Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump sat down with E!’s Giuliana Rancic in a new interview that aired on Sunday night. Lisa invited Rancic into her home to discuss her life before The Real Housewives, her marriage, children, the show and more.
“I do remember saying to them [producers] that I wanted to leave the show with the same integrity I came in with,” Lisa tells Giuliana of being on the hit Bravo show. “I just don’t want any BS editing. I’m no angel, I do make a few snarky comments and have a laugh. It is a television show. But I’m not in this business or on this show to put down my cast mates or get into a bitchfest, that’s not who I am, and I think if that day comes then I should leave.”
Giuliana shares that she is curious to find out who Lisa was before being on the show. Rancic asks Lisa what her relationship was like with her parents. “They weren’t that emotionally available,” Lisa admits. “I tell my children I love them everyday, often a British upbringing they know you love them so you don’t have to tell them, but I often went against that. I don’t think I was that tactile with my parents either, I was very close with my grandmother. I had a good childhood.”
Lisa goes on to reveal that her father was in advertising and she believes that’s where she gets some of her creativity to design her popular restaurants. Vanderpump loved creative arts as a child and attended the famous Corona Academy in London. Lisa began dancing at the performing arts academy, which eventually led to her acting career.
Lisa reveals she met her husband of 32 years, Ken Todd, through her brother and their chemistry was instantaneous. She admits they were engaged within 6 weeks and married within 3 months. They went on to have their daughter Pandora in 1986 and adopt their son Max a few years later.
Lisa’s daughter Pandora, reveals to Giuliana what it was like growing up with Lisa as a mother. She shares that Lisa was the type of mother who would be on the ground horsing around with the kids before school to make them laugh.
Back to RHOBH, Giuliana asks Lisa out of all the seasons of the show, which moment was the toughest. “I think this season when there was 4 against 1,” Vanderpump says of the confrontation in Puerto Rico. “The two new girls have been really supportive, Carlton and Joyce, I have to say they were great. But when the 4 of them (Brandi Glanville, Yolanda Foster, and Kyle and Kim Richards) get together and on the same page, it’s very difficult.”
“Who has been the toughest Housewife to deal with in the history of the show?” Giuliana asks.
“Brandi,” Lisa insists. “It’s been horrible. Saying horrible things about me. I don’t want to give it too much credence, it’s just to keep deflecting, keep denying, and the fact is that once something is out there it can stick and that’s upsetting. But I don’t retaliate. I mean I could throw every name out there, it’s an easy target, but I’m not going to. There are some downsides and this season has been particularly difficult.”
“I want to be on a show with 6 bright, beautiful successful women,” Lisa continues. “That’s why I’ve never understood the competitiveness and negativity. The better everybody does, the better it is for the show.”
Giuliana asks Lisa if this season was so rough she’s thought about quitting the show.
“Oh definitely,” Vanderpump admits. “The attacks and it became so emotional for me I thought, ‘What am I doing?'”
“I left in the middle of the night,” Lisa says of the infamous dinner in Puerto Rico. “I thought, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ In my reality if I was on a vacation with friends, of course I would leave. I’m not going stay.”
When Giuliana brings up Lisa’s Bravo spin-off show, Vanderpump Rules, she asks is Lisa thinks her other cast mates are jealous of her. “Have you watched my show?” Lisa joked. “Do you think there’s any jealous… no! I’ve had a lot of great opportunities and when Vanderpump Rules was picked up for 16 episodes and I think it even superseded Housewives’ ratings… I would like to think they’re supportive, but I can’t say honestly that they have been.”
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