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So Many Questions: Reality TV teaches Katie Maloney of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ lessons in trust |

So Many Questions: Reality TV teaches Katie Maloney of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ lessons in trust

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Actress Katie Maloney attends Benefit Cosmetic's National Wing Women Weekend VIP Launch at Space 15 Twenty on Sept. 26, 2014 in Los Angeles.

If nothing else, having her life filmed for Bravo’s reality series “Vanderpump Rules” has paved the way for Katie Maloney to experience the ultimate learning experience.

The drama focuses on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” alum Lisa Vanderpump and her staff at Vanderpump’s West Hollywood restaurant SUR. As expected, it’s hard to tell allies from enemies, as Maloney has discovered when rumors began to swirl questioning the fidelity of her longtime boyfriend, Tom Schwartz.

What she does know, however, is that the truth always comes out in the end.

Season 3 of “Vanderpump Rules” airs at 9 p.m. Mondays on Bravo.

Question: Have you ever regretted having a camera there to broadcast some pretty personal moments?

Answer: I wouldn’t necessarily say I regret it. They’re not proud moments, but, at the end of the day, I did sign up for it, and I am getting in control of my actions. It’s not necessarily regretting cameras being there, it’s regretting what I was doing, because I would have done it whether there were cameras there or not.

You get to see that mirror that no one else gets to see — no one else gets to watch their most drunk night, their most humiliating night ever. But it’s a learning experience; so, as much as you want to say, “Yeah, I kind of regret it,” you can’t really — you really kind of learn and grow from it. You have to be forthright about a lot of things.

Q: At what point in a relationship do you have to give rumors some kind of acknowledgment?

A: Oh, gosh. I would say having some kind of concrete evidence, because I think the trust you have with your partner, that’s what you lead with. But, when things do start to click and things do start to make sense — maybe stories change and things don’t match up, and there might be gray areas, and someone might be evading the conversations about it — then, I think, maybe, you need to take it more seriously. But, other than that, just trust the person you’re with and don’t take the rumors seriously until there is some kind of concrete, real, strong evidence leading to the truth.

Q: How do you know whether someone is out to destroy your relationship or they’re genuinely looking out for you?

A: If it’s my best friend and they’re coming to me with the most earnest intentions, and I can see that and sense that, then I can see they’re looking out for me. It’s the people that aren’t closest to me that way, who don’t come straight to me, they just start rumors — it’s like, “Why are you talking about this? Why don’t you come to me and talk about it?” Because, obviously, you’re not looking out for me, you’re just trying to hurt my relationship.

Q: If, in our hearts we know what to do, why are we sometimes afraid to do it?

A: I think it’s just a couple things. We get comfortable where we are, and having a destruction in that is unsettling, and I think you don’t want to branch out, you just more or less want to lie to yourself and say that what is happening isn’t happening. For me, I think it’s been that fear of “Yeah, everything’s been great so I’m just going to kind of push that down and live in this happy moment.” But you might not really be happy — it may just be smoke and mirrors. But I think it’s really hard to take a step back and assess and think about something that’s really the right thing for yourself. It’s scary.

Q: At the end of the day, does the truth always come out?

A: At the end of the day, the truth definitely always comes out.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at [email protected], 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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