Alexis Bellino was stunned by season 8 of The Real Housewives of Orange County when her and Tamra Barney ended their rivalry and she said goodbye to her friendship with Gretchen Rossi. Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Alexis and her husband Jim at the Brent Shapiro Foundation Summer Spectacular on September 7th, and asked how Alexis has been doing since wrapping season 8.
How are your relationships with the girls?
Alexis: This was an easier season for me, not to say that it would be if I were to do it again next year. Vicki and I have come up with a solid friendship and it’s not just for the show. It’s not best friends, we’re not wearing friendship bracelets, it’s just a really solid friendship. I don’t really want to say the others are or aren’t my friends. We’re just acquaintances that work together.
Jim: Also, she’s confident in who she is, and they know she’s not going to take any crap. She speaks her mind.
Alexis: I’ve gotten a lot stronger in my opinions now. I’ve learned that.
Why are you and Vicki such good friends?
Alexis: Vicki and I have come to a place where we both realize we both have great hearts. We want the same out of life, we’re family people. I love my husband, I love our kids. I think it’s what it comes down to.
Jim: Most of the stress in the first season they were together, I think there was a return respect that you understand people’s strengths, what you have in common and what you don’t.
Alexis: We’re definitely not alike, but…
When do you go back to Real Housewives of Orange County?
Alexis: Everything is still in the air. He and I haven’t addressed it, we’re just enjoying the time off. I don’t even want to think about it. Right now I’m very undecided and I don’t want to think about what we’re doing. Supposedly, we only have a month, month and a half before everything starts up again. So it’s not a very long hiatus. That’s basically getting the kids ready for school. Halloween and that’s it. That’s the end of it.
Are you still friends with Gretchen?
Jim: Who’s that?
You don’t know Gretchen Rossi?
Alexis: I don’t think she really — we don’t talk together.
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