Let’s face facts: Lilly Ghalechi’s 30th birthday celebration was bigger, grander and more expensive than 99% of most weddings. Yet while it seemed like literally everyone in Los Angeles was in attendance at the black tie affair, one person was noticeably absent.
Of course we’re talking about Shahs star Mercedes “MJ” David. Granted, Lilly and MJ were never exactly each other’s biggest fans, but both ready seemed to reach for the olive branch. Or were they? Although Lilly technically invited MJ to her party, she wasn’t having it when MJ RSVP’d the day before the event, texting MJ that there was simply no room left.
In an exclusive interview with Wetpaint Entertainment, MJ opened up about the insult…and her thoughts on Lilly’s extravaganza.
Wetpaint Entertainment: What was your first thought when Lilly invited you to her party?
MJ: My first reaction was, ‘Why did she invite me?’ After the reunion, I never wanted to talk to her again. It was one thing for Mike and Reza to lash out at me, but to have Lilly, who doesn’t even know me, bash me? She had no right. To me, she was just being opportunistic.
But in between the reunion taping and when we started filming season two, Mike, GG and Asa came to me and said they really thought Lilly and I had just gotten off on the wrong foot. They thought she and I needed a clean slate.
And you were willing to do that?
Yes. That’s the only reason I even considered going to her party. I said, ‘Okay, let’s give this a try.’
So how did it feel when she rejected your R.S.V.P.?
It was like, wow, this girl really didn’t want to invite me at all. She just wanted the opportunity to publicly slight me. I mean, you can’t do that to someone and then expect to be respected.
Now that you’ve seen the party on the premiere episode, what are your thoughts?
I’m so glad I didn’t have to go. The gods were really watching over me. When I saw her greeting her guests, she was like Vanna White. She didn’t seem to know half the people there. If she did, why did she keep having to introduce herself?
I think it was a parade of self-promotion. Those weren’t guests, they were spectators at a circus. You could see it in the eyes of Mike and Reza and GG; there was no pulse at this party, there was no heartbeat. And the fact that she crowned herself prom queen and wore a wedding dress as one of her changes, that, to me, was just really sad.
Shahs of Sunset airs Mondays at 10 pm on Bravo.