Sai De Silva clapped back at Jessel Taank‘s suggestion that she and Erin Lichy are “mean girls” during an interview on Thursday.
While also offering an update on her friendship with Brynn Whitfield, 36, explaining why she keeps her husband David Craig off social media but not off The Real Housewives of New York City, and sharing what she learned from season 14, Sai, 42, spoke of Jessel’s diss, season 15, and the soon-to-be-aired reunion.
“The was a lot of emotions,” Sai admitted of the reunion during an October 5 interview with Entertainment Tonight. “It was a lot of sharing. It felt like a big therapy session, a therapy session I have never wanted before.”
“I was really vulnerable,” she continued. “I was very, very vulnerable; a lot of people were, some people were not. Some were remorseful, no one punched anyone in the face. That was nice. That was very sweet. There were some ‘Kumbaya’ moments, but a lot of things came out.”
Although watching the show play back has been challenging, Sai said she and her castmates have been able to maintain their friendships — for the most part.
“We’re all good friends, I think some of us are closer than others,” she explained. “I think our audience also needs to realize we all just met each other.”
“Some of us knew of one another, but we never hung out,” she noted. “That’s hard in itself, but at the end of the day we were so dynamic together it genuinely did feel like I knew each and every one of them for a very long time.”
According to Sai, who is Puerto Rican, she initially had reservations about joining the RHONY cast.
“When I was first approached, I said no,” she admitted. “Absolutely not. It was, for me, more of a control thing, because I’m just so used to editing and controlling my own narrative versus having someone else control my narrative, which is very hard for someone who is a content creator.”
After ultimately deciding to step out of her comfort zone, Sai had what she describes as an “interesting experience” with Bravo.
“I think my biggest takeaway is to just have no one tell me any secrets anymore … Just keep your secrets to yourself. I don’t want to be a vessel for your secrets,” she stated.
As for her potential second season, Sai said she’ll work on her delivery.
“I’m a New Yorker, I’m a bit brash, but I’m always honest,” she explained. “The delivery could be just a little bit better.”
Prior to joining the RHONY cast, Sai had gained fame through her Scout the City company, which boasts over 572,000 followers on Instagram. However, while she’s kept David off her social media page, he did appear on the show.
“Look, my husband on social media is really not anyone’s business,” Sai revealed. “He is on the show, but you only see him so much. I think putting him on my social is not what he wants … I keep those things separately.”
Moving on to Brynn, who mentions something that Sai supposedly told her on camera later this season, which Sai denies, Sai said that her main issue with Brynn is her “lies.”
“Lies really bother me. I think I kinda go over the deep end when I hear someone lying, or saying something very untrue,” she noted. “She was just acting in a way that was really, wasn’t appropriate. She said something that I asked her specifically not to say, and she did, and it just really kind of pissed me off.”
“It was not on camera,” she added. “It was just a very small detail that you will all see.”
According to Sai, who stopped being Friends With Brynn when she learned she couldn’t be trusted, the two of them are “cool” now, but not “best [friends].”
As for Jessel’s claim that she and Erin are “mean girls,” Sai said being mean shouldn’t be confused with being honest.
“I think when people hear honesty, it really does hurt their feelings at the end of the day, and it could come off in a way where I am being mean; but I’m definitely not a mean girl, not one bit,” she insisted. “I’m just a very honest person. I’m a girl’s girl. She knows that at the end of the day.”
While Sai and Erin felt that Jessel was trying to one-up Sai’s story about her upbringing, and questioned her authenticity, Jessel felt she was simply trying to relate to her castmate.
That said, Sai said there’s more to the story that viewers haven’t seen.
“I lived it, so what people are seeing is not necessarily all of what [we] know,” she teased. “[And] I’m not here to expose any of that.”
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