Finally. After much silence about the big secret bombshell Brandi Glanville dropped about her on this season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Adrienne Maloof is talking specifics. Much to no one's surprise, she's blaming Brandi for her departure from the show and her absence from the reunion.
She recently told Us Weekly that the final straw was "Brandi bringing up my children," which confirms what we figured out long ago -- that the big secret is that Adrienne used a surrogate to carry her twin sons. She said she made it clear she wouldn't do the series if her children were involved, and when Brandi crossed that line, she was done.
"She got kicks out of trying to humiliate me," Adrienne told the magazine. Of course she made no mention of what she did to Brandi to make her so mad that she'd drop the bombshell, but that aside, I think at some point Adrienne just may be grateful to Brandi for doing what she did.
Why her using a surrogate was a secret in the first place isn't clear, as there's no shame in it. But having the weight of carrying that secret off her shoulders, and the fear of it being exposed removed, has got to feel pretty darn good. Sure it would have been nice if Adrienne had been able to do it on her own terms, but Brandi did free her from that.
Also, while I don't believe Brandi caused the collapse of Adrienne's marriage, let's assume, like Faye Resnick does, that she did. Adrienne's now free from a marriage that clearly wasn't working. She has a hot new young man, and seems to be having the time of her life. Without Brandi (as an excuse), she and Paul may have gone on bickering for years.
Finally, maybe someday she'll thank Brandi for pushing her off of RHOBH for good. Let's face it, being on Real Housewives doesn't usually improve the women's lives for the better when it comes to the important things. Sure, they may get some financial gain (which Adrienne doesn't need) and fame, but the rate of divorce and financial woes are astronomical, not to mention their reputations being forever tarnished. Just look at what's happened to Adrienne in the three seasons she's been on the show; who knows what else could happen if she stayed for another season. Getting off now is probably the best thing Adrienne can do, even if she doesn't realize it now. And she probably wouldn't have left without Brandi.
I'm not holding my breath that she's ever going to send Brandi a big bouquet of flowers (or are those supposed to be to say I'm sorry?), but maybe, someday, she'll be able to admit (at least to herself) that Brandi's bombshell actually was for the best.
Do you think Brandi's spilling Adrienne's secret was for the best?
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