Lisa Vanderpump Reveals How Her Son Max’s Adoption Almost Stopped Her From Doing RHOBH

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump is the star of the hit Bravo show, but when she was a guest on Jenny McCarthy’s podcast earlier this week, she revealed there was one major fear she had before joining a reality show.

“My first fear of — god, I haven’t talked about this before. My first fear when I signed up to do Housewives was my son was 18 and I said, ‘You know, it really does worry me that maybe this family would come forward.’ I said, ‘I want to be very sensitive about that.’ I thought because they met me, that if I was on Dancing with the Stars — at the time I didn’t know that it would be as big, the show, in such public forum — that maybe I would kind of hear from them and I never did,” Vanderpump admitted.

Bravo personality has not heard from her son’s biological parents — Max was adopted by Lisa and her husband, Ken, when he was an infant — it could potentially occur in the near future. Vanderpump, who has starred on the show since 2010, also revealed that the “confusing” storyline will “play out” on the reality series.

Lisa says she tries not to let her feelings confuse her son’s journey. “You never know how long you’re going to be on this planet and I always wanted to support him, that if ever he went down that road, that we were there to support him,” Vanderpump told McCarthy. “And also, I didn’t want to put my feelings first because he might think … ‘I don’t want to hurt my parents. I don’t want to think after everything they’ve done for me that I’m not thinking of them as my real parents.’ ”

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  • Real Sandy

    Lisa, Max will always think of you and Ken as his parents. It is only natural to wonder about your biological parents. If you were in his shoes, you would wonder too, That does not make you less of a parent in his eyes. He may just want to know who they are and what his ancestry is just to have that history. He may want to know what they look like. Yes, and maybe he has some half siblings out there. It may be something he wonders about, but he knows that he is the luckiest guy on the planet to have you and Ken as his parents and Pandora as his sister, I am so very sure.
    I am not sire of Lisa VP reads this, but if so, I admire her so much. I do not know my birth father, but he did not raise me and I was not adopted. I found out late in life, and I wonder so much about my lost family I never knew. Are any out there? My DNA has shown my roots a bit more, and proven more about my paternity, so I know where my ancestry lies, just not all the names.

    • barbara

      It’s sad you never had a chance to find out more about your biological father or his side of the family. It has to haunt you a little. Maybe not, but your point about Max is right on. 🙂