Lydia McLaughlin and Doug McLaughlin recently renewed their vows for the third time, and now the couple is on location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where they’re visiting on a press trip with Rolls-Royce for their magazine, Nobleman. Decked out in fall clothing and posing against the gorgeous Wyoming backdrop (fall foliage! mountains! horses!), the vacation has thus far been one gorgeous Instagram post after another.
The McLaughlins are enjoying their time in the upper Northwest so much, they might even consider relocating.
The Real Housewives of Orange County alum posted a sweet picture of the two by a stunning Rolls whip to her Instagram, which she captioned, “Doug wants to buy a ranch and move here & we haven’t even been here 48 hours.” The couple definitely looks like they’re having the time of their lives.
She also posted a picture of Doug carrying her piggyback, captioned, “Save a horse, ride a cowboy.”
Could they ever leave their gorgeous Orange County abode with the disco ball in the living room? Plus, if they move, she might need to change her Instagram handle from “oclydia” to “jacksonholelydia.” Just sayin’.
Orange County is down another housewife.
Lydia McLaughlin took to her blog to announce she’s not returning to The Real Housewives of Orange County on Friday, marking the second time she’s left the Bravo series. (The network confirmed Lydia’s exit to E! News.)
“RHOC has given me a great platform and I’m grateful for that. However, I feel like I can only handle this show one season at a time. I need a break! There is a lot of good that comes from the show, but also a lot of negativity. After a family vote, it was unanimous that I should take a break,” Lydia wrote in the post titled “Hanging Up the Orange.”
She continued, “Sometimes the people who love us the most see things even we don’t see. I trust my path and I’m excited for what the future holds.”
The mother of three, whose been married to husband Doug McLaughlin since 2006, returned to RHOC for season 12 after making her debut in season eight. She was not asked to return for season nine, and addressed her first exit in her blog post.
“After season 8, I decided to take a break and write a book and have my third baby. That was the right decision for me although many people didn’t understand why I would walk away,” she said. “Gods plan is always good and it was the perfect timing for me with the launch of NOBLEMAN Magazine to return for season 12. I feel it is now, the perfect twist to once again hang up my orange.”
It was “game friggin’ on” between Meghan King Edmonds and Lydia McLaughlin in Part 1 of The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 12 reunion. The OC ladies disagreed over Lydia’s behavior toward Meghan’s friend Mystic Michaela, who is an aura reader and psychic medium (clip above). Meghan thought that Lydia didn’t treat her bud very well because she doesn’t believe in psychics. Lydia stood by her beliefs and maintained that she was friendly toward Mystic Michaela, even if she didn’t want anything to do with her aura readings.
Meghan shared what she took away from her conversation with Lydia during Part 1 of this season’s reunion and clarified what she meant by her own comments about her RHOC pal’s observance of Christianity on Instagram Monday. “I have an incredibly fulfilling and strong faith in God and in that faith I adamantly believe all groups of people should be treated equally,” Meghan explained. “I believe that right and wrong don’t need to be such a gray area if you just listen to the heart that God gave you and I trust that whatever faith you follow – or do not follow – that will you accept love above all.”
As for Lydia, she hasn’t said much about the tension that transpired between her and Meghan at the RHOC reunion, but it looks like she’s not going to let anything — or anyone — get her down. “This season has been a wild ride,” she wrote on Instagram Monday. “Grateful for all your love and support. #StayOnMyRainbow.”
Lydia McLaughlin says that the time was right for her to return to Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”
“It was actually really hard to decide to leave,” McLaughlin told INSIDER of quitting the show after just one season in 2013. “I think a lot of people thought I was crazy. One of the producers actually said, ‘It’s lightning in a bottle and it doesn’t happen twice,’ because I told them maybe I’ll just take a break. I just felt like my kids were really young and I wanted to have another kid close in age to them. And so it was the right decision for my family, but it was hard.”
Four years later, McLaughlin and her husband, Doug, have added on to her family with a third son and they’ve created a new high-end men’s magazine called “Nobleman.” With that, McLaughlin decided to end her break and continue her story on the 12th season of Bravo’s longest-running “Real Housewives” show.
“I think that’s a really interesting kind of story to follow, the two of us really going out, and taking a risk, and starting a magazine, working together, just the two of us to fulfill our dreams,” the 36-year-old said.
