'Real Housewives OC' Alexis Bellino on Returning Next Season: I Need to Decompress Before Any Decisions (EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW)
It's been an emotional season for Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino -- so much so, the 35-year-old beauty has told Celebuzz that she still needs to recover from all of the drama that went down before committing to another season.
"I am seriously just recovering from what has occurred this past few months," she said in an exclusive interview on Friday, when asked if she's thought about continuing on with the show.
"I didn't know what was happening until I watched it all unfold on national television.
"I didn't know that [during] every single episode they were going to call me a name or belittle me or try to ruin my husband. I didn't know all that was happening, because it all happens off camera ... I'm still trying to recover from that, because I wasn't prepared."
"I think I just need time to decompress and decide if I'm gonna move forward or if this isn't something that I'm made for," the 35-year-old mother of three, who joined the cast in series 5, told Celebuzz.
Bellino's drama reached a breaking point toward the end of the season, when the Housewives took a trip to Costa Rica. While there, Bellino was confronted by her cast mates about her alleged phony attitude.
At the time, the intervention-style fight reduced Bellino to tears.
Now, however, she claims her time in Costa Rica, plus everything else that went down, has made her stronger than ever.
"I feel like I am such a stronger person walking today than I was before," she said.
"I feel like I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be right now. I'm turning this negative year into a positive [year], because it has brought awareness to me that bullying doesn't have any discrimination. I saw it happen in my friend's preschool class when I was volunteering one day, and it happened to me at 35 on national television."
"It put a fire in me to speak out against [bullying]," she added. "I have such a passion for it now. It's a true passion ... I'm happy for what has happened because of the fact that I'm going to be help so many people now with the great platform that I have."
Check back in with Celebuzz that same day for our full interview with Bellino, in which she opens up about filming the reunion, releasing herself from co-star Tamra Barney and why she says she's still driving the bus.