Lydia McLaughlin was noticeably absent from Tamra Barney's morning tweet on Monday, which announced the start of filming on season 9 of The Real Housewives of Orange County in Hawaii, and for good reason. As it turns out, despite being asked back, Lydia has decided to move on from the series after just one season on the show.
"It's bittersweet," Lydia tells Us Weekly in a November 4 interview. "I compare it to breaking up with a boyfriend you know you're not going to end up with -- it's hard, but overall you know you're doing the right thing."
"I never wanted to make a career out of being a housewife. That's never really been a dream of mine," Lydia continues. "I want to build my brand outside of the Housewives -- I've always been really honest with the producers about that. I knew that while I was filming it that I probably wasn't going to be doing it again."
Still, Lydia is happy that she participated in the show's first season and wouldn't take it back. "I definitely don't have any regrets. I got to be kind of a different voice -- I think that my fans love the love and positivity that I brought," she explains. "I definitely have plans to continue to sparkle fairy dust and be a light! I want to develop our own reality show about our magazine and all the glitz and glamour involved with publishing it."
As for keeping in touch with the ladies, Lydia says she's still in contact with the two other housewives who aren't returning, which she seemed to accidentally confirm. "I still see Alexis and Gretchen," she says. "Ironically they're not on the show anymore!"