'RHOP': Candiace Dillard Bassett Responds To Critics After Defending Rival Ashley Darby During Nicki Minaj Questioning
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'RHOP': Candiace Dillard Bassett Responds To Critics After Defending Rival Ashley Darby During Nicki Minaj Questioning

Candiace Dillard Bassett and Ashley Darby’s friendship is a rollercoaster. The two Real Housewives of Potomac stars started off as friends but have since traded jabs at one another for the past several seasons.


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Recently, the two appear to have buried the hatchet, or at least is trying to make an effort to move forward amicably. Things must be going well enough for Dillard to defend Darby at the reunion despite arguing with her moments before.

Candiace Dillard Bassett explains her defense of Ashley Darby

As reunion show co-host Nicki Minaj went in on Darby for bringing up rumors about Wendy Osefo’s husband just weeks after giving birth to her first child, she also questioned why Darby attended the girls trip in the first place.

“I think she gave birth like literally two weeks into filming. But she got work. We got work,” Dillard told Minaj. Fans were stunned by Dillard’s interjection and praised her for standing up for Darby in that way.

Dillard took to Twitter to explain her reaction. “Listen, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ Okay? My knee-jerk reaction is always to defend people against pressure, especially when it feels unfair. I wasn’t thinking about how sh*tty and trifling she had been to me in the past. I just reacted,” she wrote.

She also took a moment to take shots at her critics who complain about her slanderous tongue. “This is y’all’s problem w/this show. You all follow the leader and participate in groupthink, so Candiace can’t be multidimensional. I will always try & defend u if I feel you’re being done wrong. & I’ll cuss you the f–k out if you try and do me wrong. It’s called balance,” she added.

Ashley Darby says her relationship with Candiace Dillard Bassett is complicated

Darby clearly appreciated Dillard’s support. She took to Instagram to show her on-again-off-again nemesis some love with a photo of the two of them from the Season 6 reunion, captioned, “It’s beautifully complicated.”

During the reunion, Dillard tearfully explained that while she does enjoy Darby’s company and the two once had a budding friendship, she finds it hard to forgive Darby for writing a character letter for Monique Samuels in her countersuit against Dillard following Samuels and Dillard’s physical fight last season. Still, the two are hopeful they can move forward in a positive direction.

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