‘RHOSLC’ star Jen Shah opens up about his arrest and what housewives were by his side
The The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City the star joined BravoTV Social’s Donald Adler and Gizelle bryant of The real housewives of the Potomac in an Instagram Live Tuesday to chat his legal battle and the upcoming second season of RHOSLC. Jen’s part of IG Live’s “Spilling Ice Tea” began by asking them who was there for her when needed.
“Heather. My daughter Heather gay was there for me from the jump. Heather was there. She said to me, “Girl, where are you? I am coming. What do you need? ”She said of her co-star’s support, adding that all the experience has taught her who her true friends are.“ But who’s there for you when you are? really, really need. Heather showed up for me. No question asked. Two in the morning, three in the morning, five in the morning. It has been invaluable to me because I don’t have to wonder or run through the whole bull. “
However, things weren’t so cordial with the other cast members, admitting, “I was very, very close to Lisa [Barlow] and that’s honestly what i expected to pick up the phone on the first ring … and you know, it took a minute. It took her a minute to process and go through everything she was going through. “
Jen is accused of setting up a telemarketing program and in documents obtained by ET, federal authorities say she targeted “vulnerable, often elderly working-class people.” In April, Jen has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit electronic fraud and money laundering. She faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
Jen also shared that Heather gave her some great advice during Season 2, while Lisa also gave her a few words of wisdom after filming the season.
“[Lisa was like], ‘I was your friend then, I’m your friend now. I know you are innocent and I will support you. Jen, you have to stay strong for Coach and for the boys. It’s a chapter in your life. That’s not the whole story, ”Jen told Lisa.
Jen, meanwhile, maintained her innocence, expressing, “What people don’t understand is that here in America, you are innocent until proven guilty. I am innocent. And I believe it is. is not just my test, it’s everyone. around me. How will my people react? “
“I just focused on my family, right now because as you can imagine this whole situation is just, it’s difficult,” she relayed, adding that it affects her sons and her husband. , Sharrieff Shah, aka Coach Shah. “God literally sent me an angel on Earth in the form of Coach Shah to take care of my crazy ass.”
“Coach Shah, he’s so motivating. He’s so inspiring. Throughout this race, it’s really brought us closer than ever. Which is crazy to say that, but it really is,” said she relayed. “When you go through something so traumatic, so deep, people are going to either leave you or stay by your side … Coach Shah and I had their ups and downs throughout our marriage and when I was thinking that he cared more about it than me, whatever, now what we’ve been through, there’s no doubt in my mind, Coach Shah loves me more than anyone or anything in the world. supported me so much. “
As for what she hopes viewers will take away from her experience and what they see unfolding in Season 2, Jen hopes “people can separate the drama from the entertainment this season.”
“It’s real. Like, you all came in real time with Jen Shah, okay? It was happening in real time, so I just hope people can separate the drama and entertainment from real life, and it really has an impact on my loved ones and the people around me, ”she said. “And I’m worried about them. That’s what worries me. I just hope people can see, it’s a real thing. It’s not wrong. It’s not made up.”
She also couldn’t help but laugh at the situation, joking: “First off, I wasn’t trying to waste full glam, box braids and a mink coat on this shit. . “
Before logging out and launching the second season on Sunday, September 12, Jen also used three words to describe the new RHOSLC episodes.
“Brave, uplifting and emotional,” she said, before slipping in, “I could add betrayal, if you wanted a fourth.”
Heather told ET that she still had the “same affection for her,” adding, “I want to be a great friend of Jen… Our relationship has changed over the past year because of the things we’ve been through, but in regards to my support and support for her and her family… It hasn’t really changed with the accusations. “
Lisa, on the other hand, noted that she would continue to treat Jen like a friend despite the circumstances. “If I’m your friend I’m your friend. I’m not the judge either, not the jury and I’m not Jen Shah. So I think at this point I’m not going to change who I am and we’re just going to see what happens and hope for the best. “
However, Whitney admitted that her “biggest regret” was turning off Jen’s microphone before the arrest. “So I turned off her microphone, she came back on the bus and said her husband was in the hospital with internal bleeding and she left.”
“I wish I hadn’t turned the mic off because this call is a big question mark. Who was on the phone? What did they say? And in reality TV, we kind of signed up for it. . You don’t turn off the mic, “she continued, adding that she wasn’t sure if Jen had lied about what she was told on the phone call.
See more of what the rest of the RHOSLC the cast members told ET in the video below.