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Lisa Vanderpump Wishes She Had Taken A Year Off From RHOBH!

Lisa Vanderpump, who will be seen feuding with her entire Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in the upcoming ninth season admits that she originally wanted to take a break from the Bravo hit reality series following her brother Mark Vanderpump's passing.

“[Andy] said, 'You know, I think we should've given you a year off when you asked for it,’” she told Entertainment Tonight. “He said, 'I don't think you were in a mental state where you were really prepared to deal with it,' it was very emotional … 'With hindsight, we probably should've given you the year off.’”

“I wasn’t as prepared for combat as I should’ve been,” she confesses.

“It hasn't been a good situation,” she continues. “I think this year, with where my mental state was -- and I've been very honest about that, I struggled a lot, you know, after my brother's suicide. The first few months it was really difficult, and I was kind of searching for happiness, so, I think you know … when something really significant happens in your life, maybe it does change you, you know?”

Lisa went straight into filming both RHOBH and Vanderpump Rules, shortly after losing her brother, who died by suicide in April 2018.

“It was a tough year, personally,” she says. “I don't know. I have no control over what they show, what's being filmed and what's being said. I know for me, we've talked about before, I just tell my truth and keep going.”

“The audience has normally been very supportive, and I thank them for that,” she adds, noting that while the viewers have never left her, her “friend” group seems to turn on her every couple of seasons.

“[Season two], I was accused of giving stories,” she recalls. “Four, some nonsense about a magazine. Six, eight -- see, I got a year off! It was my year to be beaten up again. It's every other year, yeah.”

Despite having difficult seasons in the past, Vanderpump explains why she decides to return to RHOBH.

“After season four, I said I would never go back, but I did,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “Season six, I think I said the same thing. I have a great relationship with Bravo, and a great relationship with the production company, so they kind of say, you know, come on.”

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