“And then obviously having the new baby being two years old, I felt like he was old enough where he literally isn’t attached to me nursing anymore, so I can be more involved and kind of have something on my own,” she continued. “Those six months of taping ‘Real Housewives’ were great, it was much better even than last time.”
It’s hard to believe that Real Housewives of Orange County (RHOC), the oldest in Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise, has been on the air for over a decade. Although Tamra Judge joined the show during its third season in 2007, it feels like she was part of the introductory ensemble which included Vicki Gunvalson, often referred to as “The OG of the OC.” Vicki is still a part of the cast and has been integral to the show’s many and varied story lines from Seasons 1 through 11. Unsurprisingly, she rejoins the cast again in the upcoming Season 12. Back in Season 3, she bonded with then-newcomer Tamra and the two have been through the highest of ups and the lowest of downs. Tamra, like Vicki, has proven she too can maintain a committed relationship with a network and franchise through reality TV’s tests, tricks, twists, trials and tribulations. The show has seen Tamra through a bitter marital demise (she’s now remarried), being screamed at by all her cast mates to the point of having to flee a room, and the turbulent on-again off-again (currently off) dysfunctional relationship with Vicki.
Somehow, Tamra and Vicki always seemed to find their way back to being close friends and partying together despite swearing they would never speak again. Last season however, it seemed that things were truly final, that there was no love left between the two ladies and there would be no reconciliation this time. Vicki had been spreading salacious rumors about Tamra’s husband Eddie, an understandable “last straw” for someone who cherishes her “third time’s a charm” marriage. What made matters worse was that Season 11 newcomer Kelly Dodd, outspoken to the point of verbal diarrhea, was Vicki’s partner in shit-talking crime.
The Housewives were divided as things became contentious. After filming for Season 11 wrapped, rumors began to fly about Kelly’s marriage and an alleged adulterous paramour. The blogs had a field day. Watch What Happens Live had to screen out callers after a few went rogue dropping bombshells live on air. Luckily for Bravo and its leading ladies, the cast would soon stop doing any press interviews because the season was over. The ensuing hiatus would give everyone a chance to catch their breaths. We, the viewers, collectively held ours, unsure of who would return the following season to pick up the pieces, clean up the mess and attempt to (as Dorinda Medley of RHONY says) “make it nice.”
I had the opportunity to speak with Tamra Judge to get a sense of how she feels going in to her tenth season, Season 12 of The Real Housewives of Orange County:
There was a ton of drama at the end of last season with Kelly Dodd and Vicki Gunvalson. However, you all have to hang out together regardless when you start filming. What was it like going into this season when you hadn’t spoken to these ladies in months?It was scary!I had this uncomfortable feeling going into it and I didn’t know what to expect. The girls, Vicki and Kelly, had a lot to say about David Beador (cast mate Shannon’s husband) and Eddie (Tamra’s husband). It ended in a really ugly way last season and I was a little bit nervous because I didn’t want to rehash that stuff. Also, even though you’re on a show together with these people, you just don’t want these people in your life.
That brings me to a question that my friend Megan T. has: If you weren’t filming RHOC, would you have anything to do with Vicki?NO. There’s no need for me to.
Amy C. asks: Are there any particular Housewives that viewers will turn against this season?You know…I don’t know…I was actually just saying that it’s such a different season this year. The cast was a little bit split almost three quarters of the way through filming.
I don’t know what Kelly and Vicki did most of the time because I was filming much more with Meghan and Shannon. Peggy is the new girl and I didn’t film with her all that much either. This season, there was lots of filming done individually and a focus on family stuff, whereas in the past there was lots of group stuff. I could be wrong but that’s how it felt. You’ll see that I am participating in a documentary about parents who have been unfairly estranged or separated from their kids called Erasing Family. (This is something that Tamra is personally passionate about – she has recently reconnected with her daughter and their relationship is a work in progress. In the first episode, she briefly mentions that she would regularly text her daughter and one day her daughter finally responded. Tamra says this relationship is on the mend with her ex-husband Simon’s cooperation).
Shannon is struggling with her weight and that’s something that lots of people connect to. She’s in her 50s, there are all sorts of hormones and it’s not as easy to lose weight as it is to gain it. Shannon is very open and candid, which makes her the perfect housewife. She really lays it all out there and that takes balls. People will really just want to hug her.
What did you think of Kelly Dodd’s return to the show after last season?
