After Lisa arranged for a meeting between Raquel and her plastic surgeon friend, Botched star Dr. Paul Nassif, who previously starred alongside her on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Raquel admitted that the initial story about her nose wasn’t the truth.
“There’s something I want to tell you… A little bit more to the story. I didn’t want to tell anybody… [James Kennedy] bumped my nose one week after I got the cast off,” Raquel said.
“How? What do you mean he bumped your nose?” Lisa replied.
“He went in really quick and really fast for a kiss,” Raquel explained.
After Lisa immediately expressed doubt, telling Raquel her story “doesn’t make sense,” Raquel denied James hit her.
“Has anybody hit you?’ Lisa wondered.
“Hit me!? Like physically, like a punch? No. James’ whole family was there. They saw it. So they can testify,” Raquel quickly clarified.
Although James didn’t hit Raquel, he did flip out on his mother after she suggested that Raquel’s nose looked like it was touching her cheek.
“He knew he f-cked up. He felt so guilty in that moment that he took that anger out on his mom. It was horrible,” Raquel recalled as Lisa encouraged her against spending her life “protecting” James.
Later on in the episode, after the surgeon explained to Raquel that he would need to take cartilage from her rib to repair her nose, James expressed concern for his fiancée‘s appearance in a cast confessional.
“No! Now we’re going to have scars down here, it could be not perfect up here. I don’t know what Raquel is thinking when she hears that but if it is anything other than ‘no,’ then we have a problem,” James stated.
Amid the Pump Rules episode, fans on Twitter expressed concern for Raquel and her future marriage to James.
“James had really won me over after many years but I’m quite disturbed and disgusted by his attitude about Raquel potentially having a scar and not looking perfect,” one person said.
James had really won me over after many years but I’m quite disturbed and disgusted by his attitude about Raquel potentially having a scar and not looking perfect. 😠 #PumpRules
— egil (@egil008) November 10, 2021
“Why hasn’t anyone flipped out over the fact that James told Raquel that it’s very important to him what she looks like?” another asked.
— BravoAndBlaze (@BravoAndBlaze) November 10, 2021
Someone else pointed out that Raquel’s fiery sister would have surely offered some much-needed commentary to the situation.
“James just told Raquel essentially if I don’t like the way you look – the wedding is off and we’re done. Where is Raquel sis when we need her?!” the fan asked.
— Stella (@stella_zappa) November 3, 2021
“Raquel, do not marry James,” a fourth fan warned. “I see he has a sweet side but he is still childish. To say that physical appearance is the main thing he is focused on with you, speaks volumes and you will start having physical insecurities. It’s emotional and mental abuse.”
Raquel, do not marry James. I see he has a sweet side but he is still childish. To say that physical appearance is the main thing he is focused on with you, speaks volumes and you will start having physical insecurities. It’s emotional and mental abuse #PumpRules #vanderpumprules pic.twitter.com/8tk1XOAtpl
— trueteareality (@trueteareality) November 3, 2021
Vanderpump Rules season nine airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Bravo.
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