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Vanderpump Rules’ Star Scheana Shay Opens Up About Sharing Husband’s ‘Difficult’ Addiction Struggles on TV


Season four of Vanderpump Rules may be the most dramatic and realest season yet. Episode three of VPR is when things start to get super real, super fast as Scheana Shay is forced to confront her husband, Mike Shays’s addiction to pills and alcohol.

Scheana recently opened up to ET about going through such a “difficult” time in front of the cameras.

“I don’t like to live with regrets. I like to live and learn. And one of the things, I think, about our show is how real it is. It’s unscripted. We’re a group of friends who love each other, can’t stand each other, and same with Shay. You know, we’re not always perfect.”

Scheana admits that she didn’t go into season four expecting her husband’s issues to be a storyline but claims it organically happened when she confided in her friends and co-stars. “It was just like word vomit. It was just a casual, comfortable conversation with Ariana [Madix], with Katie [Maloney], with Lisa [Vanderpump], and then I was like, ‘Oh, wait. We’re filming. And now everyone’s gonna find out about this.’”

“It is difficult,” Scheana reveals. “You know, he’s like, ‘Why would you do this to me? Why would you tell everyone?’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t know! I didn’t mean to. And you weren’t here, and I was sad, and I was lonely, and I was like, but maybe he’s doing this again.’ And once I said that I’m like, ‘Take it back, take it back.’ Like, rewind, rewind. But there’s no, like, DVR rewind button in life.”

According to Scheana, her and Mike initially dealt with his addiction issues in between seasons three and four away from the cameras and believed they had things under control.

“All of it came back up. Last December, we had a terrible month. We were going through a lot of stuff, but we weren’t filming in December. Then, everything, I thought was resolved. We’re all good. And then, June comes around, and I’m like, ‘Oh wait, this might still be an issue.’ Then, we’re filming, and then it’s captured. The one thing I was so thankful we got over when we weren’t filming was captured.”

Scheana says Mike is doing great now, but the next few weeks of VPR will be difficult to relive.

“He’s doing absolutely amazing; we’re doing amazing. I hope that all of these things we’ve gotten past can help other people … Addiction is something that’s so relatable. It’s a struggle that so many millions of people deal with, so I just hope that, by telling our story, and showing people how real this is, then — if we can just help one person then, you know, my job’s done.”

Thoughts on Scheana’s interview? Are you shocked that Mike has an addiction issue?

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