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It's been years since we last saw Yolanda Hadid on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and a lot has changed, to say the least. Since her exit after Season 6 in 2016, Yolanda divorced David Foster, changed her last name from Foster back to Hadid, moved to the East Coast, saw her children Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, and Anwar Hadid's modeling careers explode, and has gotten her health back "90 percent" after a long, arduous battle with Lyme disease.
With all these changes in her life, it can seem as though Yolanda's time on RHOBH is a distant memory. Her last season involved infamous accusations of Munchausen syndrome, but the gossip didn't sour Yolanda's memories of being a part of the show, she told The Daily Dish podcast.
"You know what, I'm alive," she shared. "At the end of the day, going through it, I had already been through such a spiritual transformation in order to stay alive and to understand that my emotional well-being, my spiritual well-being, was 50 percent of my healing pie ... I couldn't engage in it, so a lot of it just went by where I could see my children upset, my mom crying, everybody upset, but I couldn't take it on. At that point, I was in such a deep, deep, dark hole physically and so I had to keep myself sane by just kind of letting it go by, and go, I can't even take this on or make sense of it. I didn't even know what Munchausen meant, let alone take it on ... I just had to go, like, no, this is not your reality, this is their nonsense, and I had to let it go by, 'cause I was fighting to stay alive and get out of it."
The model mom revealed that since moving to the East Coast "full time," where she now lives on a farm in Pennsylvania, she doesn't miss her old Beverly Hills lifestyle at all. "I don't think about it [for] one day," she explained. "It's funny because I never really liked it; even when the father of my children and I got divorced when my kids were very little, I packed up and moved to Santa Barbara because I didn't really like living in Beverly Hills. And I somehow came back 12, 14 years later and did it just for a couple of years. But you know, I'm a country girl, and I'm kind of back exactly where I started in Holland. I live back on a farm with goats and horses and cows and chickens and a vegetable garden and I'm kind of back to my old life."
Since leaving 90210 behind, Yolanda also shared that she hasn't keep in touch with most of the cast.
"I only talk to Erika [Girardi]," she revealed. In fact, Yolanda said that she foresaw Erika's future as a Real Housewife and it prompted her to rally to get her to join.
"I always get these crazy visions of things and I remember sitting [on] my living room couch with Erika and her husband and David and they were talking about a music career, and all of a sudden, I'm like, no, she has to be a Housewife," Yolanda recalled.
The rest, as they say, was history. Yolanda shared that she was upfront with Erika about the realities of reality TV from the beginning. "This is the game and you can't take things [personally] when you go on a show like that ... Everybody's on their best behavior in the beginning and then as the season unfolds, everybody's just who they are," she said. "That's what makes it a great show."