Brandi Glanville is opening up about her facial disfigurement saga and a recent twist in her healing process.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum has been left disfigured from stress-induced angioedema, which is a condition that causes swelling under the skin. All of this stems from the stress caused by Caroline Manzo‘s claims that Brandi Glanville inappropriately touched her while filming season 4 of Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip in Morocco in January 2023.
“I’ve had some health issues that have affected my ability to talk, my ability to taste food. My face basically would swell up -like I would…go into anaphylactic shock constantly, and I saw seven doctors and their answer to it was stress-induced angioedema.”
By October, Brandi was hospitalized as her health continued to deteriorate. However, now she’s looking forward to a fresh start in 2024 – both emotionally and physically.
“I was on the phone with Andy Cohen… and I was just given some very disappointing news and I couldn’t take it,” she told ET. “The stress just, my eyes swelled shut, my hands [blew up]. I laid down before I fell down, but an ambulance came and I spent two days in the hospital, trying to figure out what’s wrong.”
“It’s affected every aspect of my life,” she continued. “My boyfriend and I broke up. I can’t pucker my top lips still, because it swelled up so much… it would swell up and go down, swell up and go down. … And now, I can’t kiss. It is hard to talk because the inside of my mouth gets swollen.”
“I’m not the same anymore right now. Everyone’s like, ‘You look great,’ I’m like, ‘I don’t feel like I should feel, I don’t look the way I used to look,’ “ Brandi admits.
“I just want to be healthy. I have taken my health for granted. I cried on my birthday. It was on November 16th. I cried the whole night and I thought that was my new normal. I was just never gonna look the same or feel the same. I was just gonna be this giant pumpkin head and like my mouth even now I get tired of talking. So, I didn’t do my podcast for several months because I would just have to stop talking and take breaks. It’s insane. I took my health for granted.”
Speaking of the drama that caused her stress-induced angioedema, Brandi Glanville denies that she acted “unacceptable” towards Caroline. She also denies the accusations that she inappropriately touched the Real Housewives of New Jersey OG and says she has been advised by Bravo to keep quiet about the incident.
Since her name has yet to be cleared by Bravo, Brandi has fired legal representation and accuses RHUGT’sproducers of fostering an unsafe work environment, fueled by excessive alcohol consumption that was encouraged by those in charge.
Brandi has dubbed RHUGT as the “wild west” noting that it is challenging to work long hours, fueled by booze.
“I think the Girls Trips shows are the wild west. They don’t know what they’re doing yet. We can’t work 19-hour days and be fueled with alcohol all day,” Brandi Glanville said.
She continued, “They don’t force you but they want you to and you want to please producers. I think that you know when we’re all exhausted and we’re doing 20 events a day working 19 hours, fully wasted [that] it’s not a safe environment for any of us an that’s what the Girls Trips are.”
“I just want it to air so I can move on with my life,” Brandi Glanville added. “Nothing happened, that’s all I can really say. This false narrative has been going on for 10 months. It’s been the worst year of my life. Worse than my divorce.”
The Bravolebrity went public with her diagnosis after fans began attacking her appearance on social media and accusing her of having too much plastic surgery and/or fillers.
Now, Brandi is opening up about a devastating twist in her facial disfigurement saga.
On the January 11 episode of her podcast Brandi Glanville Unfiltered, Brandi explained that she is not a candidate for a face lift due to her stress-induced angioedema.
“Now that the swelling is going down…I’m trying to figure out, with a doctor, trying to figure out how for my skin to be tight again [because] there’s certain areas that just won’t ever [bounce back]. A very established doctor told me that I am not a candidate because my skin is very tight.”
She also detailed that during the height of her battle with stress-induced angioedema her “tongue started to swell up and I couldn’t speak. And I was spitting, and I didn’t have control.”
RHUGT: RHONY Legacy is currently available on Peacock.