Bravo fans were excited to see The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills veteran Camille Grammer return to the show last year for Season 8. Of course, the Camille today bears little resemblance to the Camille of Season 1. The RHOBH mom, who divorced then-husband Kelsey Grammer in 2011, is raising her two children, daughter Mason, 16, and son Jude, 13, survived stage II uterine cancer and squamous cell carcinoma, got engaged to lawyer David C. Meyer in October 2017, and recently returned to the fashion world, walking in the Malan Breton show during New York Fashion Week. “I’m a different person now, because I had a lot of heartbreak, and I was anxious then and nervous and sad and I had all these different emotions, and confused,” she told The Daily Dish podcast when looking back at her Season 1 debut. “I had to grow a lot … That’s why this year, I feel I can be a little bit more [sassy] and not feel exactly Season 1 but you can see glimpses of Season 1 Camille.”
She remembers coming back after Season 1 as “very difficult. I was going through a divorce and to play that out publicly was extremely hard. I was trying to hide the fact that my marriage was in trouble when I was filming. I didn’t know what was transpiring but I knew something was wrong. And then further along in the season, as we were filming, I had found out that Kelsey was out of the marriage basically, and trying to hold it together, and finish out the season, it was really, really difficult.”
Speaking of Season 1, Camille explained she feels “that O.G. bond” with fellow original Housewife Adrienne Maloof, who ultimately left after Season 3 (Camille left after Season 2, in 2012). “We went through a lot those first two or three seasons together … Divorces, there were a lot of highs and lows, so with that, you get closer with the people that you’re with.” Camille pointed out that she and Adrienne have both faced similar relationship struggles since that first season. “Adrienne and I were talking about that, how we both went through divorces together, one after another,” Camille explained. “How bizarre, because both of our husbands wanted us to be on the show, and we didn’t realize that we were going through a divorce on the show.”
But there is one veteran ‘Wife Camille doesn’t keep in touch with. “I’ve lost contact with Taylor [Armstrong],” she admitted. “The last time I talked with her was about a year and half, two years ago.” Taylor left RHOBH after Season 3 in 2013 and has since gotten remarried to John Bluher. She also indicated she wouldn’t completely rule out the possibility of returning to the show in the future.
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