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Lydia McLaughlin Reveals The Hardest Part Of Being On RHOC!

Lydia McLaughlin is opening up about why she decided to return to The Real Housewives of Orange County for Season 12 after a four-year hiatus. If you recall, McLaughlin left after one season, back in Season 8. "Since I walked away, it's been an open conversation," she told E! News. "It was never, ‘Okay, goodbye, I'll never see you again.'"

"I felt called to walk away because of who I was becoming and what I could see happening in my heart. So, really, I think I've taken the last four years to prepare to come back and put up safeguards and know my own intentions," she said about her first year on the show.

She is adamant about staying true to herself. "I said to producers, ‘If you need a girl who's going to throw a table or a glass of wine, that's not me.' But they said they just want me to be me."

So far, Lydia being Lydia has included a well-meaning, but unsuccessful attempt to make peace between co-stars Shannon Beador and Vicki Gunvalson, which ended with Lydia and Shannon exchanging harsh words, earlier in the season.

Other conflicts ahead for Lydia are ones at home.

"My family is at a crossroads in our life. We have this magazine, which is basically a baby and then we have three boys," she said. "Are we going to continue our family or are we going to strop trying to have kids? We're really transparent so you're going to see the growth pains of a family following their dreams."

With season 12 filming behind her, "this part is always the hardest for me," Lydia said, "watching it all back. You experience the drama the first time, which is tough, but then the second time you don't know how the other Housewives are responding to you in their confessionals and how the fans are going to react."
"That," she summed up, "becomes its own snowball of drama and I just want to be on a rainbow with sparkles."

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