Billie Lee defended her friendship with “Vanderpump Guidelines” villain Tom Sandoval, saying his ex-girlfriend Ariana Madix — on whom he cheated — isn’t the one one “hurting.”
After followers blasted Lee for cozying as much as Sandoval amid the fallout of his affair with co-star Raquel Leviss, she took to Instagram to elucidate her stance.
“Tom and Ariana are my household, they’ve been there for me over time and I wouldn’t be the place I’m am right now with out them,” the “Pump Guidelines” alum, 39, penned in a put up on Tuesday, ensuring to deactivate the feedback.
“It saddens me that individuals are so fixated on choosing a facet. Each are human and are each hurting in their very own methods.”
The previous SUR server went on to argue that she is “allowed to be pals with one among [her] finest pals who made a mistake whereas nonetheless holding him accountable and never commending what he did,” including that some other strategy is “extraordinarily immature.”
“There’s a world the place you’ll be able to assist and be there for each events,” she continued, “and that’s the world I select to stay in.”
Lee concluded, “Ariana appears to be in a approach higher place, I’m so pleased that she is shifting on and Tom is de facto working exhausting on himself. I’ll proceed to like and assist them, unconditionally.”
Regardless of her public allegiance to “each events,” Madix, 37, has unfollowed — and perhaps even blocked — Lee on the social media platform in latest days.
Because it so occurs, the ex-Bravolebrity was photographed attending an occasion with Sandoval, 40, in West Hollywood on Friday for a hangout deemed controversial by many, together with Kristen Doute, who beforehand dated the bar proprietor.
“😒 as she cried at Ariana’s home days after Ari came upon [about the affair]… smh,” the guy “Pump Guidelines” alum wrote in a scathing touch upon @cici.loves.you’s put up concerning the outing.
However Lee fired again in a remark of her personal, “ya I used to be crying as a result of they BOTH are my household! It was unhappy and nonetheless is!”
“What have been you doing whereas I used to be crying!?” she continued. “Literary [sic] taking selfies with everybody together with Ariana. Like who does that!? It felt like a funeral and also you have been taking selfies 🙄.”
Lee went on to accuse Doute, 40, of being a “pretend and performative” pal and inspired her to “learn the room!”
Paparazzi then caught Lee arriving on the Valley Village residence Sandoval nonetheless shares with Madix on Sunday round 10 p.m.
The casually dressed friends hit up a neighborhood cocktail bar for drinks.
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Whereas it’s unclear what time they returned to Sandoval’s residence, Lee was snapped making her approach out the entrance door and to her automobile the next morning — in the identical garments she was sporting the evening earlier than.
Regardless of the optics of the state of affairs, a supply tells Web page Six that the 2 are simply pals.
Whereas Sandoval was having fun with Sunday Funday with Lee, Madix was at Coachella making out with private coach Daniel Wai.
In a remark that’s not there, Lee gushed beneath Madix’s photograph from the music competition, “It’s your happiness shining by means of for me 🤩🏻.”
As for 28-year-old Leviss — whose relationship with Sandoval is seemingly on pause — she is at the moment at a “voluntary facility” for “psychological well being counseling” and “trauma remedy.”