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Lydia McLaughlin Is Returning To The Real Housewives Of Orange County For Season 12!

Sources continue to to report that Lydia McLaughlin is returning to The Real Housewives of Orange County for the show's upcoming twelve season. However, this time PEOPLE is spilling all the tea and we know when PEOPLE reports something, it's legit.

A source confirms that the 35-year-old mother of three will likely appear on the upcoming season 12 of the hit Bravo franchise. According to PEOPLE, filming began this week and McLaughlin has been part of it.

McLaughlin previously appeared on the Bravo hit reality series' eighth season, where she opened the cameras on her life with her husband of 10 years, Doug McLaughlin, and their sons Stirling, 8, Maverick, 5, and Roman, 2.

Her bubbly personality and marijuana-smoking mother Judy helped make McLaughlin a fan favorite. And though McLaughlin chose not to return for the ninth season, the decision wasn’t an easy one — as she explained in her book Beyond Orange County: A Housewives Guide to Faith and Happiness.

“When I was asked back to do season 9, I wanted to do it,” she wrote. “Being on the show was everything the world tells us to desire and it was what I desired. But deep, deep down — so quiet I could almost silence it — I knew in my heart it was not God’s plan for me to go back.”

“I knew God was calling me to walk away from the show,” she added.

Since then, McLaughlin has remained in touch with her previous cast mates including Tamra Judge, whose decision to practice Christianity brought the two of them closer, reports the publication.

“I think she understands me a little bit better. She’s always super sweet to me, and we never had any problems with each other and I love her,” McLaughlin told The Daily Dish back in May 2016. “She has a faith also that’s grounding her and she’s become a grandmother, so a lot has happened in her life, and I feel like we’ll remain friends for a long time.”

But there’s one Orange County Housewife McLaughlin hasn’t remained close with. “I guess I just haven’t talked to Vicki [Gunvalson]. It’s not like we have bad blood; I just feel like we don’t really have anything common. She’s a grandmother, and I just had a baby.”

The news comes just one month after Heather Dubrow announced in January that she would be departing the series after five seasons. Multilple sources are also claiming that Meghan King Edmonds will not return to the show, however it has not been officially confirmed yet.

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