The falling out between former friends and “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” co-stars Whitney Rose and Heather Gay continued in 2023, when Rose called out for Gay to re-follow her on social media.
On Jan. 7, 2023, Rose posted a screenshot of her Instagram notifications on Twitter showing that Gay had started following her, writing, “So I’m being followed again after her Ride or Die was convicted yesterday…WILD!” #RHOSLC @BravoTV.”
Gay has supported Jen Shah through her legal battles while she and Rose were going through a rough patch in their friendship in Season 3. “I think good people can do bad things and she claims she is innocent,” Gay said back in June 2021, well before Shah pleaded guilty. “Even if she’s… wrongly convicted, she can make things right. She can redeem herself.”
It’s unclear when Gay unfollowed Rose, but the two were on rocky ground in Season 3 of RHOSLC and the second cousins have also spoken out about their “friendship break.”
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Rose and Gay’s friendship took a hit on Season 3 of RHOSLC after Rose said Gay heard a rumor about her co-star Lisa Barlow, but Gay denied hearing it. During the December 14 episode, Rose said she was taking a “friendship break” from Gay.
Afterwards, Gay told Us Weekly’s Getting Real with the Housewives podcast that she was confused about what happened to their friendship. “I’ve been watching the episodes with America, and every week it seems like we’re digging a deeper and deeper hole to get out,” she said.
Gay told the outlet that she’s looked at many of her friendships as she’s grown as a person and has had a hard time evaluating her friendship with Rose. “The way it just went away overnight I feel like our friendship just went up in smoke and I’m not sure how to fix that,” she shared.
Gay said she wasn’t sure what she did wrong and how to move on with Rose. Rose, on the other hand, opened up about their friendship on Watch What Happens Live in November 2022, saying Gay talked about the cast behind their backs and let the fame go to their heads more than the others.
On January 6, Shah was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to wire fraud in July 2022. Gay has yet to publicly comment on Shah’s sentencing, but fans have speculated that Rose shadowed Shah after the sentencing.
“Season 3 of #rhoslc has been busy and very difficult,” Rose shared on Instagram a few hours after Shah’s sentencing on Jan. 6, Page Six reported. “Packaging it with such a fun show was the perfect way to end a difficult season,” she said alongside the photo of her WWHL performance with Julia Fox. “The darkness is gone, light is upon us.”
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