While feuding duo Guerdy Abraira and Larsa Pippen shared a touching moment together at a church in Mexico on last week's episode of The Real Housewives of Miami Season 6 (streaming on Hayu), Abraira teased that things heat up again, especially at the reunion.
"We filmed the reunion and that was definitely spicy," Abraira told Yahoo Canada. "We had words, many of them actually, and I made my stance very clear."
"We went back and forth, and you will have to watch to see ... how it does or doesn't resolve itself, and if we're going to move forward."
'Larsa just literally doesn't understand the severity'
Abraira and Pippen certainly haven't always seen eye-to-eye, but this season things were taken up a notch when Abraira shared her breast cancer diagnosis with Pippen, asking her to take the information "in confidence," while Abraira figured out how she wanted to tell the other women in the cast.
Fast forward to a party six hours later, we see Pippen not only telling the other Real Housewives ladies, but Pippen's personal friends as well.
"Larsa just literally doesn't understand the severity and the delicate subject that we're talking about," Abraira said. "Recently, I think that she's given the reason to bloggers and podcasts that she thought I meant keep it in confidence from the bloggers and TMZ. No."
"The first sentence I said, I'm not ready to share with the girls so please keep it confidential, and then she makes a joke about, 'Oh, I'm going to go call TMZ.' I didn't bring media at all into it. So for her to spin it, ... it is what it is. The viewers see what they saw, nothing was edited to make anyone look a certain way."
Abraira also stressed that she didn't see the extent of the conversations about her breast cancer until she watched the final episodes of the show, just like the viewers.
"I did not even know the lack of care and the gossip-like behaviour about my cancer," Abraira said. "I was flabbergasted because the entire time, while we're filming, the girls behind-the-scenes are saying, 'Guerdy, she really felt bad. She really was concerned about you,' and then I'm watching the scene and I'm like, she tells two people that I don't even know."
"It takes you back, then you get riled up again, because I just couldn't believe what I was watching. The viewers are watching this with me and I didn't see this side. ... So that's why you see me moving on in the next episodes, like OK, you meant well, you slipped, but let's move on. Until I find out recently when I'm watching these, I'm like no, there was no caring about this information. So that's where it gets a little bit messy."
'I never thought I was going to be that role model'
Amid all the drama and fighting on Real Housewives of Miami, something fans can really appreciate about Abraira is her attempt to put these spats into perspective for the women.
"It's such a rollercoaster of emotions that I'm going through, because what viewers may not know is that I had found out a week before filming that it was invasive and that I had to start this [cancer] journey," Abraira said. "So lots of tumultuous emotions going on and then you put me in this environment with my friends who, some of them are so self-centred, it's trying to put things into perspective, to be like, 'Hey guys, it's not about the material things, it's about your health, your life, your family first."
"It's a little message I'm trying to spread, but I'm not too sure if it gets across."
Early in Season 6, we see Abraira highlight that in her cancer journey, it was difficult to find information about the breast cancer experience for Black women. Now Abraira has shared her journey with the public, becoming that person Black women can look to for guidance.
"I never thought I was going to be that role model, but I ended up tapping myself on the shoulder and saying, someone's got to do this," Abraira recalled. "There is a discrepancy in representation in the cancer world."
"It is very, very important to share, because if you don't share then it's unknown. And the reasons why a lot of people in that community don't really get services is because they, number one, may not even know about cancer, they don't have the resources. They don't have all the the playbook details. I'm just here to say, proactively check on yourself, even if you're not in pain. Because I wasn't in pain, I was going for my regular mammogram. ... And the earlier you detect, the better, because you have a better chance of surviving."
Abraira highlighted that she was Stage 1B, meaning the tumour was classified as early-stage breast cancer, but even at that stage, she had toxic shock on the first round of chemotherapy.
"I almost could have died," Abraira said. "So you never even know, despite the level of the cancer that you're on, because you just have to take precautionary measures. It's all about sharing, sharing, sharing."
That sharing even includes moments that Abraira regrets when looking back, including talking about not wanting to get a mastectomy.
I'm alive. I'm with my family and I'm very loved. So I'm happy.
"I do feel bad that I made it seem as if it was beneath me to have a mastectomy," Abraira said. "Obviously, when things are what they are, and you have to do what you've got to do, I would have gotten one. But I was just in my feelings. ... I do regret that part."
Describing where she is now, Abraira says she "feels great."
"There are definitely a few grievances here and there, physically, that are not all back to normal, like neuropathy," Abraira said. "My radiation burns that are still there. I still have a scar from the toxic injection, from the chemo. My hair, I have two little bald spot areas that I'm still trying to grow out."
"But none of it matters because guess what, I'm sitting here. I'm alive. I'm with my family and I'm very loved. So I'm happy."