‘RHOC’ Noella Bergener On if She’s Open to Reconciling With Heather, Says Heather Perceives Her as a “Threat”

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On the last episode of Real Housewives of Orange County, Heather Dubrow claimed Noella Bergener gave her daughter pornography.

The gift was actually a Pride-themed card game, which Noella purchased through Amazon.

In an interview with Page Six, Noella discussed the ongoing feud, saying Heather was “the only person I never had that deeper level of connection with.”

She went on to say, “I get that she perceives me as a threat and wants to keep me at arm’s length because I’m being honest.”

Unbeknownst to Noella, the card game had sexually explicit material. The star explained, “If I knew what was in it, I would not have given it as a gift to anybody.” She described the content as “insanely inappropriate.”

“I literally went on Amazon and put in ‘LGBTQ+ gifts for teenagers’ and if it’s bisexual-friendly, even better. I just bought the first five things and put it in a nice little rainbow bag with rainbow tissue paper,” she said. “Obviously, the thought was there. Obviously, I meant no malice.”

The Bravo star added, “Me going out of my way as a bi woman to give a bi girl — who celebrates her sexuality in a very beautiful way, as do I — I didn’t think that that could ever be twisted into something that’s pretty disgusting and pretty gross and pretty dark . . . Leave it to Heather to take this magnificent moment of celebration and turn it into something that just makes my skin crawl.”

Noella’s relationship with Heather was different than what she expected: “As somebody who’s watched the show, I always thought that she was phenomenal. I had no clue that we’d be bumping heads. That was nothing I wanted. I was very happy to just be in her presence.”

“When I found out that [Heather] was putting on a facade and I went deeper,” said Noella. “It was like, ‘Oh s—t.’ [It was a] never-meet-your-heroes kind of thing.”

The star is still open to the possibility of a friendship with Heather. “I’m hopeful. I think that everyone’s capable of change and growth,” she said. “That’s what we’re here on this planet to do and I will never say never. I’ve forgiven far worse.”

She explained, “If [Heather]’s game, then I’m game. But it’s hard because so much has happened and honestly, I do feel like the injured party in it.”

Despite her relationship with Heather, Noella is grateful for the other castmates, who have “really shown up” for her throughout the divorce.

“I’m eternally grateful for that,” she expressed.

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