Lala Kent is clapping back at Raquel Leviss‘ suggestion that she purchased her $1.35 million Palm Springs home out from under Vanderpump Rules castmate Brock Davies, 33, who lives next door with wife Scheana Shay, 38, and two-year-old daughter Summer.
After Raquel, 28, made the claim on Bethenny Frankel‘s podcast, Just B With Bethenny, Lala discussed the sale while also sharing how Ariana Madix, 38, reacted to Raquel saying the “weren’t that close,” addressing Raquel’s dog drama with James Kennedy, 31, and discussing Raquel’s salary demands.
“Day one-ers are always gonna make more than you make. That’s just how it works,” Lala explained of how the Pump Rules cast is paid on the August 23 episode of Give Them Lala. “So there was no way that she was gonna come in here and think she was gonna be rewarded with a paycheck … for what [she] did because that’s not how this works. No matter what you do, the pay is the pay.”
During her three-part interview with Bethenny, Raquel said she requested the same pay as Ariana and Tom Sandoval, 40, when she was approached about season 11, an offer she ultimately declined.
Raquel also accused Lisa Vanderpump, 62, of using her former dog, Graham, as “bait” to get her back on the show after she gave it up and it was reunited with her ex-fiance, James.
“It’s very upsetting. There’s a piece that is about perspective. ‘James is x, y, and z as a dog owner. Graham does this because of that,’ perspective,” Lala noted.
According to Lala, she believes Raquel may have a certain perspective on things, even though her views may not be accurate. For example, Lala noted, Raquel told Bethenny, 52, that she and Ariana weren’t close and never hung out. Meanwhile, Ariana had a different view entirely.
“Ariana says they were very close, perspective,” she stated. “[And] as an outsider, y’all seemed close.”
Continuing on, Lala said that because there were so many things Raquel was saying that didn’t make sense, she didn’t want to get into every single topic covered on the RHONY alum’s podcast.
Although Lala believes “it’s time for all of us to disengage and let [Raquel] go and live her life and hopefully continue the help that she needs,” she couldn’t help but notice the “flat-out” lies she told.
“Once you start combining your point of view with things that are blatant lies, you are getting a mucky situation. No one can trust what you’re saying,” she stated.
Speaking specifically of the drama surrounding the sale of her Palm Springs home, Lala said that the only reason she knew the property was for sale is because Brock called her.
“[He] said, ‘You’ve got to get to Palm Springs today. The house next door is for sale.’ Brock and Scheana were next door while I traveled for two hours buttering up the owners being like, ‘My friend wants this house.’ So what are you talking about?” Lala asked of Raquel.
In addition to claiming Brock was interested in buying the home, Raquel said Lala used the money she made from her “Send It to Darrell” merch (which poked fun at the cease and desist letter Raquel sent to her castmates to prevent them from sharing a racy FaceTime video of her) for her down payment.
But on her podcast, Lala said she “did not purchase the home with ‘Send It to Darrell’ money” because “Send It to Darrell” didn’t exist at that time.
After explaining that she went against the wishes of her business manager, who warned her that her budget for a Los Angeles home would take a major hit if she went through with the sale, Lala explained how the merch sales eventually made up for the purchase.
“However many days go by and he sends me a message and says, ‘What the f-ck is this money that just came in about merch?’ And I said, ‘My f-cking “Send It to Darrell” just made up for the house and then some,’” she recalled. “So I didn’t buy the house because I got ‘Send it to Darrell’ money and I didn’t say, ‘Oh, Brock wants this house.’
“And why would he want the house next door? He’s got a house,” she added.
Vanderpump Rules season 11 is currently in production and expected to premiere on Bravo sometime later this year or early next year.