Cedric Martinez Slams Lisa Vanderpump After Their Massive Fallout ‘She Was Very Controlling!’

Posted on Jan 24 2017 - 7:39pm by Terri L. Austin

Remember those days back in season one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, when the drama didn’t focus on panties—or lack thereof—and Lisa Vanderpump had a gay houseguest that wouldn’t leave?

Cedric Martinez was like a second son to Lisa. He lived with her, worked with her, was her confidant and bestie. Later, Lisa and Ken found out that Cedric’s tragic childhood story was all a lie. But now he says she orchestrated the whole scenario, and he was nothing but a dupe.

Cedric has come out of the woodwork and is once again painting Lisa as an egocentric puppet master. He spoke about his time on RHOBH to Kate Casey on her Reality Life podcast.

Cedric had worked for Lisa and Ken for over a decade before they moved to Beverly Hills and opened Villa Blanca. In 2009, Cedric moved with them to help establish the restaurant. He claims he received no salary and worked 14 hours a day, sometimes as a waiter, but always as Lisa’s unpaid personal assistant. The show may have portrayed him as living in the lap of luxury, but he assures us that was not the case.

“This was not real life – I worked 14 hours a day and I wasn’t getting paid.”

I’m taking this all with a big old grain of salt, but his story is interesting.

Before filming, Lisa and Ken were like “family” to Cedric. He said Lisa:

“…has a very generous spirit and a very generous heart and when she heard my story, she felt like she wanted to protect me, so she welcomed me into the family… It was wonderful.”

So wonderful, that Cedric now complains that he was at the mercy of Lisa and Ken, totally dependent on them for his very existence—you know, since he wasn’t getting paid and all.

When Lisa secretly interviewed for the show, she told no one, but mentioned her gay “houseguest.” Cedric says:

“It piqued the interest of production, so she got a call back and they insisted that we do the audition together at the house.”

But by the time production called, almost a year later, Cedric and Lisa weren’t speaking. He’d moved out of the house. She called him, apologized “in her way” and asked him to pretend that he still lived with them.

According to Cedric, their argument centered on his failed relationship with Lance Bass. Cedric found Lance cheating on him, and broke it off. Lisa urged Cedric to stay with Lance because it would be good for business.

“I understand her thinking process because she has made a lot of sacrifices in her life and she chose a certain path over something else, and I wasn’t willing to do this.”

Cedric started dating a waiter from Villa Blanca. He says Lisa was incensed when she found out. So, he moved out of the house.

“She was very controlling – very, very controlling. She has her hands on everything. And this is how she becomes a success. She’s very smart, so clever.”

Cedric says he learned confidential things about Lisa that he has never revealed, and that’s the real reason she wanted him on the show with her—to keep him quiet.

“Before the show, I think, they felt threatened. Lisa, at the time, was a bit lonely. I’d been around her life for like 15, 16 years, so I became a confidante and she confided in me, and I was there for her and I loved her, and I still do. …She kind of opened up a lot more and I found out a lot more stuff – a lot more than I thought. Any marriages have their struggles, any friendship has their struggles. I’ve never divulged anything private.”

He hints that things were always roses and rosé between Lisa and Ken, but admits they are a force to be reckoned with.

“This is one thing about Ken and Lisa – despite whatever happened between them, they are an amazing team. They will stick together no matter what. Nothing could break them up. They have this force – and they will just crush anything that comes in front of them. And I was one of the casualties. I had seen that happen before with other friends of 30 year relationships, and her parents… ”

Cedric decided to put aside his grievances and sign up for the show. He was hoping to repair things with Lisa and Ken. He says Lisa was very anxious to show herself in a good light and gain more business for the restaurant.

He maintains that Lisa would rehearse lines and quips for the show. Also, she’d Google her castmates and try to find dirt as well as plant stories about them. But, he admits, all the other women did the same thing.

“[Lisa was] the director of season 1 – and she was amazing. And to be honest, and to be fair to her, it worked. She used to Google all the girls and see what kind of dirt she could find on them, so this is how all those stories were being generated…everybody was at it.”

He says the show soon started consuming her life.

“She’s an incredible woman. She’s smart, she’s so careful, she’s so rehearsed. She was so focused – it consumed anything and everything. There was no other conversation.”

But she was also trying to direct Cedric behind the scenes. She “flipped” when she found out he was still dating his waiter boyfriend. She demanded they breakup, and Cedric felt he had no choice but agree.

“I had to because I was relying on them for a lot of things: shelter, a VISA, money – cause I wasn’t getting any, I was completely broke. I had nowhere to go – going back to London was just not an option. So she really had me under her thumb.”

But he’d moved out on his own once before, no? Also, wasn’t he receiving at least a pittance from Bravo? Since he says he wasn’t being paid by Lisa and Ken, surely this was enough for him retain some kind of independence.

Cedric says Lisa warned him not to “outshine” her on the show. And she didn’t like that they were always paired up.

