Garcelle Beauvais admits it was difficult hearing her son Jax tell her she hasn’t been present enough for her children, during the season 13 premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
The actress and model sat down with Andy Cohen Wednesday on Watch What Happens Live, after the second episode aired from the new season of RHOBH.
Andy asked her how it felt being criticized by Jax, 16, while the cameras rolled. Garcelle said it was “brutal.”
“I had to recover when it first happened and then seeing the clips, now I’m recovering again,” she said. “It’s hard.”
On a positive note, the Spider-Man: Homecoming actress said her relationship with Jax has improved since they filmed the scene.
“Yesterday he texted me and I said, ‘The show’s coming out tonight and how do you feel?’ and he said, ‘Mom, we’re in such a better place, I love you so much,'” Garcelle told Andy.
She added jokingly, “I was like, ‘Can you tweet that? Can you tell the world?'”
Andy said he was impressed that the teen was able to “express his feelings and communicate” with his mom.
Garcelle, 56, agreed but countered, “As a child, I would never … talk to my mom like that.”
The mother of three shares twin sons Jax and Jaid with ex-husband Mike Nilon.
During the scene on RHOBH, Garcelle went to the beach with both sons for a family outing. She encouraged the teens to share their feelings about how she runs their household.
Jax and Jaid discussed going back and forth between their mom’s house and staying with their dad.
“I think it would be much better if we didn’t,” Jax said.
“We were with dad for like a year,” Jaid said.
His comment prompted Garcelle to respond, “I wasn’t gone for a year, I was gone for three weeks.”
Jaid clarified that it felt like a year because it’s “boring” at his dad’s house and it’s not near his friends.
Garcelle said sometimes the boys push her away and “don’t let her parent.”
“I understand where you’re coming from, that you want to be more of a parent to us. But I needed that two years ago, instead of now,” Jax said. “Most of the parenting and teaching me how to live, I know already how to do all that by myself.”
Later in a confessional interview, Garcelle said about the criticism, “It makes me feel like a failure.”
Watch the scene from RHOBH below.