Another one bites the dust!
Lydia McLaughlin is calling it quits after returning to The Real Housewives of Orange County for a second time, during the show’s 12th season.
On Friday, the 36-year-old took to her personal blog to announce her departure from the longest running Bravo Real Housewives series.
“RHOC has given me a great platform and I’m grateful for that. However, I feel like I can only handle this show one season at a time. I need a break! There is a lot of good that comes from the show, but also a lot of negativity. After a family vote, it was unanimous that I should take a break,” Lydia wrote in the post titled “Hanging Up the Orange.”
She continued, “Sometimes the people who love us the most see things even we don’t see. I trust my path and I’m excited for what the future holds.”
Reality television is not for the faint of heart. And after a season marred with arguments and constant drama with her co-stars, Lydia says she’s choosing happiness over a career as a reality show “Housewife.”
“I grew up on TV and love the entertainment business. I can’t help and be a little sad for my departure but 100% feel it is the best for me and my family. Lots of other dreams to make come true in my life and in no way do I want to make a career out of being a housewife. That just isn’t me. Life is short and I choose to focus on what makes me happy and brings me joy.”
The mother of three made her RHOC comeback in season 12 after first appearing in season eight. She addressed her decision not to return for season nine.
“After season 8, I decided to take a break and write a book and have my third baby. That was the right decision for me although many people didn’t understand why I would walk away,” she said. “Gods plan is always good and it was the perfect timing for me with the launch of NOBLEMAN Magazine to return for season 12. I feel it is now, the perfect twist to once again hang up my orange.”
She acknowledges the “great friendships,” that she’s made during her time on the show and showed gratitude to Bravo and Evolution Media (production company that produces RHOC).
“Bravo and Evolution have been amazing to me and I have made great friendships. I treasure all my fans and appreciate all the love and support. I’ve been honored to be a source of entertainment and inspiration to all of you and I hope to continue spreading light and love.”
As reported, Meghan Edmonds also will not be returning for Season 13 — this leaves Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd, and newbie Peggy Sulahian. No official cast announcement for season 13 has been made.
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