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Billie Lee Details Uncomfortable Filming Experiences With Jax Taylor On Vanderpump Rules!

Billie Lee recalled a series of uncomfortable filming experiences she shared with Jax Taylor on Vanderpump Rules amid calls for his firing from the show. “I had some of the hardest times with that show and a lot of my mental health took its toll,” she told Page Six.

“I slipped into a really bad depression … and when the suicidal thoughts came in, that’s when I knew I had to really, like, check my mental health and get back into order and disconnect myself from the whole ‘Vanderpump’ stuff.”

Lee claimed that she had unsettling encounters with her former co-stars along the way — and more than one involved Taylor. “Jax and a lot of people were very kind to me on Pride when I first met them and in front of the cameras,” she alleged, claiming that after they were introduced, “he was almost coming on to [her].”

“When the cameras were off later that day, he told me a story about how he hung out with a girl and kissed her and found out she was a dude and it grossed him out and made it clear that he’s not into that,” she claimed. “And so for me, I was very like, ‘Oh, 360. Like, you’re coming on to me in front of the camera. But off-camera, you’re making it clear that being trans is gross and you are not down for that.'”

She claimed she continually “tried to correct him” about using proper terminology regarding the trans community, but Taylor “would be annoyed by it.”

“He just wasn’t having it,” she alleged. “He just was very much keeping his distance. He just did not want me around.”

Lee also claimed that Taylor spread a rumor among the cast that she was hooking up with Tom Sandoval behind his girlfriend Ariana Madix’s back because “Tom was sticking up for me as a trans woman and trying to put Jax in his place.”

She then alleged that she was hurt when a producer told her that Taylor said he did not want to film with her because he “didn’t want to risk his career” over accidentally offending her or any transgender viewers.

“He said, ‘Yeah, I didn’t want you around because I don’t want everything I worked hard for to be taken away. We shouldn’t have to tippytoe around Billie because she’s trans,’” she told Page Six, also claiming that Taylor admitting to saying this was cut from the Season 7 reunion.

While she says she does not regret going on the show, she admits that she continues to struggle with the aftermath of being on “Vanderpump Rules.”

“They have a system on how they pay their newcomers and it starts out at a low scale,” she explained while describing her financial difficulties. “But even during the show, behind the scenes, I was struggling to pay my bills, but I couldn’t tell anyone because here I am famous and on a show and as a trans activist I’m supposed to represent this certain thing.”

She then struggled emotionally when she saw how the footage was edited into episodes. “It was all about being the token — villainizing me, and throwing me out. It was just horrible,” she said. “But I didn’t say anything. I couldn’t say anything at the time. I was very scared. I was silent. My team told me that I should just keep my cool. And so as an activist, it just really, really messed with my head.”

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