for herself to get better” Brandi said, “I know financially she needs to do the show”
Finally, I asked Brandi if there is anything she would like to get out there, any message she’d like to convey to viewers and fans. She’s taken some heat lately for her activities including the Gerard Butler affair, her Las Vegas Wedding and going out partying.
“Guess what, I’m a woman, a sexual being. Obviously I don’t do these things in front of my kids. I’m a mom first but I have free time and I like to enjoy myself, I’m not dead. I may be divorced but life doesn’t end after divorce!” Brandi said “These people who want to sit and be judgmental, it’s not right I’m a grown woman, they say that I’m not mother of the year but they don’t know me. I’m allowed to go out and have a little fun”
I liked Brandi Glanville a lot before speaking with her and I like her even more afterward. She is open and honest, when I asked her about the reunion I honestly thought she would tell me that she couldn’t talk about it. I even prefaced my question with, “You probably can’t talk about the reunion but…” Brandi told me, “It’s going to air tomorrow night anyway….” and off she went with details and was very open and honest.
I happen to agree that she is a young divorced single mom and should go out and enjoy
herself without being judged! It’s interesting that Brandi chose Kandi as her favorite Housewife because Kandi is in the exact same situation as Brandi, a divorced, single mom yet Kandi doesn’t get a lot of criticism for her personal life. Kandi hosts a sex discussion internet program and launched a sex toy business, she admits to having sex yet people don’t criticize Kandi the way they do with Brandi.
We do judge the Housewives, we all do and they certainly do have to have a thick skin to deal with the criticism. Brandi does a pretty good job of dealing with her critics, while she doesn’t get into battles, she does defend herself.
Thank you once again to Brandi for taking the time to talk with me, I hope we can do it again soon! I wish Brandi the best of luck and hope that Bravo chooses Brandi as a full time Housewife next season.
Photos from: WetPaint and BravoTV.com
This blog explains the Twitter battle between Dana and Brandi: http://wp.me/p1Knfy-15c
This blog includes BB’s recap of WWHL where Kyle and Mauricio slam it to Brandi: http://wp.me/p1Knfy-12U
TMZ’s out of breath reporter asking Gerard Butler about Brandi…
But in a video with TMZ, the actor claims he doesn’t even know who the RHOBH star even is, asking the camera, “who’s Brandi Glanville?”
So, is Brandi lying about doing the dirty with the hunky star? Absolutely not! Brandi tells RumorFix exclusively, “He called me last night and told me he said it. He is upset because he is a private person. I don’t lie so I don’t really care”
Until Next Time…