Alexis Bellino: "My Heart Is at Peace" After Leaving Real Housewives of Orange County

Entertainment Sep. 24, 2012 AT 4:13PM
Alexis Bellino attends the Softcup Beauty Retreat with ZING Vodka Cocktails at a private residency on September 20, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  Alexis Bellino attends the Softcup Beauty Retreat with ZING Vodka Cocktails at a private residency on September 20, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Angela Weiss/WireImage.com

It was nice knowing you, Alexis Bellino!

Six days after Us Weekly exclusively broke the news that Bellino had left Bravo's Real Housewives of Orange County, the 35-year-old mother-of-three issued an official statement regarding her exit September 24.

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"After three seasons of appearing on the Real Housewives of Orange County, I have made the difficult decision not to return for season 8," Bellino told Us in a statement. "Although Bravo made me a very generous offer and I'm thankful to have had this experience, I will be leaving the show behind to focus on my family and other opportunities."

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She added, "I am so grateful to have gone through this amazing journey and to have met so many incredible fans. I hope this clears up any rumors and questions. My heart is at peace and I remain so excited for my future."

Mom to son James, 5, and twin daughters Melania and Mackenna, 4, (with husband Jim), Bellino frequently butted heads with her costars -- particularly Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi and Heather Dubrow.

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"Alexis was really tired of being bullied and chose home and family life over celebrity," an insider told Us last week. "She wanted to go back to her simple life in Orange County."

Tell Us: Will you you watch the Real Housewives of Orange County without Alexis Bellino?

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