Tamra Judge told us herself—she’s “never short of a storyline” on The Real Housewives of Orange County. And while season 9 was all about Tamra opening up her fitness studio with her husband, Eddie Judge, and wanting another baby, this year’s anniversary tenth season shows a new side of Tamra. In the upcoming episodes Tamra gets baptized after a nasty custody battle and becomes a grandmother for the first time, though unfortunately things with Vicki Gunvalson haven’t really progressed.
In our exclusive interview with the OC housewife, Tamra elaborates on her spiritual rejuvenation and current battle with her ex, reveals if she still wants a baby despite having a grandbaby, and hopefully sheds some light on the rumors that Vicki’s boyfriend Brooks was faking his cancer. “She tends to do things that make her look good on the show,” Tamra tells us of her old pal. “There’s a lot of questionable things that are being said.” Plus, Tamra explains why she wants to be BFFs with Caitlyn Jenner! Read on for all the exclusive scoop:
OKMagazine.com: Give us a little summary of what we’ll see you go through in season ten.
Tamra Judge: Well, every year is different for me, I’m never short of a storyline, that’s for sure. And this year, well, I become a grandma and I get baptized.
OKMagazine.com: It seems like your baptism will be a major turning point for you. Can you tell me about it?
TJ: It’s a big part of the storyline. Secretly, off-camera I was hit with a custody battle. Going through something so traumatic, it was very hurtful to me and my children. So I was at a place in my life where I was not happy, I was crying every day and I found the lord. And I know it’s very cliché to say, but now we have a whole different look on life. My kids are getting baptized this summer and I was baptized on the show.
OKMagazine.com: What’s the latest with your custody situation?
TJ: Nobody won—I won the custody battle but nobody won because it was hurtful for me and my children. As a mom, hearing people in public saying you’re a bad mom is the worst thing in the entire world. Fortunately my family situation is not being shown on the air but my ex continuously goes after me publicly to make me look like a bad mother. Privately I’m going through a lot of hell.
OKMagazine.com: Last season you talked about wanting a baby, but this season you become a grandmother…
TJ: I know how weird is that, right? It’s the weirdest thing in the entire world. Ava Ryan is my son’s first kid. I had no idea that I’d be a grandma and she’s amazing and beautiful. I see her almost every single day, they now live in Orange County and are five minutes from me. It’s the most amazing thing in the entire world.
OKMagazine.com: So now you don’t want a baby of your own anymore?
TJ: Well, maybe a little bit. We were with my husband Eddie’s grandma and she said ‘I just want one baby with you and Eddie’ and I said, ‘Talk to your grandson!’ I would probably have to hire a surrogate but I would do it in a heartbeat.
OKMagazine.com: Last season things were tense with you and Vicki. Where does your relationship stand now?
TJ: You know what, it’s kind of a difficult for me because I’ve always loved Vicki as a sister but she tends to do things that make her look good on the show. There’s a lot of questionable things that are being said. In the first episode she talked about how she contacted me to tell me Brooks had cancer, that was a complete lie. I saw it online and I contacted her! She just tends to show things to make people look bad.
OKMagazine.com: Is the Brooks cancer thing a big point of contention between you?
TJ: There’s a lot of um…a lot of stories that were told about his treatment plan and what kind of cancer he has and it doesn’t make sense. With that being said there’s a lot of people going, ‘Huh? What? Does he really have it? Is he lying?’ I think it’s up to the viewers to decide.
OKMagazine.com: Talk to me about Meghan Edmonds, this season’s new housewife. You guys seem to hit it off immediately!
TJ: Meghan is more honest than me. She knows what’s going on and she’ll call it like it is. She’s about as honest as it gets. And she’s so down-to-earth. She’s beautiful, she’s amazing, her husband is great and I just feel like she is the voice of reason.
OKMagazine.com: As far as new girls go is she your favorite?
TJ: She’s the best one ever!
OKMagazine.com: You’ve been very vocal about how badly you want Caitlyn Jenner to join the Real Housewives. How come?
TJ: I think Caitlyn Jenner has a lot of opportunity right now. I think that she’s an inspiration to a lot of people. She definitely has a place on the housewives. I would love to have her. Obviously she doesn’t live in Orange County, if she did I would try to be her best friend ever. I’m so happy that she’s happy now and that’s all that really matters in life, right?
Tune into Real Housewives of Orange County‘s new season Monday nights at 9pm on Bravo! Do you think Brooks really has cancer? Should Tamra and Eddie hire a surrogate? And would you support Caitlyn joining the Bravo family? Tweet us @OKMagazine.