I was a little surprised, however I think she’s good TV. There’s a fine line and Andy Cohen talks about this. When people love to hate you, It’s still makes for good TV but when people hate to hate you, it’s uncomfortable and the line has been crossed. She was really close to that line and I didn’t know if she could redeem herself, but she does this season. I mean, she’s still Kelly, but you see a softer side of Kelly. She said outrageous things last season and I honestly didn’t know if she was capable of redeeming herself. She must have internalized “I was a bit of a jerk” and reflected. She knew what she had to work on and she is less abrasive this season.
Lydia McLaughlin is back, and she’s getting right back into the mix by butting heads with Shannon Beador. Ahead of The Real Housewives of Orange County‘s Season 12 premiere on July 10 at 9/8c, we’re getting a sneak peek of all the drama set to go down. And it looks like Lydia and Shannon won’t be seeing eye-to-eye when it comes to the latter’s demeanor.
In this exclusive clip from the upcoming season, the two OC moms face off, and the results are explosive. “I was upset when you said that I was just like Vicki. That’s what set me off,” Shannon tells Lydia, with Tamra Judge by her side. “So let’s be clear when you said I was just like Vicki. You don’t know me, and I’m nothing like Vicki Gunvalson. I have a four-year history with her… I’m nothing like Vicki.”
While Lydia, in interview, says she doesn’t understand Shannon’s reaction, back at the scene of the argument, Shannon makes one thing clear to the returning ‘Wife: “I will never be like Vicki Gunvalson.”
Kenya Moore has finally found “true love.”
The 46-year-old Real Housewives of Atlanta star, who tied the knot last weekend, shared the first official photo from her wedding day on Instagram on Friday.Moore gave fans a peek at her wedding gown in the matrimonial snap, where she and her groom can be seen holding hands on the beach.
“A good man is hard to find but true love is even harder. I found both,” she wrote with the hashtags ”#truelove,””#happiness” and ”#crazyinlove.”The couple tied the knot in front of family and friends during an intimate beach ceremony in St. Lucia. Moore’s new hubby is a businessman that she had reportedly been dating for several months, although she’s keeping his name under wraps.
“I’m just ecstatic,” Moore told People after the ceremony. “This man is the love of my life and I’m so happy to begin our lives together as husband and wife.”
Now that she’s married, a baby could be the next big announcement for the first-time bride.
Last year, Moore — who was granted a temporary restraining order in March against ex Matt Jordan — opened up to ET about her fertility struggles, which she previously chronicled on RHOA.
“You have to be on a schedule, and you have to be tested at a very specific time,” the former beauty queen explained of documenting the in vitro fertilization process on camera. “And it just never worked out while I was filming, and so I just decided to do it while I’m not [filming], and we’ll see.”
It’s official: this Real Housewives of Orange County alum is coming back to Bravo. Lydia McLaughlin is returning to RHOC, The Daily Dish confirmed Thursday. Rumors first began circulating of McLaughlin’s return last February. An insider told Us Weekly at the time, “She seems really excited.” I’m sure fans of the Bravolebrity who first joined the original Housewives series in Season 8 are just as excited as McLaughlin.
Andy Cohen, host of all the Housewives reunions and late-night talk show Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, first teased the return of some familiar faces to Orange County in May. He told The Daily Dish, “And some old Housewives [are] returning and it’s really good.” Now fans know that includes McLaughlin. In addition to McLaughlin, Season 11 Housewife Kelly Dodd is also coming back, Cohen revealed to Entertainment Tonight Monday. Let’s hope Gretchen Rossi makes a triumphant return as well, because that would make one epic Season 12.
When McLaughlin left the show, it was entirely her choice. She revealed in her 2015 memoir, Beyond Orange County: A Housewives Guide to Faith & Happiness, “As I prayed about the decision, I didn’t feel in my heart of hearts that I was called [by God] to do another season of the show,” she wrote. Clearly, something has changed and she’s ready to once again be a Housewife.
Ever since her departure, she’s been busy. Not only did she and her husband, Doug McLaughlin, of 10 years have a third child, son Roman, but she started her own lifestyle blog, OC Lydia. She and Doug also started their own men’s lifestyle magazine, NOBLEMAN, in October 2016.
RHOC viewers are in for a real treat with McLaughlin’s return. Not only will it be interesting to see how she interacts with the other women this time around, but to see how much of the drama she gets involved in. She wasn’t really one who loved arguing, though she certainly didn’t hold back her feelings or opinions.