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Emily Simpson Opens up About Her Difficult Upbringing: "My Babies Will Never Know What That Feels Like"

The Real Housewives of Orange County lawyer reveals she grew up without her father in her life.

By Laura Rosenfeld
Emily Simpson

Emily Simpson opened up about her difficult upbringing in a recent Father's Day tribute to her husband, Shane Simpson.

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The Real Housewives of Orange County lawyer revealed that she grew up without a father while praising her husband for the wonderful dad he is to their three children, daughter Annabelle and twin sons Luke and Keller, this Father's Day.

"If I’ve done anything right in this life, it’s making sure my children have the best dad possible @shanesimps," Emily shared on Instagram. "I grew up without a dad, but my babies will never know what that feels like. They will only know the unconditional love of a dad who reads to them, plays monster with them, brushes their hair, gives them baths, never misses a school open house or dance performance, holds their hand, packs their lunches, teaches them right from wrong and shows up every damn day to it all over again."

Emily previously opened up about the huge impact her father's absence had on her family as she grew up, especially her mother, who struggles with depression. "My mother and father divorced when I was 6, and my sister was 3. My dad left my mom for another woman. My mother never recovered from it," Emily wrote in a blog post published on October 29, 2018 on "As a child, my mother cried a lot, had irregular sleep patterns where she was up all night and slept all day. She spent hours on the phone with friends crying and discussing my dad. She had trouble handling everyday life. She talked a lot about my father and blamed him for all of her troubles. My mother has obviously suffered from severe depression and still does to this day."

So, Emily is extremely grateful that she and her children haven't had to go through the same hardships, thanks to Shane. "Thank you to @shanesimps for being the best dad any mother could want for her children. I haven’t always made the smartest decisions in life, but choosing you as the father of my children was bloody brilliant," she shared on Instagram. "Happy Fathers Day babe xoxo."

Following the celebration of her 10th wedding anniversary in February, Emily shared an update on how things have been going for her and Shane since we last saw the couple on RHOC in Season 13. "There's up and there's downs. That's what marriage is all about," she shared. "At the end of the day, we're committed, and we'll make it work."

Watch Emily dish more on life after Season 13 with Gina Kirschenheiter, below.

Gina Kirschenheiter and Emily Simpson Share Their Recent Ups and Downs
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