When it comes to her relationships with her fellow Real Housewives of Orange County cast mates, Alexis Bellino is experiencing something new these days: peace. Not only have her co-stars Gretchen Rossi and Tamra Barney attempted to end their longtime feud, Alexis and HER former nemesis, Vicki Gunvalson, are getting along so well, they’re even hanging out off-camera! Alexis, who recently unveiled her label’s latest collection during L.A. Fashion Weekend, opened up to Wetpaint Entertainment about the newfound goodwill among the ladies — and whether she thinks it will last until they film the reunion!
Wetpaint Entertainment: Gretchen is obviously a good friend of yours. How do you feel about her and Tamra trying to make peace?
Alexis Bellino: I’m just happy they finally buried the hatchet. It was getting to be such an old story and it was tiring watching them fight all the time. I’m happy they’re trying to move past it.
Do you think she can trust Tamra?
I think she needs to keep her guard up.
What about you? Other than Gretchen, which of other women do you spend time with when you’re not shooting?
Well, Vicki and I have finally turned over a new leaf. We’ve started hanging out outside of the show, which has been nice. I would say I’m cautiously optimistic about it.
In the past, Vicki’s said a lot of negative things about you. How do you build a friendship with someone who’s hurt you in the past.
It’s hard when I go back and replay some of it — but I try not to dwell on it. I want to live in the moment and give everyone the benefit of the doubt. I think, back when Vicki said all those things about me, she was in a really unhappy place. Now, she’s happy again and in a better place and so far, we’re getting along just fine.
Do you think the peace amongst everyone is here to last?
I would like to think so. But then again, who knows what the reunion’s going to hold!