Mo’ Housewives, mo’ problems. Thanks to the addition of new girls Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud, season four of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is already steeped in drama.
Us Weekly caught up with the cast at the RHOBH and Vanderpump Rules premiere party on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at L.A.’s Boulevard 3, where they dished to Us about who’s already feuding with whom, what they think of the new Housewives, and what viewers can expect from the new season.
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Lisa Vanderpump, for one, was very…diplomatic when speaking about the recent additions to the show. Though she was quick to praise Gebbia, a British interior architectural designer she describes as “very supportive,” she was less effusive about Giraud, a two-time winner of the Miss Puerto Rico pageant who’s married to producer Michael Ohoven, with whom she has two kids. (Gebbia is married, too, to businessman David Gebbia, the father of her three children.)
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“She’s very honest, that’s for sure,” the Vanderpump Rules star said of Giraud. “I didn’t get off to a great start with her, but I like her very much. I think she is very straightforward and very direct, and I like that about her.”
Giraud, for her part, makes no apologies for who she is. “I think it’s always tough to be a new girl in a bunch,” she noted. “I’m honest and I’m myself. Some people will like it, and some people will not.”
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Costar Brandi Glanville is in the latter group. “I like Carlton and I don’t like Joyce,” Eddie Cibrian’s ex told Us of her thoughts on the new girls. “Carlton is a real straight woman. She is a great woman, a great mom. She is the real deal and no BS, and the other one is the complete opposite.”
The Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders author also spoke with Us about the ups and downs in her relationships with Vanderpump and Kyle Richards. Of the former, she said: “We don’t hate each other. We love each other a lot. There is a hiccup in our road, and I think some things were done and said, and I’m hurt and she is hurt. I hope that one day we can be friends again.”
Her friendship with Richards, meanwhile, seems to have improved. “It was a gradual change,” she explained. “We had so much other drama to get through. We had to go through stuff to get where we are now. I think at the end of the day we are both mothers of young children, and she gets it.”
“We are in a good place,” Richards added to Us. “We are in a much better place than we were, but obviously it couldn’t get any worse than it was. We have gotten to know each other more, and we understand each other better.”
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Not to worry, though — there’s still plenty of drama brewing this season. Richards may have patched things up with Glanville, but she clashed with Gebbia, a self-described “wild girl” and practicing pagan.
“It was very hard because I’m very quiet and protective of what I believe in just because there are ignorant people,” Gebbia told Us of her Celtic ancestry and involvement with witchcraft. “When it did come out, for the most part it was received in a favorable way. Then you have the percentage…I don’t judge people by their faith, but unfortunately some people are uncomfortable.”
That said, she’s glad she signed on for the show. “It has been an enjoyable journey,” she told Us. “There are certainly some ups and bloody downs, but I don’t have any regrets.”
Gebbia and Giraud joined Bravo’s RHOBH to replace departing cast members Taylor Armstrong and Adrienne Maloof.