At the beginning of Season 8 of the Real Housewives of Orange County, we were set up to believe that Alexis Bellino and new castmate Lydia McLaughlin were the best of friends.

So, when Heather Dubrow met up with Lydia to discuss being featured in her magazine, we were shocked by Lydia’s comment when the conversation turned toward Alexis.

“We just moved into Dana Point, so our neighbor was your friend Alexis,” Lydia says.

When Heather visibly frowns and asks if they’re still friends, Lydia responds hesitantly. “We’re still friendly. She moved out of the area, so we still talk a little bit.”

It seems like we’re not the only ones who were surprised by Lydia’s reaction. In her Bravo blog following the Season 8 reunion, Alexis says she felt hurt after watching that episode.

“The problem I have is that I felt [Lydia] was my true friend from the beginning, and she doesn’t feel the same. Before Lydia was even on the show, we were hanging out together with our husbands, doing play dates, working out together... AND having long phone conversations about her coming onto the show. To me, we had an authentic friendship.”

Alexis reveals that watching the scene between Lydia and Heather was remarkably hurtful. “To hear [Lydia] say she didn't know me that well once Heather frowned about me, I was crushed. [...]  I felt Heather confirmed my feeling when she told her that she didn't feel Lydia acted as if we had hung out on several occasions.”

While Alexis says she doesn’t want a “wishy-washy friend,” she has tried to put the past behind her. “Lydia and I have discussed it, we have both shared our sides to it, and we have moved on. That's what friends do: discuss and move on.”

Now if only Alexis and Gretchen could get past their issues, all would be hunky-dory!


Credit: Hulu Photo: Heather Dubrow Meets Lydia McLaughlin in RHOC Season 8, Episode 3