Vicki Gunvalson accused Tamra Judge of trying "to put a wedge" between herself and her daughter, Briana Culberson, during Monday night's episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Now Tamra is speaking out about her friendship with Briana and why she ultimately decided to cut all ties with the RHOC daughter amid her beef with Vicki.
Tamra took to Twitter to clarify that she was just trying to be "respectful" when she ended her communication with Briana, and she told several fans that Vicki had asked her to stop reaching out to her daughter. She also responded to Vicki's claims, saying that she would "never" try to drive a wedge between Vicki and Briana.
Vicki recently told The Daily Dish that she thought it would be best for Tamra to stop communicating with Briana if they were not speaking at the moment. "Well, I think it was the right thing for Tamra to do to stop communicating with my daughter. I don't communicate with her children about her. My daughter is of age — she's 30 years old — and I don't tell Briana who to be friends with, but I did tell Briana, 'Don't trust Tamra on this situation, because she's going to try to wedge us the way she has in the past,'" she explained. "She obviously was communicating with Briana — when I was not aware of — about me. So she kind of crossed the line with my daughter and I."
Tamra elaborated on her decision in her latest blog on Bravotv.com, saying that it had nothing to do with how she felt about the RHOC daughter. "Let's get one thing straight, I love Briana. When things got bad with Vicki last year she asked me NOT to communicate with Briana. I took her off my Facebook for two reasons: I didn't want to be distrustful, and I didn't want to see Vicki's face pop up on my news feed," Tamra wrote. "Briana and I have always gotten along and I think she is a wonderful person. In the past we were only trying to protect Vicki from Brooks [Ayers]. I was never and would never try to put a wedge between and mother and daughter. Not sure how us trying to protect her is crossing the line."
Tamra expressed a similar sentiment during an interview with The Huffington Post in June. "I like Briana but have had to pull back because I don’t have a relationship with her mother. So, out of respect to Vicki, I don’t initiate conversations or really see her," Tamra said. "Of course, if she writes me, I’ll write back but Vicki did say to me at one point that she would not like me to talk to her daughter. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but I try to put myself in her shoes."
Briana expressed on RHOC that she felt like she had been put in a "weird spot" in this situation, and she hadn't been in touch with Tamra, either. However, she said she was hopeful that these two could one day move past their issues and be friends again. "My mom and Tamra have been friends for years, and I think they just need to talk about their feelings and just get it out there because this is getting really uncomfortable," Briana said.
In fact, Tamra confirmed that she and Briana are still friends on Twitter. "I love her," she tweeted.
See more of Briana back in the OC with her mom, below.