Each and every time two Real Housewives reveal they were friends before the show, a toaster oven cookbook gets its wings. And with good reason: If two Real Housewives become friends before they are part of the same reality series ensemble, then that means they enter the show with a history. And when Bravolebrities have a pre-show history, it adds a special and incomparable layer to the show. The only bond more beautiful than a friendship forged on reality TV is a Bravolebrity friendship that existed long before the cameras were rolling.
Consider Real Housewives of Beverly Hills spinoff Vanderpump Rules: That show probably would not be the same masterpiece that it is if the cast hadn't met each other years and years before the show was a twinkle in Bravo’s eye. (Rumor has it that Bravo's eyeball looks exactly like one of the shot glasses from the Watch What Happens Live Clubhouse shotski, but again, that is a totally unconfirmed piece of tittle-tattle.)
Below you will find pairs of Real Housewives who have been friends for decades. You will find pairs of Real Housewives who struck up a friendship shortly before being on a Real Housewives program together. You will find pairs of pre-Real Housewives friends who remained friends on the Real Housewives. You will find pairs of Real Housewives whose friendship has been put to the test on the Real Housewives. You will find pairs of Real Housewives who were friends once upon a time, but are no longer on good terms. And you will find pairs of Real Housewives who got a real kick out of a rumor about their cast mate possibly defecating into a bag at some point. Just trying to cover all of the bases here.