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'I didn't have full capacity over my brain': Yolanda Hadid reveals she was 'always struggling' during RHOBH, admitting it was hard to 'deal with the show' while battling Lyme disease

  • Yolanda, 54, reflected on her time on the reality series during an appearance on Bravo's podcast The Daily Dish
  • 'I don't think I was very good at being on the show,' she said. 'I just never felt I was good. I always felt I was struggling or trying to get my point across' 
  • Yolanda left the series in 2016 after the sixth season, and she explained that her struggle with Lyme disease made it difficult for her to continue with the show
  • The former housewife doesn't even live in Beverly Hills anymore; she moved to the East Coast 'full time' and now resides on a farmhouse in Pennsylvania 

By Erica Tempesta For Dailymail.com

Published: 19:10 EDT, 12 June 2018 | Updated: 19:26 EDT, 12 June 2018

Fans certainly miss seeing Yolanda Hadid on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but she has admitted that she never felt like she was 'very good' at being a cast member on the Bravo reality show.

The 54-year-old former reality star reflected on her time on the show during her appearance on Bravo's podcast The Daily Dish, confessing that she didn't think she was a natural fit for the franchise.

'I don't think I was very good at being on the show,' she said. 'I just never felt I was good. I always felt I was struggling or trying to get my point across. 

Looking back: Former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid admitted that she never felt like she was 'very good' at being a cast member on the Bravo reality show
Looking back: Former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid admitted that she never felt like she was 'very good' at being a cast member on the Bravo reality show

Looking back: Former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid admitted that she never felt like she was 'very good' at being a cast member on the Bravo reality show

Difficulties: 'I always felt I was struggling or trying to get my point across,' she said. She's pictured with fellow housewives Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump in 2014 
Difficulties: 'I always felt I was struggling or trying to get my point across,' she said. She's pictured with fellow housewives Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump in 2014 

Difficulties: 'I always felt I was struggling or trying to get my point across,' she said. She's pictured with fellow housewives Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump in 2014 

'But I did it to the best of my ability and I gave it my everything to stay on the show and try to work through it and do what I said I was going to do,' she added. 

'But I don't think I was great at it.'  

Yolanda openly battled Lyme disease throughout her time on the series, and she believes her struggles with her health made her more relatable to her fans.  

'People probably love me because they identify with the experience that I went through,' she said. 'I think it's touched a lot of lives. In the midst of all the chaos, they were seeing me just try to get through my days.'

Yolanda left the series in 2016 after the sixth season, and she explained that her struggle with Lyme disease made it difficult for her to continue with the demands of the show. 

'I had to choose for my health,' she said. 'A job is a job and I need to work and I wanted to stay on and I was like, "OK I want to have one great season where I could share my heart and share my vision and way of thinking."' 

Realization: Yolanda (pictured with Kim Richards during the show's fourth season) said she has 'never been on the show in a normal frame of mind' because she was battling Lyme disease
Realization: Yolanda (pictured with Kim Richards during the show's fourth season) said she has 'never been on the show in a normal frame of mind' because she was battling Lyme disease

Realization: Yolanda (pictured with Kim Richards during the show's fourth season) said she has 'never been on the show in a normal frame of mind' because she was battling Lyme disease

Only friend from the franchise: After three seasons on the show, Yolanda only keeps in touch with fellow Beverly Hills housewife Erika Girard (left)
Only friend from the franchise: After three seasons on the show, Yolanda only keeps in touch with fellow Beverly Hills housewife Erika Girard (left)

Only friend from the franchise: After three seasons on the show, Yolanda only keeps in touch with fellow Beverly Hills housewife Erika Girard (left)

The mother-of-three realized she would never get 100 per cent better if she was constantly feeling stressed during filming.

'Thinking back, I've never been on the show in a normal frame of mind, having energy and getting up and going like, "OK. I'm ready to attack this,"' she said.

Although she admitted that she probably wouldn't have agreed to be on the show if she knew she had Lyme disease, she ultimately sees it as a positive experience.   

'I think being on the show has been a positive for all of us,' she said. 'Obviously, for me, it was a struggle dealing with that kind of a show, not having full capacity over my brain. 

'But the other side of it, being on the show has been such an amazing experience; it's given me a platform to bring awareness to Lyme disease and help thousands of people out there that suffer from invisible illnesses,' she continued.

'For me, getting sick and being on the show was the higher purpose of my journey, and it fell into place to help the world with something needed attention and needed a face.'

Winning: Since Yolanda left the show in 2016, her children Anwar, 18, Gigi, 23, and Bella, 21, (from left to right) have all become successful models
Winning: Since Yolanda left the show in 2016, her children Anwar, 18, Gigi, 23, and Bella, 21, (from left to right) have all become successful models

Winning: Since Yolanda left the show in 2016, her children Anwar, 18, Gigi, 23, and Bella, 21, (from left to right) have all become successful models

The simple life: Yolanda doesn't even live in Beverly Hills anymore; she moved to the East Coast 'full time' and now resides on a farmhouse in Pennsylvania (pictured)
The simple life: Yolanda doesn't even live in Beverly Hills anymore; she moved to the East Coast 'full time' and now resides on a farmhouse in Pennsylvania (pictured)

The simple life: Yolanda doesn't even live in Beverly Hills anymore; she moved to the East Coast 'full time' and now resides on a farmhouse in Pennsylvania (pictured)

Since Yolanda's appearance on the show, her children Gigi, 23, Bella, 21, and Anwar, 18, have all gone on to become successful models. 

She divorced her second husband, David Foster and changed her last name from Foster back to Hadid — the surname of her first husband and the father of her children, Mohamed Hadid.

Yolanda doesn't even live in Beverly Hills anymore; she moved to the East Coast 'full time' and now resides on a farmhouse in Pennsylvania, where she has chickens and horses.  

'I don't think about it [for] one day,' she said of her old Beverly Hills lifestyle. '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.'

After three seasons on the show, Yolanda only keeps in touch with fellow Beverly Hills housewife Erika Girardi.   

'I'm a country girl, and I'm kind of back exactly where I started in Holland,' she explained. '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.'

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