Heather Gay is no longer Jain Shah’s “ride or die” best friend after the former reality star’s conviction for wire fraud.
Although Gay, 48, stood by Shah during Season 3 of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” she said “everything changed for me when he pleaded guilty.”
“I was labeled ride or die because I had a friend who was watching me and telling me she was innocent,” Gay explained to Us Weekly on Monday.
“My focus now is on the victims and his family and the collateral damage of the crime he perpetuated and admitted to perpetuating,” he continued. “And I just hope that everybody can be healed.”
Shah maintained his innocence until July 2022 when he shocked the world — and his closest friends — by pleading guilty before the case went to trial.
He was later sentenced to six and a half years in prison for creating a nationwide telemarketing scheme, which primarily targeted the elderly.
Although Shah was a no-show at the recent “RHOSLC” reunion, that didn’t stop his co-stars from talking about their legal woes.
In fact, it was revealed that Shah and husband Sharif asked some of their friends to help them pay their mounting legal fees.
“I didn’t give them money, but I know the people on that couch did,” claimed Gay, “given” by “friend of the cast” Angie Harrington. [the Shahs] money.”
Despite being “overwhelmed with grief” about the situation, Gay isn’t ready to give up on the same-sex friendship entirely.
“She said she committed fraud and she’s going to jail and she’s getting $15 million and I think it’s just a shame for the world for me to be mean to her or mad at her. Benevolent and does no good to anyone,” he said. A reunion
“And I’m so down with it, I won’t leave it now.”
The marketing pro is set to begin her prison sentence on February 17, and with her absent, it looks like Mary Cosby is returning as a “friend of the cast” to shake things up.
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