RHOBH Alum Defends Lisa Vanderpump After Former Co-Star Says She Has No Real Friends

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Former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Joyce Giraud defended friend Lisa Vanderpump against comments made by RHOBH alum Teddi Mellencamp that Vanderpump doesn’t have any “real friendships.”

Giraud reacted to a commenter on Twitter who asked, “@joycegiraud can you clear something up for us…@TeddiMellencamp says LVP doesn’t have any actual friends?”

“Not true!” Giraud fired back. “She just chooses to surround herself with real ones like I do @LisaVanderpump.”

Vanderpump replied to Giraud’s comment with, “I love you” and several laughing-face emojis.


Teddi Mellencamp Claimed Lisa Vanderpump Doesn’t Have Any ‘Real’ Friendships While Discussing Her Reaction to Lisa Rinna’s Exit From RHOBH

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Mellencamp has criticized Vanderpump’s reaction to Lisa Rinna’s departure from RHOBH. After Rinna announced her exit from the Bravo reality show in January 2023, Vanderpump tweeted “Ding Dong.” The song “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” was made famous in the classic 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz.”

“What really pissed me off more than anything …. was this tweet,” Mellencamp said on her “Two Ts in a Pod” podcast in January 2023. “First off, that’s what everybody said when she (Vanderpump) was gone. And the reason she doesn’t have any actual real friendships that can be sustained is because she cares more about ‘likes’ on Twitter than she does about people.”


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Vanderpump starred on RHOBH for nine seasons, but by the time she left the franchise in 2019, her friendships with many of her co-stars had frayed.

“I just had a horrible time with the show and the women,” Vanderpump told Extra about her decision to leave the show. “It was a very sad time in my life and it wasn’t made any better. I just decided to walk away.”

But Giraud, who appeared only in Season 4 of RHOBH, has remained friends with Vanderpump. After celebrating Vanderpump’s birthday in 2021, Giraud shared a video of her and pal Elaina Alain each giving Vanderpump a kiss on the cheek, with the caption, “Gorgeous evening celebrating you babe surrounded with so much love,”

Vanderpump previously told “The Bellas” podcast that she only keeps in touch with a few women from Bravo’s The Real Housewives franchise.

“I’m very friendly with Joyce Giraud, who was only on one season,” Vanderpump said. “She was almost too nice for Housewives. She’s just such a fabulous woman so I’m very good friends with her. I speak to Camille [Grammer]. I occasionally speak to Taylor [Armstrong]. The rest of them? No.”

She added she had “hoped it wouldn’t be that way because I believed that I had authentic friendships.”

Vanderpump also addressed her fall-out with Kyle Richards amid the RHOBH season 9 “PuppyGate” drama, during which she kicked Richards out of her house.

You don’t need some of your supposedly best friends standing in your kitchen screaming at you that you’re a liar,” Vanderpump told The Daily Mail of her blowout with Richards.

In January 2023, Rinna told Interview magazine she has “zero” relationship with Vanderpump. “There’s zippo, zip, zilch,” she said.

But Vanderpump has forged a friendship with another former Real Housewife since leaving the show. In October 2021, she posed with Garcelle Beauvais at a charity event at her West Hollywood bar, TomTom.

In 2022, Beauvais told The Daily Dish that her friendship with Vanderpump developed in an “organic” way that had nothing to do with the show.  “We don’t even talk about Housewives, her and I,” she said. “We don’t even talk about it. She’s not on the show. What’s there to talk about?”

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