Stephanie Hollman is reacting to this week’s episode of RHOD where she finally makes amends with her BFF Brandi Redmond. In her blog, Stephanie reacts to the tearful reconciliation with Brandi and refers to LeeAnne Locken as Cruella.
“I understand why Cruella was a bit surprised to receive an invitation to my Halloween party, but I had my reasons for inviting her. She is a friend of Brandi’s, Cary is trying to turn over a new leaf with her, so I thought this would be my way of giving her a chance. Isn’t that what she wants? Sending Brandi an invite was a no-brainer! We have been friends for 11+ years, she has always been invited to every party that we throw, so I wasn’t going to exclude her now. I am working towards a path of reconciliation, so I was thrilled when she and Bryan arrived because I knew this was going to be a step in the right direction for our relationship.
Driving to Brandi’s house to talk with her for the first time in four months was probably the most nerve wracking thing I have ever done. I felt like I was driving to a divorce hearing, trying to give my plea to save the marriage. I went into this conversation expecting the worst but hoping for the best. I didn’t know where our friendship stood, where to go next, or how we could ever move on. I was eager to hear Brandi’s side of the story because I do cherish her thoughts and and feelings, and if I ever hurt someone or made them feel less than the incredibly special person they are then I have an apology to give. I never felt embarrassed to call Brandi my friend, nor was I ever looking to trade her in. Hearing her say that now, and in the moment, hurt my heart deeply because I am so proud to call that girl my friend! She is an incredible mother, friend, wife, and sister. She brings out a fun side in me that no one else can tap and that is just one of the many reasons why I love her. There was so much emotion packed into that conversation, all I wanted to do in that moment was hug her tight and hold her for a lifetime. I don’t ever want to lose my best friend again, which is why I am sticking to my promise to show up at your doorstep with a bottle of wine next time you don’t answer my phone call! I love you, Brandi!
Now…back to Cruella! I wish I could say I was surprised, but as you could see from my reaction, I wasn’t. What did surprise me was that instead of staying home for the night, she chose to go out of her way and make a costume to try and completely humiliate me in front of my friends and family in my home. Talk about trying to poke the bear! Is anyone starting to see what I meant in that text now when I said, “Leeanne is up to her old tricks again”?
I knew what her purpose was in coming to my party, she wanted to be kicked out and cause a huge scene, but if that was her plan then clearly she does not know who her opponent is- that is not who I am. I believe at the end of the day, you’re responsible for your own words and actions. I stand by what I did at the party because her costume said a lot more about her character than it did mine. Is being kind and trying to make her feel welcome in my home two-faced, or me trying to give her a chance? I guess that is for you to decide, but one thing I do know is I would never make someone feel uncomfortable or unwelcome in my home, let alone try to make them feel uncomfortable or unwelcome in their own home!”
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