Nov. 12, 2013 at 7:35 AM ET
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump has often sided with and defended co-star and friend Brandi Glanville from the other ladies when the latter joined the reality show in season two, but don't expect too much more of the same this year.
"You'll see a different side of Lisa this season," Glanville, who had a falling out with her former pal during the filming of season four, told TODAY.
"I think you can see, just from the first episode, her closeness with that woman that was having an affair with my husband," the former model said of Vanderpump and "Vanderpump Rules" star Scheana Marie. "(Lisa) always told me (Sheana) was just an employee to her, and it seems like it's much more than that. And as we go, I find out other things. It just really hurts me."
The season premiere episode showed Vanderpump treating the younger woman, who works as a server at SUR, almost like a daughter, buying her a gown worth hundreds of dollars as a birthday gift. This came after a tense meeting last season in which Glanville confronted the young aspiring singer about having a relationship with her ex-husband, Eddie Cibrian, while Glanville was pregnant with the couple's second child.
Glanville said that her friendship with the motherly restaurateur didn't come to an abrupt end. Instead, what viewers will see is their relationship slowly unravel.
"It's not like, 'Tonight! Second episode, we're not friends anymore,' " Glanville said. "It takes a while for everything to unfold. So ... we do the same banter for most of the season."
The other drama, like the disintegration of Glanville and Vanderpump's friendship, will come more slowly this season than what fans may be accustomed to on "RHOBH." But the former model assured that the epic fights the show is known for are certainly on the way.
"The first part, we're just picking up from where last season left off, and we're all in the same place and everything's fine and normal," Glanville explained. "And then we go on vacation together! ... But really, that's when the crap hits the fan."
Newcomers Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud de Ohoven found themselves smack in the middle of existing fights when the season started, but Glanville assured that the two new ladies will find their own stories.
"They definitely have conflicts with other people," the former model said. "They find their own drama for sure ... eventually."
But first, they have to find their own footing among the group.
"It's hard when people come in and we're fighting about things they weren't involved in," Glanville said. "We all have our past issues that don't have much to do with them, so I feel like it's not fair for them to get involved in these agrugments that took place before they were on the show and have nothing to do with them.
"I've said to both of them, 'My issues with this person have nothing to do with you.' There's no taking sides in my life," Glanville explained. "Carlton is kind of like, 'Cool, that's great.' And the other one just jumps right into the fighting with everyone!"
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Bravo.