While many people shrug off reality TV as being superficial and about meaningless drama, the Real Housewives franchise has provided for many seriously hard-hitting moments of relatable life events. On Real Housewives of Atlanta, we saw NeNe Leakes grapple with Gregg Leakes’ cancer diagnosis after spending decades together.
Vicki Gunvalson literally received the phone call informing her of her mother’s death while filming an episode of Real Housewives of Orange County, and it’s one of the most heartbreaking scenes imaginable. And while we all love to rag on our favorite and least favorite Bravolebs, we have to remember that it’s a privilege for us to be able to know the ins and outs of strangers’ lives so intimately. So when the real-life stuff happens, we’re not owed to be brought along for the ride. But when we are, I always respect the reality TV star for being honest and open.
So when Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna revealed her mom Lois Rinna had a stroke, my heart broke for her. And trust me, I’ve thrown plenty of shade at her over the years. Lois was Rinna’s rock, clearly. She had a close relationship with her granddaughters Amelia Gray Hamlin and Delilah Belle Hamlin, as well as her son-in-law Harry Hamlin. She gave solid life advice and wasn’t afraid to show off her dance moves alongside Lisa on Instagram. The Bravo community as a whole mourned for Rinna and her family when it was revealed that Lois died after suffering from a stroke in recent weeks.
Rinna’s been pretty open with RHOBH fans about the loss of Lois. Most recently, she posted an Instagram post getting honest about grief, and what it’s like to lose a parent. In a text post, she wrote, “I think the hardest part is going on… continuing, going back to the routine and to your obligations and work but you’re not the same. You’ll never be the same but you must do the same things that you were doing before… Because that’s the way of the living.” She added that she’s going on with her day-to-day “through different eyes and a different heart” than before, which includes starring on reality TV and running a makeup company. Honestly, it was a very eloquent way to describe the feeling of life after loss, and probably touched a lot of people who have gone through something similar.
TELL US – WHAT DO YOU THINK OF LISA’S POST? DO YOU AGREE WITH HER ABOUT THE GRIEVING PROCESS?
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