Lala Kent surprised viewers when she showed up at SUR during this week’s episode of Vanderpump Rules after she disappeared from the crew for weeks with no explanation. After she tried to make amends with Ariana Madix, Lala appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and explained the reason for her return to the show and what she did after she spoke with Lisa Vanderpump.
“When I stepped away I turned off my phone. I wasn’t looking at emails. I was volunteering my time a the Humane Society of Utah literally every single day,” Kent told The Daily Dish of her absence. “And that’s kind of really all I did. It was a finding of myself when I was away and it was much needed. By the time I came back and you see me this episode, I just felt kind of like a different person. I felt like I purged all the negative energy.”
Lala headed home and spent quality time with her family in Utah. “It was amazing ’cause I finally felt safe and I was with people that I could trust and that I could say things that I wasn’t worried it was going to come out on camera later,” she said. “I feel like there’s certain things that people don’t need to know and that’s with anybody’s life. So it was nice to have my privacy for just a minute.”
But returning to L.A. meant she had to explain to Lisa why she had been M.I.A. “Talking to Lisa I was nervous just because I look up to her, but what I was going in to say to her that wasn’t nerve racking just because, like I said when I came back from Utah I was in a completely different head space,’ she said. “I felt kind of like a new human being.”
Turns out Lala is currently working with Lisa, volunteering at Vanderpump Dogs. “Absolutely, we talk often and she just opened Vanderpump Dogs and I go and volunteer at her facility,” she said. “So our connection is deep because of our love of dogs.”
But would she work another shift at SUR? “I would. I’d help a sistah out,” she said. “Not full time â€” a shift here or there. I would do that.”
Lala also shared that she and Katie Maloney-Schwartz came to an understanding at the Vanderpump Rules reunion.
“I felt like we came to a common ground ’cause she’s also said some things that weren’t so kind about me as well and we kind of squashed it,” Lala teased, referring to comments she once made about Katie’s appearance, adding that she “absolutely” get closure after the sit-down.
“I always thought we would never be in the same room without wanting to bring our daggers out,” she said. “So I would say that was the most shocking moment for me.”
“Going to the reunion was pretty amazing for me,” she said. “I felt like I got a lot off of my chest. I didn’t say things that I would need to dig myself out of later. As cheesy as it sounds, it was kind of a beautiful thing because that show is rough [and] these people are rough. If you’re going to be on this show, you’d better have a set of balls on you. So to see everybody in a pretty vulnerable and zen state â€” I mean, obviously we get heated at moments â€” but overall it was freaking amazing.”
“It was so weird that night I went home and I’m like, ‘This is so weird. I don’t have a pit in my stomach. I can go to bed and feel like my conscience is clear.’ It was pretty cool for me ’cause I haven’t had that in a while.”
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