The Kristen Doute, Katie Maloney-Schwartz, and Stassi Schroder feud rages on — still
After watching Raquel Leviss ship an ultimatum first-class to her rage-texting boyfriend James Kennedy, we’ve now circled back to the Witches of WeHo feud. And in this episode, viewers — as Katie Maloney-Schwartz put it — witnessed the end of a friendship.
Katie, Stassi Schroeder, and Kristen Doute have been at odds all season due — at least in part — to Kristen’s rocky relationship with ex-boyfriend, Brian Carter (known as Carter on the show). Viewers might remember that the rift among the members of the Witches of WeHo started last season when we saw Katie and Stassi argue with Kristen not only over how she handled things with Carter, but also over the fact that they felt Kristen wasn’t being honest with them about her personal life.
Stassi and Katie have only continued to make their feelings about Carter clear this season; and on the eve of Jax and Brittany’s wedding, the rehearsal is disrupted when Stassi, Katie and even Lala clash with Kristen. The reason? Surprise, surprise: Carter.
“What’s happening with this Carter thing? He’s her date?” Lala asks Stassi and Katie at the murder mystery dinner rehearsal. “Can I tell you what I’m a little confused about? They’re not together, and he’s coming.” Apparently, Carter was not invited to the wedding, but as Kristen’s plus-one.
When Kristen walks up to the trio, the conversation quickly escalates. “We’re talking about you,” Lala tells Kristen, to which she responds sarcastically, “I love that.”
“Is Carter your date?” Lala asks her. “He deserves to be at the wedding because he’s their friend, and he’s my best friend,” Kristen says. Confused looks among the other three girls are then exchanged.
“You can’t be real for one second. You can’t be real for one fucking second,” Stassi says to Kristen. “I have no idea who you are.”
“You’re so up your own ass in your own bullshit,” Kristen snaps back.
“They truly care about your well-being,” Lala interjects, but Kristen doesn’t seem to hear it and says to Katie, “You’re just a bitch to me all the time.”
“You’re an obnoxious bitch, Kristen. You’re an obnoxious person right now,” Katie responds.
“It’s starting to feel like I’m in this weird friendship peninsula that’s slowly turning into an island,” Kristen then says in a talking head. “I can never imagine ever doing that to anyone.”
Later, Kristen takes out her frustration with the girls out on Beau, who was her friend before he started dating Stassi. “Are you good? Are you happy? Because, I feel like, you’ve been distant as f***, and you’re not my boy,” the James Mae founder says to Beau. “I’m still your boy,” Beau responds, “it’s just different. I’m a different guy. I’m growing in a relationship, and she’s my world. That’s my number one.”
“That’s all you care about?” Kristen asks, to which he responds, “It is.”
And then Kristen breaks.
“I’m just so tired of everyone coming down on me about me and Carter. I’m f***ing over it,” Kristen cries. “Why the f*** am I being dragged for something that’s hard for me? Why isn’t anyone f***ing calling me and just asking if I’m cool? F*** you! You’re so self-involved in your own bulls***! You don’t call me and ask me how I am.”
Look, we get it. Kristen can be polarizing. She can be dramatic. She’s been labeled “Crazy Kristen” for nearly the entire series, after all, due to her meddling and, at times, unhinged behavior. But she’s very clearly worked hard at repairing her relationships with her friends. And when it comes to romantic relationships, they can be hard, and the particularly difficult ones likely feel 10-times more difficult to navigate when you’re being filmed. We don’t know what’s really happening with Kristen and Carter, but no one wants to feel alone or lack that much-needed support system while going through a breakup.
That said, we also understand why Katie and Stassi are at their wits’ end with Kristen. It can be draining to listen to the same complaints on repeat.
“I have been silent regarding a pretty big topic and found a comment that said it better than I could honestly,” Katie tweeted at the end of January. “It’s been a hard couple of years. I have so much love for Kristen and have supported her to the point it became truly difficult. It became poison.”
In that same tweet, Katie shared a screenshot of a fan comment that read, in part: “I think [Kristen] just wants to be able to vent everyday to them. They want her to be happy, but she refuses to make any changes that lead her to happiness. At some point (two years later), your friend venting about the same issue everyday [becomes] a mental drain on you and can even start [affecting] your own mental health.”
But then again, is that really enough to end a friendship? What’s really going on here?
Recently, in an interview with Hollywood Life, Kristen said she doesn’t care if they’re never friends again. “I still love [Stassi]. She’s still my sister, and she deserves to know that I’m proud of her. I’ve always reached out to her, and I usually get a casual, ‘Thank you,’ and that’s it,” she said.
Kristen even admitted she’s just as confused as viewers are as to why the friendship came to an end, and she told the publication that she hopes the rest of the season will provide some answers. She also hopes they’ll reconcile.
“I don’t think the three of us together is going to work as the first sit down. I think it needs to be Katie and I, Stassi and I, treat them as very different friendships and find out why each of them solely felt that this was so easy to just cut me off,” she said.
Vanderpump Rules airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.
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