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Monday, 17 July 2017 12:11

EXCLUSIVE: Lydia McLaughlin on Returning to 'RHOC' After Extended 'Maternity Leave' & Battling Shannon Beador

Written by  Entertainment Tonight

Lydia McLaughlin is ready for the roller coaster that is Real Housewives once again.

“I feel like I took a maternity leave,” she jokes with ET.

“Now, I’m back, and I’m better than ever!”

The 36-year-old walked away from Real Housewives of Orange County after one season back in 2013, but returned for season 12, which premiered last week.

“So, four years ago, I did the show and, honestly, I just thought that it was acting,” she admits. “And that just wasn't the case … I went in really naive … it was just a lot for me to really process. And I don't think I was totally ready.”

“I just felt like it was a little darker and real than I knew,” she adds. “That was really hard for me … it was really good for me to walk away.”

WATCH: Vicki Gunvalson Apologizes to Shannon Beador: 'I'm Sorry'

Not long after Lydia walked away from the Bravo hit, she and husband Doug welcomed their third son, Roman. Now that he’s a toddler, Lydia says it was time to return to RHOC.

“I'm totally in this different stage of my life,” she shares.

Read more at Entertainment Tonight

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