Draya Michele May Have Left the Show But She Didn’t Forget About Her Real Basketball Wives Friends

"She wasn't all the way Gung-ho about me returning, but it wasn't a problem."

Draya Michele may have taken a step back from reality TV, specifically Basketball Wives LA, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten about her real life friends from the show like Angel Brinks.

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While the Mint Swim designer may have left the show with a dramatic departure that saw her friendships end with Brandi Maxiell and Malaysia Pargo she still maintains her friendship with her fellow designer friend Brinks. The cameras didn’t catch Miss Michele on the red carpet for Angel’s anniversary event but don’t think a very pregnant Draya didn’t show up for her good friend.

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At the time of her party, Angel shared a video of the two on Instagram, saying, “Words can’t express my gratitude for you, @drayamichele thank you for everything you have done for me. Thank you for your guidance even when I was set in my ways. Best of all, you understand me & that’s what friendship is. Love you for life.”

VH1 chatted with Angel before the premiere of season five and asked her about her decision to return to the reality show without the friend her brought her there.

Absolutely, I was tentative, but I talked to Draya about [the decision to come back.] As friends, we communicate. I felt like I came in mid-season [of season four] so I wasn’t really able to show a lot of who I am and I felt like it was very imperative for me to come back for people to understand who I am, and why I am the way I am.

Draya and I are still the same, we still get together with the kids, her kids and my kids. We get together at barbecues, we shop together, we go eat together. Nothing has changed, if anything, we’ve gotten closer. She wasn’t all the way Gung-ho about me returning to the show, but it wasn’t a problem. She said if you’re going to go around them then just be you and stick to your ground. And that’s what I did.

Draya hasn’t spoke much about her relationships with any of the ladies since leaving the show but she did share a picture of her and Angel around Halloween 2016.

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What do you think of Draya’s surprise appearance at Angel’s event? Do you think she caught up with Malaysia or Brandi or Jackie or Brooke or Sundy or Laura?

Get to understand the history between Angel Brinks and Draya Michele in this highlight from season four of Basketball Wives LA.