Tamra Judge recently reunited with daughter Sidney Barney at her high school reunion last month. It was a moment years in the making for The Real Housewives of Orange County mom, who opened up about their estrangement in the RHOC Season 12 premiere, during a Bible study she attended with Lydia McLaughlin. And when Tamra stopped by The Daily Dish HQ on Monday, hours before the episode aired, she shared where she and her daughter currently stand.
"We're making progress. Every day's a step forward and we're just really trying to bring the family back together," the SoCal mom shared. "She's amazing. She's doing great. She graduated from high school, going off to college and I'm just really proud of her."
The emotional Bible study moment during the Season 12 premiere was certainly not something was anticipating revealing, but once it happened there was no turning back. "It's really something I've tried to protect. My daughter, of course, try to protect her try, not to talk about it too much, so it was a little unexpected because I have really no control over my emotions when it comes to that," she said of the below moment. "So it was nice because of the fact that I was surrounded by such amazing women that had so much compassion and it just really opened my eyes to a lot of things."
Tamra first opened up about her family situation in RHOC's Season 10 reunion, during which she shared that Sidney had been living with her dad full-time. It was after that moment that Tamra heard from other parents in similar situations. "When I did share it a couple years ago, I have been overwhelmed with people contacting me. I've gotten involved with a documentary called Erasing Family and it's basically to educate. It's going to be shown in colleges, universities, high schools to show children [and] teach them about divorce [and] what happens. This is a common thing that happens when parents get divorced. So there's about 22 million people that are suffering from this."
The RHOC mom notes that if any good could come out of her personal struggles, it's that she's been able to help others. "It's still very difficult and we've had a long journey and we're making progress which is good and if I could just help other people. I think the worst thing is most people think they're the only ones going through it. People don't want to talk about it; people don't share it. I've had neighbors come up to me and say, 'I'm going through the same thing,' a divorce situation and [they] didn't want to talk about it because maybe you feel like a failure, maybe you feel like you did something wrong. It's just a very, difficult thing to deal with."
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