She seriously cares. Vanderpump Rules star Billie Lee sat down with Life & Style exclusively to chat about her SUR boss, costar and friend, Lisa Vanderpump, and her departure from her other Bravo hit show, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

“I saw her recently at Tom Tom and she is, this was before her mother passed away, but she just seems like a lighter person. I’m so happy for her leaving the Real Housewives,” the 35-year-old gushed about her boss and the opportunity she has to take time for herself.

“She needs time to mourn her brother and now her mom. She needs time for herself,” the trans activist continued. “She’s a busy woman and every time I would see her, she was rushing off somewhere. She’s stressed out and I can just tell that she just was holding a lot in.”

Lisa Vanderpump and Billie Lee
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LVP’s brother, Mark Vanderpump, passed away in spring 2018 after a devastating suicide, which left the 58-year-old broken and looking for time away from her show. She pressed on — despite drama from her costars regarding her decisions for time off — and saw herself through a pretty rough RHOBH season. Then, on June 17, Lisa’s mother passed away at age 84, adding to the restauranteur’s grief.

“I know what it feels like for everyone to beat you up and I felt like that happened to her this season on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. And I just want her to be in a safe place. I want her to really heal. I think that’s most important,” Billie explained. “I’m proud that she’s saying no and taking time. Sometimes the most powerful thing we can do is say no… I’m always sending her love. I’m always texting her, but I can definitely tell she’s lighter.”

Billie Lee is currently teamed up with Regenix for their Beauty Has No Gender campaign. A portion of proceeds from the Billie Lee Repair Bundle are being donated to Equality California Non Profit to help fuel the fight against bullying.