She insisted that Cedric talk about his childhood. This was all part of some elaborate plan. Later, she’d say he lied about his past, and she kicked him out.

When Cedric bucked at retelling his childhood tragedy, Lisa “went mad.” He finally agreed and told Kyle about eating cat food. He says he was very “uncomfortable” during the whole scene.

Cedric claims this was all a Machiavellian plot to oust him from their lives. They set him up and claimed he tried to blackmail them so that no one would ever believe him again. He got Vanderpumped, y’all!

“The producers are worth every penny they earn. They had this whole backstory without me knowing already figured out. …Because I trusted her I thought this was going to be a lotta fun. And everybody was so nice. I had no reason to doubt.”

But Cedric says he never lied about his childhood. Bravo did a thorough background check and had a “conference call” with his foster parents.

Cedric says he’s still in touch with some of the Housewives, but refuses to name names. He says they’ve finally seen Lisa’s “true colors.”

Cedric also insists he was friends with Taylor and Russell Armstrong. After his final split with Lisa, he would have secret lunches with them. He doesn’t think Taylor was abused, either.

“In front of me he never touched Taylor. No one saw, that’s all what she said. Maybe he was not a perfect husband. Maybe he had his demons – we all do.”

He says the show pushed Russell to kill himself.

“Of all the things I’ve seen on the show, what they’ve done to Russell – all the women pushing him under the bus to the point that he had no other option to hang himself – that for me is something that I could never forgive!”

Cedric claims that Russell came to him before he died and was terrified.

“The week before he hung himself he came to me, we were in Santa Monica, and he said, ‘Cedric – I don’t know what I’m gonna do – they’re coming after me like they came after you.’ But I did not hear [understand] what he was saying… He was scared.”

After he was booted from the show, Cedric says he had no place to live or work, he lost friends and opportunities.

“It made my life so impossible. I was pushed so hard that I did try to OD. It was just too much. For me, after where I come from, and I loved them so much; I trusted them so much and after what happened nobody wanted to hire me. I was even talking to Days Of Our Lives – that went down the drain. I would get disinvited to carpets – which is not a big deal, it’s just what it represents. I could not get work in a restaurant. I had no money!”

Somehow, Cedric made his way back to London and now works as a relationship manager at a global hospitality company. He’s also shopping a cooking reality show.

“Nothing’s happened with it yet, but I’m very hopeful! I do love showbiz, I’m not gonna lie about it, but I want make the right decision. I don’t want to be famous without something to back it up.”

He’s been asked to do other projects, such as Celebrity Big Brother UK. But Cedric turned all those shows down, because he doesn’t “want to be famous just to be famous.”

He does wish he could talk to Lisa and Ken one more time, away from the cameras, and get to the bottom of why they treated him so shabbily.

“I know that they know that what they’ve done is wrong. I understand why they did what they did, and I’m not mad at them, and I do love them.”

So, are you buying this sob story? It seems to me there are more holes in this tale than a golf course, but what’s your take?


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  • Bryan

    Which makes Lisa even more brilliant then I thought

    • My thoughts exactly. The woman is simply genius.

      • Bryan

        yep, that is why she is where SHE is and he is right back where he started LOL

        • BetteDavisEyez1

          Sans the wealthy friends to foot the bill.
          Notice how he said he would love to speak to Lisa & Ken one more time?!? Why would he want to such diabolical people?!? GTHOOH

          • Bryan

            Yeah, they must not have been so terrible LOL

          • BetteDavisEyez1

            I totally believe what Ken said about him threatening & trying to blackmail them. His true colors came out after the gravy train ran out.

          • HankyPanky

            Wonder if he ever managed to pass his LA drivers licence?

          • Bryan

            I bet he is now regretting his choices

        • HankyPanky

          What are the phone boxes like in LA, better than Paris haha

          • Bryan

            they got rid of them all LOL

          • HankyPanky

            Hahaha, so he’s homeless!!!

          • Bryan


  • Lila

    Hmm. Too many holes. I hope it’s not all true. Makes LVP look like she’s all BS.

    • when he said she did not want him to outshine her I giggled. He is so FULL of shit. Ken was sick and tired of his mooching and laziness. Lisa kept him around way longer than she should have. Can you imagine this loser dumping a rich celebrity like Lance for a busboy? NOT. He has crap to try to sell us now so, is using Lisa for free press. As if he would wait a day let alone years to expose her deep dark secrets!

      • Jackie

        Didn’t he say he already moved out and she asked to him to come back because of the show? How could ken be sick of him

        • allison1050

          And you believe that? ‘k

  • criley

    No – Sounds like he is trying to be relevant again to get on TV.

    • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

      “Again” would suggest he was ever relevant in the first place.

  • HankyPanky

    Cedric, & Brandi, Don’t bite the hand that feeds you….

  • sunkissed748

    So many holes it’s like Swiss cheese.

  • LuxLuxLux

    I can’t be bothered to read all the shit he’s spewing but had to say he’s just like Brandi – mentally a teenager, emotionally immature & a pain in the arse!

