Welcome back, we open with this ongoing situation between Adrienne and myself. After my thank you note, she had reached out to initiate a meeting. It was a long awaited resolution that was clearly needed in order for us to move on. I have always, since entering into this domain, been open and honest with you, and now as you witness this attempt at repairing a friendship that lay in tatters, I can’t deceive you and pretend that it will ever be resolved truly, as it has been too long and too convoluted to ever hope for that friendship that was once there. . . However due to circumstances, it was essential that this came to fruition otherwise I was unwilling to even engage her.
There have been too many manufactured, unfounded stories in the press, given by one of her employees since then, that I have never reacted or retaliated to, for me to believe that this apology was sincere and her goal was to bridge the divide between us.
If you notice, when I greeted her in Ojai, we kissed which was a level of civility that certainly wasn’t there previously. That’s the best we could hope for at this point.
I had an idea that a photoshoot with Brandi for the magazine I worked for, Beverly Hills Lifestyle, was just what she needed. She is a beautiful woman and her level of confidence is not what it should be, as a result of the path that her life has taken. The whole layout, which you can see in the magazine, was a complete success, which I am sure even Brandi will agree on. . .or not.
So off we go to Ojai, chatting in the car lightheartedly, but then you see signs of the vulnerability that has endeared Brandi to me, little glimpses of the struggles that she has had to overcome. I knew she was a little nervous about spending a weekend with all these ladies, but it was a much needed break.
When we arrived, obviously we were unaware of the room allocations that had happened previously, but when we were shown to the attic, that was separate from the house, I understood and to be honest really didn’t care. Brandi and I have no issues. We are totally relaxed together and it was a situation that drawing straws for example was potentially fraught with danger!
At dinner I was fascinated when I viewed this scene between Brandi and Kim. As I hadn’t witnessed it, I had really only become aware of a problem when I heard Brandi tell Adrienne to shut the f— up. Something I wish I had done a long time ago but, at that moment it seemed inappropriate. However I heard after and now realize that it was just another snarky attempt by Adrienne to imply that Brandi was causing a problem. Not so.
The never ending tumultuous route that these friendships take are what I find so fascinating. Let us not forget it was Adrienne who introduced Brandi to this group, much to my chagrin, as I knew there was a connection to Cedric. . .who would believe the way, this has transpired?!?
So keep watching, it certainly becomes far more intense, but coupled with laughter and so many good times. I have not a minute of regret.I love your comments that have been so insightful. Keep them coming. . .Till next week.
Love always, Lisa.
Next week’s RHOBH…