It may be too late to say sorry.
An insider tells Page Six that Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute hoped to apologize directly to Faith Stowers after they called the police to investigate her for a crime she did not commit, but Stowers was not receptive.
The former “Vanderpump Rules” stars tried to get Stowers’ contact information via a mutual friend and her publicist, but Stowers was not interested in chatting with the duo, the source told us Monday.
The attempt at making amends came after Schroeder, 31, and Doute, 37, apologized for their racist behavior in two separate, lengthy statements posted to Instagram last week. Stowers maintained at the time that she had not heard from them directly.
“Although, my actions were not racially driven, I am now completely aware of how my privilege blinded me from the reality of law enforcement’s treatment of the black community, and how dangerous my actions would have been to her. It never was my intention to add to the injustice and imbalance. I’m ashamed, embarrassed, and incredibly sorry. I will do better. I have to do better,” Doute wrote at the time.
Meanwhile, an expectant Schroeder wrote, “My emotions over something that happened between our friends outweighed my logic, and there is no excuse for that. I did not recognize then the serious ramifications that could have transpired because of my actions. What I did to Faith was wrong. I apologize and I do not expect forgiveness.”
Stowers exclusively told Page Six last week that she felt the statements weren’t enough.
“After a lot of pressure from their supporters and ‘Vanderpump’ supporters, they decided to DM me. And when I say they, I don’t mean Stassi. I mean Kristen Doute, and I believe her name is Jackie Schimmel, who runs ‘Bitch Bible’ podcast [where Schroeder bragged about calling the police on Stowers],” she said. “They reached out through DMs. But like I said, that was after people were just like, ‘No. You guys can’t do a statement. You guys gotta reach out personally’ and that’s when they did. For me it’s a step, but I feel like, what I said, it’s not going to take one or two days. The things that they were doing, they’re going to have to take time for themselves and grow. And so as far as Stassi goes, no. She never reached out to me personally. I believe Kristen and Stassi’s statements came out like within minutes of each other —seconds — and they were really uniform. So I think I should be thanking their publicist or their team because it was very similar.”
“I’ve hurt people before and I’ve tried to apologize to them,” she continued. “Some people did not receive me, but I think that the people that did, they know me, they know I’m very sincere and I would try to get on a phone call with them. I would try to speak to them in person and let them know, ‘Listen. I’m sorry for what I did to you. I apologize for what I did to you and how I made you feel and if you don’t mind, please tell me what you had to go through so I know how I hurt you.’ And that what this all is about. Even a movement is people educating themselves on what we had to really go through as black people. Only then can you understand why this fight needs to happen because it’s out there, what we have to go through and I don’t think Kristen and Stassi even know what I went through.”
Still, Stowers said that she “forgave them two years ago” when the comments were first made.
“I already forgave, forgiven them because as a Christian, that’s what I’m taught to do,” she explained. “My parents taught me to forgive people. But as far as knowing the difference for forgiving somebody and giving them time to grow, that’s two different things. I know for a fact they need to grow on their own. So I forgive you, but you have to do the work to show the world and everyone else that you’re ready to be the face of anything. So, yeah, I wish them luck on their journey with that.”
The women continue to face consequences for their actions as brands have dropped the stars, their wine collaboration was pulled from shelves and Schroeder’s podcast was pulled from all platforms.
A rep for Stowers did not return our request for comment.
Doute and Schroeder’s rep declined to comment on the matter, but confirmed that the duo tried to reach out multiple times to apologize to Stowers directly.
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