In the last few episodes of Real Housewives of Orange County, Alexis Bellino’s co-stars have staged an “intervention” for her phoniness (this not only happened, it was televised). Now Alexis is speaking out against her bullies.
“The past few episodes have been very difficult for me. I found myself slipping into a depression from the harsh words and cruel actions of these women,” Alexis confessed in her Bravo blog.
In addition to the ladies’ hurtful comments, Alexis took issue with how they approached the subject.
“Calling it an ‘intervention’ would be fine if it hadn’t been so hurtful,” she blogged. “An intervention is when a group of people who loves you gets together and sits you down to discuss with you a problem you have. For me to be attacked (and that is what it was in the end) by a group that is equally as materialistic, showy, pretentious and ‘phony’ as they say I am is ludicrous.”
Worse than being accused by these other women throwing stones in a glass house was Alexis’ good friend and close ally Gretchen Rossi teaming up with the other “bullies” Heather Dubrow and Tamra Barney.
“The fact that Gretchen chimed in with everyone, instead of telling them to lighten up on me, just put me over the edge,” Alexis wrote. “I was getting hints all along, however, I truly never thought that when those women were bullying me that Gretchen would have stepped in. I valued my friendship with her so much. She was truly one of my closest friends at the time, and I would have done ANYTHING for her. I am just hoping and praying our friendship can recover from everything that has happened this season. I love the girl.”
Alexis was then gracious enough to leave her with some words of wisdom, garnered by her personal experience with bullying.
“Remember that there’s no age limit on bullying and it can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime,” Alexis advised. “It’s never acceptable to hurt others intentionally, and it’s even less acceptable for us as a society to let people off the hook for this kind of behavior. So be kind, but be vigilant–because bullying leads to many sad outcomes, including suicide.”
Thanks Alexis — we’ll try to keep that in mind next time we’re criticized for phoniness.
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