  • Chickpea16

    Wonder if he had behaved he would of been cast on Vanderpump Fools? He is FOS.

  • BetteDavisEyez1

    Look what the cat dragged in…
    Cedric waited too long to discuss any of this because at this point, I don’t think anyone really cares.

  • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

    Another parasite. Nothing he says makes sense.

    • Jackie

      I think it makes a lot of sense. He had nothing except for a job and the visa to stay in country. Both involved Lisa and ken. That’s a difficult situation to navigate when u add the reality show to the mix. He wasn’t going to come out of that well since the show didn’t involve him. If the puppet master comment had an example this may be it

  • AnEnigmaWrappedIn$nark

    Controlling yes … but unlike Rinna, I’m guessing this one enjoyed having Li$a’s fist hand up his ass.

    • Evil Queen


  • BBB1975

    I am sick to death of Cedric

  • Deanna777

    Why didn’t he just go out and get a damn job, and his own place to live? Lisa and Ken gave him a place to live, food to eat, and access to their cars to cars to get around, yet he’s bitching about not being paid. He blames everyone but himself.

    Have a seat, Cedric because no one feels sorry for you.

  • TartLemon

    Couldn’t get a job? Totally above working at MacDonald’s or Wendy’s? I believe the things he’s now saying, but successful business people most often come across that way. They hone in, move quickly, make what often seems harsh decisions and move on just as quickly, coming across as cold. That’s what makes them successful. I like watching the scenes of LVP’s attention to detail—- every petal selected and in place; each chair adjusted properly; the tabletops set to perfection; each drink from the bar blended properly. LVP is there making sure it’s all done well.

    What Cedric said about the Taylor/Russell dynamic comes as absolutely no surprise to me. It’s why I want to barf every time I see POS Taylor on the screen.

    • Evil Queen

      Agreed. Taylor killed that man! She is vile, manipulative, & to see her cry, makes me want to barf!

  • Trippinhhard

    He forgot to mention that he lived with Brandi for a while and they filmed together.. What happen to his made up friendship with big mouth Bransi..Did he forget to say that or waist omitted for a reason…

    • besimon

      He said above that he’s friends with a couple of housewives, he won’t name, but who know Lisa’s true colors. Sounds like Brandi is one.

      If he wasn’t getting paid, isn’t that his fault. I wouldn’t work for no pay, let alone 14 hour days.

      • Trippinhhard

        I will Say I don’t buy into her being innocent all the time,, Also every season she is the one being poked at.. Girl I would live in a shelter before I would work 14 hours a day for free.. Who really knows the whole truth? No one because they all have their own truths..The whole truth will never be told, I’m my opinion…

        • besimon

          Exactly. That OC housewife supposedly quit today but I bet she was fired. We’ll never know for sure.

          • Trippinhhard

            I read that Heather quit, because she was bumped to a friend of the HWS.
            She can’t film in her new neighborhood and she’s boring at times.. I also think that Blind Item about a cheating husband was about them.. Let the man have fried onion rings if that’s what he wants sometimes.. Everyone is not starving like her and Tamara

          • besimon

            I had no idea about most of what you wrote was going on. Wow!

          • Trippinhhard

            Old news but she’s wrapped so tight, a dime can’t get between her legs..
            Some men can’t resist the temptation of working 10-12 hours a day, without getting way too personal.. imo

  • Contessa Bel Raven

    Lisa has her faults but I do not buy his story. Funny how now he is coming out with all these things while shopping around a show.

    • allison1050

      Paid for interview?

      • Contessa Bel Raven

        Might be that too

        • allison1050

          I’d put money on it.

  • Sugar in my tank

    I vaguely recall this guy but there is nothing surprising on anything he is saying . As for Russell and Taylor, the show didn’t take his life, he did. I am sorry for his children. Lisa, although I like her, appears to seem every way he mentioned. Lisa is a successful woman, methodical, rehearsed, calculated in her moves and this added to her successes so no surprise there. Ken seems to be no- nonsense and will protect anyone he cares for. Cedric needs to recognize that reality television will continue at this pace until someone is murdered because of one of their production driven storylines, no matter what disclosures are signed. I seemed to recall the talk shows suffered a similar fate years ago when a guest was murdered because of a crush gone wrong..

  • Tigerlilly

    Meh, the truth is likely somewhere in the middle. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if everything he said were true and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if everything Lisa and Ken said about him were true. But like I said, middle ground.
    And he just needs to give it a rest tbh. Lisa has some rabid fans. They will never believe anything negative about her. Aside from that, he does and always has come across as an ingrate and a user. He’s not doing much at all to dispel that perception. In fact, every time he opens his yap, he seems to confirm most of it. He needs to show some receipts or stfu and move on with his life, painful lesson learned or not. Just about no one is buying what you’re selling, hunty.

  • Colleen

    So Cedric is saying Lisa grabbed all his tips from his pockets? Servers in upscale restaurants make a ton of money.

    • allison1050

      Don’t forget his check from Bravo.