The last time we bothered gossiping about Yolanda Hadid she had just released the book cover for her upcoming memoir, Believe Me, about her battle with lyme disease. It was rumored around that time that producers on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills gave her an ultimatum to stop focusing on her health issues, which were boring viewers, and instead try to date and find a man. Yolanda was said to have agreed to those terms, probably because she didn’t have a choice. She split from her husband about six months ago and I would assume she still gets sick randomly, making dating difficult. Now we’re hearing that she’s off the show though, and she’s confirmed it with a statement on Instagram about her exit. In a roundabout way she’s claiming it was her decision. Here’s what she wrote:
❤️I would have loved a more graceful exit then "Season 6" but sometimes we don't get to control the ending of the chapters in our life………… I am leaving what's over without denying its past importance in my life. I believe that every exit is an new entry and with that in mind I say goodbye to my @Bravotv Family as I continue to focus on a my recovery, my children and bring back the privacy within our Home……….. Thank you to all the fans for your love and unwavering support these past 4 years. I am grateful for the housewife experience and all it has thought me. I'am excited about this CHOICE and look forward to the next chapter of my life……………… #RHOBH #TimeToSayGoodbye with #Gratitude @evolutionusa @bravoandy @bravotv #WWHL
Ha I love how people who share every detail of their lives on reality shows and in social media cite “privacy” as a concern when interest dries up. I do have mixed feelings about Yolanda. She brought awareness to lyme disease and how devastating it is, but she also fed into the narrative that sufferers are malingerers. I don’t watch the show, but I don’t know how she could have handled it differently. If she tried to fake being healthy people would say she wasn’t that sick and when she accurately showed how sick she was people said she had munchausen’s. Lyme sufferers are all too aware that their illness is misunderstood and discounted. That just played out on reality television and then that castmember go the boot. She’s not the first person with lyme to have to leave their job. She’s framing it as a choice though. We know from the all caps she used on that word. TMZ is reporting that Yolanda was told to accept a demotion from full castmember to “friend of” and that she left instead of accept the smaller role on the show.
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