‘RHOSLC ‘ RECAP: Heather Gay LIED About Her Black Eye and Lisa Barlow Spreads False Rumors
“I don’t know how I got the black eye,” Heather Gay told host Andy Cohen, and her fellow costars. “I blacked out. I don’t know what happened. … I cannot speak to anything other than I walked to my room and I blacked out and I woke up with a black eye.”
For the rest of the season and on social media, RHOSLC fans debated what could have caused Heather’s black-eye, which took 10 days to heal.
There were several peaks and valleys in Heather’s version of events which gave way to speculation. Her response the morning after was that she knew what happened but was waiting for the person in the group to fess up. “I think we all know what happened, I just think we don’t want to talk about it,” Heather told Whitney Rose, 36.
The reunion gave Heather the opportunity to clarify why she didn’t admit that she wasn’t certain what caused the injury outright.
“I thought if maybe they knew, somebody would maybe say something,” Heather said, adding that she “started to remember” some things as the days went on and was trying to piece the truth together herself. “I thought, ‘Some people here knows.’ … I assumed when I was on the show with cameras and cast, that somebody would give me the trigger that would make me remember. And I still don’t know; I still don’t know how I got it.”
As for not telling everyone the truth, Heather claims she thought her costars would create alternative narratives. “I was scared that they would re-write the narrative in a way,” Heather said. “If I said I didn’t know, then they could say anything they wanted.”
A Bravo investigation was revealed that resulted in no findings due to “no additional footage” from the event, Andy Cohen stated.
Heather was reminded by Lisa Barlow, 48, that the investigation itself “caused so much damage” to all parties involved, as they had to remain up late reviewing evidence.
“When production came in my room, I told them, I said, ‘I had no idea,'” Heather recounted. “I said I have no memory and then it spun out of control after that and I take full responsibility and I’m really sorry.”
In response to Lisa’s question, Heather got teary-eyed as she explained her drunken memory was foggy.
“It was humiliating,” Heather said. “I don’t want to get drunk and blackout and have no memory of it. It was terrifying and it was humiliating. For me, I have a lot of Mormon shame about drinking.”
Andy commented that Heather’s injuries looked like she was “assaulted,” and she agreed.
Most of the ladies pointed the finger at Jen Shah, who at the time was on trial for her involvement in a telemarketing and fraud scheme. The first person Heather called the morning after the incident was Jen — which raised more suspicion about her involvement.
“I trusted her the most,” Heather explained that she initially called Jen to help her come up with “a cover story” while she tried to figure out what happened.
“I think we joked about it,” Heather recalled. “I don’t know. This is why I didn’t want to have these questions. I don’t know how I got the black eye.”
“If I knew Jen did that, I would cover it up, but that was not my intention,” Heather stated. “I was blacked out. Anything could’ve happened. I still don’t know how it happened.”
Heather’s BFF, Jen Shah, was notably missing from the reunion. According to Andy, she was invited, but her legal team advised her not to attend.
“I think she was a big part of the season so it’ll be a big void,” Heather said.
However, Jen still made a quick cameo via phone after Lisa Barlow claimed that Jen told her that Meredith took “Special K” pills with her — a claim Jen denied.
“It’s pretty vile — it’s called slander,” Meredith said of Lisa calling her a pill popper.
“You’re going to believe this over me? I’m not going to jail,” Lisa shouted at Meredith.
Real Housewives of Salt Lake City reunion Part 2 airs on Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. ET, on Bravo.
Olivia Davis is a Staff Writer at All About The Tea. Olivia’s hobbies include binging Netflix series, and watching Housewives on Bravo. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in History.