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Lydia McLaughlin Reveals The Real Reason She Left RHOC And Weighs In On Kim Richards' Arrest!

Former Real Housewives of Orange County star Lydia McLaughlin recently released her first book titled Beyond Orange County, where she talks about family, faith and her experience on the Bravo hit series.

The mom of three also recently opened up to Fox News about what led to her decision to walk away from RHOC series, which she ultimately chalks up to Vicki Gunvalson and daughter Briana's argument during the Season 8 reunion.

"Just seeing Briana and Vicki—because I am so close with my mom so I obviously really related to a mother/daughter on TV as entertainment—but it’s still a real relationship, and they got into a big battle in the middle of the reunion, and they were just fighting," she reveals. "I remember thinking, 'Why am I here? I don’t have to be here right now.' So I felt inside the Lord telling me to get up and leave."

Though Lydia herself ultimately chose her family over fame, she does think it's possible to have both. "I think right now I have that. I definitely get recognized so I’m famous, and I love my family," she states. "There is a balance with that. The more famous that you get, the harder that can become. For me, I did have to choose at a certain point and who knows. Maybe in two years, I’ll be a housewife again. Who knows? But right now, it’s just not for me."

Lydia McLaughlin’s new book is now available on Amazon

Watch the full interview below!

Source/Photo Credit: Bravo