'The Valley': Janet Caperna and Zack Wickham's Friendship in Hits Rough Patch

"Janet is a high-key mean girl," Zack says during Season 1 of 'The Valley.' "And she's good at hiding it, which is the craziest part."

Allison DeGrushe - Author
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May 14 2024, Published 2:07 p.m. ET

Zack Wickham and Janet Caperna pose for their official 'The Valley' Season 1 portraits.
Source: Felix Kunze/Gizelle Hernandez/Bravo

Season 1 of Bravo's hit reality show The Valley is hurtling toward its finale, but tensions among the cast only escalate. In fact, it appears there's a great deal of drama revolving around Janet and Jason Caperna's babymoon.

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As it turns out, not everyone makes the guest list — including Zack Wickham. In a sneak peek for the May 14 episode, his emotional breakdown unfolds as he wrestles with Janet's seemingly random decision to exclude him from the fun-filled trip.

This revelation leaves fans speculating: What happened between Zack and Janet? Are they still friends, or has a rift emerged? Here's what we know.

Zack Wickham, in a flannel cut-off, black backwards baseball cap, and a long blonde wig, smiles at Janet Caperna in Season 1 of 'The Valley.'
Source: Casey Durkin/Bravo
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So, are Zack and Janet from 'The Valley' still friends?

At the time of writing, Zack and Janet don’t appear to be friends anymore. A quick scroll on social media suggests they might have gone their separate ways, as they don't follow each other on Instagram.

Zack also frequently shares photos with Kristen Doute on Instagram, who just so happens to be Janet's "enemy." Thus, Zack's tight-knit bond with the former Vanderpump Rules cast member strongly implies that he and Janet are no longer on good terms.

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Plus, on the May 10 episode of Scheana Shay's podcast Scheananigans, Janet briefly opens up about where she and Zack currently stand and why she's "very happy" with her decision to exclude him from her babymoon.

"I had a gut feeling I will say, like, specifically about Zack. You know, we hadn't spoken for two years before my birthday … for a lot of reasons," Janet explained. "I had a gut [feeling] for not wanting to invite him on my babymoon, and I will say that after some recent events, I feel very happy that I made that choice."

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Scheana chimed in, saying that Janet made the "best decision" she could have in a difficult situation. The host continued, "I think for Zack to sit there and be like, 'Janet and I are in a great place, why would I not be invited? Is it because I'm not in a couple? I'm being singled out.' Like no, bro, it's [because of] the things you've said and the things you've done over the past two years."

Janet further elaborated, "I didn't speak to him for two years … and then a couple weeks later, I'm choosing who I'm going to spend a weekend in a house with and not be able to escape, and I'm like, 'Who am I comfortable being under the same roof as for three days?' And he wasn't it. I had a gut feeling that I shouldn't invite him, and I feel very happy and vindicated with the choice I made."

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Zack claims that Janet is "high-key a mean girl."

Now, let's dive into that clip from the May 14 episode of The Valley. So, after learning from Jax Taylor that he's not invited to Janet and Jason's babymoon, Zack struggles to hold back tears at Kristen Doute's clothing line event. The girls attempt to comfort Zack, but he tells them this "really hurts" because he thought he and Janet "were in a good place."

"I have literally defended Janet 1,000 times over," Zack exclaims in front of everyone.

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In a confessional, Nia Booko tells the cameras that Zack's reaction makes her "really sad" because she believes he is "collateral damage." She notes, "He's friends with Kristen, so is that why he's not getting invited?"

Although a few fellow cast members assure Zack that he and Janet are in a good place, he doesn't believe them. And, in his own confessional, he calls Janet a "mean girl."

"You want to talk about mean girl behavior? Janet is a high-key mean girl," he states. "Not just low — she's high, low, she's medium, she's every type of a mean girl there is. And she's good at hiding it, which is the craziest part."

Watch The Valley on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo. Stream the next day on Peacock.

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