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Emily Simpson Reacts to Elizabeth Lyn Vargas' Revelation About Her Childhood

The newest Real Housewives of Orange County cast member opened up about her traumatic past in Season 15.

By Laura Rosenfeld

Emily Simpson unfortunately couldn't attend The Real Housewives of Orange County ladies' trip to Lake Arrowhead in Season 15 after she and husband Shane Simpson tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). So, when she caught up with Elizabeth Lyn Vargas after the vacation in the January 6 episode of RHOC, Emily learned that a lot happened during the getaway.

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Namely, Elizabeth shared with Emily that she "ended up talking about some childhood trauma" that she went through during the trip to Lake Arrowhead. Elizabeth told Emily that she opened up to the other RHOC ladies about being "raised in a cult" and being "abused" during her religious upbringing.

Emily thanked Elizabeth for sharing something so personal with her. "My heart breaks for her. As a child, you don't even know that there's anything wrong with it, and that's what you have to psychologically bring with you into adulthood," Emily said in an interview during the episode. "I can't even fathom what it would be like to have to deal with something like that."

During her appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on January 6, Emily reflected more on her conversation with Elizabeth. "Oh my gosh, that was crazy, and that was intense," Emily shared in the above clip. "But you know, I feel like it maybe cleared up a lot of the reasons why the things she says don't make sense. Like, you know, when she gives basic information and it kind of contradicts itself, it makes sense that she's kind of been conditioned to be like that."

Also in Wednesday's episode of RHOC, Elizabeth shared with her brother, Andrew, that she had made an appointment with a therapist to help her better cope with what she experienced as a child.

In fact, Elizabeth said that sharing her story for the first time with her fellow Orange County Housewives was already helping her move forward. "Even though Arrowhead was the most heart-wrenching, uncomfortable thing, it needed to happen," Elizabeth told Emily in the episode. "I was very blessed that those girls were there to help me."

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