When Vicki blog-smacked Real Housewives of Orange County co-star, Tamra Judge, with the hard truth after last week’s episode, one segment of the piece was soon deleted.
Vicki made note of an “unorthodox” relationship in Eddie Judge’s past — the reality that originally triggered the whispers swirling around the trainer’s sexuality. The story is an old one, but freshly relevant against the backdrop of Season 12.
In 2012, Eddie Judge was listed as CEO/IT of The Judge Law Firm, in Irvine California. Two years earlier, Tamra Barney and Eddie went public with their romance — less than two months after Tamra’s then husband, Simon Barney, filed for divorce. Around that time, Eddie’s sister, Shalimar Torres, gave a revealing interview, claiming that Eddie had iced out his family when they needed him the most.
“I asked him one time for help when I was homeless with my kids and waited in the park all day for him,” Torres told Radar Online. “He just never showed up and never called me.”
Shalimar explained that Eddie Torres was born in Mexico, then later moved to California, with their mother. Their mother “took off,” and left the family shortly after Shalimar was born. Their grandmother stepped in to raise the children, but they were later taken out of her home, when she became too weak to care for them. Eddie is 12 years older than his sister.
“We grew up with my grandmother but got taken away when she got too old. My grandma now lives off of a fixed income and she has diabetes,” Shalimar said. “For her it’s either food or medication and when we ask him [Eddie] for help he’ll come a few weeks after the fact and buy her some groceries.”
Shalimar revealed just how James Judge entered the picture.
“When Eddie was a teenager he met this man who gave him odd side jobs and he eventually took Eddie in and became his foster dad,” Shalimar said. “That’s when he changed his last name to Judge.”
Numerous sources reported a homosexual relationship between Eddie and Judge, who strangely became Eddie’s guardian, when Eddie was 21 years old.
“It’s amazing how he [Eddie] can just turn his back and act as if he never knew us or we’re not blood,” Shalimar added. “But he’s donating and helping out strangers in other countries acting like he’s such a good guy when he’s not.”
Shalimar also dished that Tamra and Eddie met thorough a staged production scenario.
“When everyone was having a hard time because of the economy the show wanted to make it look like Tamra was trying to downsize so they met through her realtor,” Shalimar said. “They came and asked if they could use our house to make it look like Tamra was interested in buying it.”
“When she met my brother, she was still married,” Torres added.
The story is an odd one — and reveals the ancient origin of the rumor that Vicki repeated to co-star, Kelly Dodd. Tamra and Eddie are working overtime to defend their marriage, based on the premise that Vicki is maliciously “spreading rumors.” The truth points to gossip that has been circulating for years — tea that could have spilled all over the Bravo stage, long ago.
You can wipe out a blog — but not the past. Eddie was essentially adopted as an adult, by a single, older male. Tamra wants the truth erased — but bears the married name of the reason for the ongoing chatter. Will the couple ever address the real deal?
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