Lisa Barlow isn’t a fan of Meredith Marks and Jen Shah‘s friendship. In fact, she’s completely disgusted by the ladies’ relationship, saying in a new interview that it is “gross” and “fake.”
Ahead of this week’s season three premiere of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, Lisa admitted that while she spent a year and a half acting as a “go-between” in hopes of establishing a friendship between her castmates, she doesn’t understand how Meredith was suddenly okay with her family, including son Brooks Marks, being “terrorized online.”
“It’s kind of gross,” Lisa admitted to Us Weekly on September 26.
According to Lisa, Meredith and Jen not only established a friendship but actually teamed up against her.
“They literally took that hot mic moment and clung to it and were, like, rewriting history,” she alleged. “It’s complete faux, fake, fraud, all those things. Like, it is literally ridiculous. Like, how do you go from having those strong feelings, Meredith gloating in the bathtub with a glass of champagne just waiting for Jen’s demise, and then all the sudden they’re best friends?”
While Meredith and Jen’s friendship left Lisa scratching her head, she wasn’t as surprised by her newfound relationship with Whitney Rose, saying that they had a really great chat during a cast trip to Arizona.
“I think that was a turning point… I really started to see Whitney in a different light and for who Whitney is,” she explained, noting that her relationship with Heather Gay is still “not where it could be or should be.”
In addition to the changing relationship dynamics, Lisa shared, also with Us Weekly, that viewers should expect to see “retaliation” on RHOSLC season three.
“Right off the bat, it was like, ice Lisa out, be super cold to Lisa and punish her,” Lisa revealed. “I did feel like a little bit of an outsider… That was a little like, mean girl, high school.”
Although Lisa confirmed she took “full responsibility” for her hot mic moment and insisted she “wanted to repair” her friendship with Meredith, she added that “there’s only so much you can do before it gets to a point where you’re like, ‘I don’t need this.’”
“I was venting out of hurt, not out of anger, it wasn’t malicious. I was hurt. Like, I was hurting and for me, I was like, ‘No one’s asking me why I’m upset,’” Lisa continued. “I said horrible things out of hurt. I’ve apologized like 22 times and for me, I’m like, ‘I’ll take accountability for what I said and did…’ But it doesn’t negate the fact that there was a lot of hurtful things said and done, and not just to Meredith but to me too.”
Lisa went on to say that while she and Meredith got “to a good place” amid filming, she noted that the “nitpicking” didn’t stop.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season three premieres Wednesday, September 28, at 9/8c on Bravo.
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