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O.C. Housewives' Tamra Barney: I Don't Care What Slade Smiley Says About Me! (Really?)

If that's hissing you're hearing, it's probably coming from the O.C.
/ Source: E!online

If that's hissing you're hearing, it's probably coming from the O.C.

The catfighting appears to be on an endless loop over there in the land of The Real Housewives of Orange County.

And I'm not just talking about the mud-slinging reunion show...

READ: Orange Country drama galore

Tamra Barney is fighting back once again. Her war of words with Slade Smiley escalated yesterday when Gretchen Rossi's controversial boyfriend defended himself against her claims he was a deadbeat dad.

He also slammed Barney for what he says is trying to contact his son Grayson's mother, Michelle Arroyo.

"We became friends through a mutual friend," Barney tells me of her relationship with Smiley's ex. "I feel extremely sorry for her and my heart breaks for her and Grayson. Michelle is a very strong woman and went out of her way to contact me today to tell me that she was proud of me for standing up for her and Grayson and to keep my head up."

Despite their very public displays of hatred, Barney says Smiley's words don't hurt her. "While he accused me of many false and bold lies throughout the entire season, I am not crying to the press about them," she said. "Why? Simply because his allegations are false. The bottom line is that I don't care what Slade has to say about me. Like Gretchen, he thrives on lies and manipulation."

We have a feeling this feud won't be ending anytime soon.

What do you think? Are you Team Tamra or Team Slade? Sound off below.

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(Originally published June 14, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. PT)