Lydia McLaughlin is taking to her Bravo Blog to discuss her fight with Heather Dubrow in part 1 of The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion. Lydia says she doesn’t understand why she had to defend her decision about the cover of the magazine to Heather. She says that all friendships have bumps in the road and that her relationship with Heather is fine now. Lydia explains the last two weeks of the show have been hard on her and she doesn’t know if her goal of joining RHOC is possible to accomplish.
Lydia writes, “Heather and I went out to dinner after the reunion. All friendships have their bumps and what you got to see was an unedited and real clearing of the air and of pent-up emotions. I shouldn’t have called Heather a “Princess,” but I got caught up in the moment and was defending myself. I didn’t come with a pre-scripted, rehearsed monologue. I was reacting to attacks.
In regards to my magazine, we sell advertising in ‘Beverly Hills Lifestyle’ starting at $8,000 a page. Hence, you could say we gave Heather and Terry $64,000 worth of promotion with the pictures of their home. What blew my mind was that she attacked me for it. I have worked hard for our magazine for over five years and I’ve never given myself any type of promotion in it. However, with RHOC I felt the timing was right and the natural fit for my first interview would be my own magazine. We have also done inside features on Yolanda and David Foster, and Brandi Glanville, so it is not unheard of for us to do a profile or fashion feature on a Housewife. Lisa Vanderpump has been a contributor to our magazine since the beginning — even before she was a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills. We felt with the success of Lisa’s empire and her years of contributing to our publication, she was right for the cover…not to mention at the time Beverly Hills had just given her the key to the city
I was perplexed as to why I needed to defend my cover choices to Heather. Our five year anniversary issue with Marilyn Monroe on the cover is our highest selling issue to date. I stand by all our decisions.
The last two weeks have been hard for me in regard to the show. Last week, we watched as my mom was attacked for sitting on a couch, and this week I felt I was attacked for decisions that have nothing to do with the other Wives or the show. I wanted to be involved with RHOC to spread some light and positivity and am now questioning if that is even possible. With that said, my fans give me so much joy and have been so supportive and I will continue to do my best.”
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