What Really Happened Between Denise Richards and Brandi Glanville on 'RHOBH'?


Aug. 19 2020, Updated 10:51 a.m. ET

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Things are getting tense on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. On Season 10 of the Bravo reality series, cast member Denise Richards has been the source of a lot of drama — from getting upset at her co-stars for discussing raunchy moments in front of her daughters, to dealing with the allegations that she had an affair with RHOBH alum Brandi Glanville.

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The issues are so extreme that there were rumors that Denise had quit the series mid-season, while the cast took a trip to Rome. She later denied exiting the show, but much of the season's most jaw-dropping moments do center around her. 

What's the deal with the Denise and Brandi drama on RHOBH? Details on the salacious speculation, and what the two have said.

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What's going on between Denise Richards and Brandi Glanville?

After months of teasing it on the show, the details of the alleged months-long affair between Denise and Brandi are about to be revealed. The Daily Mail was the first outlet to report on the affair between the two back in January of 2020.

According to Brandi, she and Denise were sexually intimate. Though Denise has been married to Aaron Phypers since 2018, Brandi said that Denise told her that their marriage was open. Denise has denied being more than friends with Brandi.

When did Brandi Glanville and Denise Richards start their alleged affair?

According to The Daily Mail, Denise and Brandi‘s relationship began in early 2019, and lasted through the middle of that year. Denise also reportedly misled Brandi, saying that she and Aaron were in an open relationship when that wasn't actually the case. A source told the outlet at the time that Brandi was upset that Denise had lied to her. 

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The rest of the cast found out about the purported affair while filming, but their exact reactions have yet to be seen on the show. In teasers for the series, Denise has discussed how a "secret" has the potential to end her marriage to Aaron. 

Viewers have already seen Aaron insert himself into the group by defending Denise's frustration about the explicit conversations that her daughters overheard at her barbecue. 

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In April of 2020, cast member Erika Jayne confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that Denise had sent the cast and the crew cease and desist letters to end the discussions surrounding her alleged tryst with Brandi. 

"Let me say this — I'm gonna go on the record — sending a cease and desist to [the network and your co-stars], that's like trying to break the house in Vegas. The house always wins. Don't be stupid," Erika said. "Save your money."

In the same interview, Erika also confirmed that Brandi had compelling text message receipts to corroborate her side of the story. But, she also admitted that the issue was far more complicated.

"Brandi's part of the story is backed up by receipts. But, there are always two sides to every story, and both women will have the chance to tell their complete story," Erika said.

The "Painkillr" singer also called the drama between the two a "slow burn," meaning that viewers might be waiting until much later on in the season to find out what exactly went down. 

RHOBH airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo. 

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