Shannon Beador is learning to never say never when it comes to friendships.
The Real Housewives of Orange County star is opening up about forging a friendship with former foe Kelly Dodd.
As many RHOC fans know, Kelly and Shannon became BFFs out of nowhere while filming season 15.
In March, Shannon and Kelly confirmed they had made amends when they posted a photo together alongside their boyfriends on Instagram.
Despite their reconciliation, the two RHOC stars have stayed mum on the subject.
Now in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Shannon is opening up about her newfound friendship with Kelly.
Shannon says that she decided to give Kelly “another chance” at the start of filming. Without former BFFs Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson as allies, Shannon didn’t really have any choice but to better get along with her co-stars.
It helps that Shannon and Kelly are now neighbors and live only minutes from each other.
According to Shannon, she and Kelly hashed it out, which is when she “had some revelations” about Kelly and ultimately decided to give their friendship “another chance.”
“I don’t like to argue with anyone,” she adds. “I do have opinions — always — and I have no fear of expressing them. That being said, I don’t like to be in arguments with people, I just don’t.”
However, just because Shannon is now friends with Kelly doesn’t mean she approves everything Kelly says and does.
Since March, Kelly has sparked a ton of controversy among the Real Housewives fanbase. Kelly has continued to travel from Orange County to New York and back again throughout the pandemic. She has also made more than a few controversial statements about the Coronavirus pandemic. Kelly has continually apologized for her comments; however, most fans aren’t buying it.
Shannon, who, along with her three daughters Sophie, 18, and twins Adeline and Stella, 16, contracted Coronavirus over the summer, admits that some of Kelly’s comments have been “horrible.”
“I don’t necessarily agree with a lot of things that she said,” Shannon says of Kelly’s pandemic controversies. “She puts her foot in her mouth a lot, and it’s not good. You know, when this pandemic first hit, I was petrified. Like I couldn’t sleep. I was a mess, and so people are still dying from it. It’s a serious illness, and you don’t know if you’re going to be seriously affected by it or not.”
“I have friends … who have lost five-plus friends to COVID, so you know there’s a certain respect level that I don’t think that she had for what certain people are going through,” she adds, “and I don’t agree with it.”
Meanwhile, Shannon also dishes on season 15 of RHOC.
Shannon admits she has mixed feelings about Braunwyn Windham-Burke during season 15 despite spending most of season 14 in a really good place with each other. Braunwyn seems to be at odds with most of the RHOC cast throughout season 15.
“She just kind of, I feel like, came in guns blazing, and I think you see from the trailer I’m not pleased with some of the things that she’s done,” Shannon shares. “I think you’ll see in the season some of us kind of perplexed a little bit about what’s going on with her.”
“All of us kind of have our antennas raised with Braunwyn this season,” she teases. “Was the love shack real? Was it really?”
As for the new girl, Elizabeth Lyn Vargas, Shannon says, “She’s a lot, Elizabeth Vargas is a lot. I had fun with her … she was fun, but you know, we kind of had a little something, too. She’s a very complex person, and I’ll just leave it at that. There’s a lot of layers to peel off.”