Reality Star Brandi Glanville

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So it turns out that you can go home again. On the fourth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which premieres in November, cast member Brandi Glanville does just that and returns for a visit to the capital city, where she was raised and where her family still lives. The outspoken reality star opens up with typical candor and humor about her colorful childhood in South Sacramento, the ex-factor (former husband Eddie Cibrian and his wife LeAnn Rimes), and sex and dating at 40.

The fourth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is about to start. What can you tell us about it?

The only thing I can really say is that it is probably the most emotional season for all of us, and the most tumultuous. A lot of things have changed. So it’s going to be interesting for everyone to see the dynamics. Everything you thought you knew, you didn’t. Everything is going to be changing. You’ll see. 

For one thing, Adrienne Maloof, who was an original cast member, won’t be back this season.

She was fired. [Maloof has indicated that it was her choice to leave the show.] You live in Sacramento. You tell me how much you like Adrienne, as far as the Kings and everything. My family is very pro [Sacramento]. They’re 916ers all the way, so they had serious issues with her from the get-go.

Talk about changes—when you first appeared on the show during season two, you were actually introduced as Adrienne’s friend. How did you know her?

I met her at a charity event through a friend of mine. We had mutual friends for a long time. She just said, “You know what? I’m on this show and they’re asking all of us to submit girls for casting. Would you be interested?” And I said, “Sure.” It was a really big step in our “friendship,” quote-unquote. We were social acquaintances, that’s all. I had never been to her home, we weren’t chatting on the phone.

Your falling out with Adrienne was one of the dominant storylines last season. There was that infamous episode during which you dropped what was perceived to be a bombshell about her and your comments were censored. Is it still a taboo subject?

I’m not talking about it because I do not need to get sued and we’re at such a point where it’s so far in the past. I’m just happy right now. I’m not going to bring up old wounds.Brandi Glanville (right) served as grand marshal of Sacramento Pride in June. Yolanda Foster, one of her co-stars on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," came along for the ride. (Photo by Fred Palmer/Outword Media Marketing & Events)

One thing that you can hopefully talk about is your recent visit to Sacramento. Will it be featured in the new season?

Yes. We are covering me being the [celebrity] grand marshal at the [Sacramento] gay pride parade. I was pinching myself. I could not believe that this is where I grew up and [Sacramento Pride] was honoring me. I was in a convertible. It was really special coming down that stretch where you’re looking at the Capitol. I just felt like, “This is not really happening.” I got the goose bumps. And I got to share [the experience] with Yolanda [Foster, a co-star on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills]. It was her first time in Sacramento. She loved it. She kept taking pictures of the Capitol. She was like, “It’s beautiful here.” She thought the food was amazing, she loved my parents, she loved the city.

What else did you do while up here? 

I got to visit some friends that I haven’t seen in forever. Most of my friends stayed in Sacramento after high school. When I went back to my old neighborhood, I started to cry a little bit because you get this feeling in your gut like, “I’m home.” I was like, “Oh my God, I want to go say hi to my neighbors.” Sacramento will always be home. Everyone that I love and that I’m related to lives in Sacramento.

So they really did [capture] a feel for where I came from, who my crazy parents are that I love so much, and my brother and nieces. Unfortunately my sister is afraid of the cameras so she didn’t come. It’s not a normal thing—“Hey, come to dinner. Oh, by the way, there are going to be cameras and you’re going to be on TV.” I stayed at—was it the Hyatt? It was the one Arnold Schwarzenegger lived in across from the Capitol. I don’t know the hotels here because I never stay in them—I always stay with my family. We ate at the hotel and had a beautiful dinner—it was to die for. And it was my dad’s birthday, actually, June 14.

What is your family dynamic like? What are we going to see there?

Well, it builds up. This is just part of the story, but there’s some friction in the beginning with my father and I. Something had happened, which I can’t say, and then I go to Sacramento to work on it. It’s not bad. My family is my rock. I love them more than anything. We are extremely close. But we bicker like anyone else. My dad has a bad temper like myself and we fight. It’s all out of love [though]. There are no crazy childhood secrets or anything. If there were any, I spilled them in my book.