Months after the ladies, who formed a strong friendship amid the 16th season of the Bravo reality series, seemed to be on the same side of a cast divide as they dined with Emily Simpson, Taylor Armstrong, and rumored newbie Jennifer Pedranti, reports claim they are feuding.
“According to reliable sources, Gina [and] Heather’s friendship troubles will take center stage when [RHOC] returns this April! Are you surprised? Are you ready for the new season?” the Bravo Housewives on Instagram announced to their readers on March 12.
Also in Bravo Housewives‘ post, they signaled to a message from The Orange CounTEA, also on Instagram.
“One of the feuds within the group will be between Heather and Gina!” the fan page revealed. “This is shocking considering how close the two became in season 16.”
According to the report, the beginning of RHOC season 17 will see Heather and Gina in an awkward place in their friendship, with Heather feeling that Gina hadn’t been there for her.
“The season opens with Heather feeling that Gina has been MIA in their friendship. While things seemingly get better for a period of time, Gina does something to Heather after the Montana trip which made Heather feel betrayed and contemplate their friendship,” the page continued.
As fans may recall, Heather and Gina embarked on a fun trip to New York City amid season 16, during which Gina met Heather’s family.
“I do think that Heather and I have very different upbringings which has contributed to probably more of our personalities and who we are as adults. But for whatever reason, probably because we’re all New Yorkers, we still all had a great time and were able to break bread and laugh,” she noted on an RHOC: After Show after the fact.
And while neither Heather nor Gina has commented on their alleged feud, Gina made it clear during an interview with Discretion Advised that it was Shannon Beador who was her least favorite castmate amid season 17.
Although viewers may see tension between Heather and Gina on the new season, Emily recently confirmed on her Instagram Story that fans will see plenty of bestie moments between her and Gina on the episodes.
A premiere date for Real Housewives of Orange County season 17 has not yet been confirmed.