Season 8 of The Real Housewives of Orange County began and a strong friendship between former enemies Gretchen Rossi and Tamra Barney was showcased. Tamra was on the outs with her former BFF, Vicki Gunvalson, and she and Gretchen seemed closer than ever. However, we are starting to see what looks like the decline of their friendship. Gretchen planned Tamra’s Bachelorette weekend in Mexico and Tamra took off with Vicki Gunvalson, excluding Gretchen. Then, Tamra made amends with Alexis Bellino behind Gretchen’s back and invited Alexis to shop for wedding dresses with the group, and it seems their friendship has taken a turn for the worse.
There is still a lot we haven’t seen between Gretchen and Tamra in season 8, but a show insider is EXCLUSIVELY giving us the scoop of what went wrong between the two ladies and how their relationship is today.
“When the cameras started rolling for season 8, Tamra felt a lot of pressure and guilt to reconnect with Vicki Gunvalson,” a show insider shares. “Tamra will always have a loyalty to Vicki, and no matter what happens they will always be a dynamic duo. Vicki was extremely jealous of Tamra’s friendship with Gretchen and she made Tamra feel like she had to choose sides, especially during Tamra’s bachelorette weekend in Mexico.”
“Gretchen was really hurt by the way Tamra treated her in Mexico, especially after all the effort she put into planning the trip,” the insider explains. “But Gretchen and Tamra’s friendship really started hurting when Tamra invited Alexis to go wedding dress shopping with the group. When Gretchen asked Tamra about inviting Alexis, Tamra kept denying she ever invited Alexis to come.”
“Tamra was sick of people labeling her as a bully, so she went behind Gretchen’s back and reconciled with Alexis,” the source continues. “The whole time Tamra was telling Gretchen she couldn’t stand Alexis, but in reality, Tamra was leading Alexis to believe they were building a friendship.”
“Tamra thinks Gretchen is too sensitive and emotional and Tamra is good at manipulating people and giving the producers what they want to make good TV,” the source adds. “Gretchen wears her heart on her sleeve and had a lot more emotionally invested in the friendship than Tamra did.”
“They [Tamra & Gretchen] are cordial now, but after a couple of jabs in the media, and words on Twitter, they certainly aren’t as close as they were when they started filming. They keep each other at a distance now. There will never be any trust between them, because there have been too many lies and too much betrayal to have a real friendship.”
“The reunion should be very interesting,” the source concludes. “There is a lot of built up animosity between Gretchen and Tamra and Gretchen and Vicki.”
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