On this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Tamra Judge told Shannon Beador that she wasn’t the person who told Heather Dubrow about Shannon’s marriage problems. Now Tamra is coming clean.

“Okay, here it goes… I totally lied to Shannon and feel like a jerk!” Tamra wrote in her Bravo blog. “Yes, I will take total blame for it all. I should have never told anyone and I feel really bad about it.”

Even though she admits that she should never have said anything to begin with, she says that when she told Heather about Shannon’s problems, it wasn’t meant as malicious gossip.

“When I was at lunch with Heather I asked Heather to give Shannon a break because she was not in a good place and she was having some issues in her marriage,” she explained. “Heather asked me in a very concerned way, ‘What is going on, is Shannon OK?’ I then told her that David sent her an email. I asked her to please not repeat it to anyone. I just wanted to explain to Heather why Shannon needed our support.”

Shannon says she understands that Tamra took responsibility or her actions, but she’s still upset that her friend’s first reaction was to lie to her.

“I am most upset about Tamra’s betrayal and the fact that she could look me in the eye and lie to my face,” Shannon wrote in her Bravo blog. “I appreciate that she owned what she did and took responsibility for it, but I don’t know if I can ever trust her again.”

It seems however, that getting mad at someone for telling another person your secret whole being filmed on camera really weakens Shannon’s claim that she was “betrayed.” That point is not lost on Heather.

“Shannon chose to put her troubled marriage on TV and expose her children to all that comes with it, I did not do that to her,” Heather wrote on her Bravo blog. “Having said ALL of that, I didn’t have the knowledge of what was truly going on with Shannon. I didn’t know how much pain she was in and how bad things were. Had I known, I would have approached the situation differently.”

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Gina Pusateri

Contributing Writer, BuddyTV