Former RHOC star Lydia McLaughlin is talking about her time on Housewives in her new book, Beyond Orange County: A Housewives Guide to Faith & Happiness. In a new excerpt from the book, McLaughlin says she abruptly left the stage during the reunion taping because her spiritual voice told her to.
â€œI sensed the Holy Spirit inside me saying, â€˜You donâ€™t have to be here,’â€ Lydia writes and RadarOnline. â€œSo I stood up and walked off the set.â€
â€œNo one was attacking me. I wasnâ€™t crying because I was personally upset; I was full of sorrow for the brokenness in the room,â€ she explains of Vicki’s argument with daughter Briana. â€œâ€¦I felt empathy for [Vicki and Briana]. They were having real, deep-rooted family drama, and it was presented to an audience as entertainment.â€
â€œAs I prayed about the decision, I didnâ€™t feel in my heart of hearts that I was called [by God] to do another season of the show,â€ she writes in her book. â€œMy true motivation for doing the show again was based more on the worldly benefitsâ€¦I had gotten a taste of fame and recognition, and it was fun. The money the network offers you is enticing. The dresses and makeup and all things girlie were tempting.â€
Lydia left the show after one season in 2013.
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