Emily Simpson hopes the arrest of Shannon Beador, her “Real Housewives of Orange County” co-star for drunk driving, will serve as a wake-up call.
“I feel like we’ve seen her skyrocket,” Simpson, 47, told “Entertainment Tonight” in an interview published Thursday.
“We had conversations, as actors, about her, worrying about her.”
Simpson acknowledged that sometimes a person needs to hit rock bottom before they can realize, “Yeah, maybe I need help.” »
Despite the couple’s turbulent past, the lawyer “sincerely” hopes that “it is [Beador’s] ‘aha’ lowest moment.
Simpson also hopes that the Real for Real founder, 59, will “take responsibility and recognize what happened and how serious it was,” noting that she wants her to “accept this and change for the better.”
Beador’s peers have expressed concern about her drinking habits in the past, but their concern has grown exponentially over the past year amid her relationship with on-again, off-again boyfriend John Janssen.
In fact, on the currently airing season of the Bravo reality show, Simpson joked during a confessional that Beador needed a breathalyzer attached to his phone that would prevent him from getting drunk while calling the ladies late at night to complain about Janssen – only to forget the next one. day.
“I feel like there’s always a little bit of reality in a joke,” Simpson admitted to “ET.”
Although Bravolebrities aren’t often on the friendliest terms, Simpson said she and Beador “sent a quick text” after the former received a screenshot of a headline about the second, which left her “in shock”.
“I just asked her how she was, and I said, ‘I hope you’re okay, and if you need anything, please, you can contact us,’ and it was basically everything,” Simpson explained of the duo’s exchange.
She said she hasn’t contacted Beador since because she “probably needed space.”
“At some point I’m going to text and call to see how she’s doing,” Simpson made sure to add.
Beador was arrested in Newport Beach, California, on Saturday evening after she crashed her car into a house and drove off.
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She allegedly parked her vehicle in the middle of a nearby road and “tried to act like she was just walking her puppy,” Archie, when police arrived.
Beador was taken into custody and booked into jail on two misdemeanor charges: driving under the influence of alcohol and hit-and-run.
She was released Sunday morning on $2,500 bail.
Her lawyer, Mike Fell, told Page Six that his client was “extremely sorry and remorseful” and was “ready to accept full responsibility for her actions.”
Although Beador has yet to speak out about the situation, she appears to have been injured in the accident.
Earlier this week, she was spotted with what looked like a bruise on her face and an apparent sling around her arm.