Friends Again! Former #RHOC Lydia McLaughlin Reveals She Is Now Close Friends With Gretchen & Slade

Posted on Feb 23 2015 - 12:30pm by Avigail

Lydia McLaughlin

Do you remember former “Real Housewives of Orange County,” star Lydia McLaughlin?

Just to refresh your memory, Lydia appeared on the RHOC during season 8 as a friend of Alexis Bellino then quickly turned on Alexis to support mean girls, Tamra Barney and Vicki Gunvalson. Lydia presented herself as a devout Christian but viewers couldn’t tell by her contradictory actions. One couple in particular she clashed with was Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley. During season 8, Lydia waged war against Slade when he sniped about her anorexic body image. But in her upcoming book, “Beyond Orange County: A Housewives Guide To Faith & Happiness,” McLaughlin reveals she is now at peace with the contentious couple,

“During filming I mostly argued with Gretchen and Slade but Doug and I have gone on double dates with them once we stopped filming, and consider them true friends!”

It appears Lydia has returned to her Christian virtues again, so much so, she pays acknowledgements to Alexis, Jim, Gretchen, and Slade in her Christian advice book. 

“I am thankful for the friendships with Alexis, Jim, Gretchen, and Slade that continue to grow.” 

After abruptly quitting the RHOC during the filming of season 9, Lydia and her hubby, Doug, welcomed their third child, a son named Roman Scott in November 2014.

RHOC Lydia

Do you believe Lydia is genuine or is this a marketing scheme to promote her book? Sound off in the comments.


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29 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. LovetoLoveLoversareforLoving February 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm -

    I sure hope she’s using them for publicity, because otherwise just eeew. If she really considers Renta-Nurse-Who-Turns-Tricks and Deadbeat Toupee true friends my estimation of her just plummeted.

  2. ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸. February 23, 2015 at 12:48 pm -

    Oh Honey. If it’s not all for promotion? Well then you really need to widen your circle of friends.
    Jesus-Jugs & her Helicopter Daddy?
    Wretched & Slimey?
    Oh Lawdy!

  3. italiano bambino February 23, 2015 at 12:59 pm -

    i like her during her verbal smack down with heather on the reunion. she did’t back down on her LOL
    PS – Lydia herbie mom didn’t catch a break with Icky son in law. LOL

  4. WaWaWaWHAT! February 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm -

    I like Lydia’s mom…she got a bad rap from Lydia, I think thats why she wasn’t a fan favorite, a lot of fans indulge in weed LOL

    • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸. February 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm -

      Lydia’s Mom is sweet. But I would have to slap a bish if she showered me with glitter. LOL!

      • WaWaWaWHAT! February 23, 2015 at 1:47 pm -

        LOL Yea that glitter was a bit much, made me wonder what ELSE she was smoking 😉

        • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸. February 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm -

          Ha-ha-ha-ha! Maybe she had some ‘special’ mushrooms for lunch? LMBO!

    • Seusseroo Loving Heart! February 23, 2015 at 2:08 pm -

      I like Lydia’s crazy weed smoking mom also.

      • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸. February 23, 2015 at 2:11 pm -

        Me too. But ya can miss me with the “glitter-shower” stuff. That I would not be cool with.

        • Seusseroo Loving Heart! February 23, 2015 at 2:21 pm -

          Hahahahaha! You sound like Ryan when Lydia’s mom glitter bombed him.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸. February 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm -

            I have really long hair. Do you know how hard it is to get that crap outta my hair? Aww hells no!

          • Seusseroo Loving Heart! February 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm -

            My bad! You’re right.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸. February 23, 2015 at 2:45 pm -

            Ha-ha! But she’s still cute though.

          • cait February 24, 2015 at 11:47 am -

            She should have Shitter Bombed that fecker !

      • WaWaWaWHAT! February 23, 2015 at 2:40 pm -

        XO 2 U Seuss!

      • Trippinhhard February 23, 2015 at 8:09 pm -

        At least her mother was honest, they have plenty of pot smokers, working everyday..
        Some people are surprised, when they learn, that prim southern belle is a pot head, to the max
        LYdia whole story line was her mother and I liked her, she was honest and didn’t give a Shit..

  5. Jennymckitty February 23, 2015 at 1:46 pm -

    She was photographed hanging out with Gretchen & Slade as soon as she stopped filming. I’ve seen them together at several events. I thought she was latching on to them so she’d have a friend going into the next season but…joke’s on her…Gretchen got fired. So her friendship with those two isn’t necessarily for the book.

  6. Seusseroo Loving Heart! February 23, 2015 at 2:13 pm -

    This house tooth back stabbing heffa! She’s as phony as they come. She turned on Alexis from her first episode! UGH!

    • Jennymckitty February 23, 2015 at 5:43 pm -

      I wasn’t a big Lydia fan either but I don’t think that she & Alexis were actually friends before filming…that was productions storyline to introduce her to the group. I remember she lived in BH & and is friends with Lisa V. She thought she was going to get on BH but instead got a part on OC. They had to rent the house in OC for filming.

  7. RealitytvJunkie February 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm -

    I wasn’t a Lydia fan on the RHOC. I think she’s using them to promote her book. No doubt. Lydia seems incredibly self serving.

  8. cait February 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm -

    Loved Lydia, her Mom and family !
    BTW, what has happened to Briana and her BULLY husband ? “This is MY HOUSE, you WILL respect it” !

    • hardtimz February 24, 2015 at 10:51 am -

      ITG I don’t wish divorce on anyone especially when there are children involved, but Brianna and that nut job is a divorce waiting to happen.

      • cait February 24, 2015 at 11:31 am -

        You are referring to “Mommy Dearest” Heh Heh ! Briana and her brother need to get away from these TOXIC people, Yicky, Crooks and Lyin’ ! There is a nice uncle, though, that fronted Lyin’ out, the night of that party !

  9. She Stinks! February 23, 2015 at 5:13 pm -

    Lets start a rumor! Tamra had her fired!

    • cait February 24, 2015 at 11:58 am -

      Wish Lydia had got Trashbag fired !

  10. equinox2009 February 24, 2015 at 11:45 am -

    Bullcrap! If she is such a Christian how can she reconcile Slade Slimey and that phoney Gretchen living together, not married, he doesn’t work nor support his children! Doesn’t seem very Christian living to me. But who the f#ck cares about these pieces of crap anyway. Feel badly however for his poor sick child, I hope someday he will be well!

    • cait February 24, 2015 at 11:56 am -

      I don’t remember a wedding between Mary and Joseph in that well-known reality show “The Bible”