Meghan King Edmonds is officially leaving the drama behind. The 33-year-old reality TV star, who is currently pregnant with twin boys, announced that she's not returning to The Real Housewives of Orange County
"Today is a bittersweet day for me," Edmonds wrote in her blog
. "After three seasons of the rollercoaster that is The Real Housewives of Orange County
I've decided to hang up my OC Housewife hat."
"I arrived at this multi-faceted decision after much thought, and then I thought some more," she continued. " As you might suspect filming this show takes a massive emotional toll: I'm literally filming my real life in real time and engaged in situations and circumstances which can be contentious. Then, when the show airs, we relive some of the most trying moments in our lives and then endure the public's reaction; we never come out as winners to every viewer. But what you might not suspect is the physical toll: filming is grueling!"
Edmonds first appeared as a guest in season nine of The Real Housewives of Orange County and then returned as a full time cast member the following season. Though she already knew the stress and the pressure that comes with every season of the Bravo series (having been part of the show for three seasons), she was just emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted. And considering she's in a more delicate situation right now, she opted to just leave the show.
"Twin pregnancies must be treated more delicately than a singleton pregnancy and are high-risk by default, so I also wanted to have a peaceful pregnancy with positive influences," she explained. "Consistent positive influences are harder to find on RHOC!"
Though she's eager to leave the drama behind, Edmonds admits she will miss being part of the show.
"I'm sad to leave RHOC, I'm sad to leave Orange County. I wasn't ready to make this decision for another year but I felt it was time now," added Edmonds, who ultimately wants to focus on her family.
"I must focus on my family and my pregnancy," she concluded. "I will miss the rush of the first all-cast event of the season, the anticipation of receiving each week's episode, the thrill of wrapping the reunion. I have made soul sisters in Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge and that can't be lost. They have touched my heart and I would do anything for them and I know they feel the same way about me - what a gift to have found that on RHOC! But I guess it's time for me to become an actual real housewife of sorts. Oh, the irony!"
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