In fact, things became so intense for Stephanie Hollman one season of The Real Housewives of Dallas that she had to think long and hard about her future on the show. “When Brandi [Redmond] and I weren’t talking [during] season 2, I had a hard time going back that season. That was probably the hardest because I didn’t want to break something that was so fragile. I felt like I didn’t know if it was a repairable friendship and I was nervous that if I went on, it would never get back to normal,” Stephanie said during a recent interview with Life Style. “So that was probably the one time I didn’t know if that was the right thing… I wasn’t talking to my best friend and our relationship was horrible, and I feel like for me, there was just so much to lose. So it was a hard decision.”
Of course, Stephanie and Brandi were ultimately able to get their friendship back on track later on in Season 2 of RHOD (clip above), and we’ve loved watching all of their hijinks and heartwarming moments on the show since then.
Being on a reality TV show can cause some tension in other personal relationships, such as a marriage. “It takes a lot of time away from your family whenever you’re filming, so I think that’s part of it. You have to really prioritize and make sure you’re there for the important things, and then sometimes, in my interviews or on the show,” Stephanie told Life Style. “I will say something that hurts Travis’ feelings or vice versa, and also emotionally it’s draining on me, so I think a lot of the times whenever you’re an emotional basket case, it can put a strain on a relationship.”
That’s why Stephanie said she and husband Travis Hollman have started going back to couples therapy. “We had gone a little bit in the past if something would come up — we would go there just to work out any differences we would have. But season 1, we went because you do hear about being a part of a franchise like this where people do get divorced and it is hard on a marriage, I’m not gonna lie,” Stephanie shared. “So we started doing it just for that because I didn’t want to lose sight of what was important and I didn’t want him to resent me or me to resent him, so it’s kind of a way to check in with each other and you have somebody there that keeps you in line, which I think is important.”
Stephanie previously opened up to The Daily Dish Podcast about the importance of making time for just her and Travis. “We always try to do something like once a year, even if it’s a couple retreat or something to kind of reconnect,” she explained. “Recently, we’ve been going on walks every night so we’ll go on four-mile, sweaty, really romantic walks where we’ll just talk about our day. I always feel like I’m a big proponent of marriage therapy because it’s easy sometimes to have marriage be all about the children and all about work and not about talking about the issues that really bother him and I.”