Lydia McLaughlin

Lydia explains why she had to get up at the reunion and what she thinks about Briana's behavior.

on Aug 26, 2013

Neither Briana nor Ryan have reached out to me or my mother since this all happened. They haven't apologized in the slightest, even after watching the scene when it aired on TV. "He was stressed out." "He was drinking too much." The reason is irrelevant. I just hope Ryan can watch it, accept responsibility and grow from this because there is absolutely no excuse for his behavior. I was and am very proud of how my mom handled herself that night at Vicki's. She was VERY shaken, but kept her cool while some arrogant man dropped f-bombs at her.

Once the reunion conversation turned to Brooks, Briana, and Vicki, I had had enough. We had been filming all day. Eight hours of constant drama and negativity! I'm just not used to being around that energy. It's one thing for one of the Housewives to call out another for something petty, but the drama went to a whole different level when Vicki's daughter starting talking about Brooks, a man her mother cares about. In no way am I defending Brooks' actions or taking sides, but Briana made some serious accusations about Brooks on a world stage and my heart broke for my friend Vicki. She looked broken and so sad and while it was all happening, I was sitting there wondering, "How did I get myself into such a bad situation?" and I decided I didn't have to be. So. . .I got up and left. I had a good cry, said a prayer and took a few deep breaths. When I felt composed I was able to rejoin the group.

To my fans I would like to say thank you for all of your support. Oprah once said, "People who are too weak to follow their own dreams will always find a way to discourage yours." I hope I gave just one person the courage to be themselves and to follow that little voice inside. It has been a journey and I hope to continue to grow from this experience. Words can't express the gratitude and love I feel from the all my incredible fans. I am so thankful and humbled by you.