Disgraced biotech mogul Elizabeth Holmes and former reality TV star Jen Shah are becoming fast friends in prison.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City alum's rep, Chris Giovanni, told PEOPLE that Shah and the Theranos founder are "both rehabilitating and have bonded over being on this journey of positive change. Their situations brought them together, and they have a good understanding of one another. They're getting through it together."
Holmes, 39, was convicted of fraud in January 2022 and began an 11-year sentence in May. Shah began a 6.5-year sentence in February after pleading guilty to wire fraud. Both are serving time at Federal Prison Camp in Bryan, Texas.
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Giovanni indicated that Shah, 49, has adopted a "very loving" motherly role in Holmes' life, telling PEOPLE that "Jen's given [Holmes] a lot of advice. She's even met Elizabeth's baby and held her."
Shah has also been leading a fitness class called "Sha-mazing Abs" at the facility. "Jen gets all the ladies together and they rally behind her while she teaches them fitness moves, and Elizabeth has been there right along with them," Giovanni said, noting that the former RHOSLC star is even tutoring fellow inmates who are working towards earning their GEDs
Insisting that both his client and Holmes have "changed a lot behind bars," the rep added that "Jen's not anything like the show portrayed her to be. She's so peaceful now… She's still funny and has her one-liners, but she's graduated from anger management classes and is much more grounded."
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