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James Kennedy talks growing up on Vanderpump Rules, ‘It’s been crazy’

VPR star James Kennedy.
James Kennedy talks about becoming a grown man throughout his time on Vanderpump Rules. Pic credit: ©

Vanderpump Rules star James Kennedy has experienced plenty of drama throughout his time on the hit Bravo show.

After joining the cast in Season 3, James quickly became one of the franchise’s most polarizing personalities. Season after season, James’ partying, drinking, and explosive temper took center stage and often landed him in some serious drama with his castmates.

The same could be said for his romantic relationships. When James joined the Pump Rules cast in Season 3, he was in a relationship with newly single Kristen Doute. Their short-lived romance was heavily tainted by jealousy.

James’ drinking also landed him in hot water with SUR boss Lisa Vanderpump who ended up firing James for his drinking and continuously urged him to consider getting sober.

Eventually, the severity of his choices caught up with the DJ, and he made the decision to put his sobriety first and work on himself for the sake of his well-being and relationship with co-star Raquel Leviss.

Come Season 9, James and Raquel found themselves at the height of their romance, and the entire season featured the couple’s engagement and wedding plans. Unfortunately, the love wasn’t meant to last, and by the reunion filming in December 2021, the couple had ended their engagement and gone their separate ways.

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